Monday, March 28, 2011

Obama handling of Libya polarizes NATO, pushes Turkey into anti-U.S. camp

Strategist: Obama handling of Libya polarizes NATO, pushes Turkey into anti-U.S. camp
By Gregory R. Copley, Editor, Global Information System

The U.S. Obama Administration’s lack of leadership in helping to resolve the Libyan civil war has, among other things, widened the rift between the U.S. and European members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and has made the U.S. increasingly less influential in global strategic issues.
The confused and reluctant approach of the Obama White House has also clearly exacerbated the rift — which official Washington chooses not to see — between Turkey and the U.S., and has hastened the move of Turkey into a strategic camp which is hostile to the U.S. The Obama approach — ... — reflected President Obama’s belief that he must be clear of foreign military operations to successfully win a second term in the White House.
However, it also reflected the very real knowledge that he and many of his friends and associates have been compromised by funds which had been made available to them by Gadhafi in recent years. This is now an open secret in Washington policy circles...
Meanwhile, the U.S. withdrew on March 25 from its temporary operational leadership of the 12-country coalition — which includes Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Italy, Norway, Qatar, Spain, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates — and allowed NATO as an organization to assume coordination (on March 26) of the “no-fly zone”...
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