By Mark Green
Mary Matalin and Wayne Barrett (sitting in for Arianna until her return in two weeks) focus on two big issues: first, after the quicksands of Iraq and Afghanistan, can America intervene militarily in the Libyan civil war in a proportionate and successful way? And how should Washington best intervene in local classrooms to improve education? From the Situation Room to the classroom. (To hear entire show, click podcast below.)
*Getting a Little Bit Pregnant in Libya. Mary acknowledges changing her mind on the right role in Libya, first opposing it, then supporting it, now opposing it. (She took cover behind a for-it-before-against-it joke at John Kerry’s expense.) She worries about the confusion of goals — Saving civilians? Regime change? — and wonders what is the doctrine that allows this intervention but not others in Yemen, Bahrain, Syria. Wayne was and is in favor what America’s done so far because “Obama had little choice with a slaughter days or hours away.” Also, he teases how Gingrich favored a Libyan no-fly zone and then switched once Obama did it. “Newt thought that Gaddafi was one of his wives,” Wayne observes.
Warming to the topic, Mary contrasts Obama’s political and confusing decision-making with Bush’s clarity of purpose in advancing freedom and democracy in the Middle East. Wayne in response denounces Bush’s deal with Gaddafi in 2007 that suspended sanctions for stopping his nuclear program and wonders why anyone would hold up America’s flawed wars there as exemplars.
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