Free Forum Friday; October 21st Edition

Breaking: President Obama fulfills the promise of ending the war in Iraq. All troops will come home by the end of the year.

Libyan dictator Muammar Ghaddafi (Quaddafy, Khaddaffi, whatever) met his fate yesterday as Libyan rebels took the final stronghold of Sirte, Gaddafi’s hometown. A US Predator drone struck his convoy and rebels apparently drug him out of a culvert and killed him. This is clearly a great victory for the Libyan people and another milestone for the Arab spring. Now all of North Africa has thrown off the shackles of oppression.

This is also vindication for President Obama’s decision to join with the NATO forces in helping to overthrow Ghaddafi’s regime. NATO will end their campaign at the end of the month. Three bad guys in six months; and Republicans said he was weak on foreign policy. But will Republicans give the President any credit? Not so far. Several of them have fallen all over themselves to give credit to France and Britain but not the President. Already the late night talk shows are replaying the clips critical of the President’s decision to get the US involved in another conflict in the region followed by the clips of criticism for not getting involved enough.

This marks the end of a 42 year thorn in America’s side. It’s still uncertain whether Libya will become truly democratic or whether some other faction will fill the power vacuum. Parts of Libya have been known to foster some of the most notorious al Qaeda operatives. We can only hope that America’s help in liberating Libya will gain us a new ally in the region.

Anything else noteworthy happen this week? Jump in the comments and share.

Free Forum Fridays are an open discussion where commenters are invited to bring up topics that may not have been covered in the previous week. Got something on your mind? Throw your opinion out there.

About Mr. Universe

Mr. Universe is a musician/songwriter and an ex-patriot of the south. He currently lives and teaches at a University in the Pacific Northwest. He is a long distance hiker who has hiked the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail. He is also an author and woodworker. An outspoken political voice, he takes a decidedly liberal stance in politics.
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