ByÂ BENYAMIN KORN, The New York Sun
The call by the Arab League for Western military intervention in an Arab state â€” in this case asking that a UN â€œno-fly zoneâ€ be imposed over Libya â€“ is not only without precedent but it puts in formal terms what Governor Palin stated three weeks ago should have been Americaâ€™s response to the political and humanitarian crisis now unfolding there.
The former GOP vice presidential candidate was being interviewed on February 23rd on national television by Sean Hannity on a range of issues. On the Libya crisis, she proposed a no-fly-zone to protect the armed and un-armed opposition to the Qaddafi regime. Mrs. Palinâ€™s formulation had been blogged about for nearly a week when it was echoed by the man who, before the Iraq war, had led the Iraq democratic movement in exile, Ahmed Chalabi.
A long-time foe of Saddam Hussein who has emerged as a leading figure in Iraqâ€™s democratically elected legislature. Mr Chalabi recounted in theÂ Wall Street Journal how President George H. W. Bushâ€™s 1991 call for a popular uprising against Saddam had been heeded by the Iraqi people, only to have Saddam then murder some 30,000 of them from helicopter gunships while the Western world stood by.
Not again, Mr. Chalabi pleaded in his essay, and explicitly demanded a Libyan no-fly-zone. But it now it seems Qaddafi will be allowed to repeat a Saddam-style repression, even as President Obama, and the rest of what he likes to call the international community, is â€œwatching carefully.â€
Mrs. Palin also continues to link Americaâ€™s energy policy â€” a realm in which she has experience â€” and U.S. foreign and anti-terrorism policies. She recognizes that the ongoing transfer of billions of U.S. petro-dollars to unstable or even hostile Mideast regimes has, since the formation in 1973 of the Organization of Petoleum Exporting Countries, been an drain on U.S. financial resources.
In a critique of Mr. Obamaâ€™s energy policies published yesterday at about the same time the Arab League was adopting her prescription for a Libya no-fly-zone, Mrs. Palin laid out how the presidentâ€™s â€œwar on domestic oil and gas exploration and production has caused us pain at the pump, endangered our already sluggish economic recovery, and threatened our national security.â€ Nor is Gov. Palinâ€™s insight into complex international issues limited to areas of her immediate expertise.
To read more, visit:Â http://www.nysun.com/opinion/palin-doctrine-emerges-as-arab-league-echoes-her/87263/
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