President Bush wanted to help free the people of the middle east. He did free thev people of Iraq. Charles Krauthammer discusses The Bush Doctrine.
Charles Krauthammer: Libya feels the force of the Bush Doctrine
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Charles Krauthammer March 4, 2011 – 10:14 am
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Opposition supporters pray in the rain in Benghazi.
Voices around the world, from Europe to America to Libya, are calling for U.S. intervention to help bring down Muammar Gaddafi. Yet for bringing down Saddam Hussein, the U.S. has been denounced variously for aggression, deception, arrogance and imperialism.
A strange moral inversion, considering that Saddam’s evil was an order of magnitude beyond Gaddafi’s. Gaddafi is a capricious killer; Saddam was systematic. Gaddafi was too unstable and crazy to begin to match the Baathist apparatus: a comprehensive national system of terror, torture and mass murder, gassing entire villages to create what author Kanan Makiya called a “Republic of Fear.”
Moreover, that systemized brutality made Saddam immovable in a way that Gaddafi is not. Barely armed Libyans have already seized half the country on their own. Yet in Iraq, there was no chance of putting an end to the regime without the terrible swift sword (it took all of three weeks) of the United States.