Trump Gets an ‘F’ for Libya

The Daily Signal | 5/24/2019 | Staff
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James Jay Carafano, a leading expert in national security and foreign policy challenges, is The Heritage Foundation’s vice president for foreign and defense policy studies, E. W. Richardson fellow, and director of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies. Read his research.

Getting grumpy over the administration’s Libya policy is a just cause.

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There is no nostalgia for President Barack Obama’s “lead from behind” policy that left the country in ruins, an American compound in flames, and a U.S. ambassador and other brave Americans dead.

But let’s be honest, Trump hasn’t done much better at making things better. This is not just about grading presidents. There are good reasons to get U.S. policy for Libya right.

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Trump gets an “A” for his instincts on the Middle East.

This region is strategically important to the United States.

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That said, the U.S. is not the region’s babysitter. What is needed is sustainable regional security solutions that deal with the twin great dangers: the destabilizing actions of Iran and organized campaigns by transnational Islamist terrorists.

That’s crucial for the stability of the region and to create the conditions for the flourishing of better governance and economic freedom, essential developments needed to add a shot of prosperity to the stability formula.

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The right security architecture for the region builds on a backbone of productive bilateral relationships between the U.S. and key nations. Not all of these states are big power brokers.

In geopolitical architecture, small states matter too.


These bilateral relations don’t have to be perfect. They don’t have to be friction free. They just have to be durable.

The backbone starts with Turkey and Iraq, states of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Jordan, Israel, Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia.

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Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia are not only part of the Greater Middle East, they are also the firebreak that prevents the security challenges...
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