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Credit war erupts in U.S. as rebels reaching Tripoli in Libya

By by George Bao (Xinhua)

11:07, August 23, 2011

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- As Libyan rebels were gaining control of Tripoli in Libya, a credit war erupted in the United States on whether it is the foreign policy victory of U.S. President Barack Obama.

David Cortright, director of policy studies at the University of Notre Dame's Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies in California, expressed his opinion in a special article to CNN that this is a major win for Obama's Libya policy.

He wrote many questions and uncertainties remain, especially regarding the character of the new regime and whether Muammar Gaddafi's loyalists go quietly or continue to resist, but one point is clear: the apparent collapse of the Gaddafi government is a major success for NATO and a vindication of Obama's policy of "multilateral humanitarian interventionism."

But Peter Feaver, director of the Triangle Institute for Security Studies and the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy, wrote to the www.npr.org website that it is too early to claim success in Libya.

The opinions of the two scholars represent the sharp differences among Americans over the U.S. policy on Libya.

According to Cortright, in making the case for a limited military intervention in Libya, Obama emphasized the moral and political obligation of states to protect those who are victimized by genocide or mass killing, especially when such crimes are perpetrated by their own governments.

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