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    is everything the U.S. could possibly ever hope for as Libya's head of state in this crisis.

    It's not just that he's a democratically-elected middle-class religious moderate, or even that he's smart, well-travelled, well-liked in Libya and abroad, a good friend of the late Ambassador Stevens, and highly-educated.

    All those are wonderful, of course, but quite possibly the most important entry on his resume: as a former professor at the University of Alabama, he's naturally well-acquainted with our brand of crazies. He understands how freedom of speech in the U.S. operates, he understands that the crazies aren't endorsed by our government, and he's in a position to explain that to his government - to explain why, in fact, the embassy bombing was actually a killing of innocents.

    His election was anything but a sure thing, even with the way Obama's government handled the Libyan revolution. Even with the general pro-Western, pro-US sentiment, there was a legitimate possibility that a less-sympathetic PM could have been elected. If the Arab Spring had been handled even a little bit more Republicanly, there's a very good chance we might have seen a much, much more belligerent government that wouldn't have handled this crisis in anything like the same way.

    And Libya's democracy is still fragile. It's not firmly entrenched, and there are still elements (like the embassy bombers) who would like very much to take over and institute a much less friendly regime. And there are even representatives within the elected parliament who lean fundamentalist and/or belligerent. It is absolutely critical that the U.S. government maintain good relations and continue to be seen in a positive light in Libya (and even more so in Egypt). If there is one most important reason to re-elect Obama, this is it.

    "Let’s just move on, treat everybody with firmness, fairness, dignity, compassion and respect. Let’s be Marines." - Sgt. Maj Michael Barrett on DADT repeal

    by kyril on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 06:04:25 AM PDT

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