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August 21, 2009


Eric Chen

Professor Nacos,

It's to be expected. President Bush chose a definitively liberal strategy in the War on Terror that targeted illiberal elements in North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia.

Now, after years of globally broadcast opposition to Bush and his liberal strategy, the real political changes within the US, and the campaign goal of the Obama administration to pursue a more conciliatory and less provocative course than the Bush administration ... is it any wonder that the illiberal actors who were threatened by Bush's muscular liberalism and acted cowed now feel free to reassert themselves?

An important indicator of good leadership is who hates you. Unfortunately, Qhadafi probably likes Obama more than he liked Bush, but that's not a good thing. President Obama, like his predecessor, must not overvalue popularity and do a better job of earning the enmity of the right (or wrong, I suppose) people.

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