Bill Murchison

Obama, winner of the Nobel Prize for Whatever -- Peace, supposedly, but now we see where that got the world -- has had a rude introduction to the ways of nations. You don't "reset" human relations by pushing by a button; least of all, by giving a speech. Thanks to the general nuttiness of the human race, a president has to take what precautions he can against the malignancy of those who like neither Americans nor American ideals. The president keeps the armed forces armed and forceful and tries to remember that an enemy isn't just someone you have failed to charm; he is apt to be someone hoping you go out of business. Permanently.

Another thing a wide-awake president does is shrug off the counsel of the obvious nut cases -- Nader, for instance, and the congressional leftists who, to judge from their rhetoric, would wait for an armed intruder to kick in their front door before threatening to swat him with a rolled-up newspaper sports section.

Which isn't to say Obama, with respect to Libya, has done well or poorly. We'll find out as we go along. More to the point, he has made a hard, stark choice -- the kind of choice presidents in a fallen, wacko world must make all the time, for better or worse, richer or poorer, no matter what nonsense you gurgle on the campaign trail about hope and change.

Only the Lord of Battles knows how this Libyan tiff will turn out, but the education of Barack Obama -- the ongoing education, be it said -- isn't the worst kind of prologue.

Bill Murchison

Bill Murchison is the former senior columns writer for The Dallas Morning News and author of There's More to Life Than Politics.
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