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Robert Kagan: Obama Delivered 'a Kennedy-esque Speech'

10:40 AM, Mar 29, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Robert Kagan roundly praised President Obama for his speech last night on America's intervention in Libya: 

With his speech tonight, President Obama placed himself in a great tradition of American presidents who have understood America’s special role in the world. He thoroughly rejected the so-called realist approach, extolled American exceptionalism, spoke of universal values and insisted that American power should be used, when appropriate, on behalf of those values. I was particularly pleased to see him place Libya in the context of the Arab Spring. This is the part of the equation that the self-described realists have missed. While in isolation acting to defend the people of Libya against Moammar Gaddafi might not seem imperative, it is in the broader context of the revolutionary moment in the Middle East that U.S. actions take on greater significance. Tonight the president began to place the United States on the right side of the unfolding history in the region....

This was a Kennedy-esque speech.

Whole thing here.

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