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OBAMA 2009: We Can’t Impose Democracy…OBAMA 2011: We’ll Install a Democratic System in Libya (Video)

Posted by FactReal on March 22, 2011

OBAMA 2009 – In 2009 Barack Obama told reporters that the US cannot simply impose democracy on another country:
“The message I hope to deliver is that democracy, rule of law, freedom of speech, freedom of religion — those are not simply principles of the west to be hoisted on these countries. But, rather what I believe to be universal principles that they can embrace and affirm as part of their national identity, the danger, I think, is when the United States, or any country, thinks that we can simply impose these values on another country with a different history and a different culture.”
OBAMA 2011 – Obama aims to ‘install’ democracy in Libya:
Obama and [Turkey’s] Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke late Monday and “underscored their shared commitment to the goal of helping provide the Libyan people an opportunity to transform their country, by installing a democratic system that respects the people’s will,” according to a White House report on the phone call.

The rhetoric matches Obama’s reiteration on Monday that it is still U.S. policy that “Gadhafi needs to go.”

But it is a marked contrast to the U.S.-led military mission as defined by the U.N. resolution.

There’s not a U.N. Security Council resolution mandating regime change in Libya that we’re acting to enforce,” national security aide Ben Rhodes said Monday. “We’re acting to enforce a resolution that has the immediate goal of protecting civilians.”

Obama’s spokesman 2011:
Obama’s press secretary Jay Carney says President Obama spoke to the Turkish Prime Minister and both “underscored their shared commitment to the goal of helping provide the people of Libya the opportunity to transform their country, by installing a system of government that is democratic and responds to the will of the people.”

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