BRIEFING: In May, President Obama announced that Osama Bin Laden had been killed, taken out by U.S. Special Forces. Capturing America’s most wanted man earned the president his national security wings. He has since helped overthrow Muammar Qaddaﬁ in Libya and Hosni Mubarak in Egypt.
BREAKDOWN: “When he was running everyone said his weakness was going to be national security. He was able to do what President Bush couldn’t do: Kill Osama. End the war in Iraq. I don’t agree with NATO’s invasion of Libya. But we don’t agree on everything.”
LESSONS LEARNED: “As we see Arab countries spring up with new leaders, he’ll have to negotiate the new regimes. That’s the challenge. It’s very difﬁcult to say how it will unfold because every country is different. In Libya, they have a more collective model, which is different than Egypt. In America, we are dealing with a Black president for the ﬁrst time. But around the world people are ﬁghting to have democracy for the ﬁrst time. In Israel, he’s taken a courageous step when he stood up for the two-state solution. He was widely criticized by some members of the Jewish community, but when he explained himself they understood him better. He had not turned his back on Israel. He’s learned to communicate and people can agree or disagree after that.”