After Clinton

By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 23, 2011

What the world has seen instead are internal struggles, with America taking pains to tread carefully as nations like Egypt and Tunisia suddenly mobilize to remove dictators and implement democracy.

Now, reportedly at Clinton's urging, Obama has joined an international effort to use force to help the rebellion in Libya.

The fact that Clinton prevailed in that internal administration debate demonstrates the power Obama cedes to her — previously demonstrated when he followed her advice (over Biden's) to expand the effort in Afghanistan, in hopes of securing more of the population.

It also suggests Clinton's effectiveness at internal politics. A key ally of hers in the effort to persuade Obama to act in Libya was reportedly Samantha Power — who was notoriously forced to leave Obama's presidential campaign after publicly calling Clinton a "monster."

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