Chris Cassidy

Chris Cassidy is a freelance writer based in Washington, D.C. His writing has been featured in the Harvard Law Record, Justice Watch and the Huffington Post.

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Obama on Libya

Obama's speech betrayed the tensions liberals feel about intervention in Libya.

President Barack Obama speaks about Libya at the National Defense University in Washington, Monday, March 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Barack Obama, in his address to the nation, tried to reassure an ambivalent, inattentive public and a skeptical press corps about American involvement in NATO's no-fly zone over Libya. The president's speech sought out a middle ground, couching his administration's approach as measured but decisive in the campaign against loyalists to Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi. "In just one month, the United States has worked with our international partners to mobilize a broad coalition, secured an international mandate to protect civilians, stopped an advancing army, prevented a massacre, and established a no-fly zone with our allies and partners," Obama declared. The president favorably contrasted the last 31 days, in which the international community mobilized the no-fly zone over Libya, with NATO operations in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, which took about one year to improve the situation. He also distinguished his present actions from those taken by George W. Bush in the 2003...

Q&A: Gadhafi's Last Stand

TAP spoke to a foreign policy expert about what to expect during what may be Gadhafi's final days at the helm in Libya.

Yesterday, President Barack Obama indicated that Col. Muammar Gadhafi must "step down from power and leave," a sign of increasing international pressure on the leader accused of massacring Libyan people in the streets. Gadhafi's regime has maintained some control of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, while the rest of the country has fallen into rebel hands since protests began on Feb. 16. Those protesters were greeted with remarkable violence from the start, ordered by Gadhafi; Forces fired on a funeral procession and then bombed and strafed the civilian population with jet fighters. While Gadhafi's regime weighs its few remaining options with the International Criminal Court watching the events in Libya unfold, TAP spoke to Brian Fishman , a foreign-policy expert at the New American Foundation, about what to expect in what may be Gadhafi's final days at the helm in Libya. While leaders in neighboring Tunisia and Egypt resigned after relatively little bloodshed, Gadhafi seems poised to...

Ciao, Beautiful People.

When I wrote my first guest-post at the Prospect two weeks ago, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was cautioning against a speedy exit for then-President Hosni Mubarak , and no one was predicting a broader regional uprising. Today, Mubarak is deposed and autocratic states are bloodying protesters across the Middle East and North Africa. Stay tuned. It's been a pleasure dedicating extra time lately to keeping my fingers on the pulse of history in the making, and sharing that with you. My warmest thanks go out to the Prospect 's readers, writers, and staff, especially Monica Potts , Pema Levy , and Adam Serwer . I should warn anyone considering following me here that updates are sometimes unintelligent, occasionally unintelligible, and potentially inflammatory. And in signing off, I'd like to borrow a line from an old friend of mine : I want more babies. More babies. We love babies. I couldn't have said it better myself.

South Dakota Extremists Lose Again, Fight On.

"There are plenty of good reasons for fighting, but no good reason ever to hate without reservation, to imagine that God Almighty Himself hates with you, too," Kurt Vonnegut wrote in Mother Night . It's a maxim that South Dakotan extremists would be wise to remember. South Dakota's speaker of the house has shelved a notorious bill creating a legal defense for assassinating abortion-providers. Meanwhile, another bill, that would mandate a 72-hour waiting period and counseling at a so-called crisis pregnancy center , moves forward in the state House. "Clearly the [assassination] bill as it's currently written is a very bad idea," said a spokesman for Gov. Dennis Daugaard . That wasn't the position of the governor's fellow Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee, who advanced the very same bill by a 9-to-3 party-line vote last week. "South Dakota continues to be on the front lines in the fight to secure reproductive health care for women," said Sarah Stoesz , president and CEO of...

Inevitable Divisions Surface in Egypt.

Shortly after being appointed vice president, Omar Suleiman warned protesters that there would be no democracy until Egypt embraced a "culture of democracy." Here, in the capital of one of the world's longest standing democracies, our culture is marked by power struggles, posturing, and alarmingly focused smartphone fondlers. Welcome to the club, Egypt. After Mubarak 's rule, the next casualty of the revolution was opposition unity, as youth leaders took issue with each others' approaches to rebuilding their country's political system. Are multitasking typists next? Egypt's youth movement saw its first rifts during Wael Ghonim 's rise to public consciousness. After being detained by security forces for 12 days, Ghonim was released on Feb. 7 and gave a humble interview , which nevertheless raised his public stock. Ghonim's critics say that he was a latecomer to the Jan. 25 coalition, which began long before he contributed his marketing expertise to their efforts. "The coalition is the...

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