President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 20,2011, to discuss the death of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) By Charles Dharapak
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's hand just grew stronger in how he confronts enemies of America.
The death of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi expands the string of security victories on Obama's watch.
For the president, the outcome allowed him to stand victorious in the Rose Garden on Thursday. He took note not just of Gadhafi's death but also the declining wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the death this year of prominent al-Qaida leaders at the hands of the United States.
Said Obama: "We see the strength of American leadership across the world."