If you find yourself wondering what Obama is doing in Libya… join the club.
He has joined – but not as the leader (and let our new Foreign Policy President Hilary announce it) – a coalition of forces to enforce a no-fly zone and begun sending missiles targeting Libyan forces – without even bothering to check with or get a vote from Congress. Evidently only Republicans need to get Congressional approval before sending forces out to engage in foreign civil wars.
He has destroyed Libyan AA capability with Tomahawks (something the Brits could have done) as protection of the no-fly pilots. But he also is sending B2s to bomb airfields, arguably accepting that nearby civilians will be killed, as well, again something evidently only a problem when done by a GOP President.
He has let Hilary Clinton become the defacto leader of US presence and decision-making overseas as Obama lolls in Rio, ignoring both Japan and Libya, as others lead. Can’t let world-affecting disasters or attacks on foreign nations get in the way of his vacation to Rio, now, can he?
(You know that the senior fundraisers and powers-that-be of the Democrat Party are crying in their beer that they didn’t nominate Hilary at this point, right? She may be a socialist, but at least she likes America, likes to lead and can’t stand lack of decision-making.)
What is Obama doing while Japan crumbles and we begin killing Libyans who have not attacked us? He is visiting S. America ostensibly on a trade mission, but ignoring and bypassing the two countries awaiting American approval of free-trade agreements with the US because of his union base in the US. Obviously, then, Obama’s trip is just a vacation on us (as we sit in a deep recession abut to double-dip BECAUSE of Obama’s policies) – and has nothing to do with trade. He’s just going to the beach.
As usual, Obama is about himself, vacations, and ruling as a king – not about governing in a self-governing country under the Rule of Law.)
He has told Qaddafi the US will NOT put boots on the ground – the only way to ensure Qaddafi goes. So, of course, Qaddafi will stay.
He has told Qaddafi he must go, but left him nowhere to run, threatening the ICC or American federal courts, thus ensuring Qaddafi, rather than retiring to Bahrain or Venezuela (and not killing Libyans any more), stay in-place murdering civilians, exactly the opposite of his stated goal.
So, with nowhere to go and no one coming to get him, Qaddafi will stay, and Obama will have acquiesced with American force being used against a foreign nation, force that WILL result in civilian deaths. He may already have done so, something the Left normally screams about at the top of their lungs; but, as usual, as long as it’s a Democrat killing civilians, the Left doesn’t care. And Obama has done so without the approval of Congress. Obama is allowing – granting – his adversary American acceptance of (and all the room he needs to) his continued killing of Libyans, and leaving Qaddafi in-charge when it’s over, ensuring an American loss.
In fact, stepping back to take a look at the situation, it’s truly difficult to come up with a way that Obama could have dealt with the situation worse than he has. Had he wanted to save civilians, he’d have acted a week ago when the Arab League requested foreign help. He didn’t.
If he wanted to remove Qaddafi, he’d send boots in to do it. Or send a sniper team to put a bullet in his head. He won’t.
If he wanted to keep America at peace, he’d have realized we have no dog in this hunt, and stayed out, letting the Europeans take care of their own back-yard. He could have led via Command and Control, missiles, logistics and verbal leadership – NOT by getting involved in a foreign war. He didn’t.
Is this a humanitarian mission? Are we intervening in a domestic issue because Qaddafi is killing his citizens? We aren’t intervening in Yemen, Bahrain, Iran, Sudan, or any other nation in which leaders are TODAY killing more people in their countries than is Qaddafi in Libya. This is not about humanitarian aid.
And of course, John Kerry, the eternal loser of the Democrat party in all things military, is telling everyone this is not about Qaddafi, not at all. Nope, it’s about getting him out of power, getting him to stop killing civilians, getting him to move toward democracy and human rights… but it is not about Qaddafi. Can you imagine had this idiot been elected President?
Of course it’s about Qaddafi. And it’ll be about Qaddafi for a decade or so until Qaddafi dies of old age. And some Republican president will have to clean-up this Obama mess, as she or he will have to clean up the rest of Obama’s messes.
Well, as one of my best friends, a retired USAF Col and career fighter pilot, graduate of the several Command and Staff Colleges and Naval War College, noted: “The academic socialists running the US have no clue re foreign policy realities or military power projection.”
Truer words have not been spoken lately.
This is about Obama’s ego, and the destruction of American leadership – making us just one among many weak nations. Nothing else.