President Obama came out from under his desk to order a blitz of over 100 tomahawk cruise missiles launched at Libya. Of course this did not stop he and the family from jetting off to Brazil for yet another vacation. The man has his priorities.
For appearances, Tiny Tim Geithner and U.S. trade officials are making the trip. You never know. Those oil rich Brazilians might want to buy something. I’ve heard they fancy American made F-18s. Perhaps Tiny Tim can arrange a no interest loan if Brazil will use the F-18s to adjust Mr. Chavez’s attitude. They are in the same neighborhood, after all.
I could be wrong but I can’t remember a president ever being out of the country at the moment the U.S. engaged in an opening act of war. Make no mistake about it, launching missiles on another country is an act of war. President Present finally made a decision and this gunfight belongs to him. Too bad he waited 2 weeks too long. The “rebels” are down to one stronghold, the city Benghazi.
Why would Obama act now? Oh, of course, the U.N. gave its blessing and the pesky French were talking big. That was making Obama look small. Which of course, he is. Probably
Gaddafi Khadaffi Qaddafi pushed Obama over the edge when he referred to him as “our son.”
Times of India reports:
Details of Gaddafiâ€™s letters were released by the Libyan government spokesman at a news conference in Tripoli.
Defending his decision to attack rebel cities, Gaddafi told Obama, â€œAl Qaeda is an armed organisation, passing through Algeria, Mauritania and Mali. What would you do if you found them controlling American cities with the power of weapons? What would you do, so I can follow your example.â€
Trying to strike a personal note, Gaddafi prefaced his letter saying, â€œTo our son, his excellency, Mr Baracka Hussein Obama. I have said to you before, that even if Libya and the United States of America enter into a war, god forbid, you will always remain a son. Your picture will not be changed.â€ h/t: Gateway Pundit
No way Obama could let Gaddafi get away with calling him a Muslim. There is no other way to interpret the above. So the dogs of war were unleashed.
Obama is adamant that no U.S. ground troops will be involved. Our effort in Libya is supposed to be about a no-fly zone so the rebels will not be slaughtered. What it is really about is regime change . . . the mighty French Air Force has already fired on Libyan vehicles, including tanks. Who knew tanks could fly?
Obama said just days ago Gaddafi must go. That’s regime change any way you slice it, but the One doesn’t like anything that has the smell of Bush all over it. So Obama says we are enforcing a “no-fly zone” in Libya.
The United States has entered into its third war in ten years in the Middle East. Obama owns this one. There’s irony there if you care to look back over some of the Obama statements about Bush and Iraq. Republicans and conservatives should hold Obama accountable on Libya. We should also pray for success. Gaddafi is a monster. The world will be better off without him. We must remember we have Americans in harms way, again.
I’m thinking back now to 2007. Senator Obama was giving a speech to the DNC in which he promised to end the war in Iraq and bring all our troops home in 16 months. He promised to close Guantanamo and restore habeas corpus. He said he would finish the fight against Al Queda.
Obama went on to say:
I’ll lead the world to combat the common threats of the 21st Century. Nuclear weapons and terrorism . . . climate change and poverty. Genocide and disease. And I will send once more a message to those yearning faces beyond our shores, you matter to us. Your future is our future.
Three years later, one could ask, how’s all that working out President Obama? How has all the speechifying, apologies and bowing to lessers secured a better future for America?
Mr President, YOU were going to “lead the world.” Sir, you couldn’t lead a dog on a leash.
Thank God for our American military. They may be weary, but they have the courage and skills to enforce regime change in Libya, even with an incompetent CIC. I pose a question for the president on behalf of our military. If we must fight yet again, must we again fight with half measures?