Uhhhh.Â What is today, anyway?
March 21, 2011:
(Transcript by me:) It is US Policy that Gaddafi needs to go. But let me emphasize that we anticipate this transition to take place in a matter of days and not a matter of weeks…
Mind you, this is the same President who proposed sanctions as the appropriate manner of removing Muhammar Gaddafi when this first blew up. Yes, sanctions. Somehow, he got it into his head that if we cut off Moomar’s access to … ummm … something, he would cave in and quit being such a dictator. Now our military action will get rid of Moomar in just a matter of days, not weeks. Truly, Barack’s unicorn poops skittles.
March 22, 2011:
Asked by NBCâ€™s Savannah Guthrie what the U.S. commitment is in Libya if Qadhafi remains in power but continues to pose a threat to his people, Obama appeared to leave the door open for political reforms.
â€œYou are absolutely right that as long as Qadhafi remains in power, and unless he changes his approach and there are significant reforms in the Libyan government that allow the Libyan people to express themselves, there are still going be potential threats against Libyan peopleâ€”unless he is going to step down,â€ Obama said.
His quick shift back to what he had earlier statedâ€”that Qadhafi must step downâ€”is more in line with the conclusion that he and his administration officials had come to weeks ago. But a return to the call for â€œpolitical reformsâ€ is reminiscent of the White House position on Egypt during its upheaval.
In other words, the policy of the Obama administration is that Moomar needs to go unless he doesn’t. That’s great analysis there, buddy. I’m glad you’ve got this Presidenting thing mastered this way before anything major happened in the world.
(Now go there and watch John Bolton discuss this idea with Megyn Kelly. JB is *The Man.* The entire interview is worth the few minutes of your life it will take to watch it.)
And in an eminently reasonable move, Germany is pulling out of the coalition because no one knows what’s going on. As reported in the Daily Mail:
President Barack Obama, seeking to avoid getting bogged down in a war in another Muslim country, said on Monday Washington would cede control of operations against Muammar Gaddafi’s forces within days, handing the reins over to NATO.
But Germany and European allies remain unwilling to have NATO take on a military operation that theoretically has nothing to do with the defence of Europe.
Today the German defence ministry announced Berlin had pulled out of any military operations in the Mediterranean.
And if that doesn’t roast you, this statement surely will:
In a shock admission, U.K. ministers have admitted the intervention in Libya could last for up to ’30 years’.
Asked for an estimate, British Armed Forces Minister Nick Harvey said: ‘How long is a piece of string? We don’t know how long this is going to go on.
‘We don’t know if this is going to result in a stalemate. We don’t know if his capabilities are going to be degraded quickly. Ask me again in a week.’
In the U.S., Obama has made it clear he wants no part of any leadership role in Libya.
The President has already been criticised for continuing with a tour of Latin America as the military operation over Libya began. And yesterday he insisted again that while Gaddafi must go, the U.S. is not prepared to remove him by force, but merely to enforce the no-fly zone.
Get that? 30 years. And BO thinks we’re days, not weeks, from being all wrapped up and tied with a bow.
Obama wants no part of a leadership role and Moomar must go, but we’re not going to take him out.
This is ludicrous beyond belief. The President is still voting Present, but this time people are dying and many others are at risk. At this point, hoping this administration turns out to be the second Jimmy Carter administration looks like a best case scenario.
And a tip of the hat to Weasel Zippers, who is scouring the bowels of the internet so I don’t have to.