I said this to my husband on day one of the bombing in Libya….
(Official White House Photo)
“Watch and see…Obama will not clearly define the mission in Libya and will skirt the questions being asked so that he can claim success no matter what happens.”
This is Obama’s MO (method of operation) on many things….
He has been unclear and contradicting from the get-go on Libya. (and, one could argue, disconnected since he chose to leave the country for 5 days while engaging the troops in war in Libya). From Yahoo/Politico:
Obama was asked the most obvious question — what is the U.S. endgame in Libya? — several times during his trip [to Latin America]. His answers seemed deliberately obtuse: To stop a humanitarian crisis and, hopefully, drive Muammar Qadhafi from power, while at the same time ceding leadership of the effort to countries with a direct regional stake in the outcome — France and Arab League nations — sooner rather than later.
Well, it didn’t take long….he declared success today….
From American Pundit:
In Saturday’s speech, Obama said its military mission in Libya is ‘clear and focused’, despite some criticism. “We’re succeeding in our mission,” he said. “We’ve taken out Libya’s air defenses. Gaddafi’s forces are no longer advancing across Libya.”
Also, Obama mentions taking out Libyan air defense and that the “forces’ are no longer advancing across Libya….
But I thought we were only implementing a “no-fly zone” which may include bombing air defenses but not ground “forces”.
Don’t get me wrong…I think our military has been successful in what they have been asked to do–just as they always are–but that doesn’t mean the mission is clear nor has it been communicated effectively in this country.
Of course, Obama also claimed that he has kept us informed…then why so many questions? Another question?
Even though we have seen SOME Democrats object to Obama’s methods on taking us into this war (ie. little consultation with Congress while consulting with and agreeing with the United Nations), we still have not seen the full-blown fierce rhetoric of the Left that was spewed at George W. Bush…and Bush compiled a larger coalition and consulted with Congress for months before Congress also AGREED to action in Iraq. Where’s the “rush to war” and “war for oil” pronouncements from that crowd now?
(Or would that be “rush to kinetic military action” and “kinetic military action for oil”?)
And perhaps even more disturbing than Obama’s MO for declaring his success, is the fact the reports coming out in the last couple of days indicate that we may be propping up al Qaeda fighters against Gaddafi. As bad as Gaddafi is do we want al Qaeda jihadis exerting major influence if Gaddafi goes?
From UK Telegraph headline:
“Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi, the Libyan rebel leader, has said jihadists who fought against allied troops in Iraq are on the front lines of the battle against Muammar Gaddafi’s regime”
I still don’t understand why Obama wanted to jump on board this campaign. For the anti-war professor who railed against Presidents going to war without Congress and “dumb” wars, it is a bit mind-boggling to understand his thinking on this.
It is clear that the UK and France have a vested interest in oil there, but Obama has went out of his way to alienate those two allies in the last two years. Why would he do this to help them now?
Or is it that Obama saw pressure from the United Nations and will take this opportunity to prove (in his mind) that the world doesn’t need America as a leader. And to prove that he fully intends to follow the lead of the UN and international community instead of obtaining Congressional buy-in and doing what is best for the United States.
Then again, there are theories that Obama wishes to prop up these Muslim radicals (like Al Qaeda) in the region. It seems to be what has happened in Egypt. Get rid of the bad dictator so that an even worse ideological group of Islamic radicals can gain the reigns of power.
Was it pressure from the UN? Is he trying to prove a point about his professor’s take on war and peace? Or he is purposefully propping up the radical Islamic world?
The one item he has stated – to assist in a humanitarian crisis— is the least likely reason why he decided to go into Libya…..if it were, we would have been in Iran two years ago, Egypt three months ago, and Syria and Bahrain now.
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