If you regularly read this blog, you are familiar with my problems with Barrack Obama in his role as the leader of the free world. His address attempting to explain his decision to involve America’s military in Libya’s civil war had some good moments when he waxed philosophically about the need for leadership in the pursuit of human dignity. As background, Obama give us a little history lesson on the “brutal regime” Gaddafi has led for four decades; but failed to mention, specifically, the bombing of Pan Am 103 in 1988 which killed over 2oo Americans. He said that Gaddafi has “lost the confidence of his people.” What a pile……a brutal dictator never has the confidence of his people. Control is maintained with fear! He also failed to explain that eastern Libya has been a futile ground for al-Qaeda and terrorism for years. Instead, he chose to concentrate on the “humanitarian” reasons for our effort in Libya. Well, if humanitarian reasons were the factor that pushed us into Libya, what about Syria? Or North Korea? Or Iran? Or Darfur? Etc.
What really confused me was Obama’s claim that “regime change” was not his objective! But, he has stated that Gaddafi has to be put down…like the “mad dog” that Reagan described during his presidency! Obama, once again, criticized Bush and his strategy in Iraq! (Will the Bush Bashing ever end! Man up, Obama!!) As it has evolved so far, the Bush strategy was correct! The Arab world is ready for democracy; and Arab youth is striving for more freedom and self-government.
Finally (before my head explodes), Obama seemed to apologize for American resolve, strength, and leadership again. He wants to pass this issue (of American national interest, according to Obama, himself) off to NATO. Either fish or cut bait, Barrack!! The speech was weak, too long, lacking in specifics, and uninspiring! He did not define “victory” or his exit strategy! 2012 can’t get here fast enough!!!
P.S. Obama probably has bruises all over from patting himself on the back for all he has accomplished in only 30 days! Ugh!!