I aim to clarify my position as to military intervention in the Libyan Civil War. Gaddafi is a bloody tyrant and an enemy of the US. As a conservative I believe in natural law. People everywhere retain the natural law right of rebellion against absolute despotism and tyranny. They do not however have an expectation that horrible consequences will not ensue from the exercise of such rights. It is unreasonable to assume a despotism will not attempt to crush a physical threat to it’s existence with the utmost in ruthlessness and power that it can muster. Gaddafi is such a tyrant.
Not withstanding this, I’d be interested to know how many of these rebels marched in the streets of Libya protesting intervention of the U. S. in Iraq and Afghanistan.
How many of them danced in the streets after 911, holding signs saying, “Death to America!”, “Death to Bush!”, “America is the Great Satan!”
How many of them demanded the destruction of Israel? Does their leadership have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood or Al Queda? The ultimate beneficiary of the Iranian Revolution, the Ayatollah Khomeni, had little to do with directly removing the Shah.
Gadaffi deserves to be removed, but what will follow him? It is sure to be some form of theocratic oppression or strong man dictatorship or a combination thereof. Since being cowed by RWR and GWB, Gaddafi has renounced both his nuclear arms program and his support for international terrorism. By most accounts he has been fairly scrupulous in continuing to do so. Might his replacement discontinue this policy?
My concern today is with the Obama Administration’s feckless response. Whatever the POTUS decides to do, that decision should appear decisive, informed and the presidential team should be unified in statements and principle, whether Obama agrees with me or any one else or not.. Instead the Sec of State says “all options are on the table” while his Sec of Def gives a thumbs down to any ideas of a no-fly zone. My comments are geared toward the accomplishment of what Obama seems to say that HE wants to do.
Well, it’s 3 a.m., the red phone is ringing, people are knocking on the White House door, and nobody’s answering. Middle Eastern and North African countries are boiling over and there is civil war in Libya. China’s huge demand for oil sent its naval ships to the Libyan coast early on. Gasoline prices are soaring and at a House Natural Resources Committee hearing, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar lied to Congress that oil production in the Gulf of Mexico was increasing despite the fact that the Obama admin oil drilling moratorium is unconstitutional and that it has reduced the number of rotary oil drilling rigs from55 to 25. Where is President Obama? Maybe he’s trying to finish his waffles.
From the very beginning of the unrest in Tunisia, the United States has appeared erratic, inconsistent, and contradictory, pontificating and talking loudly while carrying a tiny stick. It also apparently has no clue that Iran, Libya, and Syria are different sorts of autocracies from a dictatorial Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan, or the Gulf states.
Ronald Reagan, when faced with the evidence of Gadhafi’s involvement with terrorist acts against US servicemen in Germany years ago, took decisive action and bombed Libya. He silenced Gadhafi and let him know that if he got out of line he’d be gone. Now that’s decisive action and we didn’t hear much from Gadhafi for a long time — like 20 plus years — and our national security interests haven’t been threatened. Decisive action gets world respect.
How long does it take for the Ahmadinejads of this world to take the measure of this man? Not long. The world regimes now see that the US under Obama is a paper tiger. European socialists loathed the United States led by GWB. But Khadafi gave up his nuclear weapons program right after Bush invaded Iraq. That was not coincidental. Khadafi feared Bush, just as he feared Ronald Reagan. No enemy today has given up anything since Obama took his Nobel Prize for Empty Rhetoric.
Obama is dithering about a possible no-fly zone over Libya, and Bill Daley, his chief of staff, is telling military experts outside the administration that they don’t know what they are talking about. A no-fly zone is an aerial blockade that would cripple Khadafi’s ability to use his planes and helicopters to bomb and strafe Libyan rebels. This might remove Khadafi from power, which is what Obama is demanding. Once the President of the United States stakes his and the nation’s prestige on a imperialistic demand for some murderous tin-pot Generalissimo to resign, he has to put up or shut up. Obama is doing neither.
Somehow this administration is slouching toward the worst of both worlds: moral ambiguity and an open-ended, messy sorta-involvement.
Sen. McCain(R) has said that NATO Forces WILL NOT take any action in Libya unless or until there is a U.N. Resolution authorizing the use of force. Russia and China with permanent vetos on the UNSC are opposed to the no fly zone, and Turkey, with similar objections has a veto over major acts of NATO
The question now, is how many Irans will form as a result of America’s inaction? George Bush caught a lot of flak for invading Iraq to keep the region free. How many democracies, besides Iraq’s, fragile as it might be, exist in the region?
Why should we continue to depend on foreign oil from an unstable region? That, by definition, is an unstable policy. When there’s disruption in the region, it leaves the U.S., and other large countries, vulnerable. It disrupts economic recovery. We have huge oil and natural gas reserves that could make a difference in the supply of crude oil in this country, driving prices down. Instead, we put up with shortages and depend on Middle East oil. We’ll soon pay $5 per gallon at our gas pumps.
In diplomacy, as in medicine, the cardinal principle in any crisis is to first do no harm. The Obama administration’s approach to Libya has violated this principle in at least two respects. Having made matters worse for Libya’s democratic opposition, the administration now must be willing to reverse the damage it has done.
First, there’s the arms embargo, imposed by the U.N. Security Council with strong U.S. support two weeks ago. Initially advertised as a measure that would weaken the Gaddafi regime by preventing it from acquiring additional weapons, the State Department this week revealed its view that the U.N. embargo also makes it illegal to provide defensive arms to the opposition.
An evenhanded arms embargo might make sense if the Libyan conflict were between two equally armed sides and we were indifferent to which side won. But the Gaddafi regime is infinitely better-armed than the rag-tag opposition that, having freed half the country, now faces a withering counterattack from the regime’s artillery and combat aircraft. The Obama administration professes to want the opposition to prevail, but by prohibiting arms transfers to both sides, it has almost guaranteed that Moammar Gaddafi will win a drawn-out conflict. ….
The second Obama administration misstep was its support for the U.N. decision to give the International Criminal Court (ICC) jurisdiction to prosecute Gaddafi….he and his lieutenants are left with just two choices: surrender to international justice or fight it out in Tripoli. Clearly they have no interest in surrendering, so Libya is now locked into a civil war that will rage until one side wins. ….
Essentially, what the United Nations has done in Libya is deny Gaddafi any attractive alternative to fighting to the death with his opposition, while locking in Gaddafi’s overwhelming military advantage in that fight.
If the rebels want to get Obama’s attention they should first sent him their NCAA Final Four predictions.
Libya supplies Europe with its oil and colonial Europe are the ones that created these artificial states.
The Arab League has backed the idea of a no-fly zone over Libya as rebels continue to be pushed back by Colonel Gaddafi’s forces.
A special meeting in Cairo voted to ask the UN Security Council to impose the policy, diplomats told news agencies.
This prompted me to write a diplomatic cable to the Arab League (If Obama can violate the Logan Act than so can I)
Dear Arab League,
Thank you for your approval of the proposed No Fly Zone over Libyan airspace. Now get off your camels, get into your Soviet surplus aircraft, US supplied F-16’s and AWACs and enforce it.
Sen. McCain(R) has said that NATO Forces WILL NOT take any action in Libya unless or until there is a U.N. Resolution authorizing the use of force. Russia and China with permanent vetos on the UNSC are opposed, and Turkey, with similar objections has a veto over major acts of NATO. Should they pursue this course, what will be the response of the Obama Administration?
Gaddafi: Barakeh Obama is friend
A little perspective foryour perusal: On April17, 2010 Libyan leader praises US president: In a speech published in London-based al-Hayat newspaper on Saturday, Gaddafi praised Barack Obama, called him a “friend” and said there is no longer any dispute between his country and the US.
He said, “Now, ruling America is a black man from our continent, an African from Arab descent, from Muslim descent, and this is something we never imagined – that from Reagan we would get to Barakeh Obama.” Uh, Col. Ghaddafi, bus undercarriages DO clear the desert floor, and Obama drives them all OVER the place!!!!
Let Europe and the Arab League handle this to the extent that they can
”What is needed now is Arab intervention using mechanisms of the Arab League and at the same time in accordance with international law,” Omani Foreign Minister Youssef bin Alawi bin Abdullah said in his opening remarks to an Arab League meeting.
Closing down Gadaffi’s AF would not be a major commitment of “blood and treasure.” In fact, it could be a training budget item. The man has about 150 combat aircraft, with an unknown number actually operational, a basic command-and-control structure, and a limited number of dispersal sites. One carrier air group, with its own AWACS capability could either make sure nothing takes off, or destroy key facilities in a 2-day operation, including his SAM infrastructure. Once his people are out of the sky, the rebels might make it on their own, with interdiction of mercenaries an option by the creation of the “no-fly” zone, (an amusing concept for visitors to this flyblown hellhole).
Speaking of blood, UAV attacks at night should catch many units on the ground. Third World air forces are daylight operations.
Fortunately for Obama, cluelessness and naivete are not a crime, or else he would be on permanent lock down. Obama and his administration have been asleep at the wheel since noon on Jan. 20, 2009. He is the most inept, indecisive and utterly directionless “president” we have ever had. He has no focus, and the utter deterioration of the situation in Afghanistan is a good example. Before Obama took over, the situation was promising. When Obama took over, with no clear policy and an utter lack of leadership what has ensued? A Vietnam style quagmire. He tells the enemy when we will leave, which is about the stupidest thing any commander could do. The Afghans may be illiterate and uneducated goat farmers, but they are not stupid. Obama gives them a timeline, so they just maintain the status quo until the last US soldiers and Marines are on the last plane out, and then they resume with fervor. He and his ship of fools administration have taken snatching defeat from the jaws of victory to an art form. In Libya they are only continuing their ongoing record of ineptitude.
And In conclusion, Barack Hussein Obama, Ummm, Ummm Ummm