Libyan ambassador to U.S. pleads: Say something, Obama

posted at 5:38 pm on February 21, 2011 by Allahpundit

But why? The singular lesson about U.S. power during the Egyptian revolution was that pretty much no one cares what The One thinks. Does this guy honestly believe Qaddafi’s going to call off a carpet-bombing campaign designed to preserve his rule because Obama says he’s “disappointed” in him or whatever?

“I want the U.S. to tell the world and to work with the countries who love peace…they have to stop this,” Ambassador Ali Ojli said, suggesting that he had resigned his post, in an interview with Al Jazeera English.

“I would never ask us to intervene physically in Libya,” he said, but called on the Obama Administration to “take a strong position that what’s happening in libya must be stopped now…and to avoid giving the impression to the Arab world that the West “has only a materialist mind — they don’t care about human rights…except when it comes to their own interest.”

“You see them raising their voices about iran … because they have some interest in in Iran…. When it comes to other countries they don’t raise their voice,” he said, adding that the Arab and Muslim world won’t “trust america or the west if they behave that way.”

Whereas a strong denunciation of Qaddafi from Obama will lead Muslims to trust America? C’mon. As I’m writing this, Hillary has just issued a statement; I haven’t seen it yet, but no doubt all the “gravely concerned” I’s are dotted and the “we urge restraint” T’s are crossed. Talk is cheap, so let’s pick up a thread from the last Libya post: Should the UN/U.S./NATO intervene with air power to ground Qaddafi’s birds? Jonah Goldberg joins Dan Foster at the Corner in saying yes, but Ace’s co-blogger Gabe Malor makes a smart counterargument. If we start blowing Libyan jets out of the sky to protect demonstrators, are we obliged to do the same elsewhere? Even in Yemen, whose regime we count on to keep Al Qaeda’s increasingly dangerous chapter there at bay? Even in … Saudi Arabia?

Foreign policy analyst Marc Lynch makes the case for intervention:

By acting, I mean a response sufficiently forceful and direct to deter or prevent the Libyan regime from using its military resources to butcher its opponents. I have already seen reports that NATO has sternly warned Libya against further violence against its people. Making that credible could mean the declaration and enforcement of a no-fly zone over Libya, presumably by NATO, to prevent the use of military aircraft against the protestors. It could also mean a clear declaration that members of the regime and military will be held individually responsible for any future deaths. The U.S. should call for an urgent, immediate Security Council meeting and push for a strong resolution condeming Libya’s use of violence and authorizing targeted sanctions against the regime. Such steps could stand a chance of reversing the course of a rapidly deteriorating situation. An effective international response could not only save many Libyan lives, it might also send a powerful warning to other Arab leaders who might contemplate following suit against their own protest movements.

I don’t have any illusions that the outside world can control what happens in Libya, if the regime really wants to try to hold power by force. I don’t call for a direct military intervention. And I am keenly, painfully aware of all that could go wrong with even the kinds of responses I am recommending. But right now those fears are outweighed by the urgent imperative of trying to prevent the already bloody situation from getting much, much worse. This is not a peaceful democracy protest movement which the United States can best help by pressuring allied regimes from above, pushing for long-term and meaningful reform, and persuading the military to refrain from violence. It’s gone well beyond that already, and this time I find myself on the side of those demanding more forceful action before it’s too late. The steady stream of highly public defections from the regime suggest that rapid change is possible, yesterday’s speech by Saif al-Islam Qaddafi and today’s events suggest that so is terrible violence.

One alternative to U.S. intervention would be for Egypt to intervene somehow, either by enforcing a no-fly zone in the spirit of revolutionary fraternity (and a payoff from the west, no doubt) and/or by granting amnesty across the border to Libyan troops who want to defect. In fact, there’s already some religious cover for them to act: According to the Guardian, the Muslim Brotherhood’s “spiritual leader” has issued a fatwa calling on Libyan troops to kill Qaddafi. The obvious problem with an Egyptian intervention is that if Qaddafi holds on somehow, he and Egypt are at war. And, per the VDH post that I linked earlier, we’d best be careful about inviting too much Egyptian interest in its next-door neighbor given the oil interests at play. Or is that actually less of a bug and more of a feature? Libyan society may be in no condition to continue oil production in the near future after the shooting stops. Egypt, a more stable platform even given the recent revolution, might be.

In lieu of an exit question, let me quote David Petraeus’s most famous utterance: “Tell me how this ends.”


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“Testing..Testing…Is this thing on?”

When you want Obama to shut-up, he speaks.

When you want Obama to speak, he shuts up.

Hey Libya, tell Obama to butt out. He’ll be on TV speaking within minutes.

portlandon on February 21, 2011 at 5:41 PM

Obama’s speech is ready to go…

Both sides acted stupidly and both sides need to act in a more civil manner to each other.

For Lybia, for Wisconsin, for Tucson….

angryed on February 21, 2011 at 5:41 PM

Obutthead’s to busy thinking what other crap he can say to denounce the Republicans in Wisconsin. He’s a busy busy man. ROFL!!!

capejasmine on February 21, 2011 at 5:42 PM

The Caliphate … Why would Obama say anything?

tarpon on February 21, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Bwahahahahaaa….

/catching my breath

Bwahahahhahhhaaaaa….. I am all for it. The more Obama spake, the more he ‘help’ things along…..

Sir Napsalot on February 21, 2011 at 5:42 PM

The U.S. should call for an urgent, immediate Security Council meeting and push for a strong resolution condeming Libya’s use of violence

The Comfy Chair?!

YYZ on February 21, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Silly wabbit, O’Bummer can only “raise his voice” when it’s time to a)bash Conservatives or other political foes or b)deprecate the status and accomplishments of the United States!

cynccook on February 21, 2011 at 5:43 PM

“Gimme the 5 wood!”

Chuck Schick on February 21, 2011 at 5:43 PM

How this ends?

Easy. The US is weaker. The enemies of the US are stronger.

angryed on February 21, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Hillary just spoke out

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110221/ap_on_re_us/us_us_libya_4

Clinton: Gadhafi must stop bloodshed

William Amos on February 21, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Another textbook case of voting “Present”.

singlemalt 18 on February 21, 2011 at 5:44 PM

He’ll speak when he finishes his waffle and Moochelle finishes whatever she’s eating. Or maybe he’ll let La Hillary stand behind the podium while he checks his watch…

SouthernGent on February 21, 2011 at 5:44 PM

“People of Libya! I vote present!”

Thank you., Did you catch my speech in Cairo?

BigAlSouth on February 21, 2011 at 5:44 PM

In lieu of an exit question, let me quote David Petraeus’s most famous utterance: “Tell me how this ends.”

Badly, very, very badly.

sicoit on February 21, 2011 at 5:44 PM

And, per the VDH post that I linked earlier, we’d best be careful about inviting too much Egyptian interest in its next-door neighbor given the oil interests at play. Or is that actually less of a bug and more of a feature? Libyan society may be in no condition to continue oil production in the near future after the shooting stops. Egypt, a more stable platform even given the recent revolution, might be.

A single Egyptian division could march through Libya to Tunis in a week and probably be cheered all the way there. What that would mean later is the question, and that is a lot of oil, population and U.S. made weapons in the hands of an as yet unknown regime.

sharrukin on February 21, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Why would Obama care, they aren’t trying to take away their collective bargaining rights there are they?

sandee on February 21, 2011 at 5:45 PM

>sigh<

A Nobel Lauriate's work is never done. . . .

dts-01 on February 21, 2011 at 5:45 PM

From Al Jazzera. CNN also has video of hacked up bodies

12:34am: Images of bodies gutted in the attacks are too harrowing to be shown. Our colleagues on the TV side of the newsroom have had to pixellate the bloodied bodies, where limbs have been hacked off and torsos maimed.

12:32am: Saif Gaddafi denies any airstrikes on Libyan cities

12:30am: Further reports that Libyan border guards have abandoned the eastern border with Egypt

William Amos on February 21, 2011 at 5:46 PM

Why would Barry want to start telling anti-American dictators to step down immediately? Break out the kid gloves.

Christien on February 21, 2011 at 5:47 PM

BigAlSouth on February 21, 2011 at 5:44 PM

I hate to laugh at such a serious subject but that was pretty funny.

tommer74 on February 21, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Kaddafi has been SUCH a thorn in our side, a Saddam-lite. And instead of spending some $1,000,000,000,000 to depose Kaddafi, maybe just a few well-placed words would do it. Naw. Too hard. Too much effort. *smiles, saunters, points, faux hugs, shout outs, “let me be clear”, “I’ve said this all along”, big smile, points, saunters off”. Not a word about Kaddafi.

Paul-Cincy on February 21, 2011 at 5:48 PM

crickets

Wade on February 21, 2011 at 5:48 PM

Is it possible he went somewhere? Did he sneak off skiing with Michelle and the girls?

MayBee on February 21, 2011 at 5:48 PM

I wonder if Obama is aware of how paralyzed he is by his fear of taking a stance, or if he and his inner circle are patting themselves on the back for being too clever to commit him to a position. Gotta say…I’m leaning toward a total lack of self-awareness on his part.

cynccook on February 21, 2011 at 5:48 PM

At this point, extracting a statement from obama, other than “Present”, would be meaningless political cover. The world, minus those already under the effect of the kool-aide, already knows he’s an articulate, lying empty suit.

However, a president with grit making a timely pronouncement out of conviction? That definitely would carry weight around the world. And it would go a long way in casting off the moral shame we have brought upon ourselves in electing such an incompetent, spineless administration.

paul1149 on February 21, 2011 at 5:49 PM

CNN Video. Libyan soldiers burned alive for not firing on civilians

http://tinyurl.com/66uhrex

William Amos on February 21, 2011 at 5:50 PM

This is worse than 1978 with that inept boob, Carter.

Gothguy on February 21, 2011 at 5:51 PM

“FORE!” swoosh!

ThePrez on February 21, 2011 at 5:51 PM

I hate to appear glib under such seriously dire circumstances, but Obama should threaten to kidnap Qaddafi, whisk him off to Gitmo, and waterboard him repeatedly if he butchers anymore protesters. I heard that waterboarding is the worst thing ever, so this should work.

Buy Danish on February 21, 2011 at 5:52 PM

or is it swoosh “FORE!”

ThePrez on February 21, 2011 at 5:52 PM

“…we’d best be careful about inviting too much Egyptian interest in its next-door neighbor given the oil interests at play.”

Well, the good news is that at least Obowma is still in contempt for his drilling moratorium…

… Oh, wait!

Seven Percent Solution on February 21, 2011 at 5:53 PM

I wonder if Obama is aware of how paralyzed he is by his fear of taking a stance

cynccook on February 21, 2011 at 5:48 PM

It’s remarkable. It’s as if he doesn’t want to take any kind of blame, ever. But that’s the price of leadership. As TR said, it’s the “man in the arena” who gets the credit and the blame. Obama doesn’t want dirty hands, as if he can lead with benign rhetoric only, and not ever taking a stand. Taking action, making mistakes, taking the blame, shouldering the guilt, that would show he’s not superhuman, he’s not the annointed One, he’s just a man. I guess that’s too much for him to bear.

Paul-Cincy on February 21, 2011 at 5:53 PM

Israel should just go in and conquer them all.

Cindy Munford on February 21, 2011 at 5:54 PM

This is where our country, and the world, is missing real leadership out of the WH. A real leader (and a real Sec of State, for that matter) would be twisting arms behind the scenes with the relevent ME players to put a stop to this. Zero and Hillpants don’t even know who to call, much less what to say. Pathetic.

teacherman on February 21, 2011 at 5:54 PM

They’re trying to decide which Barry clone will speak about this. I think it’ll be the darker-skinned Barry this time with just a touch of gray in his hair. I wish I were kidding and didn’t believe there really are more than one of him.

SouthernGent on February 21, 2011 at 5:55 PM

“no one cares what the One thinks”

Heh, Candy Crowly cries, all of her.

Schadenfreude on February 21, 2011 at 5:55 PM

I don’t know about this. Maybe some back channel stuff would be better. Something a little less obvious than shooting down jets.

Terrye on February 21, 2011 at 5:55 PM

no one cares what The One thinks

Heh, Candy Crowly cries, all of her.

Schadenfreude on February 21, 2011 at 5:56 PM

TOTUS picked a fine time for a day off.

catmman on February 21, 2011 at 5:57 PM

“The Libyans acted stupidly”

-Obama

rihar on February 21, 2011 at 5:57 PM

“Dear World,

The United States Of America is no longer the world’s police. The US of A therefore, has decided to pass the baton to France.

Please leave your message after the beep.”

ProudPalinFan on February 21, 2011 at 5:59 PM

At what point is it safe to say that opening the Egyptian Pandora’s Box by the Obama Administration was not such a good idea?

BKeyser on February 21, 2011 at 5:59 PM

“Moammar acted stupidly.”

halfastro on February 21, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Trust me, sometimes its best if he says nothing.
In the mean time, here’s a little bit of mood music for Libya.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-S90Uch2as

mizflame98 on February 21, 2011 at 5:59 PM

The words of an apostate are meaningless in the world of the Koran.

Can anyone honestly believe that anything Obama says at this point will have any meaning, have any positive effect? After allowing dozens and dozens of Iranian students and common citizens be killed by the Iranian regime in 2009, after a blatantly dishonest election…stating that we shouldn’t “meddle”…why would anyone in that part of the world give credence to anything Obama says?

Now, a President with established solid credentials, demonstrating character of the highest quality, adhering to real principles…that be an entirely different matter.

coldwarrior on February 21, 2011 at 5:59 PM

“Qaddafi, my friend, I urge you to follow through with an organized and civil transition” — Obama

Schadenfreude on February 21, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Oops, sorry rihar.

halfastro on February 21, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Bwahahahhahhhaaaaa….. I am all for it. The more Obama spake, the more he ‘help’ things along…..

Sir Napsalot on February 21, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Yeah, like the Bears and the Steelers. Right, JetBoy?

ProudPalinFan on February 21, 2011 at 6:00 PM

And this featherweight called himself the “Gipper”.

Schadenfreude on February 21, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Zero and Hillpants don’t even know who to call, much less what to say. Pathetic.

teacherman on February 21, 2011 at 5:54 PM

Pfffffttttt puhlease! They’re tooooo busy working on destroying OUR great country.

sicoit on February 21, 2011 at 6:01 PM

He can’t say something. Only leaders lead. He is a pretender in chief.

carbon_footprint on February 21, 2011 at 6:01 PM

Barry is still trying to figure out what Bush would have done.

So he can do the opposite.

GarandFan on February 21, 2011 at 6:01 PM

Winning the Future (WTF) and Seizing the Future (STFU), one silence or confusion of conviction at a time!

Schadenfreude on February 21, 2011 at 6:02 PM

I wonder if the MSM is still going to be so quick to claim credit for the implosion of the Middle East on Obama’s behalf after this. It will be even more interesting after the dust clears and the Muslim Brotherhood is the only one left standing.

cynccook on February 21, 2011 at 6:02 PM

Eunuchs of the world rejoice. You’re represented very well these days.

Schadenfreude on February 21, 2011 at 6:03 PM

Heh, Candy Crowly cries, all of her.
Schadenfreude on February 21, 2011 at 5:56 PM

Ouch! I also note how Candy butchered the English language here: “Even though the streets look differently?”

Buy Danish on February 21, 2011 at 6:04 PM

He doesn’t have time for you Libya. He’s too busy battling he Wisconsin government and siding with the unions.

mizflame98 on February 21, 2011 at 6:04 PM

I swear, Obama’s magic 8 ball must be cursed. He flubs it every single time.

NotCoach on February 21, 2011 at 6:04 PM

I am more interested in Obama’s plan to take advantage of all this turmoil so it is good for the western world and the US and not a win for either Iran or China.

albill on February 21, 2011 at 6:04 PM

he = the

mizflame98 on February 21, 2011 at 6:06 PM

You know, this is getting really, really serious.

Where the heck is BO?

This is not just criticism it is genuine concern. My God, please help these people, and God please help the US and our Allies.

Key West Reader on February 21, 2011 at 6:06 PM

I am more interested in Obama’s plan to take advantage of all this turmoil so it is good for the western world and the US and not a win for either Iran or China.

albill on February 21, 2011 at 6:04 PM

Are you high?

Key West Reader on February 21, 2011 at 6:06 PM

In related news, the supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, yesterday called on Muslims to “remove” the US from the Islamic world.

This proponent of “the religion of peace” was speaking to a meeting Shiite and Sunni scholars in Tehran at an international conference on Islam, when he said:

The main problem in the Muslim world is the presence of the United States. It is the biggest problem. We need to address that. It is necessary to remove the US from the Islamic world.

He added that America was currently weak.

kingsjester on February 21, 2011 at 6:07 PM

I swear, Obama’s magic 8 ball must be cursed. He flubs it every single time.

NotCoach on February 21, 2011 at 6:04 PM

I’m thinking someone jinxed his magic 8 ball cube and all sides say, “ask again later”.

Key West Reader on February 21, 2011 at 6:07 PM

You know, this is getting really, really serious.

Where the heck is BO?

Key West Reader on February 21, 2011 at 6:06 PM

He has his priorities. Now, if Michael Vick was in some trouble, he’d be right there for him.

Paul-Cincy on February 21, 2011 at 6:08 PM

He added that America was currently weak.

kingsjester on February 21, 2011 at 6:07 PM

If they take Saudi Arabia then our troops are trapped and utterly surrounded. I said this last week.

On purpose, Obama? You said they’d be “out” in 2011 but you didn’t say “how” they’d be out.

Key West Reader on February 21, 2011 at 6:09 PM

I swear, Obama’s magic 8 ball must be cursed. He flubs it every single time.

NotCoach on February 21, 2011 at 6:04 PM

That’s because it only has one answer.

mizflame98 on February 21, 2011 at 6:09 PM

He added that America was currently weak.

kingsjester on February 21, 2011 at 6:07 PM

Are you a member of Michelle Malkin’s site?..:)

Dire Straits on February 21, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Clinton: Gadhafi must stop bloodshed
William Amos on February 21, 2011 at 5:43 PM

WASHINGTON – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is condemning the violence against anti-government protesters in Libya and calling on the government of Moammar Gadhafi (MOO’-ah-mar gah-DAH’-fee) to “stop this unacceptable bloodshed.”

So, is some bloodshed acceptable?

Buy Danish on February 21, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Obama: “The bombing bowing starts in five minutes.”

Christien on February 21, 2011 at 6:10 PM

I’m game if the ME calls Obama a Muslim, and ask why The Won won’t speak. That would clarify a bit his true origins.

ProudPalinFan on February 21, 2011 at 6:11 PM

Dire Straits on February 21, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Yep. Joined up today.

kingsjester on February 21, 2011 at 6:11 PM

Hey Libya, tell Obama to butt out. He’ll be on TV speaking within minutes.

portlandon on February 21, 2011 at 5:41 PM

+1

spot on..

cmsinaz on February 21, 2011 at 6:11 PM

It is time for Obama to do what Obama does best!

Vote ‘Present’.

ajacksonian on February 21, 2011 at 6:12 PM

Obama has the right idea. Anything the US says, the response we get is that “the great Satan sucks”.

rickyricardo on February 21, 2011 at 6:12 PM

If they take Saudi Arabia then our troops are trapped and utterly surrounded. I said this last week.

On purpose, Obama? You said they’d be “out” in 2011 but you didn’t say “how” they’d be out.

Key West Reader on February 21, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Blackhawk Down on a much grander scale.

mizflame98 on February 21, 2011 at 6:12 PM

Yep. Joined up today.

kingsjester on February 21, 2011 at 6:11 PM

Good Deal!..:)

Dire Straits on February 21, 2011 at 6:12 PM

Chuck Schick on February 21, 2011 at 5:43 PM

lol

cmsinaz on February 21, 2011 at 6:12 PM

thanks for looking out for us DS :)

cmsinaz on February 21, 2011 at 6:13 PM

Just point out to him who acted stupidly and he’ll be on it in a second!

ya2daup on February 21, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Blackhawk Down on a much grander scale.

mizflame98 on February 21, 2011 at 6:12 PM

Where our our Generals, our CIA leaders? Our Joint Cheifs? Surely they won’t have to drag this scrawny jackass out of a bubble bath?

I think we have about 10 days to prepare. All of the commies, islamist, union groups are converging during the first week in March. So sayeth their websites.

Key West Reader on February 21, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Well, bho has to get through soros and jarrett before he make any statement. mo is out eating gobs of fat food, taking a vacation so she can’t be bothered. Thankfully, I have not seen bho’s face on the tube in a few days.
L

letget on February 21, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Just a question but does anyone know if there are rumblings in Iraq yet? Everywhere else in the Middle East seems to be exploding.

sharrukin on February 21, 2011 at 6:17 PM

Oops, sorry rihar.

halfastro on February 21, 2011 at 5:59 PM

great minds… and so forth.

rihar on February 21, 2011 at 6:18 PM

” You guys all laughed at my high speed rail.”
“Well how do I look now with 6 dollars gas”?
” You can thank me later”.
Now watch this putt!

jjshaka on February 21, 2011 at 6:18 PM

thanks for looking out for us DS :)

cmsinaz on February 21, 2011 at 6:13 PM

No problem..You would do the same for me!..:)

Dire Straits on February 21, 2011 at 6:21 PM

“Present.”

Wethal on February 21, 2011 at 6:21 PM

Obama is such a frakking pusillanimous president

blatantblue on February 21, 2011 at 6:21 PM

Dear leader is clueless, that’s why there is no word from the wh. Totus is stumped, too.

Kissmygrits on February 21, 2011 at 6:21 PM

Sorry, which union did you say you were with again?
 
- President Barack H. Obama

rogerb on February 21, 2011 at 6:23 PM

Just a question but does anyone know if there are rumblings in Iraq yet? Everywhere else in the Middle East seems to be exploding.

sharrukin on February 21, 2011 at 6:17 PM

Yes, over the weekend there were several protests… all hushed by MSM. Don’t use Google to search, use BING. You will find all the articles.

Key West Reader on February 21, 2011 at 6:23 PM

Dire Straits on February 21, 2011 at 6:21 PM

you betcha :)

cmsinaz on February 21, 2011 at 6:23 PM

rogerb on February 21, 2011 at 6:23 PM

this

cmsinaz on February 21, 2011 at 6:23 PM

is the NBA All-Star Game over yet?

bayview on February 21, 2011 at 6:24 PM

Yes, over the weekend there were several protests… all hushed by MSM. Don’t use Google to search, use BING. You will find all the articles.

Key West Reader on February 21, 2011 at 6:23 PM

Thanks will do that!

sharrukin on February 21, 2011 at 6:24 PM

Why would Obama intervene? The Libya protesters ARE NOT union members. D’oh!

Niteowl45 on February 21, 2011 at 6:28 PM

I’m thinking he really wants to be on the right side of something for a change….

He’s waiting for the dust to settle before he says ‘You see?? It’s like I’ve always said….’

Taaa Daaa!!!

BigWyo on February 21, 2011 at 6:28 PM

You know he’ll say the worst thing possible in any given situation.
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Probably intentionally.
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Absolute moron.

esblowfeld on February 21, 2011 at 6:28 PM

May have been mentioned, however it bears another look. Mr. President of the USA: I must stick my nose in the State’s business, Wisconsin and unions, Arizona and immigration, police acting STuPIdly etc., however when it comes to the business of foreign affairs (my job description) ??? I think I need a vacation…

me_a_name on February 21, 2011 at 6:31 PM

heh:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fuDDqU6n4o

RealMc on February 21, 2011 at 6:34 PM

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