Video: Obama still silent as Hillary, UN Security Council condemn Qaddafi for bloodshed

posted at 7:05 pm on February 22, 2011 by Allahpundit

Bill Kristol is disgusted at both the vacuity of Hillary’s pro forma denunciation and The One’s deafening silence. I wish I could join him on the latter, but I keep coming back to those two weeks of White House bumbling on Egypt. What reason is there to believe that anyone in Libya would care what Obama has to say? And why should we trust that an Obama statement today won’t be contradicted by a Jay Carney briefing tomorrow or a Frank Wisner interview on Thursday or a Joe Biden presser on Friday? If the worry is that the White House doesn’t seem concerned about violence, the Hillary clip below will reassure you. Not that it should have to — “no violence against protesters” was, after all, the one consistent demand that Obama made of Mubarak during the Cairo demonstrations — but of course, Qaddafi’s not going to listen to this anyway. A U.S. statement is thus purely perfunctory, which may help make us feel good about ourselves but achieves nothing meaningful on the ground. Without any real leverage, as the man himself once said, it’s … just words.

That said, precisely because talk is cheap here, it is odd that Obama hasn’t fired up the TOTUS for a paint-by-numbers “I condemn” statement. A reader e-mails that he might be worried about Qaddafi taking hostages among Americans who are momentarily trapped inside the country, but (a) that risk is inherent no matter what O does or doesn’t do and (b) in any case, Hillary’s statement presumably provides enough of a pretext. If I had to guess, my assumption would be that O’s lying low because he doesn’t want to lend any credence to Qaddafi’s ranting about the protests being an American plot or whatever. That was also a consideration in his early silence about the Green Revolution in Iran two years ago: When the opposition has some momentum and the regime starts screeching about the Great Satan, it’s best not to give them anything they can point to as evidence of interference. Hence the compromise by having Hillary speak. The White House has to say something, but by farming it out to a less visible player, they reduce Qaddafi’s ability to demagogue it. Or at least, that’s the theory; if Qaddafi cares, for whatever reason, what America thinks, at this point he’s probably the only one who does.

Just within the last half hour or so, the Security Council issued its own perfunctory statement denouncing violence against Libyan protesters. Whether there’s something more meaningful to come depends, I guess, on how ruthless Qaddafi gets over the next few days. Or maybe not. This is, after all, the UN we’re talking about.


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Barry is silent because this is what he wants in his home continent! Africa is the difference between this and Iran.

SouthernGent on February 22, 2011 at 7:09 PM

Speaking of Qaddafi,hes also the “Joker”!!

http://muslimmatters.org/2011/02/22/41-years-of-qaddafis-rule-leads-to-genocide-in-libya/

canopfor on February 22, 2011 at 7:10 PM

My guess is, the silence comes from the fact that Obama and company may be thinking they’ll have to employ these same tactics in the near future.

He can denounce all he wants, but as was said…it’s just words. We have no credibility anymore, thanks to Obutthead.

capejasmine on February 22, 2011 at 7:11 PM

Show of hands, please…

Who is surprised by any of this?

Anyone?

No one?

Really?

(No one should be the least bit surprised – this is the same man who visited Kenya as a Senator, remember all that? – Remember what happened in the aftermath?)

turfmann on February 22, 2011 at 7:11 PM

*Cough Cough*…Cairo Speech BackFire…..

canopfor on February 22, 2011 at 7:12 PM

The silence on Libya is deafening. No question about it.

petefrt on February 22, 2011 at 7:12 PM

Saw this earlier.

Pathetic. This administration is, for the most part, a joke on foreign policy.

blatantblue on February 22, 2011 at 7:14 PM

War is bad for children and other living things.

BL@KBIRD on February 22, 2011 at 7:15 PM

Waiting until focus group results are in….

Caper29 on February 22, 2011 at 7:16 PM

According to this guy on Libyan TV, Zionists & Americans are Instigating the Protests in the Middle East

Don’t immediately dismiss him just because he’s wearing a pretty dress and a vaguely amusing hat.

mudskipper on February 22, 2011 at 7:16 PM

Ask trumpka, he’s busy on union organizing, no time for International emergencies.

tim c on February 22, 2011 at 7:16 PM

CK said it on Special Report- what the administration has made clear to the world is that if you are a friend of the US, we’ll condemn you, if you’re an enemy, you get a pass.

I was thinking earlier that Hillary stands the most to gain here, if she has eyes on the White House. She could resign in protest over the complete mishandling of the middle eastern issue- surely she’s got enough dirt on Barry to destroy him in a primary. She’d be really tough to beat at this point, and it’s likely she’d beat any republican in ’12. Not that I’m advocating this course of action, but I think it’s there for her if she wants it.

BKeyser on February 22, 2011 at 7:17 PM

Dr. K said tonight that our allies now know that there will be no support from BHO and our enemies will get a pass…

d1carter on February 22, 2011 at 7:18 PM

What reason is there to believe that anyone in Libya would care what Obama has to say?

No one cares what they believe.

All the world used to care what the U.S. stands for.

Eunuch in Chief, a weasely narcissist. Disgusting!

I dare any of you, or anyone, to name one people who are free due to Obama.

Schadenfreude on February 22, 2011 at 7:18 PM

I wish I could join him on the latter, but I keep coming back to those two weeks of White House bumbling on Egypt. What reason is there to believe that anyone in Libya would care what Obama has to say?

Used to be US felt an obligation to speak up when people were being indiscriminately slaughtered…now, not so much. Squishiness on right and left and full on castrati is all that’s left….pitiful.

winston on February 22, 2011 at 7:19 PM

The silence is deafening. My guess is the reason for the silence is Øbama is once again lost, clueless, distracted by his domestic priorities and waaay over his head.

petefrt on February 22, 2011 at 7:19 PM

BKeyser on February 22, 2011 at 7:17 PM

Great minds…?

d1carter on February 22, 2011 at 7:19 PM

OH SH*T,while the Middle East is going to hell in a
hand basket,

AFRICA is on the way,heres a map,and what Qaddafi
was supporting throughout Africa!!

And,isn’t it interesting that DinnerJacket is seeing his
VISION of the M.E unfolding,

and,it appears more,that groups,didn’t like Qaddafi plans
for a United Africa,what a F”K mess!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
*********************************************************
Update II:
————–

As the uprising continues in Libya it would be unfair not to report on the extent of Qadafi’s influence in Africa- he strongly believes in pan African unity visualizing a Unites States of Africa with him as the ‘King of kings’ his words.

Read more about his dream of African Unity here .

http://muslimmatters.org/2011/02/22/41-years-of-qaddafis-rule-leads-to-genocide-in-libya/
=====================================
(MAP)

http://muslimmatters.org/wp-content/uploads/nw-africa-folio22-_1202923a.jpg

canopfor on February 22, 2011 at 7:19 PM

I find it humorous, that Obama can’t say anything. As far as policy goes, we should stay the [expletive] out of it. Conserve our resources, plan for disaster, stockpile what we’ll need, and wait it out.

There is no need to get involved in any of this yet. Remember Somalia? where Sally Struthers was on the nightly news each night begging the (heartless republican) president to do something for the starving children, until finally something was done, and promptly screwed up?

Skandia Recluse on February 22, 2011 at 7:20 PM

…and you still remember what happened in Lebanon, right? We won’t make that mistake a second time, right?

Skandia Recluse on February 22, 2011 at 7:22 PM

I wish I could join him on the latter, but I keep coming back to those two weeks of White House bumbling on Egypt. What reason is there to believe that anyone in Libya would care what Obama has to say?

Obama was elected for his verbal eloquence and his ability to get along with all nations.

We all know he’s a bumbling fool, but the majority of the public think Barry can smooth the worlds pain with his words.

portlandon on February 22, 2011 at 7:23 PM

Obama is too busy worrying about new apartments being built in Israel to waste time on these trivial matters.

bopbottle on February 22, 2011 at 7:23 PM

Who cares about this when republicans are busting unions?

joeindc44 on February 22, 2011 at 7:23 PM

Obama cannot seperate himself from whats right for America
as President,and his Social Justice Orhganizing,as a Commun
ity Agitator,coupled with,wanting out of Americ’s Wars.So
Militarily,he wont do anything,and the WORLD,dam* well knows
it!!

He,(Hopey/Changey)was unfit,from the very beginning,to be
POTUSA!!!

canopfor on February 22, 2011 at 7:24 PM

I think Obama should give another speech denouncing America and talk about what wonderful inventions Islam has brought to the world, like suicide vests and stonings.

GardenGnome on February 22, 2011 at 7:25 PM

Don’t worry about Obama’s silence. March Madness starts soon. Then he’ll be on ESPN 37 times a day.

JammieWearingFool on February 22, 2011 at 7:25 PM

Im convinced Hillary is staying on as Israel’s last line of defense. Maybe she can play for time while Israel preapres to strike down the line. I mean really what else is there at this point?

FWIW Rev Wright lovvves Qadafi and had pics with him and traveled to meet him and deliver aid to him, yada yada. So I am not convinced Obama is not a supporter of Qadafi.

That this joker got the Nobel Peace Prize and says NOT A WORD, AFTER, after mind you, the Qadaffi comes out and says he will go house to house to ‘cleanse’ his own people says it all.

There is no one running the show at SITCOM and when HRC does try to support an ally, let’s say as she did on Day 1 of Egypt when she said they were strong, well Obama will just toss her under the bus and round her up and say she was mistaken.

It is almost as if he was aiding our enemies and betraying our allies.

ginaswo on February 22, 2011 at 7:26 PM

Same as Clinton,domestically….yes,

anything internationally,no!!

canopfor on February 22, 2011 at 7:26 PM

Smart Power is on full display here folks.

The Adults are ….really working on their speeches…

…sort of.

BigWyo on February 22, 2011 at 7:27 PM

and the point is UK AND ITALY would LISTEN to some Obama speak, PRESSURE on the EU to do something, NATO to do something. They have closest ties to Libya for the oil.

ginaswo on February 22, 2011 at 7:27 PM

Barry is learning. When you have nothing to say. THEN DON’T SAY IT!

It’s not as if anyone would follow his lead anyway.

GarandFan on February 22, 2011 at 7:28 PM

Wrecking Ball World Tour 2009-2013 !!!!

Feb 2011 Stop just added: LIBYA!

PappyD61 on February 22, 2011 at 7:28 PM

Sorry, but Hillary has had such a miniscule impact on foreign affairs since taking office that I’m pretty sure no one cares what she has to say about anything, either. Does any country take her seriously or ask for her opinion or is she just obliged by the office she holds to go make some kind of statement? I think sadly we’re pretty much a joke to a lot of countries anymore.

scalleywag on February 22, 2011 at 7:29 PM

Wrecking Ball World Tour 2009-2013 !!!!

Feb 2011 Stop just added: LIBYA!

PappyD61 on February 22, 2011 at 7:28 PM

PappyD61:Percisely,Hopey’s DeStabilization Tour,gawd
help,the Western World!:)

canopfor on February 22, 2011 at 7:29 PM

Present

Shiny_Tiara on February 22, 2011 at 7:30 PM

JammieWearingFool on February 22, 2011 at 7:25 PM

Sad, but probably true. Or maybe he’ll weigh in on the next state to try and deal with budget issues.

scalleywag on February 22, 2011 at 7:31 PM

Breaking News: Obama will be making a statement regarding the Carmello Anthony trade from The Denver Nuggets to the New York Knicks.

portlandon on February 22, 2011 at 7:32 PM

OK one or two revolutions were a bunch of work to be keepin up on, but 8?…..seriously. This totally interferes with the parties, golfin and vacations he and the 1st Walrus signed up for.

Alden Pyle on February 22, 2011 at 7:36 PM

Hah, Shep, in a Freudean slip way, just said “the Union of the State”.

Oh, and Obama is on a “to be seen tour” with his tiny staff. What midgets.

Schadenfreude on February 22, 2011 at 7:36 PM

K-DAffy is blaming the West? I saw on a Fox scrawl that he was blaming fundamental Islamists. Which I have to admit I liked seeing. Did something get lost in translation?

Cindy Munford on February 22, 2011 at 7:38 PM

It is almost as if He was is aiding our enemies and betraying our allies.

ginaswo on February 22, 2011 at 7:26 PM

There really is no other way to interpret what we see. He is not advancing the best interests of the United States of America, nor is he preserving, protecting or defending the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign…

Well, we can forget about the domestic part of that oath – he is the domestic enemy he is supposed to be protecting us against.

turfmann on February 22, 2011 at 7:40 PM

Better if he doesn’t talk, really. Just let the man eat his waffle.

aero on February 22, 2011 at 7:43 PM

Video: Obama still silent

Obama doesn’t want to possibly tarnish his image by getting his hands dirty. That’s reprehensible. The credit goes to the man in the arena. Both praise and blame. Obama is the most powerful person in the world, and what is he doing to shape our destiny. He’s spending our money to show in the grandest liberal tradition that he has the very best intentions. To make himself look good. Otherwise, he’s doing nothing.

Paul-Cincy on February 22, 2011 at 7:45 PM

Pussy Galore-in-chief

katy the mean old lady on February 22, 2011 at 7:46 PM

Just two short years ago he was Obama the Omnipotent.

Now he is Obama the Impotent.

/”Now, let’s have some break out sessions with some small bidnesses here in Ohio” that I plan to destroy!

Key West Reader on February 22, 2011 at 7:49 PM

Obama’s not worried about demonstrators getting massacred in Libya. He’s got to focus on the potential for public union massacres in state legislatures across the country. Gotta have your priorities. Libyans don’t give money or votes to The One after all.

chickasaw42 on February 22, 2011 at 7:51 PM

Hmm.Seem to have been moderated. Let me re-phrase.
Allah’sFavoriteFelineGalore-n-chief.

katy the mean old lady on February 22, 2011 at 7:52 PM

. Libyans don’t give money or votes to The One after all.

chickasaw42 on February 22, 2011 at 7:51 PM

Sure about that?

katy the mean old lady on February 22, 2011 at 7:55 PM

Obama still silent

at least he chews his waffles with his mouth closed…..

ted c on February 22, 2011 at 7:56 PM

at least he chews his waffles with his mouth closed…..

ted c on February 22, 2011 at 7:56 PM

But he apparently keeps his eyes open whilst being screwed openly and publicly by our worst enemies.

/I dunno, Ted. You can have him. I don’t want him. He’s too weak for me! (that’s an old funny song)

Key West Reader on February 22, 2011 at 8:00 PM

/I dunno, Ted. You can have him. I don’t want him. He’s too weak for me! (that’s an old funny song)

Key West Reader on February 22, 2011 at 8:00 PM

“Besides,there’s plenty more where hecame from” great old song

katy the mean old lady on February 22, 2011 at 8:04 PM

With Øbama and Shrillary totally absorbed in their own personal game of political chess, it’s a wonder that any foreign policy gets done at all.

petefrt on February 22, 2011 at 8:06 PM

you ladies are dating yourselves….

ted c on February 22, 2011 at 8:09 PM

Hmm.Seem to have been moderated. Let me re-phrase.
Allah’sFavoriteFelineGalore-n-chief.

katy the mean old lady on February 22, 2011 at 7:52 PM

katy the mean old lady:Do you mean,the chick from 007,

Pussy Galore!:)

canopfor on February 22, 2011 at 8:11 PM

From,MB English website,

23:58 Reuters:

Libyan army deploys in large numbers in Sabratah, west of Tripoli, after protesters destroy gov’t buildings

http://www.ikhwanweb.com/

canopfor on February 22, 2011 at 8:14 PM

Pussy Galore!:)

canopfor on February 22, 2011 at 8:11 PM

Well,yeah.HA likes Canadians mo bettah! :(

katy the mean old lady on February 22, 2011 at 8:22 PM

you ladies are dating yourselves….

ted c on February 22, 2011 at 8:09 PM

Honey,they carbon -date me.
The late,great Nina Simone did it best.

katy the mean old lady on February 22, 2011 at 8:25 PM

Really?

(No one should be the least bit surprised – this is the same man who visited Kenya as a Senator, remember all that? – Remember what happened in the aftermath?)

turfmann on February 22, 2011 at 7:11 PM

Why, yes. Yes, I do. That is why I consider ObaMao not a community organizer, but a community agitator.

(This is petty, but whoever told Hillary to grow her “golden locks” gave her very bad advice.)

onlineanalyst on February 22, 2011 at 8:30 PM

Those dirty trixters. Trottin’ out The Cankinator to scare off the enemies… Eh, ya dirty rats.

/OK moslem jihadi bro’s, commie pinko marxist union thugs. Let’s take our signs and go home. The Cankinator says we’re being bad. Dammit. Awwe geeze.

Key West Reader on February 22, 2011 at 8:53 PM

Obama released a statement on Friday, politely asking Qaddafi to treat the protesters with respect.

On Monday, Qaddafi began slaughtering them in the street.

Thank heavens we were smart enough to elect the ONE person who would unite the world and make everyone love each other.

Bruce MacMahon on February 22, 2011 at 9:06 PM

Obama still silent

Something you don’t have hear everyday..

Caper29 on February 22, 2011 at 9:08 PM

I wondered about this, but someone pointed out that we have quite a few state department families still trying to get out.

I am guessing that this is egg-walking time until they are safe, so I am going to support Obama on keeping quiet.

Let’s get the Americans out of there as well as foreign workers with whom we have relations.

AnninCA on February 22, 2011 at 9:10 PM

AnninCA on February 22, 2011 at 9:10 PM

Ann, they are stuck there because our State Department screwed up. We are trying workarounds because they are in fact, trapped. Now, if they get killed? Who will you blame then?

Key West Reader on February 22, 2011 at 9:13 PM

Here’s the confirming link. US “unable” to evacuate diplomats from Libya”

Nice work, demtards.

Key West Reader on February 22, 2011 at 9:16 PM

I Wish Hill-Dawg were President, not Obama…….. really

Opinionnation on February 22, 2011 at 9:44 PM

Qhadafi is buddies with Hugo Chavez; maybe Hugo called Bammie and asked him to go easy on Mo-Mo?

slickwillie2001 on February 22, 2011 at 9:54 PM

Ann, they are stuck there because our State Department screwed up. We are trying workarounds because they are in fact, trapped. Now, if they get killed? Who will you blame then?

Key West Reader on February 22, 2011 at 9:13 PM

I noticed Hillary looked very, very uncomfortable. And I did wonder why in the heck the families were even still there.

What happened? Did they mistime the exits?

AnninCA on February 22, 2011 at 9:58 PM

Pussy Galore!:)

canopfor on February 22, 2011 at 8:11 PM
=========================
Well,yeah.HA likes Canadians mo bettah! :(

katy the mean old lady on February 22, 2011 at 8:22 PM

katy the mean old lady:Hehe!:)

canopfor on February 22, 2011 at 10:03 PM

Surely even hardcore Obamabots feel uneasy at his refusal to lead.

disa on February 22, 2011 at 11:44 PM

Here’s the confirming link. US “unable” to evacuate diplomats from Libya”

Nice work, demtards.
Key West Reader on February 22, 2011 at 9:16 PM

Are you KIDDING me?

Can’t?

No, that is utterly incorrect. Anyone who has even a passing understanding of the OUTSTANDING professionalism of our armed forces knows full well that they can and would extract every single one of our citizens who desire to leave.

Let Qua-daffy know that we’ll be by to pick up a few folks. No problems, OK? And if they so much as look at them cross-eyed, well, let’s make sure that the ROE are such that there is little risk for us.

We just need a leader who puts things in perspective correctly.

And that person is not the current president.

turfmann on February 23, 2011 at 4:13 AM

Maybe Obama is worried Gaddafi’s people will release the records showing the amount of money donated to his campaign.

davod on February 23, 2011 at 6:12 AM

PS.

The same could be said of Obama’s deallings with a number of foreign countries and organizations.

davod on February 23, 2011 at 6:16 AM

It’s too bad that Qadaffi duck doesn’t have ‘illegal settlements’ that would really raise the hackles on this Administration to issue a strong statement against him.

eaglewingz08 on February 23, 2011 at 7:23 AM

If you notice Barry is silent on the most ruthless of these dictators and hardest on the easier type. Also hard on those friendly to us and easy on those tyrant states that are unfriendly.

Herb on February 23, 2011 at 8:05 AM

VIDEO: Gaddafi Regime Using Heavy Weapons on Protesters
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/

The Times newspaper said Wednesday it had footage of severely wounded and dead protesters in a Libyan hospital which proved that heavy weapons were being used to crush the uprising.

Shocking footage of corpses with bodies blasted off and patients with almost completely severed torsos provided “incontrovertible evidence” that heavy artillery was used, Martin Fletcher, the newspaper’s associate editor said.

“It’s not entirely clear how these men were killed, it could have been by fighter jets, it could have been by helicopter gunships, it could have been by mortar, it could have been by heavy machine guns,” Fletcher said.

“One thing is abundantly clear, they were not killed by tear gas or by batons or by methods of suppressing peaceful protests that are generally considered the outer limits of what is acceptable,” he added.

Terp Mole on February 23, 2011 at 8:37 AM

Wow! Smart Power in action.

kens on February 23, 2011 at 10:12 AM