Obama to speak about Libya at 5:15 ET

posted at 4:56 pm on February 23, 2011 by Allahpundit

Here’s your open thread for live reaction. Jay Carney claimed earlier today that he’d been silent thus far because of, um, a “scheduling issue,” but obviously there are strategic concerns at work. The fact that he’s speaking up now, before Americans in Libya are fully out of harm’s way, means either that the silence has started to do him real political damage or that Qaddafi’s grip has become so weak that there’s no longer much of a risk that he’ll start taking hostages. There’s some reason to believe that the latter is true: The Journal claims that cities have begun to fall to protesters in western Libya too, and two Libyan military pilots went so far this morning as to bail out and let their jet crash rather than fire on the demonstrators below.

So momentum is with the opposition. But not everywhere:

“Samir,” 27, a medical student in Tripoli, says he opposes Gaddafi but that, like many others, he does not dare to venture out into the streets for fear of shoot-on-sight orders, which he believes have been issued to the dictator’s militias. “No one is going out today — the only people outside are Gaddafi supporters, who are celebrating. Actually, I have no idea what they’re celebrating,” he says, using the deadpan black humor he says he developed as a political activist.

“Most people of Tripoli are locked away in their homes,” Samir continues. “People are scared. There’s a shortage of food, but what can you do? Militias have been sent out to roam the streets in cars, and they’ll shoot anyone they see walking around. This is what Gaddafi is doing to try and stay in power: kill as many people as he needs to. It’s going to be a massacre. It’ll either happen in the streets, or they’ll come to people’s homes. It’s going to be a massacre if the international community doesn’t step in and do something about it.”

Demonstrators in Tripoli confirm to the Journal that the streets are lethally dangerous right now. Meanwhile, a French doctor in Benghazi, the heart of the uprising, claims that 2,000 people have been killed in that city alone. Quote:

The forces of suppression included police and military, but particularly mercenaries from Chad and Nigeria, trained in the remote Sahara and very well equipped and armed. We saw them go past in 4x4s, armed to the teeth, it was very impressive. It is impossible to know how many there were, some said 5000, others 50,000. They were killing machines. When the son of Gaddafi promised rivers of blood, he knew he could do it. From Darnah to Tobruk, they have committed a full-scale massacre – we are talking of more than a thousand deaths.

A reader e-mailed us the clip below of what purports to be Libyan soldiers and/or citizens who’ve rebelled against the regime; note that their hands are bound behind them, proof that these aren’t combat deaths but executions. Please observe your official content warning before watching. As for O’s presser, Carney assured the world this afternoon that he “strongly condemns” the violence. We’d better get more than that from him this afternoon when he strolls to the podium or it’ll be read as a sign that we don’t plan to do much of anything to try to get Qaddafi to ease off. Expect, at least, a call for international and even unilateral sanctions; if he goes a step further and follows McCain’s and Palin’s lead in suggesting a no-fly zone, I’ll be shocked.

Here’s an extended analysis from CNN about the hostage-taking worries that have driven Obama’s silence thus far. A ferry was scheduled to evacuate Americans to Malta this afternoon, but at last check the weather was holding it up. And while there are more pressing humanitarian concerns to worry about right now, needless to say you should probably get ready to pay more for gas for a good long while going forward.


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All that is going through my head right now is

Matthew 24.

Key West Reader on February 23, 2011 at 6:18 PM

Key West Reader:Get a hold of yourself women,you have the
innate ability to multi-task!(I kid):)

canopfor on February 23, 2011 at 6:26 PM

Key West Reader on February 23, 2011 at 6:05 PM
What?

“These aren’t the Gitmo Recidivists That I remember?”

There’s a limit to the level of Chicago Jesus’ outrage.

victor82 on February 23, 2011 at 6:26 PM

Victor82:If I’m not mistaken,Team Progressive freed that
Jihady goon!:)

canopfor on February 23, 2011 at 6:29 PM

Ya know, if Obama somehow stumbles into something that appears to be a success we’ll have to listen to the insufferable cooing from his minions in the media for who knows how long.

He’s gonna get something right, sooner or later. Brace yourselves.

pugwriter on February 23, 2011 at 6:31 PM

Ya know whats really pissin off the “Cousin Eddie” Presidente!

Kingdoms, fiefdoms and dictators the world over are settin off riots and this little clown cain’t even get a decent protest goin here. Hell, Glen Beck, Sarah Palin, and the Tea Party draw bigger crowds than da Won can generate with all the Hate the punk can spew and all the incompetence anyone could imagine and he cain’t even start a riot!

kinda like Barry cain’t start a fire with a flamethrower.

Epic, total, complete and utter FAILURE!

dhunter on February 23, 2011 at 6:33 PM

Fairy Diplomacy

retiredeagle on February 23, 2011 at 6:39 PM

Well gov Palin made the WH blink. she releases a FB post asking where the hell is the WH on this. the next day Obama is holding apress conference about Lybia……amazing…the power of that woman continues to astound me. Now she has the POTUS coming to her beck and call…..

Oh and could Obama’s remarks be any mor bland?

unseen on February 23, 2011 at 6:39 PM

I am not a huge Obama fan, but you have to give credit where credit is due. It took him 10 days to speak out about the former Iranian protests and it only took him 9 days to speak out about the Libyan protests. He shaved a whole day off!

carbon_footprint on February 23, 2011 at 6:41 PM

Obama added: “I’ve also asked my administration to prepare the full range of options that we have to respond to this crisis.

Translation : I’ve asked staff what I should do, and as soon as they come up with something, I’ll give a major speech about it.

Skandia Recluse on February 23, 2011 at 6:48 PM

Did I just hear Steve Hayes (on Special Report) say that our defense dept has not spoken with our NATO allies about this??

kringeesmom on February 23, 2011 at 6:48 PM

Translation : I’ve asked staff what I should do, and as soon as they come up with something, I’ll give a major speech about it.

Skandia Recluse on February 23, 2011 at 6:48 PM

It will be an unprecedented and historic speech, he will make it his top priority and not rest until it is resolved.

kringeesmom on February 23, 2011 at 6:50 PM

What a great speech. After 9 days of hiding from Libya, he announces he’s appointing a de facto commission to study it, to advise him of his options. And says he’ll get back to us… some day some way. Jeepers. Gotta love this little poseur’s decisiveness.

Smoke and mirrors. Another commission to ignore, like the budget cut commission, or whatever it was.

petefrt on February 23, 2011 at 6:54 PM

Did I just hear Steve Hayes (on Special Report) say that our defense dept has not spoken with our NATO allies about this??

kringeesmom on February 23, 2011 at 6:48 PM

Yes, yes you did.

Key West Reader on February 23, 2011 at 6:55 PM

Notice how he refused to take questions. He just turned on his shiny little heels and high-tailed it out of there for dinner with bigmooch.

Now, I want to know since the Libyan ports are closed off, how will we evacuate our citizens?

Key West Reader on February 23, 2011 at 6:56 PM

that our defense dept has not spoken with our NATO allies about this??

kringeesmom on February 23, 2011 at 6:48 PM

We have no allies OBlah BLah has seen to that!

Would that da Won would take on dictators and tyrants as forcefully as he does the American taxpayer!

Maybe send a couple of battlions of Purple People beaters over there.

Oh forgot Purple People Beaters don’t do work or anything else that they don’t get compensated for!

dhunter on February 23, 2011 at 6:58 PM

Forget the 3am call, this guy ain’t answering any phone…he is like a guy dodging the bill collector.

right2bright on February 23, 2011 at 7:00 PM

The only concept that this incoherent POS is consistent on is his inability to support the US,the states,our allies,our laws and our culture, not to mention our economy.

retiredeagle on February 23, 2011 at 7:02 PM

Forget the 3am call, this guy ain’t answering any phone…he is like a guy dodging the bill collector.

right2bright on February 23, 2011 at 7:00 PM

His behavior toward the ME crisis is getting a little scary. It’s starting to look like there may be more than ineptitude here.

petefrt on February 23, 2011 at 7:03 PM

Our defense dept has not spoken with our NATO allies about any of this .. but, fear not !

Obama’s still ‘grappling’ with gay marriage…
we good, eh ?
————–
Agree, petefrt on February 23, 2011 at 7:03 PM

pambi on February 23, 2011 at 7:12 PM

Barry got that 3 AM call and it was call forwarded to Palin’s house.

mizflame98 on February 23, 2011 at 7:19 PM

pambi on February 23, 2011 at 7:12 PM

Call me naive. Call me slow. But I’m beginning to believe that he’s deliberately, recklessly stirring the pot, stirring up civil unrest, in the Alinsky way.

petefrt on February 23, 2011 at 7:21 PM

Call me naive. Call me slow. But I’m beginning to believe that he’s deliberately, recklessly stirring the pot, stirring up civil unrest, in the Alinsky way.

petefrt on February 23, 2011 at 7:21 PM

Gee. What were the clues?

mizflame98 on February 23, 2011 at 7:22 PM

Call me naive. Call me slow. But I’m beginning to believe that he’s deliberately, recklessly stirring the pot, stirring up civil unrest, in the Alinsky way.

petefrt on February 23, 2011 at 7:21 PM

You are neither of those things and that is exactly what he is doing. He is a community organizer and all he knows how to do is sow discontent.

darwin-t on February 23, 2011 at 7:25 PM

mizflame98 on February 23, 2011 at 7:22 PM

Lol. They dropped me on my head as I was being born.

petefrt on February 23, 2011 at 7:33 PM

darwin-t on February 23, 2011 at 7:25 PM

Yes, remembering him as a community organizer is the key to understanding his vision of his role as president. His vision for himself is, first, fundamentally transforming America by transforming by whatever means necessary its civil contract, and second, bringing about the long promised global socialist revolution by community organizing the world.

petefrt on February 23, 2011 at 7:43 PM

You are neither of those things and that is exactly what he is doing. He is a community organizer and all he knows how to do is sow discontent.

darwin-t on February 23, 2011 at 7:25 PM

He’s a tool that’s following the orders of his betters. That’s why Trumka is talking to the White House on a daily basis.

mizflame98 on February 23, 2011 at 7:43 PM

Forget the 3am call, this guy ain’t answering any phone…he is like a guy dodging the bill collector.

right2bright on February 23, 2011 at 7:00 PM
His behavior toward the ME crisis is getting a little scary. It’s starting to look like there may be more than ineptitude here.

petefrt on February 23, 2011 at 7:03 PM

China influence perhaps?

Key West Reader on February 23, 2011 at 7:47 PM

Key West Reader on February 23, 2011 at 7:47 PM

Well yes, clearly China can call many shots. But what I had in mind is that Øbama‘s re-election strategy for 2012 starts with stirring the pot, stirring civil unrest in the Alinsky way.

petefrt on February 23, 2011 at 8:08 PM

mizflame98 on February 23, 2011 at 7:43 PM

Trumka, partner.

Soros, senior partner and owner
.

petefrt on February 23, 2011 at 8:12 PM

COMMUNITY AGITATOR.

Inanemergencydial on February 23, 2011 at 8:14 PM

His behavior toward the ME crisis is getting a little scary. It’s starting to look like there may be more than ineptitude here.

petefrt on February 23, 2011 at 7:03 PM

I hope you merely forgot to put the sarc/ tag on there.

paragon27x on February 23, 2011 at 8:25 PM

He’s a tool that’s following the orders of his betters. That’s why Trumka is talking to the White House on a daily basis.

mizflame98 on February 23, 2011 at 7:43 PM

Bah. Trumka is a (barely) trained ape. Someone else is on the other end of the Blackberry. I suppose Soros is as good a guess as any…

bofh on February 23, 2011 at 8:39 PM

Right now, there are hot US Embassy chicks that are moaning to be rescued by a battalion of armed, ripped Marines in badass helicopters. Instead, they’ll probably get a complimentary TSA patdown before they board the Barry Ferry to Malta….

effin’ change….

ted c on February 23, 2011 at 5:07 PM

ted c, I love you man! You sure know how to cheer me up!

ProudPalinFan on February 23, 2011 at 8:43 PM

Mike Savage is speaking about how we are really watching/participating in the potential downfall of Western culture. I have felt that way for about a year. O Idiot is a willing participant in this downfall, he never liked it anyway. Michel Medved and Hugh Hewitt still do not get it. Our “fearless leader” is an anti American through and through and he is going to facilitate its downfall on all levels.

retiredeagle on February 23, 2011 at 8:44 PM

If this stool had a brain it would die of loneliness.

darwin-t on February 23, 2011 at 5:08 PM

I read a tweet from a fellow PR re: am radio show jokes. Dude said, “it was as difficult as a mute ordering on a drive-thru.”

Hope I didn’t offend anyone…but feel free to use it at work or something…

ProudPalinFan on February 23, 2011 at 8:47 PM

Bammy’s gonna love this. Palin’s travelling to India to give keynote dinner address to India Today Conclave on March 19. Topic: “My Vision Of America”.

http://conclave.intoday.in/conclave/conclave2011.php

NoNails on February 23, 2011 at 5:27 PM

Enema.

ProudPalinFan on February 23, 2011 at 8:58 PM

Palin isn’t a US official, paid to pay attention to the affairs of the world and it’s impact on the US.

And somehow, she manages to do a better job of it than those who are paid to do it.

BobMbx on February 23, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Bibi will snatch Palin in 3, 2, 1…

ProudPalinFan on February 23, 2011 at 9:15 PM

Meanwhile………..

the SarahCudian Northen Air Squadron,call sign
“GRIZZLY MAMA CLAWS” is winging its way,to Libya
to take out the entire Libyian Military,and spec
ially targetted AQ Training camps,by coordinated
Sub Boomers,with convential SLBM!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(snark).

canopfor on February 23, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Where’s the USS Ronald Reagan?

ProudPalinFan on February 23, 2011 at 9:21 PM

Bah. Trumka is a (barely) trained ape. Someone else is on the other end of the Blackberry. I suppose Soros is as good a guess as any…

bofh on February 23, 2011 at 8:39 PM

My guess too.

petefrt on February 23, 2011 at 9:39 PM

His behavior toward the ME crisis is getting a little scary. It’s starting to look like there may be more than ineptitude here.

petefrt on February 23, 2011 at 7:03 PM

There always was. Clinton got reelected after Oklahoma City, Bush was in the middle of 2 wars. obama actually believes that fiddling while the mideast burns will help his reelection.

The truly sad part is, I’m not sure it won’t help.

runawayyyy on February 24, 2011 at 10:29 AM

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