Europe takes lead on Libya, North Africa as US treads water

posted at 9:30 am on February 24, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Even the Washington Post has begun to notice that the White House seems oddly passive in the Libyan crisis.  By this time in the crisis timeline with Egypt, Barack Obama had already demanded a “transition” in governance from the nominal US ally, Hosni Mubarak.  Last night, however, not only did Obama not call for a “transition,” he couldn’t even bring himself to say the name Moammar Gaddafi:

President Obama on Wednesday condemned Libya’s violent crackdown against a widening anti-government movement, saying the “suffering and bloodshed is outrageous, and it is unacceptable.”

But Obama did not call for a change in Libya’s autocratic government or announce specific sanctions that the United States would support to punish the country for actions that he said “violate international norms and every standard of common decency.”

Why, then, did Obama give an address at all?  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had already covered that ground in public statements on behalf of the administration.  The announcement of a presidential address on the crisis in Libya raised expectations that the US had decided to offer something more substantive on the situation, perhaps new sanctions or a demand that Libya keep its air force on the ground.  Instead, Obama couldn’t even say Gaddafi’s name in scolding the government of Libya, as if that somehow was a significant distinction in a totalitarian government.

The administration noted that their first priority was to protect those American citizens that they could not yet evacuate from Libya.  However, we had plenty of Americans in Egypt when Obama demanded that Mubarak step down from power; that issue didn’t stop the White House from zig-zagging between positions for a week afterward.  It’s also worth pointing out that the EU seems to have gotten ahead of us not just on response, but on evacuation as well, which prompts the question I asked yesterday — why weren’t we prepared for an evacuation after the crises erupted in Tunisia and Egypt?

For instance, China — which doesn’t have a permanent military presence in the Mediterranean region — has already managed to evacuate 4500 nationals from Libya, and will shortly triple that number:

Two ferries carrying 4,500 Chinese workers from strife-torn Libya arrived at the Mediterranean island of Crete on Thursday, despite rough seas that left hundreds of Americans stranded on a docked ferry in Tripoli.

Passengers smiled and waved from the decks of the Greek-flagged Hellenic Spirit, which sailed from Libya’s eastern port of Benghazi, although some others needed medical attention.

Up to 15,000 Chinese are expected to arrive by ferry on Crete and fly home on chartered flights in one of China’s largest foreign evacuations in recent times. China has more than 30,000 citizens in Libya working on construction and oil projects.

France, which has a much larger contingent of its citizens in Libya than the US, charged forward into the lead yesterday:

French President Nicolas Sarkozy called Wednesday for the European Union to immediately adopt a set of sanctions against Libya, saying the “international community cannot stand idly by in the face of these massive human rights violations.”

France has a larger diplomatic and economic footprint in Libya, and several human rights advocates in the United States say the Obama administration’s real leverage with Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi comes through its European allies.

Really? How are those “human rights” issues getting addressed now in Libya?  That would only be true if Gaddafi was amenable to negotiating an end to his reign of terror in Libya.  Since he’s bombing and strafing his own people, I’d say that what will have to suffice is military and economic power, which puts the US in better position to flex its muscles, if we choose to do so.

So how are we leveraging our allies in Europe?  Very, very quietly:

Obama praised a U.N. Security Council resolution, passed unanimously Tuesday, calling it “a clear message that it condemns the violence in Libya, supports accountability for the perpetrators and stands with the Libyan people.”

But people close to the process said the United States remained mostly quiet during the debate over the resolution. The inability of some countries to win stronger language means that even tougher action will not pass anytime soon.

We’re not even pressing for strong language in a UN scolding.  That displays an amazing passivity, especially when dealing with a hostile regime that is hopefully in its death throes.


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We’re broke.

Let the Libyans deal with their crisis and let other countries deal with the theirs.

We need to fix our own mess.

rickyricardo on February 24, 2011 at 10:32 AM

We ar enot broke. We have one of the richest reserves of assets in the world. Our leader’s policies are creating a cash flow problem. We are extremely wealthy. We have choosen not to tap inot are “savings” accounts. And instead run up or credit balance.

Once the policies change the USa will once again have a positive cash flow.

unseen on February 24, 2011 at 10:35 AM

I just got online here and haven’t read all of the posts someone else may have mentioned this, but the ferry that arrived had gotten instructions to collect passage fees from the Americans evacuating. I don’t have the link, but read that somewhere.

hip shot on February 24, 2011 at 10:32 AM


Insert Video Comment Du Jour

ted c on February 24, 2011 at 10:36 AM

”… he couldn’t even bring himself to say the name Moammar Gaddafi.”

It wasn’t on the teleprompter!

mossberg500 on February 24, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Why, then, did Obama give an address at all?

Because Sarah Palin called Obama out on his lack of response.

O/T Sarah Palin headed to India March 19th

Amjean on February 24, 2011 at 10:38 AM

If only the libyans would unionize….

kurtzz3 on February 24, 2011 at 10:38 AM

Those who take the ferry will be expected to reimburse the government for the cost, estimated to be equivalent to the one-way commercial ferry crossing of the distance from Tripoli to the Maltese capital of Valletta, it said. Any onward travel from Malta must be paid for by the passengers, the notice said.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2011-02-22-us-libya_N.htm

hip shot on February 24, 2011 at 10:39 AM

In not naming Khadaffy our President cannot even bring himself to say ‘He Who Must Not Be Named’ (no relationship to ‘He Who Is Nameless’ or ‘He Who’s Name We Can’t Pronounce’) which is the classy way of letting it be known that someone is an unspeakable non-entity vermin. Where is the supposed ‘Smart Diplomacy’? Is it locked up in a cabinet somewhere in Foggy Bottom? Could someone break the seal on that stuff and get it out?

Unable to stand up for the Iranian People in their days of need, and now going squishy on Libya, we are proving to be no friend of Liberty abroad. Not surprisingly that is reflected at home, too…

I am told loads by what is not said by this Administration and it speaks volumes.

None of them good.

ajacksonian on February 24, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Leave Barry alone!

He’s busy working out details of the intercontinental railroad!

catmman on February 24, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Those who take the ferry will be expected to reimburse the government for the cost, estimated to be equivalent to the one-way commercial ferry crossing of the distance from Tripoli to the Maltese capital of Valletta, it said. Any onward travel from Malta must be paid for by the passengers, the notice said.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2011-02-22-us-libya_N.htm

hip shot on February 24, 2011 at 10:39 AM

The only free rides around here are Obamacare, where spending more actually cuts costs. The Barry Ferry, on the other hand, is a fee for service production where all charges are paid upfront and, like Obamacare, you have to take the ferry ride to see what’s on the other side.

ted c on February 24, 2011 at 10:45 AM

flyfisher on February 24, 2011 at 10:17 AM

Heh. Not even close.

kingsjester on February 24, 2011 at 10:29 AM

That was said with tongue planted firmly in cheek. Camping left the reservation years ago. Date setters are among the most brazen conmen in Christendom. The Master settled the matter when he said, But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. Sadly, Camping’s propensity for date-setting is but one of his grievous errors /heresies.

As to the topic of the day, couldn’t agree more with your rant.

flyfisher on February 24, 2011 at 10:46 AM

I smell Soros.

redwhiteblue on February 24, 2011 at 10:47 AM

flyfisher on February 24, 2011 at 10:46 AM

Thanks, brother.

kingsjester on February 24, 2011 at 10:47 AM

There is a great article on Muslims on AmericanThinker.com
that is very enlightening as to what has been going on
for decades. It is not pretty. Make sure you look for the Chris Christie facts. No potus for him!

Amjean on February 24, 2011 at 10:48 AM

It’s clear what declining to lead looks like.

Drudge has a photo on the top page with Obama and friend Quack-duck.

tarpon on February 24, 2011 at 10:48 AM

We ar enot broke. We have one of the richest reserves of assets in the world. Our leader’s policies are creating a cash flow problem. We are extremely wealthy. We have choosen not to tap inot are “savings” accounts. And instead run up or credit balance.

Once the policies change the USa will once again have a positive cash flow.

unseen on February 24, 2011 at 10:35 AM

That’s an excellent point and I’m glad you mentioned it. We have been richly blessed, but some inexplicable reason Americans have allowed bankrupt ideologies to ruin history’s greatest economic engine.

flyfisher on February 24, 2011 at 10:51 AM

Here’s the answer on Drudge. They’re “friends”

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3877174,00.html

katy on February 24, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Heh. I was wondering when someone would post that. Let’s see now,there is documentation that Calypso Louie and Jeremiah Wright are good friends with the lunatic. Now, he claims Scooter as a friend. What a great 2012 campaign add opportunity!

a capella on February 24, 2011 at 10:55 AM

I smell Soros satan.

redwhiteblue on February 24, 2011 at 10:47 AM

katy on February 24, 2011 at 10:55 AM

It’s clear what declining to lead looks like.

Drudge has a photo on the top page with Obama and friend Quack-duck.

tarpon on February 24, 2011 at 10:48 AM

Face it: Obama is damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t. He can’t win with you, so drop the nonsense.

bifidis on February 24, 2011 at 10:55 AM

What a great 2012 campaign add opportunity!

a capella on February 24, 2011 at 10:55 AM

yup!

katy on February 24, 2011 at 10:56 AM

I smell Soros satan.

redwhiteblue on February 24, 2011 at 10:47 AM

katy on February 24, 2011 at 10:55 AM

You two are lunatics. Utter.

bifidis on February 24, 2011 at 10:56 AM

Face it: Obama is damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t. He can’t win with you, so drop the nonsense.

bifidis on February 24, 2011 at 10:55 AM

katy on February 24, 2011 at 10:57 AM

Other countries have already gotten their people out and we are squeezing our coffee cups. This is the kind of mission that Marines and special forces were designed for. And now we cannot get a rented ferry because of “heavy seas”. No, the real answer is that we have a lightweight in the WH and his knowledge of history and American culture is non-existent/warped,,,,he makes me puke. We have gone from a stabilizing influence and beacon of hope to others to a third world country run by a dictator wanna be.

retiredeagle on February 24, 2011 at 10:57 AM

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a capella on February 24, 2011 at 10:58 AM

I still don’t understand why it is the US Government’s responsibility to rescue non-government workers in Libya.

If you traveled to Libya with full knowledge of the State Department warnings, you should have had an exit strategy. And when the protests started in Egypt and other countries in the region, continued to stay.

As I have stated before, this is a Darwin moment.

The fact that there were 4,500 morons that EXPECTED the US to come get them is the tragedy. Unless they just wanted the free Mediterranean cruise.

Note to all US Citizens anywhere in the Middle East; make an emergency escape plan. Your life (and sadly a US Marine’s) life may depend on it.

barnone on February 24, 2011 at 10:58 AM

bifidis on February 24, 2011 at 10:56 AM

hey bifi, admit that hate this country. You hate truth. You hate God. Simply put..you hate…

There’s hope but it ain’t gonna come from anything your rotting brain has been infected with. sad…pathetic in fact.

katy on February 24, 2011 at 11:00 AM

OT:Fox has a banner about a Saudi national arrested in Texas trying to use a WMD

journeyintothewhirlwind on February 24, 2011 at 11:02 AM

katy on February 24, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Please don’t feed the trolls. He is now encouraged to continue with 12 more posts.

barnone on February 24, 2011 at 11:04 AM

barnone on February 24, 2011 at 11:04 AM

My bad…

katy on February 24, 2011 at 11:05 AM

Other countries have already gotten their people out and we are squeezing our coffee cups. This is the kind of mission that Marines and special forces were designed for. And now we cannot get a rented ferry because of “heavy seas”. No, the real answer is that we have a lightweight in the WH and his knowledge of history and American culture is non-existent/warped,,,,he makes me puke. We have gone from a stabilizing influence and beacon of hope to others to a third world country run by a dictator wanna be.

retiredeagle on February 24, 2011 at 10:57 AM

Yup. NEO evac missions are a primo example of the capability of the USMC. Ship to shore operations, either via helicopter, LCAC, LAV, or all 3–throw in the Osprey for that matter. We have the badass hombres that are locked and cocked and would swim to shore if they had to to earn their place, once again, in history to sing the MARINE CORPS HYMN AS THEY STORMED THE SHORES OF TRIPOLI!

alas…all we get from the WH is mewwwww*

ted c on February 24, 2011 at 11:06 AM

hey bifi, admit that hate this country. You hate truth. You hate God. Simply put..you hate…

There’s hope but it ain’t gonna come from anything your rotting brain has been infected with. sad…pathetic in fact.

katy on February 24, 2011 at 11:00 AM

You know, I already adore you. Feed me more, please.

bifidis on February 24, 2011 at 11:07 AM

OT:Fox has a banner about a Saudi national arrested in Texas trying to use a WMD

journeyintothewhirlwind on February 24, 2011 at 11:02 AM

We simply cannot handle a terror attack with Obama in the White House, a fact which is probably not lost on terrorists.

flyfisher on February 24, 2011 at 11:09 AM

The fact that there were 4,500 morons that EXPECTED the US to come get them is the tragedy. Unless they just wanted the free Mediterranean cruise.

this is well within the capability and responsibility of the US government. Many of those ‘morons’ work for US companies who actively engage the US to conduct trade/business and form part of the ‘diplomatic/trade’ circuit that benefits the companies, their employees, shareholders, the US Govt and the host nation. Most of the non-gov US folks there likely work for oil companies, who just so happen to provide oil for stuff you and i drive.

ted c on February 24, 2011 at 11:09 AM

Those who take the ferry will be expected to reimburse the government for the cost

Are you freaking FREAKING me ??
Y’think Bush woulda even POSSIBLY considered such a thing ?!

THESE ARE AMERICANS, gov’t workers or not !!

I have never been so heartsick as I have been these past 2.5 years.
Even knowing ahead how this would be with this man in office, (we all did)… the dismay of watching it all play out is truly dispiriting.

God have MERCY, since we certainly need it.

pambi on February 24, 2011 at 11:09 AM

bifidis on February 24, 2011 at 11:07 AM

Sorry barone… I couldn’t resist this one.

Here’s lunch bifi sweety..

http://www.adventuresonabike.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/horsepoop.jpg

katy on February 24, 2011 at 11:11 AM

We simply cannot handle a terror attack with Obama in the White House, a fact which is probably not lost on terrorists.

flyfisher on February 24, 2011 at 11:09 AM

didn’t they get the memo? there’s a Motown par-tay upcoming and it’ll be tough to work in a mushy statement and some shout outs into the planning schedule.

ted c on February 24, 2011 at 11:11 AM

Devil’s Advocate: letting Europe get a taste of a disinterested America – how do you like us now?

Queen0fCups on February 24, 2011 at 9:57 AM

Devils Advocate back: Europe knows war. All too well.

Limerick on February 24, 2011 at 9:59 AM

Agreed, but that was a different generation – history is not well taught and so this one must learn it anew.

Queen0fCups on February 24, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Please don’t feed the trolls. He is now encouraged to continue with 12 more posts.

barnone on February 24, 2011 at 11:04 AM

Munch-a-munch-a-munch-a-munch-a-munch-a-munch-a-munch-a-munch-a-munch.

However … I don’t know if really fit the profile of most trolls because I really do believe what I’m saying. It’s not generally just for effect. If you define troll as someone who gleefully disagrees with the consensus, I stand guilty as charged.

bifidis on February 24, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Here’s the answer on Drudge. They’re “friends”

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3877174,00.html

katy on February 24, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Ruh roh!

petefrt on February 24, 2011 at 11:14 AM

barnone on February 24, 2011 at 10:58 AM

Those are government workers. They probably were required to stay.

The evil oil companies, who only think of profits, flew their people out via their own airfields located near the oil fields. They were prepared. They put people ahead of profits. And most likely will now be thrashed by Obama because their being prepared makes him look bad.

journeyintothewhirlwind on February 24, 2011 at 11:15 AM

Sorry barone… I couldn’t resist this one.

Here’s lunch bifi sweety..

http://www.adventuresonabike.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/horsepoop.jpg

katy on February 24, 2011 at 11:11 AM

OK, that turned my stomach. Need some yogurt, methinks.

bifidis on February 24, 2011 at 11:16 AM

Speak softly and carry a big …”Present!”

Mallard T. Drake on February 24, 2011 at 11:16 AM

We simply cannot handle a terror attack with Obama in the White House, a fact which is probably not lost on terrorists.

flyfisher on February 24, 2011 at 11:09 AM

But, he said we could handle one. We could absorb it. He’s on top of this stuff.

a capella on February 24, 2011 at 11:16 AM

Ruh roh!

petefrt on February 24, 2011 at 11:14 AM

Axlerod runs for the Pepto.

a capella on February 24, 2011 at 11:18 AM

Need some yogurt, methinks.

bifidis on February 24, 2011 at 11:16 AM

You’re beyond yogurt bifi…

http://www.getridofthings.com/get-rid-of-worms.htm

katy on February 24, 2011 at 11:19 AM

katy on February 24, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Now let’s follow the money… like maybe from Gaddafi to Jeremiah Wright/Louis Farrakhan/Black Liberation Theology/Nation of Islam.

petefrt on February 24, 2011 at 11:20 AM

Axlerod runs for the Pepto.

a capella on February 24, 2011 at 11:18 AM

Did someone just break wind? Something really stinks around here.

petefrt on February 24, 2011 at 11:22 AM

petefrt on February 24, 2011 at 11:20 AM

Yes. And this relationship has been going on for years.
They have paved the groundwork…and we’re just catching on.

katy on February 24, 2011 at 11:23 AM

The hits just keep coming. UN AM. Rice skips UN meeting on Libya.
Is there any question Obama is pro-citizen slaughter? Will he turn a blind eye when it hits the US?

http://gatewaypundit.rightnetwork.com/2011/02/obama-un-ambassador-rice-skips-un-meeting-on-libya-flies-to-sustainability-meeting-instead/

katy on February 24, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Will he turn a blind eye when it hits the US?

http://gatewaypundit.rightnetwork.com/2011/02/obama-un-ambassador-rice-skips-un-meeting-on-libya-flies-to-sustainability-meeting-instead/

katy on February 24, 2011 at 11:36 AM

It depends on if it is a blue state or red state.

portlandon on February 24, 2011 at 11:39 AM

We’re broke. Let the Libyans deal with their crisis and let other countries deal with the theirs. We need to fix our own mess.
rickyricardo on February 24, 2011 at 10:32 AM

We ar enot broke. We have one of the richest reserves of assets in the world. Our leader’s policies are creating a cash flow problem. We are extremely wealthy. We have choosen not to tap inot are “savings” accounts. And instead run up or credit balance. Once the policies change the USa will once again have a positive cash flow.
unseen on February 24, 2011 at 10:35 AM

Some dumbasses think America is “broke” NOW? Trust me: they literally do not know the meaning of that word yet.

The good news is that when Middle East collapse really gets going, their vocabulary will very slightly improve.

Unfortunately, that may turn out to be pretty much the ONLY good news in the whole world for quite some time.

logis on February 24, 2011 at 11:41 AM

why weren’t we prepared for an evacuation after the crises erupted in Tunisia and Egypt?…..For instance, China — which doesn’t have a permanent military presence in the Mediterranean region — has already managed to evacuate 4500 nationals from Libya, and will shortly triple that number:

Could it be that this administration doesn’t see the danger because of not understanding the middle east because of his upbringing as a Muslim?

Herb on February 24, 2011 at 11:42 AM

MR. OBAMA
ALL I KNOW IS
THERE CANNOT POSSIBLY BE
ANY OTHER REASONS WHY
YOU’RE DOING
OR NOT DOING
WHAT YOU ARE
OR AREN’T DOING
BEYOND WHAT US PEOPLE HERE ON THIS POLITICAL BLOG
PULL OUT OF OUR A**ES,
BECAUSE WE KNOW EVERYTHING THERE IS TO KNOW
ABOUT THE SITUATION IN LIBYA
IT’S A FACT

Dave Rywall on February 24, 2011 at 11:49 AM

The hits just keep coming. UN AM. Rice skips UN meeting on Libya.
Is there any question Obama is pro-citizen slaughter? Will he turn a blind eye when it hits the US?

katy on February 24, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Little Bammie’s mentor Bill Ayers and other extreme radicals like Holdren and Soros are okay with murdering millions of Americans to meet their objectives. That’s always been the plan for takeover.

slickwillie2001 on February 24, 2011 at 11:51 AM

Rev. Wright – Farrakhan – Gaddifi – Obama. The chain of connection explains the lack of reaction.

Mason on February 24, 2011 at 11:51 AM

Europe Takes Lead On Libya, North Africa As US Treads Takes On Water

Fixed.

Christien on February 24, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Gutless, spineless and now ball-less. Way to go Mr. President, you make Quisling look like a rock.

G-man on February 24, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Leave Barry alone!

He’s busy working out details of the intercontinental railroad!

catmman on February 24, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Will that be before or after the completion of the San Sebastian Railroad?

iurockhead on February 24, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Dave Rywall on February 24, 2011 at 11:49 AM

You could be right. Based on that, I’m waiting to hear what Clapper and Panetta have to say.

a capella on February 24, 2011 at 12:17 PM

Does this administartion even know what its doing? During the Iranian uprising (Iran is not an ally) we kept quiet, no need to involve ourselves in another countries affairs. During the Cairo uprising (Egypt is an ally) We jumped on the bully pulpit demanding Mubarak abdicate. Now Libya is up in flames (not an ally) and we sit back not even actively trying to get our people out of there. Is this bozo actually TRYING to facilitate chaos and instability in the middle east?

Koa on February 24, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Koa on February 24, 2011 at 12:23 PM

My best guess is a resounding YES !

pambi on February 24, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Yes. And this relationship has been going on for years.
They have paved the groundwork…and we’re just catching on.

katy on February 24, 2011 at 11:23 AM

They became BFFs during negotiations for the compassionate release of the Lockerbie bomber.

Brat on February 24, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Dave Rywall on February 24, 2011 at 11:49 AM

Hey, Mother’s Boy–that’s what political blogs are for–to discuss all things related, even if we be pulling it all out of our arses. Maybe you came here by clickling accident and meant to go on MotherRules.com or something?

Incidentally, doesn’t it look like Hillary dragged Obama by one of those big ears to the podium yestreday re the Libya statement? She looked ready to tackle him too, if he tried to step away.

RepubChica on February 24, 2011 at 12:32 PM

Could it be that this administration doesn’t see the danger because of not understanding the middle east because of his upbringing as a Muslim?
Herb on February 24, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Unfortunately, no. Barak Hussein Obama’s upbringing enables him to understand Islam better much than anyone raised in America does.

And that is a very, very bad thing.

logis on February 24, 2011 at 12:39 PM

@

Leave Barry alone!

He’s busy working out details of the intercontinental railroad!

catmman on February 24, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Nope, he is out playing his 17th golf game of the month….

chai on February 24, 2011 at 12:44 PM

Here’s lunch bifi sweety..

http://www.adventuresonabike.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/horsepoop.jpg

katy on February 24, 2011 at 11:11 AM

Ahh. the smell of Soros??? 8)

AH_C on February 24, 2011 at 12:53 PM

Colonel Gadhafi recently said that the uprisings in his part of the world will lead to “rivers of blood.” For the first time in his miserable life, he may have spoken a truth.

Obama:

- did not ask for Quaddafi to be removed
- did not name Quaddafi
- did not push for the removal of Libya from the pathetic U.N. human rights body

When France does better than the U.S. on standing for something, the world is lost.

Mr. Nobel twitches violently in his grave.

An Eunuch pretends to lead the world.

Schadenfreude on February 24, 2011 at 12:54 PM

Oh, but he’ll celbrate Motown in the WH.

Schadenfreude on February 24, 2011 at 12:55 PM

We are not broke. We have one of the richest reserves of assets in the world. Our leader’s policies are creating a cash flow problem. We are extremely wealthy. We have choosen not to tap inot are “savings” accounts. And instead run up or credit balance.

Once the policies change the USa will once again have a positive cash flow.

unseen on February 24, 2011 at 10:35 AM

If we aren’t broke, then why do we have to keep printing money? Why can’t our nation pay it’s bills?

As for this unrest in the Middle East, why is the Republican leadership silent? Now is the time to point out our country’s need for energy independence. DRILL BABY DRILL needs to be heard once again.

RedRobin145 on February 24, 2011 at 12:57 PM

I loved Monica Crowley’s take: The Mad Dog of the Middle East meets the Chihuahua of Washington.

petunia on February 24, 2011 at 12:57 PM

MR. OBAMA
Dave Rywall on February 24, 2011 at 11:49 AM

Umm, that’s Obambi, Teh WON, PBHO, Obimao, The Gypper etc to us.

He has yet to show us that he’s mastered anything to deserve “Mr.” other that “master of Cloward-Piven”.

AH_C on February 24, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Rush has been working the golden mike like I have never, ever seen before (I’m a Dittohead.) President Palin, and he’s crushing Obama to the extend of mentioning once the “i” word.

I dunno how much of his show can be uploaded here, but for sure Greta will have a good segment tonight.

ProudPalinFan on February 24, 2011 at 1:00 PM

As for this unrest in the Middle East, why is the Republican leadership silent? Now is the time to point out our country’s need for energy independence. DRILL BABY DRILL needs to be heard once again.

RedRobin145 on February 24, 2011 at 12:57 PM

If this leadership you speak of includes Juan McVain – the most conservative SEN according to NJ – don’t hold your breath. Remember, he was the ONE vote that refused to approve Boosh’s proposal to open ANWR – something about wanting to conserve it from the evil Darth Cheney/Halliburton/Big Oil.

If you’re talking about conservative leadership, Palin, Cain, West & Tpaw have already been there and made their stand days ago.

AH_C on February 24, 2011 at 1:03 PM

Badministration™

blatantblue on February 24, 2011 at 9:32 AM

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Schadenfreude on February 24, 2011 at 1:04 PM

Here’s lunch bifi sweety..

http://www.adventuresonabike.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/horsepoop.jpg

katy on February 24, 2011 at 11:11 AM

Ahh. the smell of Soros??? 8)

AH_C on February 24, 2011 at 12:53 PM

No, the stink of Soros is that of dead bodies, that were once people that he helped the Nazis see off to the trains.

slickwillie2001 on February 24, 2011 at 1:07 PM

Dave Rywall on February 24, 2011 at 11:49 AM

You could be right on your idea. Tone down the all caps screeching noise.

Your Eunuch in Chief still makes all eunuchs proud.

Just imagine “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall, but pretty please, we are friends and no offense if meant, let’s have lunch and discuss how good our people are…”

Schadenfreude on February 24, 2011 at 1:14 PM

I think MuBarak Obama has a sweet spot for Gaddafi since two of his mentors have such close ties with him.

OxyCon on February 24, 2011 at 1:27 PM

No, the stink of Soros is that of dead bodies, that were once people that he helped the Nazis see off to the trains.

slickwillie2001 on February 24, 2011 at 1:07 PM

True dat. A special place in hell for him — Stan’s minion.

AH_C on February 24, 2011 at 1:31 PM

Your Eunuch in Chief still makes all eunuchs proud.

Schadenfreude on February 24, 2011 at 1:14 PM

I dunno, seems like an insult to eunuchs as they have more cajones than teh WON who wears mommypants. Guarding a harem from would-be interlopers takes courage that he lacks. ;)

AH_C on February 24, 2011 at 1:35 PM

True dat. A special place in hell for him — Stan’s minion.

AH_C on February 24, 2011 at 1:31 PM

Stan = Satan. My apologies to the Stans of the world.

AH_C on February 24, 2011 at 1:36 PM

Hehee President Palin again…”imagine if President Palin” and then he fires up all the wrongs that Obama has done, starting with the birth certificate.

Sweet.

ProudPalinFan on February 24, 2011 at 1:41 PM

Except for that part of the Federal government which is running on autopilot, the part controlled by Obama POTUS is clueless, thus rescuing Americans in overseas crises becomes lower on the list than the muslim outreach from NASA or brocoli in school lunches

The EU has to move on Libya since they need the oil. Of course we do too, because if the Euros cant buy Libyan, they will compete for other oil and we all will pay

Normally at this point the US would lead in a physical action involving arms, blocades, airlifts or bank accounts and the Europeans would back us if it served their interests. Obama has no interest in European interests, and he probably doesnt have a clue about the Americans seeded all over the world running our global business interests, so unless Farrakhan gives him a phone call, the MoTown celebration at the WH will go on as planned

entagor on February 24, 2011 at 1:41 PM

I dunno, seems like an insult to eunuchs as they have more cajones than teh WON who wears mommypants. Guarding a harem from would-be interlopers takes courage that he lacks. ;)

AH_C on February 24, 2011 at 1:35 PM

Point conceded.

Schadenfreude on February 24, 2011 at 1:47 PM

“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.”

Gaddafi stressed that Obama’s presidency is “a major historical gain” and said, “He is someone I consider a friend. He knows he is a son of Africa. Regardless of his African belonging, he is of Arab Sudanese descent, or of Muslim descent. He is a man whose policy should be supported, and he should be assisted in implementing it in any way possible, since he is now leaning towards peace.”

Schadenfreude on February 24, 2011 at 1:50 PM

Do we really expect anything less from Susan Rice? She is an Islam sympathizer, as her actions have shown towards Israel.

djaymick on February 24, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Obama Administration=Fake The Funk Bros.

(Apologies to the real The Funk Brothers)

Christien on February 24, 2011 at 3:09 PM

In times of a crisis like this – every Real President of the United States (Even Dems at times) has asked one question:

Where is the nearest Carrier Battle Group?

This Obozo asks instead: Where is the nearest sandpile that I can hide my head in?

Wimp…

theflyonthewall on February 24, 2011 at 5:26 PM

IT’S A FACT

Dave Rywall on February 24, 2011 at 11:49 AM

You wouldn’t know a fact if it walked up and introduced itself to you.

portlandon on February 24, 2011 at 5:35 PM

As for this unrest in the Middle East, why is the Republican leadership silent? Now is the time to point out our country’s need for energy independence. DRILL BABY DRILL needs to be heard once again.

RedRobin145 on February 24, 2011 at 12:57 PM

My question too. Hopefully Sarah will speak up on this issue too. We’re about to get screwed by energy costs, and all we hear is crickets.

petefrt on February 25, 2011 at 6:18 AM

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