Qaddafi to ABC: “My people love me”; Update: More fears over mustard gas

posted at 5:39 pm on February 28, 2011 by Allahpundit

Tell me please, what conceivable “news” can come from an interview with a guy whom everyone but everyone — including his own diplomats — acknowledges is a monstrous lunatic? (“They will die to protect me, my people.”) The standard critique when an American reporter sits down with an enemy leader is that they’re providing a platform for propaganda, but that’s not a worry in this case. No one is buying what Qaddafi is selling. His only interface with reality at this point is ranting about how beloved he is, even as Libyan rebels close in on all sides, which makes this the foreign policy equivalent of a Charlie Sheen trainwreck one-on-one. (That’s an oft-made comparison these days, given how eager both are to display their belligerent egomania to the media.) No one blames Amanpour for chasing a “get” this big, but that doesn’t make it news. It’s pure spectacle, sweetened by the thought that he’ll be hanging from a lamppost within the next few weeks or months. Take a good look, America; the world will lose quite a performer when this degenerate is finally put down.

The oil is flowing again, incidentally, as most of the country’s production sites are now controlled by rebels, but production is down by half. As for Qaddafi’s last stand in Tripoli, that could take longer than expected too: Military commanders in Benghazi admitted this morning that he’s dug in and that they’re not ready to dislodge him, which explains all the offers of help from western leaders today. The longer this drags on, the greater the odds of a horrendous outcome. Hillary claims that we’re prepared to offer “any kind of assistance” — except arming the rebels, apparently — and David Cameron’s ordered planning to begin for a no-fly zone to stop Qaddafi from replenishing his supply of weapons and mercenaries. Says new rebel leader Mustafa Abdul-Jalil:

He said: “Tripoli is fighting against oppression and when it falls the regime will follow. Now the support around (Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi) is collapsing.

What we want is an air embargo to stop Gaddafi bringing in mercenaries.”…

But mistrust of the international community is still strong. Mr Abdul-Jalil’s reaction to the prospect of help from foreign troops was not so welcome.

He said: “Any intervention will be confronted with more force than we are using against Gaddafi.”

The U.S. is already moving ships from Somalia closer to Libya, backing tough talk from Hillary that “It is time for Gaddafi to go, now, without further violence or delay.” Exit question: How soon is “now”? Is Obama ready to give the order?

Update: As I was saying about that “horrendous outcome”:

Adding to growing concern about the crumbling regime’s ability to commit last desperate acts of mass murder, British sources have disclosed that Libya still has stocks of mustard gas chemicals…

Despite a promise in 2003 to give up weapons of mass destruction, Gaddafi is thought to have retained as much as 14 tons of the chemicals required to create mustard gas.

The stocks are said to be stored in secret secure facilities in the Libyan desert. The chemicals would need to be mixed and loaded into shells before they could be used as weapons, but are “still a concern,” said a senior British government source. “We want to make sure they’re destroyed.”

Coincidentally, British special forces have been active in the Libyan desert over the past few days. Ostensibly they were there to rescue stranded British civilians. I wonder what else they’re “rescuing.”


Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

“My people love me”

This guy’s gonna see Elvis soon.

44Magnum on February 28, 2011 at 5:41 PM

“You would think they’d be saying thank you.”
 
- Colonel Muammar Gaddafi

rogerb on February 28, 2011 at 5:41 PM

checks and balances

rob verdi on February 28, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Is Obama ready to give the order?

Probably not, but Hillary might while Obama is out golfing.

sharrukin on February 28, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Qaddafi and Sheen, I’m sensing a theme here.

Cindy Munford on February 28, 2011 at 5:45 PM

Qaddafi and Sheen, I’m sensing a theme here.

Cindy Munford on February 28, 2011 at 5:45 PM

ROFL!..That is funny..Very good post!..:)

Dire Straits on February 28, 2011 at 5:46 PM

In the picture allah has linked to this post, Qaddafi looks like he’s WWE Intercontinental Champion or something like that.

radjah shelduck on February 28, 2011 at 5:48 PM

Qaddafi and Sheen, I’m sensing a theme here.

Cindy Munford on February 28, 2011 at 5:45 PM

LOL. They should do a reality show together.
Or “reality” – as real as it gets to a crazy dictator and a Vatican warlock assassin…..

mjk on February 28, 2011 at 5:48 PM

The U.S. is already moving ships from Somalia closer to Libya

Already? Really? Well, that’s one way of looking at it.

Stephen M on February 28, 2011 at 5:49 PM

Exit question: How soon is “now”?

And by now, we mean yesterday!

Robert Gibbs, greatest hits.

Lily on February 28, 2011 at 5:51 PM

Qaddafi and Sheen, I’m sensing a theme here.

Cindy Munford on February 28, 2011 at 5:45 PM

LOL.

Very soon, Qaddafi and Michael Jackson will be the same temperature. Heck, they are even dressing like eachother.

portlandon on February 28, 2011 at 5:51 PM

Why am I not surprised to see Amanpour sitting down with this nutjob?

TheBlueSite on February 28, 2011 at 5:51 PM


which makes this the foreign policy equivalent of a Charlie Sheen trainwreck one-on-one.

What is this Charlie Sheen?

Is it a new floor wax?

Colbyjack on February 28, 2011 at 5:51 PM

Mustafa Abdul-Jalil

Anyone know who these “rebels” are? Their politics, their theology?

John the Libertarian on February 28, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Couldn’t resist: How Soon Is Now?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_U5HpeA_WSo

John the Libertarian on February 28, 2011 at 5:53 PM

TheBlueSite on February 28, 2011 at 5:51 PM

I wonder what her connection is to these dictators…?

d1carter on February 28, 2011 at 5:54 PM

TheBlueSite on February 28, 2011 at 5:51 PM

LOL!..I agree!..:)

Dire Straits on February 28, 2011 at 5:54 PM

John the Libertarian on February 28, 2011 at 5:53 PM

Nice post!..:)

Dire Straits on February 28, 2011 at 5:55 PM

Hillary claims that we’re prepared to offer “any kind of assistance” — except arming the rebels, apparently…

This reminds me of the immortal words of George Will in which the British would provide to the US in I forget which crisis “…all assistance short of help…”

Blaise on February 28, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Why am I not surprised to see Amanpour sitting down with this nutjob?

TheBlueSite on February 28, 2011 at 5:51 PM

Dunno, it might be her last conversation with daddy? Just a WAG, but there is a resemblance.

Bigger question is what happens to the retinue of female body guards and Ukranian prostitutes nurses when he’s finally offed? Ahhh….. that pesky unemployment rate rises everywhere.

Cody1991 on February 28, 2011 at 5:59 PM

I kept waiting for Qaddafi so say, “taste my flaming fists of fury” and ” I turned this tin can of a country into a gold mine”!
3 and a half men- make it happen, Hiam Levine!

jjshaka on February 28, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Qaddafi to ABC: “My people love me”

They actually might after a few years under the Muslim Brotherhood.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 28, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Is it possible we could trade Sheen for Qaddafi? Bastard owes me money.

onomo on February 28, 2011 at 6:01 PM

Tell me please, what conceivable “news” can come from an interview with a guy whom everyone but everyone — including his own diplomats — acknowledges is a monstrous lunatic?

Oh, well, duh. It gives Amanpour another chance to make it all about her!

tree hugging sister on February 28, 2011 at 6:06 PM

His only interface with reality at this point is ranting about how beloved he is,

that reminds me, did anyone see Charlie Sheen on ABC earlier today? Fricking delusional. Dude reminded me of Christian Bale in The Fighter.

ted c on February 28, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Okay is there anyway we can trade Amanpour for Qaddafi?

onomo on February 28, 2011 at 6:10 PM

I am not sold on us enforcing a no fly zone. There is absolutely no reason to believe what replaces Qaddafi will be an improvement. And will those who replace him really thank us afterward or will they turn on us?

NotCoach on February 28, 2011 at 6:10 PM

I’m tell’n ya, a big red rubber nose and it all comes together.

Besides if he gets lucky and lives long enough to be put on trial, the libs will let him off, he’ll be found irresponsible for his actions for the lack of sufficient IQ.

More likely, the rebels will display pieces of him in different parts of Libya.

Speakup on February 28, 2011 at 6:11 PM

The U.S. is already moving ships from Somalia closer to Libya, backing tough talk from Hillary that “It is time for Gaddafi to go, now, without further violence or delay.”

I thought that all we had was a ferry in the AO. Am I wrong?/

ted c on February 28, 2011 at 6:11 PM

Anyone know who these “rebels” are? Their politics, their theology?

Well, they couldn’t be worse.

YYZ on February 28, 2011 at 6:11 PM

Ostensibly they were there to rescue stranded British civilians. I wonder what else they’re “rescuing.”

fire in the hole.

ted c on February 28, 2011 at 6:12 PM

Out: Parker and Spitzer
In: Qadaffi and Sheen.

Buy Danish on February 28, 2011 at 6:13 PM

Well, they couldn’t be worse.

YYZ on February 28, 2011 at 6:11 PM

You know,I’m pretty sure that’s what the Ancient Romans thought after Tiberius died….
Then came Caligula and Nero….

mjk on February 28, 2011 at 6:14 PM

I am not sold on us enforcing a no fly zone. There is absolutely no reason to believe what replaces Qaddafi will be an improvement. And will those who replace him really thank us afterward or will they turn on us?

NotCoach on February 28, 2011 at 6:10 PM

yeah really. If I was a anti Mo Mo Muzzie, I’d be glad to have someone fly CAS for me and then turn on them once MoMo has ostensibly received his 42 voluptuous Ukrainian nurses or something.

ted c on February 28, 2011 at 6:14 PM

I am not sold on us enforcing a no fly zone. There is absolutely no reason to believe what replaces Qaddafi will be an improvement. And will those who replace him really thank us afterward or will they turn on us?

NotCoach on February 28, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Thinking like that will lead you to never taking action. Also, sitting back as he butchers his own people isn’t going to win the hearts and minds either…

jonknee on February 28, 2011 at 6:15 PM

The stocks are said to be stored in secret secure facilities in the Libyan desert. The chemicals would need to be mixed and loaded into shells before they could be used as weapons, but are “still a concern,” said a senior British government source. “We want to make sure they’re destroyed.”

then drag hopey changey into some ‘air raiding villages and bombing civilians’ action then duuude.

ted c on February 28, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Is it just me, or does he look like Kid Rock in that photo?

BobMbx on February 28, 2011 at 6:15 PM

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/feb/28/white-house-muammar-gaddafi-exile

There seems to be some confusion. Hillary says Mad Dog must face justice at the same time the WH spokesman is saying exile is a possibility.
Casey Stengel managing the early Mets *Can’t anybody here play this game?*

a capella on February 28, 2011 at 6:16 PM

While ABC is playing footsie with Khadify, and Obama has been holding audio conferences with his buds at the U.N., Americans have been suffering at the gas pump. In the Mid-South, gas prices are at somewhere in the $3.20-plus range and climbing. The effects of these outrageous prices will soon be felt all over our already poor economy, as people stay home, instead of jumping in the car to go some place and spend money that they no longer have.

His domestic and foreign policies have failed and the Leader of the Free World can’t decide whether to wind his backside or scratch his watch.

God protect us.

kingsjester on February 28, 2011 at 6:16 PM

I am not sold on us enforcing a no fly zone. There is absolutely no reason to believe what replaces Qaddafi will be an improvement. And will those who replace him really thank us afterward or will they turn on us?

NotCoach on February 28, 2011 at 6:10 PM

yeah really. If I was a anti Mo Mo Muzzie, I’d be glad to have someone fly CAS for me and then turn on them once MoMo has ostensibly received his 42 voluptuous Ukrainian nurses or something.

ted c on February 28, 2011 at 6:14 PM

Does it matter at this point? Taking Colonel Daffy out gets the oil flowing sooner and reduces the price we will have to pay so its in our economic interest to do so even if the Muslim Brotherhood types win, which is what I think will happen.

sharrukin on February 28, 2011 at 6:17 PM

Is it just me, or does he look like Kid Rock in that photo?

BobMbx on February 28, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Bawitdaba !

ted c on February 28, 2011 at 6:19 PM

LOL!..:)

Dire Straits on February 28, 2011 at 6:19 PM

Is Obama ready to give the order?

Probably not, but Hillary might while Obama is out golfing.

sharrukin on February 28, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Just give Hillary the cell for the 3 A.M. call.

OmahaConservative on February 28, 2011 at 6:19 PM

Does it matter at this point? Taking Colonel Daffy out gets the oil flowing sooner and reduces the price we will have to pay so its in our economic interest to do so even if the Muslim Brotherhood types win, which is what I think will happen.

sharrukin on February 28, 2011 at 6:17 PM

I guess it doesn’t. We replace one stinky a$$ thug with a group of stinky a$$ thugs. SSDD, right?

ted c on February 28, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Thinking like that will lead you to never taking action. Also, sitting back as he butchers his own people isn’t going to win the hearts and minds either…

jonknee on February 28, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Besides him bombing his own people in an internal conflict, why should we take military action? How does military action benefit our own security? Libya is not an ally nor being invaded by another country.

NotCoach on February 28, 2011 at 6:21 PM

Tell me please, what conceivable “news” can come from an interview with a guy whom everyone but everyone — including his own diplomats — acknowledges is a monstrous lunatic?

That first sentence made think it was more of ABC’s interview with Charlie Sheen.

vcferlita on February 28, 2011 at 6:21 PM

ZombieQaddafiSupporterBotMartyrs!

canopfor on February 28, 2011 at 6:22 PM

I guess it doesn’t. We replace one stinky a$$ thug with a group of stinky a$$ thugs. SSDD, right?

ted c on February 28, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Pretty much but at least the price at the pump is slightly lower and a no-fly zone is largely risk free.

sharrukin on February 28, 2011 at 6:24 PM

sharrukin on February 28, 2011 at 6:17 PM

Perhaps. But there are no guarantees. And whichever side controls the fields they want to push the oil out to finance their side.

NotCoach on February 28, 2011 at 6:24 PM

“Together we Thrive”….Democrat America!

“Together We D**”……..Libyan Goons!!

canopfor on February 28, 2011 at 6:24 PM

kingsjester on February 28, 2011 at 6:16 PM

Omaha Avg

3.370

Nebraska Average

3.386

OmahaConservative on February 28, 2011 at 6:24 PM

Perhaps. But there are no guarantees. And whichever side controls the fields they want to push the oil out to finance their side.

NotCoach on February 28, 2011 at 6:24 PM

I think it would be a miracle if the new government was one we liked. The oil is what its about and removing Daffy sooner rather than later is in our interest.

sharrukin on February 28, 2011 at 6:27 PM

Buy Danish on February 28, 2011 at 6:13 PM

LOL!..:0

PS..I left out you name the first try!..My bad!..:)

Dire Straits on February 28, 2011 at 6:29 PM

“What we want is an air embargo to stop Gaddafi bringing in mercenaries.”…
But mistrust of the international community is still strong. Mr Abdul-Jalil’s reaction to the prospect of help from foreign troops was not so welcome.
He said: “Any intervention will be confronted with more force than we are using against Gaddafi

They want outsiders to help them in the air but will resist ground help with extreme force? If we’re all that evil why should we help them by establishing a no-fly zone?

katiejane on February 28, 2011 at 6:31 PM

Is it just me, or does he look like Kid Rock in that photo?

BobMbx on February 28, 2011 at 6:15 PM

ROFL!..That is hillarious!..:)

Dire Straits on February 28, 2011 at 6:31 PM

Its Good to think your a KING!
===============================

Nazim Baksh: Muammar! Who is the Iblis now?
February 26th, 2011
********************

There are two pictures on this page. Both are Libyans but a world of difference separates them. I believe one is the image of piety, the other, despicable evil.

The image on the right is Sayyid Muhammad Idris Al-Mahdi As-Sanusi. He was born circa 1889 in Jaghbub when Libya was part of the Ottaman Khilafah. He was the first and only King of Libya.

Those who knew him said he prayed Tahajjud every night and was outwardly pious. In 1969 the man on the left, Muammar Al-Gadafi, who has over 200 spelling of his name and whom the world will soon forget, staged a military coup and toppled Sidi Muhammad Idris. At this time Sidi Muhammad was in Turkey seeking medical treatment. After the coup the King was granted asylum in Egypt. He died on May 25, 1983 at the age of 94. He was buried in Madina Al-Munawwarah in the company of the best of God’s creation. His grandfather was the founder of the Sanusiyah Brotherhood (Tariqa). After Sidi Muhammad’s father died in 1902, he became the leader of the Sanusiyah Tariqa and its active leader when he 16. Following the Italian invasion of Libya in 1922 he was forced into exile in Egypt where he continued to lead his people. During WWII the exiled King recruited Libyan fighters to aid the Allied forces against Nazi Germany and the Axis. In 1947 he returned home and in 1949 the United Nations determined that representatives of three provinces should meet in a national assembly to decide their future. The assembly met and decided on a constitutional monarchy and offered the reign to Sidi Muhammad. In 1951 Libya declared its independence. The army rose up against the King dubbing him “Idris Iblis.”
(more…….)

http://muslimmatters.org/2011/02/26/nazim-baksh-muammar-who-is-the-iblis-now-2/

canopfor on February 28, 2011 at 6:32 PM

LOL!..:0

PS..I left out your name the first try!..My bad!..:)

Dire Straits on February 28, 2011 at 6:29 PM

Sorry for the typo!..:)

Dire Straits on February 28, 2011 at 6:32 PM

Besides him bombing his own people in an internal conflict, why should we take military action? How does military action benefit our own security? Libya is not an ally nor being invaded by another country.

NotCoach on February 28, 2011 at 6:21 PM

I’d say a no-fly zone to prevent someone from bombing innocents is justifiable and arguably morally imperative from a human rights point of view, but it’s also in our strategic interest. Look what happened to the oil markets when the chaos began. And hey, now we find out he’s got WMDs… This all sounds familiar, why aren’t you gung-ho about spreading freedom?

jonknee on February 28, 2011 at 6:35 PM

Is it just me, or does he look like Kid Rock in that photo?

BobMbx on February 28, 2011 at 6:15 PM

BobMbx:Lets rock!

*******Qaddafi Kid-Libyan Bad *ss**************************
=================================

Kid Rock – American Bad Ass.mpg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzxaMUBlxUY&feature=fvst

canopfor on February 28, 2011 at 6:36 PM

Dire Straits on February 28, 2011 at 6:29 PM
Sorry for the typo!..:)

Dire Straits on February 28, 2011 at 6:32 PM

Dire Straits:Typo Extraordinaire hehe!:)

canopfor on February 28, 2011 at 6:38 PM

Muammar Gaddafi – Zenga Zenga Song – Noy Alooshe Remix + Download
(1,364,230 hits)
*******************

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBY-0n4esNY

canopfor on February 28, 2011 at 6:40 PM

jonknee on February 28, 2011 at 6:35 PM

What freedom? Do you really believe a liberal democracy will take his place? It is one thing to occupy a country and oversee a transition to a constitutional government. It is another to sit by and pray for the best.

NotCoach on February 28, 2011 at 6:41 PM

Related O/T:
I think that we would be better of to drill here, drill now and let these Muslims sort out for themselves which sect will be top dog in the ME.

In the meantime, we should begin to seriously investigate how Islam is trying to topple our own country from within and with the assistance of this administration and its Muslim outreach.

Look at what is on tap in DC this week and why the date is significant.
http://www.examiner.com/conservative-in-spokane/muslims-plan-d-c-rally-to-implement-sharia-law-u-s

onlineanalyst on February 28, 2011 at 6:52 PM

Maybe Chavez will parachute in from Venezuela and give Qaddafi more tips on how to get the people to love him. If the parrot man is not available, I hear that Fidel Castro could be persuaded.

onlineanalyst on February 28, 2011 at 6:55 PM

What freedom? Do you really believe a liberal democracy will take his place? It is one thing to occupy a country and oversee a transition to a constitutional government. It is another to sit by and pray for the best.

NotCoach on February 28, 2011 at 6:41 PM

I’m confused… You seem to be for letting the murderous thug with weapons of mass destruction and lots of oil continue to reign terror. I was simply comparing this to a similar past situation where there were no shortage of conservatives who thought we had to force feed freedom to the people oppressed by the leader.

This situation is also more urgent (no need to manufacture a sense of urgency this time) in that there is mass instability and we know for certain that he will continue to kill his people with military power until he either regains power or is himself killed.

If we can establish a no-fly zone that will save the lives of innocent people and help stabilize the region, why not do it?

jonknee on February 28, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Other than the whole ruthless dictator thing, I’m kinda gonna miss ole Gaddafi. The guy has style…

equanimous on February 28, 2011 at 7:02 PM

jonknee on February 28, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Does putting our own troops in harms way help to win the war on terror in this particular circumstance?

NotCoach on February 28, 2011 at 7:07 PM

Dire Straits:Typo Extraordinaire hehe!:)

canopfor on February 28, 2011 at 6:38 PM

LoL!..You are right!..I make way too many typos!..:)

Dire Straits on February 28, 2011 at 7:13 PM

“My people love me… or else!”

Not that dictators ever have to say that last part.

ajacksonian on February 28, 2011 at 7:16 PM

Non-interventionism or something!

Let Libya sort this out. If it means Quaddafi killing half the population and then using oil money to fund terrorists, how is that our business?

Don’t even send the rebels food! We’re only creating more AQ recruits.

/Libertarians

mankai on February 28, 2011 at 7:32 PM

Does putting our own troops in harms way help to win the war on terror in this particular circumstance?

NotCoach on February 28, 2011 at 7:07 PM

That’s arguable, but is winning the war on terror the only priority of the US?terrorists.

jonknee on February 28, 2011 at 7:34 PM

How many “deals” has Britain agreed to in order to keep the oil spigot flowing?

Tony Blair made an odd agreement before his own exit.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/8353501/Libya-Tony-Blair-agreed-to-train-Gaddafis-special-forces-in-deal-in-the-desert.html

onlineanalyst on February 28, 2011 at 7:36 PM

Qaddafi to ABC: “My people love me”; Update: More fears over mustard gas

Headline of the week.

nottakingsides on February 28, 2011 at 7:38 PM

This situation is also more urgent (no need to manufacture a sense of urgency this time) in that there is mass instability and we know for certain that he will continue to kill his people with military power until he either regains power or is himself killed.

If we can establish a no-fly zone that will save the lives of innocent people and help stabilize the region, why not do it?

jonknee on February 28, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Qadaffi’s atrocities since this thing started wouldn’t have even been a good day for Saddam.

And once Qadaffi is gone-that’s only the beginning. No one knows how this is going to shake out.

At least Qaddafi had started to play ball with the West and liberalized his regime the last few years. (Something Saddam never did). What lesson do you think other autocrats watching this now will take away from that fact?

Iraq taught the right lessons (and was the reason for Qaddafi’s rapproachement).

Don’t expect some lovely liberal democrats to take over in Tripoli either. The current favorite chant of the anti-Qaddafi protestors is: “Qaddafi…you Jew”.

Dreadnought on February 28, 2011 at 7:46 PM

jonknee on February 28, 2011 at 7:34 PM

No. But I am not convinced this serves our security interests or any other interests at this point is worth the potential sacrifices.

NotCoach on February 28, 2011 at 7:55 PM

alJazeera live blog.

1:40am Abdullah, a witness speaking to Al Jazeera from Misurata, about 200km east of Tripoli, says:

There’s now artillery shelling on the suburbs of Misurata and on the Air force college, south west of Misurata. There are also helicopters trying to bomb the local broadcast.

They are also using heavy weapons against the protestors … also last night helicopters dropped leaflets and threats from the regime.

A plane fell in the sea and we arrested five of its crew … we have weapons trying to use to defend ourselves but it is normal weapons that cannot be compared to the planes or tanks or armored vehicles or the heavy weapons they use to bomb us … we are the defending righteous and freedom … we want him [Gaddafi] to leave.

.

a capella on February 28, 2011 at 8:17 PM

“My people love me… or else!”

Not that dictators ever have to say that last part.

ajacksonian on February 28, 2011 at 7:16 PM

I foresee the next Leno spot called ‘who said it, Charlie Sheen or Moammar Qudafy?’

slickwillie2001 on February 28, 2011 at 8:49 PM

I’m confused… You seem to be for letting the murderous thug with weapons of mass destruction and lots of oil continue to reign terror. I was simply comparing this to a similar past situation where there were no shortage of conservatives who thought we had to force feed freedom to the people oppressed by the leader.

This situation is also more urgent (no need to manufacture a sense of urgency this time) in that there is mass instability and we know for certain that he will continue to kill his people with military power until he either regains power or is himself killed.

If we can establish a no-fly zone that will save the lives of innocent people and help stabilize the region, why not do it?

jonknee on February 28, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Qadaffi’s atrocities since this thing started wouldn’t have even been a good day for Saddam.

And once Qadaffi is gone-that’s only the beginning. No one knows how this is going to shake out.

At least Qaddafi had started to play ball with the West and liberalized his regime the last few years. (Something Saddam never did). What lesson do you think other autocrats watching this now will take away from that fact?

Iraq taught the right lessons (and was the reason for Qaddafi’s rapproachement).

Don’t expect some lovely liberal democrats to take over in Tripoli either. The current favorite chant of the anti-Qaddafi protestors is: “Qaddafi…you Jew”.

Dreadnought on February 28, 2011 at 9:12 PM

What the hell man. Libya hasn’t attacked us. That is the standard, right libs? RIGHT???

xblade on March 1, 2011 at 12:02 AM

On a more fundamental level, what the Obama administration did was create quite a dangerous precedent. It has now signaled to the most malevolent regimes in the world that the way to delay (or perhaps even avoid) American condemnation, let alone American action, is to threaten the lives of American citizens. The message sent to, and surely the message received by, despots around the world is this: If you want to neuter America, threaten to harm its citizens. Mr. Obama will bend like red-hot steel pulled from a furnace.

There were, of course, other options available to the president, including informing Mr. Qaddafi through the appropriate channels that a terrible fate would await him and his pack of jackals if a single American was harmed (see here). The president did very nearly the opposite. He showed weakness, irresolution, fear. I wonder if people have focused on just how troubling this action, and the mindset it manifests, really is.

Sidney Hook once said that those who make survival the supreme value are declaring that there is nothing they will not betray. Professor Hook’s statement could be amended and updated: American presidents who declare that they will bow to the demands of dictators who threaten American citizens are declaring that there is nothing they will not betray. For those who were disturbed by President Obama’s diffidence in the face of Qaddafi’s wickedness, it’s worse than you think. The ramifications of Mr. Obama’s actions will outlive whatever happens in Tripoli.

Schadenfreude on March 1, 2011 at 1:30 AM

There can be no excuse that the president was the last major Western leader to speak up on Libya. His dithering and his “futile squawking like a cuckoo clock” (to quote Hitchens) is inexcusable and quite frankly frightening.

scalleywag on March 1, 2011 at 8:53 AM

They want outsiders to help them in the air but will resist ground help with extreme force? If we’re all that evil why should we help them by establishing a no-fly zone?

katiejane on February 28, 2011 at 6:31 PM

There is 0 chance that any western country is going to send in ground forces in this situation (other than a few special forces getting our people out), so I don’t think that was directed at us. I’m betting it was aimed at places like Egypt, or other Arab countries that might seize the opportunity to send unneeded “assistance” in order to get a piece of Libya’s oil action.

RINO in Name Only on March 1, 2011 at 2:18 PM