Video: For the first time, Obama says publicly that Qaddafi must go

posted at 5:37 pm on March 3, 2011 by Allahpundit

He’s already said this semi-publicly, but now, almost two weeks after the fighting broke out and with most Americans in Libya safely out of harm’s way, I guess he feels it’s safe to be bold-ish. Few specifics are offered beyond humanitarian aid and flights to bring displaced Egyptians stranded in Tunisia back home — a smart act of goodwill as Egypt forges a new foreign policy. Otherwise, the plan seems to be for the west to stay out of it unless and until there’s a large-scale massacre in the offing (which British special forces may already be working to avert). That’s the safe play politically: 55 percent approve of his handling, or rather non-handling, of the Middle East uprisings and 48 percent approve of his non-handling of Libya specifically (versus just 26 percent who disapprove). Americans don’t want another Middle East adventure, I think, even if it means letting Qaddafi bomb people occasionally (or repeatedly). Only if the mustard gas comes out or some other Tiananmen-type slaughter unfolds will Obama be in trouble for not acting, with the fickle public turning on him instantly to demand an explanation for why he didn’t do something to stop it. That looks unlikely right now — Qaddafi’s oil money appears to be drying up, his mercenaries aren’t reclaiming territory from the rebels, and his big hope appears to rest on a peace plan submitted by, ahem, Hugo Chavez — but Tripoli is still in his grasp and being terrorized. The One’s taking a real gamble here by sitting back. Good luck to him on it, sincerely.

Two lingering questions. One: Obama says here that Qaddafi has “lost the legitimacy to lead.” Er, when did he have it? Two: Did Mariah Carey and Beyonce and other pop stars who sang for the Qaddafi boys really not understand who they were dealing with? Or did they understand just fine and hoped no one would care — which, until two weeks ago, basically no one did? Exit quotation: “Bring Bush! Make a no fly zone, bomb the planes.”


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no sh*t sherlock…get out much?

DrW on March 3, 2011 at 5:39 PM

Damn right.

B Man on March 3, 2011 at 5:40 PM

when will the Enterprise’s carrier wing be in range?

DrW on March 3, 2011 at 5:42 PM

when will the Enterprise’s carrier wing be in range?

DrW on March 3, 2011 at 5:42 PM

She entered the Med yesterday. A Marine Expeditionary Force landed in Greece today (AP report).

Limerick on March 3, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Soon thereafter seeing his shadow and retreating into inaction for another 30 days.

Scrappy on March 3, 2011 at 5:43 PM

“Moammar Qaddafi has lost the legitimacy to lead and he must leave.”

Typical. Qaddafi never had “the legitimacy to lead” in the first place. He’s been a dictator and a thug his entire time at the top.

nukemhill on March 3, 2011 at 5:43 PM

One: Obama says here that Qaddafi has “lost the legitimacy to lead.” Er, when did he have it?

Ah. Hadn’t read to the end. Glad to see you agree.

nukemhill on March 3, 2011 at 5:45 PM

She entered the Med yesterday. A Marine Expeditionary Force landed in Greece today (AP report).

Limerick on March 3, 2011 at 5:43 PM

What did Greece do to us? /

sharrukin on March 3, 2011 at 5:46 PM

crap now I almost want to see qaddafi hold on. If he wasn’t such a killer I would be cheering him on just so Obama fails. but Obama is correct on this. about time he came around to Palin’s thinking on this. Next he will be propsong a no fly zone…..

unseen on March 3, 2011 at 5:46 PM

“Moammar Qaddafi has lost the legitimacy to lead and he must leave.”

Damn … we say that about Obama all the time and he’s still here.

darwin on March 3, 2011 at 5:46 PM

This whole thing has played out like the Georgia invasion by Russia in 2008.

Obama says little, staying out of things, while his main competitor, McCain in 2008 and Palin today, call for specific actions well ahead of the curve that Obama himself later parrots.

teke184 on March 3, 2011 at 5:46 PM

Surely, there’s a Motown hit that sums up Barry’s performance on Libya. Help me out, folks.

Christien on March 3, 2011 at 5:46 PM

sharrukin on March 3, 2011 at 5:46 PM

Bad food.

They are reported to be at a U.S. Navy facility there. (BBC confirms)

Limerick on March 3, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Christien on March 3, 2011 at 5:46 PM

Actually, there’s a Beatles hit: Nowhere Man.

kingsjester on March 3, 2011 at 5:48 PM

He must leave.

Yes, yes. Another one of those meaningless declarations that passes for policy or diplomacy from this administration. Are we going to do anything to get him to go? No, not really. But we will stamp our foot and say it must, it must, it must happen. Smart power indeed.

MJBrutus on March 3, 2011 at 5:49 PM

“Moammar Qaddafi has lost the legitimacy to lead and he must leave.”

Projection.

(Palin lives rent free in his head)

BobMbx on March 3, 2011 at 5:49 PM

Obama/Pentagon also confirm that U.S. Air Force planes are now being assigned to help Egytians return home. Go figure.
Ma and Pa Kettle got a car ferry. Cleopatra and Tut get air travel.

Limerick on March 3, 2011 at 5:49 PM

Is it a coincidence that for the first time in 31 years there is no carrier battlegroup in the med and the entire ME goes up in flmaes?

unseen on March 3, 2011 at 5:49 PM

Mariah Carey and Beyonce and other pop stars who sang for the Qaddafi boys

Does anyone else find it ironic that white artists were vilified for playing Sun City but nobody ever said boo to black artists who played for the likes of Daffy?

Rocks on March 3, 2011 at 5:50 PM

Oh come, fuggin’ ON: no matter what Barry does, you fanatic Hotairheads are going to bash him. He’s damned if he does/doesn’t. I guess this is what you focus on when you’re busy trying to distract Americans from sending jobs to China.

bifidis on March 3, 2011 at 5:51 PM

kingsjester on March 3, 2011 at 5:48 PM

You Can’t Hurry Love

Christien on March 3, 2011 at 5:51 PM

unseen on March 3, 2011 at 5:49 PM

Yes

MJBrutus on March 3, 2011 at 5:51 PM

Fraud Farrakhan and Revolutionary Wright hardest hit.

WoosterOh on March 3, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Oh come, fuggin’ ON: no matter what Barry does, you fanatic Hotairheads are going to bash him.

bifidis on March 3, 2011 at 5:51 PM

Job reviews suck, huh?

Limerick on March 3, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Future Headline:

Speaker Boehner “Obama has lost the legitimacy to lead and he must leave.”

AverageJoe on March 3, 2011 at 5:53 PM

How many days in? How many days before he addressed the oil spill? Par for the course with Golfer in Chief. It takes him a long time to get his blank together.

Here he had a conflict of interest though… Qaddafi being in with Rev. Wright and all (and I hear Mama Sarah, too).

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on March 3, 2011 at 5:54 PM

“Moammar Qaddafi has lost the legitimacy to lead and he must leave.”

The man is gunning down his own people – he is not going to “leave” until he is taken out.

Ann on March 3, 2011 at 5:54 PM

Bad food.

They are reported to be at a U.S. Navy facility there. (BBC confirms)

Limerick on March 3, 2011 at 5:47 PM

I like Greek food. /

Seriously they are there because of tainted food?

sharrukin on March 3, 2011 at 5:56 PM

Yes

MJBrutus on March 3, 2011 at 5:51 PM

I don’t know seems more like cause and effect than coincidence to me.

unseen on March 3, 2011 at 5:56 PM

Yes

MJBrutus on March 3, 2011 at 5:51 PM

I don’t know seems more like cause and effect than coincidence to me.

unseen on March 3, 2011 at 5:56 PM

It would be a good question of a real reporter to ask the admin and the defense department as far as why they don’;t have a battlegroup in the med….

unseen on March 3, 2011 at 5:58 PM

sharrukin on March 3, 2011 at 5:56 PM

No word I’ve seen on why, but it isn’t hard to guess, probably the Pentagon doing the positioning just in case Barry decides to review his options again, and again, and again.

Limerick on March 3, 2011 at 5:58 PM

AP,

In that part of the world, “legitimacy” traditionally means the strong horse. Obama’s western definition of legitimacy doesn’t apply.

Christien on March 3, 2011 at 5:58 PM

While it is possible to give The One credit for “better late than never,” I can’t seem to get past the irony of this man commenting on leadership in any context.

Stephen Macklin on March 3, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Two: Did Mariah Carey and Beyonce and other pop stars who sang for the Qaddafi boys really not understand who they were dealing with? Or did they understand just fine and hoped no one would care — which, until two weeks ago, basically no one did?

Which is why we should listen to very few entertainers.

rbj on March 3, 2011 at 6:00 PM

unseen on March 3, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Sure, why there isn’t one there is a good question. But I see absolutely not basis for your conclusion of cause and effect. IOW, I fail to see how a naval presence would have had any impact on the revolutionaries of Tunis, Egypt, Libya or anyone else.

MJBrutus on March 3, 2011 at 6:02 PM

bifidis on March 3, 2011 at 5:51 PM

You’re boring.

Del Dolemonte on March 3, 2011 at 6:02 PM

“Bring Bush! Make a no fly zone, bomb the planes,” shouted soldier-turned-rebel Nasr Ali, referring to a no-fly zone imposed on Iraq in 1991 by then U.S. President George Bush.”

Hey Allahpundit, Reuters cut the above quote out of your last link in the story. One of the commenters on the Reuters website made a note of it.

Pretty scummy of them to scrub anything that might make Obama look worse than the previous president.

HDFOB on March 3, 2011 at 6:03 PM

Oh come, fuggin’ ON: no matter what Barry does, you fanatic Hotairheads are going to bash him.

bifidis on March 3, 2011 at 5:51 PM

The President of the United States is purported, and is cheered when claiming, to be the leader of the free world no matter what his/her name is.

This guy is more appropriately called “tail end charlie”. Always last to the party, with weather vane in hand to see which way the political winds are blowing. He does this so he can hide his failure to lead in the herd mechanics of the UN.

As Kahn said so magnificently “But, he tasks me….he tasks me!”

Obama asks for it. We merely oblige.

BobMbx on March 3, 2011 at 6:04 PM

2300: CNN correspondent Nic Robertson tweets: “Massive increase in security on road from south leading to #Tripoli, more checkpts, tanks, heavy artillery, professionally equipped soldiers.

Friday should be interesting.

Limerick on March 3, 2011 at 6:04 PM

Somebody should collect Barry’s greatest hits of extreme rhetoric and put Qaddafi’s name on it. See if anyone can tell the difference.

Christien on March 3, 2011 at 6:05 PM

Two: Did Mariah Carey and Beyonce and other pop stars who sang for the Qaddafi boys really not understand who they were dealing with? Or did they understand just fine and hoped no one would care — which, until two weeks ago, basically no one did?

Two goldiggers shakin’ their booty for a billionaire.

You find that unusual? Lap dancers never ask where those dollar bills came from.

BobMbx on March 3, 2011 at 6:05 PM

bifidis on March 3, 2011 at 5:51 PM

Begone, sugarbritches.

OmahaConservative on March 3, 2011 at 6:06 PM

This isn’t even a B+

This is a ‘see me after class!’

stevezilla on March 3, 2011 at 6:07 PM

Of course The 0 said something today–the people of Lybia want help from Bush. The 0 has to pretend he cares.

txhsmom on March 3, 2011 at 6:07 PM

The president is a little slow on the uptake.

pugwriter on March 3, 2011 at 6:07 PM

Which is why we should listen to very few entertainers.

rbj on March 3, 2011 at 6:00 PMTypical conservative: swimming away from creativity as if fleeing sharks. Don’t listen to entertainers? Jeez. What a dour, dull, gray world you us all to inhabit.

bifidis on March 3, 2011 at 6:08 PM

I’m sure Gadhafi is shaking in his boots at Obama’s statements. What next, a UN protest? As for carrier deployment-a warning to Libya? Or to Israel?

MaiDee on March 3, 2011 at 6:09 PM

So we’re gonna go in there and take Qaddafi out, then what? Nation building like we did in Iraq? Lebanon? Afghanistan?

What’s the exit strategy?

Skandia Recluse on March 3, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Sure, why there isn’t one there is a good question. But I see absolutely not basis for your conclusion of cause and effect. IOW, I fail to see how a naval presence would have had any impact on the revolutionaries of Tunis, Egypt, Libya or anyone else.

MJBrutus on March 3, 2011 at 6:02 PM

well if you know the calvery is not going to show up you act differently than if you think it will.

unseen on March 3, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Wow, way to put yourself out there, champ.

carbon_footprint on March 3, 2011 at 6:11 PM

BobMbx on March 3, 2011 at 6:04 PM

The worst part is that when he finally does get around to making a statement it is another, pathetic non-statement. Just a vacuous, “he must,” declaration. Are we going to do anything to make him? Nah, but “he must, he must, he must.” And if he doesn’t? “He must, he must, he must.”

MJBrutus on March 3, 2011 at 6:11 PM

When are they going to release the reserves? Gas avgs are 3.492 here today.

OmahaConservative on March 3, 2011 at 6:12 PM

Well, lets see, it seems every other Leader has had a say on Momar, Obama just had to wait and see which way the wind was blowing. One mustn’t be to quick with ones pronouncements should one?

sandee on March 3, 2011 at 6:12 PM

Spinal bifidis is a serious disease that apparently strikes the brain.

carbon_footprint on March 3, 2011 at 6:14 PM

When are they going to release the reserves? Gas avgs are 3.492 here today.

OmahaConservative on March 3, 2011 at 6:12 PM

$3.44 in DFW. Of course Bernake said yesterday it is no-big deal.

Limerick on March 3, 2011 at 6:15 PM

unseen on March 3, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Cavalry? Who are the Indians and who are the settlers? It took our WH weeks to say which side they were on, only to change their minds every time someone else spoke up.

I maintain that the uprisings in the ME have nothing to do with us and certainly nothing to do with PBHO. The closest it comes to that is that the Iraqi democracy may have provided some inspiration.

MJBrutus on March 3, 2011 at 6:15 PM

The worst part is that when he finally does get around to making a statement it is another, pathetic non-statement. Just a vacuous, “he must,” declaration. Are we going to do anything to make him? Nah, but “he must, he must, he must.” And if he doesn’t? “He must, he must, he must.”

MJBrutus on March 3, 2011 at 6:11 PM

What idiocy! As if you Hotairheads have been taking ‘ole Libya to task AT ALL in the last few years. He was Bush’s best bud. Bush and Muammar go way back.

bifidis on March 3, 2011 at 6:16 PM

Come to Ca. The cheapest I’ve seen around my neck of the woods was $3.79.

sandee on March 3, 2011 at 6:17 PM

bifidis on March 3, 2011 at 6:16 PM

Your ventriloquist misses you.

MJBrutus on March 3, 2011 at 6:17 PM

Come to Ca. The cheapest I’ve seen around my neck of the woods was $3.79.

sandee on March 3, 2011 at 6:17 PM

I believe CA is always the highest due to the enviro-nuts mandating all the additives.

carbon_footprint on March 3, 2011 at 6:17 PM

bifidis on March 3, 2011 at 6:16 PM

Go to the top of the page. This is about Obama and Mo-Mo. Sucks when you have to make your own bed, huh?

Limerick on March 3, 2011 at 6:18 PM

Bwave Sir Bawwy wan away.

drunyan8315 on March 3, 2011 at 6:19 PM

sandee on March 3, 2011 at 6:17 PM

No thanks. I lived in San Diego from 1980-2005. I regularly paid twenty cents more a gallon than LA did where the refineries are.

OmahaConservative on March 3, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Spinal bifidis is a serious disease that apparently strikes the brain.

carbon_footprint on March 3, 2011 at 6:14 PM

lol. My son has spina bifida and he’s several magnitudes sharper than that bifidis critter.

pugwriter on March 3, 2011 at 6:21 PM

sandee on March 3, 2011 at 6:17 PM

Is that MTBD crap still in the gas there? And them stupid spring-loaded cover-funnel things to trap the vapors on the nozzles? I just hated them things, the nozzle came flying out and sprayed me with gasoline on more than one occasion. Ruined a few suits that way.

OmahaConservative on March 3, 2011 at 6:23 PM

When are they going to release the reserves? Gas avgs are 3.492 here today.

OmahaConservative on March 3, 2011 at 6:12 PM

$3.44 in DFW. Of course Bernake said yesterday it is no-big deal.

Limerick on March 3, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Little Bammie has a plan to lower the price, -sell it by the liter like his Euro buddies.

slickwillie2001 on March 3, 2011 at 6:24 PM

Idiot………………….

whats best for AMERICA,its Security first and foremost

and then,the Libyans!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on March 3, 2011 at 6:25 PM

“Two: Did Mariah Carey and Beyonce and other pop stars who sang for the Qaddafi boys really not understand who they were dealing with?”

Money speaks louder than the cries of the oppressed.

Dusty on March 3, 2011 at 6:25 PM

Spinal bifidis is a serious disease that apparently strikes the brain.

carbon_footprint on March 3, 2011 at 6:14 PM

lol. My son has spina bifida and he’s several magnitudes sharper than that bifidis critter.

pugwriter on March 3, 2011 at 6:21 PM

Ugh. This exchange is just so disturbing on so many levels, I think I’ll just wish you well. Truly bizarre. You’re scoring political points with your child’s birth defect?

bifidis on March 3, 2011 at 6:26 PM

pugwriter on March 3, 2011 at 6:21 PM

God bless you and your son.

carbon_footprint on March 3, 2011 at 6:27 PM

slickwillie2001 on March 3, 2011 at 6:24 PM

I think canopfor said it was $1.25 a litre in his area of Canada two days ago.

OmahaConservative on March 3, 2011 at 6:27 PM

rbj on March 3, 2011 at 6:00 PMTypical conservative: swimming away from creativity as if fleeing sharks. Don’t listen to entertainers? Jeez. What a dour, dull, gray world you us all to inhabit.

bifidis on March 3, 2011 at 6:08 PM

Big Charlie Sheen fan,are ya?

katy the mean old lady on March 3, 2011 at 6:27 PM

pugwriter on March 3, 2011 at 6:21 PM

God bless you and your son.

carbon_footprint on March 3, 2011 at 6:27 PM

Ditto. Prayers ascend for you all.

OmahaConservative on March 3, 2011 at 6:28 PM

katy the mean old lady on March 3, 2011 at 6:27 PM

Oh, just LOLZ!

OmahaConservative on March 3, 2011 at 6:29 PM

That’s the safe play politically: 55 percent approve of his handling,

Whew…I wondered how I should feel about this, now I know! Always good to have a poll sniffer at the ready.

winston on March 3, 2011 at 6:35 PM

What idiocy! As if you Hotairheads have been taking ‘ole Libya to task AT ALL in the last few years…
 

bifidis on March 3, 2011 at 6:16

 
I like you. You’re funny.
 
http://media.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/photo/2009/07/09/PH2009070902424.jpg

rogerb on March 3, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Spinal bifidis is a serious disease that apparently strikes the brain.

carbon_footprint on March 3, 2011 at 6:14 PM

lol. My son has spina bifida and he’s several magnitudes sharper than that bifidis critter.

pugwriter on March 3, 2011 at 6:21 PM

Ugh. This exchange is just so disturbing on so many levels, I think I’ll just wish you well. Truly bizarre. You’re scoring political points with your child’s birth defect?

bifidis on March 3, 2011 at 6:26 PM

No, dimwit, I just don’t act like we’re the only people in the world who got thrown a curveball. Nor do we expect special treatment. His spina bifida is a blessing because it has brought us closer to God. Besides, he’s a lot better off than many others with the same condition. So it’s all good.

Now shoo, before I start drawing funny pictures on your helmet.

pugwriter on March 3, 2011 at 6:38 PM

Way to lead, chump.

Your MSNBC poll finally come in?

NickelAndDime on March 3, 2011 at 6:38 PM

Is it a coincidence that for the first time in 31 years there is no carrier battlegroup in the med and the entire ME goes up in flmaes?

unseen on March 3, 2011 at 5:49 PM

We have been gapping the carrier in the Med for 2 decades now. Not enough to go around.

The real question is: Why did the USS Enterprise continue thru the Suez when it should have been held in the Med?

DJ Elliott on March 3, 2011 at 6:40 PM

Libya live report-AFP
March 4, 2011,6:57 am
**********************

http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/world/8888063/libya-live-report/

canopfor on March 3, 2011 at 6:45 PM

WTH is this stuff that WE have to pay for their food???? He!!, I can barely afford MY food now! I guess the evil POS is STILL going to subsidize his BFF’s cr@p…..

sicoit on March 3, 2011 at 6:45 PM

Libya is a re vo lution without a plan. Barry is a leader with a clue. What say we throw ‘em together, put on a little Motown, and watch the magic happen.

Christien on March 3, 2011 at 6:48 PM

bifidis on March 3, 2011 at 5:51 PM

Wow, little numbnutz is on this thread too???? Whodathunkit? Don’t any of these trolls ever have anything close to adult to say? I know….stupid question.

sicoit on March 3, 2011 at 6:48 PM

MJBrutus on March 3, 2011 at 6:15 PM

not saying you are wrong. It is something that can not be proven but I get the feeling that the left/Obama moved the assets out of the area to give the gree light for the upriosings and when an outcry to do something materilizes they can say they are not able to do anything since the assets are not there. It fits Obama’s MO, stall for time on anything and everything be it obamacare, drilling permits, ME. What some see as disengagement I see as a policy of stalling until the pieces are in place to make it a feat acompli.

Sometimes the greatest strategy is simply do nothing. Adn as long as you are seen to not be able to do anything you can make a case for why you did nothing…

Lybia was not suppose to happen. IMO.

But like I said It can’t be proved either way and thus both yours and mine are nothing but opinion….

unseen on March 3, 2011 at 6:53 PM

bifidis on March 3, 2011 at 6:26 PM

Let me say it straight up:

F@ck off, truther.

JeffWeimer on March 3, 2011 at 6:55 PM

Focus group results are in!

Caper29 on March 3, 2011 at 6:56 PM

If the Libyan rebels had invoked collective barganing from the beginning Barry would have moved heaven and earth to drop the Army of the Potomac in their laps.

Limerick on March 3, 2011 at 6:59 PM

So has Obama yet he leads…sort of.

EnochCain on March 3, 2011 at 7:02 PM

Exit quotation: “Bring Bush! Make a no fly zone, bomb the planes.”

I read this earlier today in the news. The Obama Kool Aid drinking seems to have become stopped at the water’s edge.

INC on March 3, 2011 at 7:10 PM

Christien: You want Motown? How about this one? “Can’t Hurry Love”– Supremes version

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyxVYl8DrKI

onlineanalyst on March 3, 2011 at 7:16 PM

bifidis back like a toe fungus.

teacherman on March 3, 2011 at 7:17 PM

onlineanalyst on March 3, 2011 at 7:16 PM

Nice. That’s my choice, too!

Christien on March 3, 2011 at 7:19 PM

Is it a coincidence that for the first time in 31 years there is no carrier battlegroup in the med and the entire ME goes up in flmaes?

unseen on March 3, 2011 at 5:49 PM

unseen:)
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Thursday, March 3, 2011
Libyavention!
*************

Götterdammerüng!

Despotry twilight like unto Libya’s Colonel Leader for Life, headed straight towards an orgy of blood and flame and a civil war that will last as long as the Colonel can feed and fund foreign regime holder uppers – kinda like 3rd Reich’s collapse – or even S’Ddam’s Ba’Athist regime’s near death flirtation back in the day – narrowly averted with a heavy dose of chemical WMD on Iraq’s own citizenry at places like Halabcheh.

Any Libyavention like the infamous No Fly Zones could certainly unleash a flurry of funintended consequences – after all, Libya provided several thousand metric tonnes of dead hajies for the Haj in Iraq requiring Surge to rid Iraq of kindred foreign Arab inflicted violence.

As Great Britain backs down, Def Sec Gates and Sec o’ State HRC – caution LOL about No Fly Zones – even as Great Satan sortees her USS Kearsarge with 2K Teufel Hunden Xpeditionaries along with USS Barry (DDG52) and USS Ponce Marine Amphib cats into the Med. And Great Satan’s Big E is floating about Red Sea – within easy access of Libya. Not to mention all that phat hot NATO air power scattered throughout NATO.

Other Naval Power wanna bes are checking out the Med

http://greatsatansgirlfriend.blogspot.com/
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Over the Horizon: Sea Power and the Arab Spring
Mar 2 2011
**********

While the full story of the Arab uprisings — and in particular the Libya chapter — has yet to be written, sea power has thus far seemed curiously absent from the events of the Arab Spring. Although one Libyan warship apparently bombarded rebel positions in Tripoli and another may have defected, maritime power has not been central to the course of that country’s revolution. Similarly, the Egyptian navy played no meaningful role in overthrowing Hosni Mubarak, and now remains at dock for lack of funding.

And what of NATO? In theory, the effort to relieve Libya and manage the chaos that has engulfed North Africa should be an easy call for the major Mediterranean naval powers. Navies have an almost unique ability to deploy influence and power in short order, especially in coastal areas. To be sure, there has been a Mediterranean response, but it has seemed languid given the massive potential for revolutionary change onshore in North Africa. The ability of European navies to respond has been hamstrung by general force reductions, a trend symbolized by the last mission of HMS Cumberland, a Royal Navy frigate destined for decommissioning that was sent to rescue British nationals from Libya a few days ago. Until very recently, the United States Navy has been almost entirely absent from the scene. …

http://www.worldpoliticsreview.com/articles/8060/over-the-horizon-sea-power-and-the-arab-spring

canopfor on March 3, 2011 at 7:21 PM

… when you’re busy trying to distract Americans from sending jobs to China.

bifidis on March 3, 2011 at 5:51 PM

Who is? The public sector workers bleeding WI taxpayers and driving businesses out of their state?

Back into your corner, Junior. We’re not impressed with Presidunce SoftPower.

onlineanalyst on March 3, 2011 at 7:21 PM

Until very recently, the United States Navy has been almost entirely absent from the scene. …

canopfor on March 3, 2011 at 7:21 PM

makes one questions things doesn’t it…..

unseen on March 3, 2011 at 7:29 PM

But like I said It can’t be proved either way and thus both yours and mine are nothing but opinion….

unseen on March 3, 2011 at 6:53 PM

Fair enough. I’m a big fan of Occam’s razor. The simplest answer consistent with all known facts is that it has nothing to do with us or where the fleet is.

If it was part of a plan, he would have had to know that the uprisings were going to occur when it looks to me like he was taken completely by surprise. He certainly had no response prepared for an event that he ostensibly was expecting. If he was trying to enable them then why did he support Mubarak before changing sides? Who was he trying to enable in Egypt, when the uprising appeared uncoordinated and was formed by many disparate groups with a variety of motives?

Your theory just raises one question after another and I don’t see any reason for any of them to be asked when we can explain it all by supposing that it had nothing to do with us.

MJBrutus on March 3, 2011 at 7:30 PM

On a related note, Hugo Chavez has said that “Obama must go!”

bannedbyhuffpo on March 3, 2011 at 7:47 PM

join’em “O”…….

RealMc on March 3, 2011 at 7:52 PM

join’em “O”…….

RealMc on March 3, 2011 at 7:52 PM

and while your at is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IXChu-b7gM

RealMc on March 3, 2011 at 7:53 PM

Until very recently, the United States Navy has been almost entirely absent from the scene. …

canopfor on March 3, 2011 at 7:21 PM

makes one questions things doesn’t it…..

unseen on March 3, 2011 at 7:29 PM

unseen:Sorry for the late response,yes it makes one wonder,
Obama should of had a Task Force,prepped,ready to go,
when the Camel Poo hit the fan in Egypt,as an insura
nce policy!!:)

canopfor on March 3, 2011 at 7:54 PM

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