Obama: Oh, by the way, we’re going to war in Libya

posted at 4:36 pm on March 18, 2011 by Allahpundit

Just a quick heads up to the country about our third war in the Middle East before he flies off to South America. Here’s the transcript. Highlights: No ground troops; no acknowledgment of Qaddafi’s “ceasefire” (which is just as well, since it’s a pathetic and utter fraud); and no word on whether he’ll ask Congress to authorize the mission, as his friend Dick Lugar is urging him to do. Instead, he laid down conditions for Qaddafi to accept. Take ‘em or leave ‘em:

The resolution that passed lays out very clear conditions that must be met.

The United States, the United Kingdom, France and Arab states agree that a cease-fire must be implemented immediately. That means all attacks against civilians must stop.

Qadhafi must stop his troops from advancing on Benghazi, pull them back from Adjabiyah, Misurata (ph) and Zawiyah (ph), and establish water, electricity and gas supplies to all area.

Humanitarian assistance must be allowed to reach the people of Libya.

Let me be clear: These terms are not negotiable.

Conspicuously missing from that list is any demand for regime change, which Obama was pushing just days ago. If Qaddafi retreats to the western half of the country and turns the lights back on in Benghazi, what then? Mission accomplished? The moment coalition ships leave the Mediterranean, he’ll start rolling eastward. Or is the idea to keep him at bay for a few months while Egyptian arms flow in and the rebels get organized? Unless we plan on destroying his planes on the ground first, there’d better be plenty of anti-aircraft weapons in those shipments.

Another intriguing detail from Obama’s remarks. Who’s leading this mission?

We will provide the unique capabilities that we can bring to bear to stop the violence against civilians, including enabling our European allies and Arab partners to effectively enforce a no-fly zone. I have no doubt that the men and women of our military are capable of carrying out this mission. Once more, they have the thanks of a grateful nation and the admiration of the world…

It is not an action that we will pursue alone. Indeed, our British and French allies and members of the Arab League have already committed to take a leadership role in the enforcement of this resolution, just as they were instrumental in pursuing it.

That makes it sound like the British and French will be doing the actual raids with the U.S. in support, although if that were the case he surely would have elaborated on it in his remarks. What he’s doing here, I take it, is being deliberately ambiguous to suggest a subsidiary role knowing that intervention isn’t polling well among Americans. Whatever he can say to get U.S. fingerprints off the mission will make it not only more popular abroad but here as well. An iron American fist in a velvety European glove!

One more choice bit:

Now, here’s why this matters to us. Left unchecked, we have every reason to believe that Qadhafi would commit atrocities against his people. Many thousands could die. A humanitarian crisis would ensue.

The entire region could be destabilized, endangering many of our allies and partners.

The calls of the Libyan people for help would go unanswered. The democratic values that we stand for would be overrun.

Moreover, the words of the international community would be rendered hollow.

I’m amazed he threw in the bit about democratic values given that there’s no guarantee that the Libyan rebels will support democracy once they’ve taken care of Qaddafi. It’s a tribal society; it’ll go on being a tribal society when he’s gone, hopefully with some sort of parliament or congress where the tribes can confer, but whether tribal representatives will be elected is anyone’s guess. If democracy doesn’t happen, The One will be eating these words all the way to election day 2012. The part about destabilization is weird too considering that the big gripe among our “friends” in Riyadh is that it’s the White House that’s destabilizing the region by backing revolutionaries over old guard tyrants like Mubarak. In fact, the Journal had a must-read story just yesterday about how upheaval in Egypt and elsewhere is knocking off some of America’s counterterrorism allies and helping to spring dangerous jihadis from prison. If Qaddafi is ousted and Libya melts down and becomes an Afghanistan on the Mediterranean, that’ll be arguably as dangerous for us, our allies, and partners as Qaddafi is. And Obama will hear about that endlessly until election day, too. And rightly so.

He reportedly told his cabinet a few days ago that intervention here is “the greatest opportunity to realign our interests and our values.” That sounds amazingly Bush-ian, but I’m not sure what it means. Presumably, he thinks a pro-democratic humanitarian mission will so endear us to young Arab reformists that it’ll tilt the revolutionary zeitgeist in the region towards the west and away from the Islamists. Could be, but the Muslim Brotherhood is organizing in Egypt, Iran is angling to exploit the crisis in Bahrain, Hezbollah now effectively controls Lebanon, and god know what is set to emerge in Libya. Even the formerly pro-western powers in the Muslim world, like Turkey, are trending east, not west. Is knocking out Qaddafi and freaking out the Saudis and Jordanians with an emphatic pro-reform stance going to slow that tide?

Watch the clip, because one way or another, these words will matter next year. As I write this, Al Jazeera is reporting that Qaddafi’s troops are still advancing on Benghazi and might be within 50 km. Anecdotal reports claim that the regime is attacking other cities too, and that they’re actually stockpiling corpses to be displayed to the gullible press as victims of coalition bombing once the airstrikes begin. Note to The One: Now that we’re really going ahead with this, hurry up.

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What’s with these neo-cons. Oh wait…

Hummer53 on March 18, 2011 at 4:39 PM

“Until something changes, in which case…..I’ll pretend I never said this.

PEACE OUT!”

hisfrogness on March 18, 2011 at 4:39 PM

Blood for oil blood.

Electrongod on March 18, 2011 at 4:39 PM

A day late and a dollar short…3 weeks late and US credibility shot…

Gohawgs on March 18, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Media: “Yes Sir. Don’t worry ’bout us. We got your back”

aquaviva on March 18, 2011 at 4:40 PM

it’ll go on being a tribal society when he’s gone,

gone? Dude, he ain’t even there. Rank this up with other loose-ends-that-must-be-tied-up before Michelle does Rio in 24hrs…He’s as committed to this as he is to closing Gitmo, and we know where that is these days.

ted c on March 18, 2011 at 4:40 PM

“It’s Friday, Friday, gotta go to war on Friday!”

James on March 18, 2011 at 4:41 PM

I envision this. All the countries vote yes, but at the end of the day we get stuck with the bill.

Let’s just kill Qadaffi with a few bombs and go home. This is a problem Europe can deal with.

Oil Can on March 18, 2011 at 4:41 PM

So, does Mister Constitutional Scholar go to Congress? What if they say NO?

Christien on March 18, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Hummer53

Now, now..are you still supporting the neocons? Do you not see that its just the flipside of liberal internationalism which Clinton promoted? Let it go now, easy, slowly…let go of the wars for “democracy”

flawedskull on March 18, 2011 at 4:41 PM

A little OT:

The Perfect Purchaser

Jared Lee Loughner was Barack Obama’s perfect gun purchaser -– right up until the moment when he started killing people.

Remember when, in 1968, we were told that, if felons and other undesirables were prohibited from having guns, gun crime would stop? Loughner was not a felon. He was, likewise, not an illegal alien, a deserter, or a fugitive from justice.

Remember when, in 1994, we were assured that, if gun purchasers were “checked out” against an FBI database, gun crime would stop? Loughner was checked out by the FBI; he passed.

Remember when, after Virginia Tech, we were told that, if we sent the names of more of America’s mentally disabled to the FBI’s “secret list,” gun crime would stop? Loughner’s name wasn’t on the FBI expanded list because he hadn’t been “adjudicated as a mental defective” or “committed to a mental institution.”

So, with every gun control “panacea” proven to be a lie, now comes Barack Obama, from the crime-free mecca of Chicago, proposing to negotiate with us about what further Second Amendment rights he can take away for no apparent use.

Insert witty screen name here on March 18, 2011 at 4:41 PM

WAG THE DOG.

portlandon on March 18, 2011 at 4:42 PM

Code Pink will be all over this.

/

stefanite on March 18, 2011 at 4:42 PM

Now, here’s why this matters to us. Left unchecked, we have every reason to believe that Qadhafi would commit atrocities against his people. Many thousands could die. A humanitarian crisis would ensue.

The entire region could be destabilized, endangering many of our allies and partners.

The calls of the Libyan people for help would go unanswered. The democratic values that we stand for would be overrun.

Moreover, the words of the international community would be rendered hollow.

Kinda sounds like the Iraq situation, where he opposed intervention.

mikeyboss on March 18, 2011 at 4:43 PM

duh, you meant kaddafi, I meant Obama…oh well. Either way they’re both the question to a jeopardy answer under the category of “Tyrants” that states “A friend of Jeremiah Wright.”

ted c on March 18, 2011 at 4:43 PM

“Conspicuously missing from that list is any demand for regime change, which Obama was pushing just days ago.”

I noticed that too.

According to NRO, apparently the administration is beginning to leak out to CNN that we would be WILLING to let Gaddafi stay in power and “cancel” the NFZ is Gaddafi abides by the UN resolution.

Pardon my lack of intellectual verbiage, but WTF???!!!

Indy82 on March 18, 2011 at 4:43 PM

pbbbllt, tags!

mikeyboss on March 18, 2011 at 4:43 PM

We’re following the French. Nothing illustrates where our favorite Kenyan has taken this country more than that.

Sugar Land on March 18, 2011 at 4:44 PM

Seriously jeopardizing another Peace Prize.

cyclown on March 18, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Left Right Left Right: Is he really using the telemprompter here?

aquaviva on March 18, 2011 at 4:45 PM

George Bush flew a “Mission Accomplished” banner after gaining key ground in Iraq and landing on an aircraft carrier. Barack Obama is flying a “You Got That Sh!t Done Yet?” banner and will be landing in Rio in <6.

ted c on March 18, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Just a quick heads up to the country about our third war in the Middle East

Third? Shouldn’t it be second?

Christien on March 18, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Hey Hey HO HO, The war criminal Obama got to go.

Repeat loud and band on the drum in a circle.

tjexcite on March 18, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Let me be clear: These terms are not negotiable.

I’m glad we’ve moved away from all that “cowboy diplomacy” of the Bush administration. All that black and white, broad brush, with-us-or-against-us nonsense really harmed America’s image in the ME.

Weight of Glory on March 18, 2011 at 4:45 PM

WAG THE DOG.

portlandon on March 18, 2011 at 4:42 PM

Seems like it. His poll numbers are sinking and even the sycophants in the press are at least mildly curious now about his disengaged persona, so he’s gotta do something.

Doughboy on March 18, 2011 at 4:46 PM

can we get the UN to declare a NFZ over Andrews? You think them rebels got it bad…just wait to see what happens when you get in the way of Operation Rio Vacation.//

ted c on March 18, 2011 at 4:47 PM

The chihuahua President, attack when the enemy retreats, of their own accord.

Though I’m for our upstairs military might enforcing a no fly zone (only) because the alternative is mass murder this quote is disturbing: “actions that undermine global peace and security” this has very broad implications. What is it he’s trying to prove?

Speakup on March 18, 2011 at 4:47 PM

How is it that all them Arab children have to die if we just ‘air raidin’ villages and bombin’ schools’….?

ted c on March 18, 2011 at 4:47 PM

“The United States of America will not stand idly by in the fact of actions that undermine global peace and security.”

… like we have done for the last two weeks.

AnotherOpinion on March 18, 2011 at 4:48 PM

We will provide the unique capabilities that we can bring to bear to stop the violence against civilians, including enabling our European allies and Arab partners to effectively enforce a no-fly zone.

Does this mean the US is providing AWACS, refueling and communications or are US aircraft there in a combat role?

sharrukin on March 18, 2011 at 4:48 PM

Daffy has been about 2 chess moves ahead up till now. I don’t see that changing. He knows what truly gives the west nightmares. It isn’t losing a few of their own to terrorist attacks, it is being accused of being insufficiently sensitive to collateral damage in Arab countries we are trying to help,…that and losing access to his oil.

a capella on March 18, 2011 at 4:48 PM

“Let me be clear: These terms are not negotiable.”

I can hear the laughter from Russia and China from my house…

Seven Percent Solution on March 18, 2011 at 4:48 PM

Help me out, please.

1) Iraq
2) Libya
3) What’s the third?

Christien on March 18, 2011 at 4:49 PM

And isn’t Libya in North Africa, not the Middle East?

Christien on March 18, 2011 at 4:49 PM

As I recall, he campaigned on ending the war in Iraq & Afghanistan. Now we’re going into Libya? What happened to the other two wars? The Media aren’t reporting on them. It’s as if Iraq and Afghanistan no longer exists.

mizflame98 on March 18, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Obama will claim mission accomplished once Qacky is finished…which will be any day now.
Another Peace Prize?

Electrongod on March 18, 2011 at 4:50 PM

“The United States of America will not stand idly by in the fact of actions that undermine global peace and security.”

No we wont stand idly by. Here in the BO White House, we’ll actually put our thumb up our butts while the Iranian mullahs club and shoot innocents who die begging Chicago Jesus to get off the effin golf course and care about a cause that would actually matter and build off the tenuous progress for freedom in Iraq. That’s not being idle, that’s proactive deliberation.

Western_Civ on March 18, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Pan Am 103. Democracy or not, “transition” is the word of the day.

unclesmrgol on March 18, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Did congress authorize anything yet?

antisocial on March 18, 2011 at 4:51 PM

I’m amazed he threw in the bit about democratic values given that there’s no guarantee that the Libyan rebels will support democracy once they’ve taken care of Qaddafi.

True. And this is all the more reason for The One to simply cancel this trip to Rio. Hey, let’s go to war, and our POTUS jets off to South America. Real nice.

JetBoy on March 18, 2011 at 4:51 PM

Help me out, please.

1) Iraq
2) Libya
3) What’s the third?

Christien on March 18, 2011 at 4:49 PM

Afghanistan. How could you forget that war? Oh yeah. The MSM doesn’t report on that one. Haven’t for years.

mizflame98 on March 18, 2011 at 4:52 PM

He reportedly told his cabinet a few days ago …..

Who?

Cindy Munford on March 18, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Help me out, please.

1) Iraq
2) Libya
3) What’s the third?

Christien on March 18, 2011 at 4:49 PM

Afghanistan

JetBoy on March 18, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Help me out, please.

1) Iraq
2) Libya
3) What’s the third?

Christien on March 18, 2011 at 4:49 PM

Wisconsin?

a capella on March 18, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Obama is stepping in on the behalf of the Muslim “freedom fighters” and dividing Libya into a North/South Korea Scenario. Obama has stepped in only after seeing that Gadhaffi is about to retake the southern part of Libya which has the Oil wells.

Obama is everything the Liberals always accused Bush (falsely) of being.

portlandon on March 18, 2011 at 4:53 PM

No ground troops; no acknowledgment of Qaddafi’s “ceasefire” (which is just as well, since it’s a pathetic and utter fraud); and no word on whether he’ll ask Congress to authorize the mission, as his friend Dick Lugar is urging him to do. Instead, he laid down conditions for Qaddafi to accept.

The Fool in Chief gave Quaddafi his cards.

Quaddafi laughs his head off.

The U.S. troops will be under French, British and Arab leaders?

Massacres continue.

The Obamas go to Rio.

Obama is a Commander in Creep.

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Did congress authorize anything yet?

antisocial on March 18, 2011 at 4:51 PM

They are in the middle of a big discussion on cowboy poetry and Mukluks at the moment.

sharrukin on March 18, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Brazil and favored oil status…check
War with Libya…check
Vacation plans to South America…check
Begin new oversight on Nuclear plants…check
Continued shut down of domestic energy policies…check
Continued high unemployment…check
Continued out of control spending…check
Now we are ready for College basketball…it’s about time, clear the schedule, bring in the beer, it’s March Madness, don’t bother me…

right2bright on March 18, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Lybians put in rush order for ‘Baby Milk Factory’ signs in English…

slickwillie2001 on March 18, 2011 at 4:55 PM

So we’ll fight Libya but we wouldn’t do jack to help the Iranian protestors in 2009.
Makes total sense to me.
///

annoyinglittletwerp on March 18, 2011 at 4:55 PM

Do not withhold good from those who deserve it,

when it is in your power to act.

28Do not say to your neighbor,

“Come back later; I’ll give it tomorrow”—

when you now have it with you.

…………….

Shameless fool.

Key West Reader on March 18, 2011 at 4:55 PM

Out: Cowboy diplomacy
In: Cowboy poetry

faraway on March 18, 2011 at 4:56 PM

JetBoy on March 18, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Central Asia

Christien on March 18, 2011 at 4:56 PM

My boyfriend once bought one of those Chop-0-Matic gizmos because of the amazing performance As Seen On T.V.!!!
First of all, in order to dice an onion, you first have to cut it into very small sections to fit into the diameter of the device. That done, you bruise the inside palm of your hand, struggling to get this thing to do anything. All your efforts, and you’re left with pulp and whole chunks. Give me a knife, the whole procedure is done in a minute.

This is how I always equate Obama’s entire presidency.

betsyz on March 18, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Now let me be clear – I suffer no illusions about Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal man. A ruthless man. A man who butchers his own people to secure his own power. He has repeatedly defied UN resolutions, thwarted UN inspection teams, developed chemical and biological weapons, and coveted nuclear capacity.

He’s a bad guy. The world, and the Iraqi people, would be better off without him.

But I also know that Saddam poses no imminent and direct threat to the United States, or to his neighbors…

I know that even a successful war against Iraq will require a US occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences. I know that an invasion of Iraq without a clear rationale and without strong international support will only fan the flames of the Middle East, and encourage the worst, rather than best, impulses of the Arab world, and strengthen the recruitment arm of al-Qaeda.

I am not opposed to all wars. I’m opposed to dumb wars.

– Sen. Barack “Smarter than George Bush” Obama, October 2002

Cicero43 on March 18, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Out: Cowboy diplomacy
In: Cowboy poetry

faraway on March 18, 2011 at 4:56 PM

heh!!! winner winner chickin’ dinner (brazilian style of course)

ted c on March 18, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Obama is stepping in on the behalf of the Muslim “freedom fighters” and dividing Libya into a North/South Korea Scenario. Obama has stepped in only after seeing that Gadhaffi is about to retake the southern part of Libya which has the Oil wells.

Obama is everything the Liberals always accused Bush (falsely) of being.

portlandon on March 18, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Doesn’t matter. When we take over the wells, he’ll issue a moratorium on drilling.

a capella on March 18, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Let me be the first: War Criminal!!!

faraway on March 18, 2011 at 4:58 PM

Sorry, Afghanistan is in South Asia, member of SAARC.

Christien on March 18, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Wisconsin?

a capella on March 18, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Bazinga!

Fallon on March 18, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Patiently waiting for the rabid anti-war protestors.

The USA to the rescue of another people beaten down by their own disctator.
How do you think THIS will play out in the press?

It will be called “The Good War”.

Avatar72 on March 18, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Does anyone doubt this is about oil?

rickyricardo on March 18, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Moreover, the words of the international community would be rendered hollow.

Their words, and now His, are already hollow.

He just put a big seal on them.

This teenager peacock’s suit is waaaaay too big.

This weekend’s TV screens: left side, massacre, right side, Obamas in Rio.

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Eff this clown. Unless and until he can look in the FACE of a camera and quit reading from some half assed words from Tele1 and Tele2? He has no legitmacy.

Now, take note of some key words:

“Hope. And, Alarm”

“Met with an Iron Fist”

“Forces of Change”

“Moved Swiftly”

Geh head. Watch it again. Take notes, he is telling us what he’s going to do.

Key West Reader on March 18, 2011 at 5:02 PM

i really hate hearing this jackass speak. i’d rather listen to “friday friday – gittin down on friday”

sbvft contributor on March 18, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Obama should go to japan and personally inspect the damage

Sonosam on March 18, 2011 at 5:02 PM

AP, what is the narrative going to be in the Journolist circles…? That’s what we all want to know…

d1carter on March 18, 2011 at 5:03 PM

Wisconsin?

a capella on March 18, 2011 at 4:52 PM

YOU WANT A PIECE OF ME?!

Christien on March 18, 2011 at 5:03 PM

A Libyan spokesperson just declared that “all dead” were members of the opposition military. Gadaffyduck is looking out for you (civilians!).

Limerick on March 18, 2011 at 5:03 PM

Media: “Yes Sir. Don’t worry ’bout us. We got your back ars”

aquaviva on March 18, 2011 at 4:40 PM

May they suffocate from what they consume, his caca.

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2011 at 5:03 PM

i really hate hearing this jackass speak. i’d rather listen to “friday friday – gittin down on friday”

sbvft contributor on March 18, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Fun.Fun.Fun.Fun.

portlandon on March 18, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Central Asia

Christien on March 18, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Not by all definitions tho.

JetBoy on March 18, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Wisconsin?

a capella on March 18, 2011 at 4:52 PM

YOU WANT A PIECE OF ME?!

Christien on March 18, 2011 at 5:03 PM

Peace-ful! Peace-ful!

JetBoy on March 18, 2011 at 5:05 PM

QUAGMIRE!!!

CurtZHP on March 18, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Another war for oil started by former republican prez Bush………oh wait.
The silence of the left is deafening.

MJZZZ on March 18, 2011 at 5:06 PM

QUAGMIRE!!!

CurtZHP on March 18, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Make Love Not War! or something

ted c on March 18, 2011 at 5:07 PM

Does anyone doubt this is about oil?

rickyricardo on March 18, 2011 at 5:02 PM

I certainly hope so.

sharrukin on March 18, 2011 at 5:07 PM

Darth Biden!

ted c on March 18, 2011 at 5:08 PM

NO BLOOD FOR OIL!

Christien on March 18, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Do we apologize to Kaddafi first before we invade him or does the apology come later? I’m just havin’ trouble keeping up herre….

ted c on March 18, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Central Asia

Christien on March 18, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Sure, you’re right. The British call all of them “Asians”, incl. the ME. Not to worry about such tiny things.

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2011 at 5:09 PM

ted c on March 18, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Hilarious.

betsyz on March 18, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Instead, he laid down conditions for Qaddafi to accept. Take ‘em or leave ‘em:

oh wait. Kaddafi was s’posed to be gone by “NOW”…I thought someone said that already…

ted c on March 18, 2011 at 5:10 PM

The bottom line is pretty obvious. Libya is a pissant country that’s easy to bully around. Whereas Iran, Egypt, China, North Korea, etc., are more formidable opponents with more economic relevancy.

In other words, Obama doesn’t have a problem standing up for humanitarian reasons when it’s someone that can’t offer up much resistance.

ButterflyDragon on March 18, 2011 at 5:11 PM

Make Love Not War! or something

ted c on March 18, 2011 at 5:07 PM

Free Leonard Peltier!!

portlandon on March 18, 2011 at 5:11 PM

Help me out, please.

1) Iraq
2) Libya
3) What’s the third?

Christien on March 18, 2011 at 4:49 PM

Like you didn’t know what he meant. I mean seriously, if you are going to correct the article you don’t have to be so snarky about it.

WitchDoctor on March 18, 2011 at 5:12 PM

Quaddafi is way shrewder than Obama.

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2011 at 5:12 PM

So, does Mister Constitutional Scholar go to Congress? What if they say NO?

Christien on March 18, 2011 at 4:41 PM

A damned fine question sir.

JohnGalt23 on March 18, 2011 at 5:12 PM

Many thousands more could, and would die. A humanitarian crisis would continue to ensue.

ted c on March 18, 2011 at 5:12 PM

Let me be clear:

Famous last words.

These terms are not negotiable.

Whatever happened to “no preconditions”? Apparently, that only applies to terrorists who are specifically hostile to the US.

Today Barack Hussein Obama is dicating terms to a conflict the US was never a part of. He’s demanding that kadafi unilaterally cease hostilities. But he makes absolutely no mention of the Muslim Brotherhood — whoever that is — or what their aims may be.

From the very beginning, the ONLY coherent demand the protesters made was “death to Kadafi.” So is there any reason to believe that THEY will cease hostilities now?

logis on March 18, 2011 at 5:12 PM

It’s BUSH’S fault!

Opposite Day on March 18, 2011 at 5:13 PM

“I will end our wars.” – Candidate Barrack Obama

“Let’s make it three”… President Obama

kevinkristy on March 18, 2011 at 5:13 PM

The exit strategy is simply. Whichever Arab country succeeds in setting up a puppet government first gets to tell us to get the F*** out of their country.

pedestrian on March 18, 2011 at 5:13 PM

So much for that Cairo speech and the apology tour.

Electrongod on March 18, 2011 at 5:13 PM

They told me if I voted for John McCain, we’d be in a war with yet another country. And they were right!

Thune on March 18, 2011 at 5:13 PM

More significantly, rather than harp on ME or South-Central Asia, Afghanistan is officially the

Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2011 at 5:14 PM

Obama gi-in down on Friday? Fun, fun, fun.

But after that comes Saturday and Sunday and then the cold light of Monday. Ed’s asking all the right questions. What are the odds that the UN gang will be able to agree on answers?

Dee2008 on March 18, 2011 at 5:15 PM

“The United States of America will not stand idly by in the fact of actions that undermine global peace and security.”

Hilarious, given the context.

Did he follow that line with “Now watch this drive”?

Vyce on March 18, 2011 at 5:15 PM

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