Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on March 24, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Here’s a rule every current occupant of the White House should make for himself: before asserting that he’s doing something better than his predecessor, make sure to double-check the claim first. Our old friend John “Doc Zero” Hayward at Human Events and Fox News do the work that Barack Obama should have done himself, before claiming that he’s acting more multilaterally on Libya than mean ol’ George Bush did in Iraq:

Speaking in Chile to defend his decision to launch Operation Odyssey Dawn, President Obama couldn’t resist taking a swipe at George Bush, in a clumsy attempt to make himself look superior.

As reported by Fox News, the President declared: “In the past there have been times when the United States acted unilaterally or did not have full international support, and as a consequence typically it was the United States military that ended up bearing the entire burden.”

Except, though, that’s not true.  For the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Bush lined up twice as many nations for his coalition than Obama has for military action against Libya:

Coalition Forces / Iraq vs. Libya

Coalition Countries – Iraq – 2003

Afghanistan,
Albania
Australia
Azerbaijan
Bulgaria
Colombia
Czech Republic
Denmark
El Salvador
Eritrea
Estonia
Ethiopia
Georgia
Hungary
Italy
Japan
South Korea
Latvia
Lithuania
Macedonia
Netherlands
Nicaragua
Philippines
Poland
Romania
Slovakia
Spain
Turkey
United Kingdom
Uzbekistan

[Source: US State Department]

Coalition – Libya – 2011

United States
France
United Kingdom
Italy
Canada
Belgium
Denmark
Norway
Qatar
Spain
Greece
Germany
Poland
Jordan
Morocco
United Arab Emirate

Moreover, a number of nations lost troops in Iraq during the first few years of that campaign, notably the Brits, Australians, and the Poles, among others.  The US hardly went it alone in Iraq, militarily or diplomatically.  Frankly, it’s insulting to those nations that suffered those losses to hear an American President assert that the US military “ended up bearing the entire burden.”

Obama likes to call his handling of foreign policy “smart power.”  Maybe he should fact-check that claim, too.

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the lsm and the dem congressmen must have gotten a memo from the WH because they are just parroting this exact same thing this am on the talk shows…

Pathetic…anything to make dear leader look good…

cmsinaz on March 24, 2011 at 8:08 AM

Maybe he should fact-check that claim

WH staffer to be blamed shortly…

cmsinaz on March 24, 2011 at 8:09 AM

It takes having France and Germany on board to have a real coalition I guess.

JetBoy on March 24, 2011 at 8:10 AM

Frankly, it’s insulting to those nations that suffered those losses to hear an American President assert that the US military “ended up bearing the entire burden.”

It’s the Big Lie, Ed, and it’s permeated the mainstream so Giggles isn’t going to stop now.

Remember in the 2004 election – John “I served in Viet Nam” Kerry would drone on and on and on and on and on about “going it alone” in Iraq and only he could bring the awesome French military machine in to help our poor helpless troops. They’ve been doing this since at least 2003 and unfortunately most people believe it.

crazy_legs on March 24, 2011 at 8:10 AM

Psst..Come on Azerbaijan and Eritrea aren’t like country countries! /s

Caper29 on March 24, 2011 at 8:11 AM

Smart-@$$ power.

NeighborhoodCatLady on March 24, 2011 at 8:13 AM

I think the size of the coalition vs Iraq has been stated and restated for the past eight years, yet some people still don’t seem to get it. Crimminy, I given up on this; these people seem to have a one track mind on the “unilateral” meme — it’s as if they’re clinging bitterly to it.

apostic on March 24, 2011 at 8:13 AM

Not only does ObaMao try to resurrect that false Lefty meme, but his administration’s coalition is falling apart faster than one can spell Qadaffi’s name consistently.

Maybe this clown should stick around DC and define the mission before he takes off on another vacation.

onlineanalyst on March 24, 2011 at 8:16 AM

So, the USA was a part of the coalition for Lybia, but not for the war in Iraq?

DuctTapeMyBrain on March 24, 2011 at 8:17 AM

Here, Press-y, Press-y. Here, Press-y.

You have another ‘Cover Story’ to write for the Big O.

TimBuk3 on March 24, 2011 at 8:17 AM

Words just words! That’s all bo has and he’s usually lying.

tim c on March 24, 2011 at 8:20 AM

Yabbit, can Bush claim to have included AlQaeda “rebels” in his coalition the way that ObaMao can?

ObaMao is Samantha Powers’s poodle. Cass Susstein approves this message.

onlineanalyst on March 24, 2011 at 8:22 AM

Objection! Ed, you said:

Maybe he should fact-check that claim, too.

To date, there has been no evidence that the current occupant of the Oval Office has any interest in facts what-so-ever. What makes you think that he is going to start now?

Rusty Bill on March 24, 2011 at 8:23 AM

Maybe he should fact-check that claim, too.

Why should he? He gets a free pass by the media.

Caper29 on March 24, 2011 at 8:23 AM

Smart-@$$ power.

NeighborhoodCatLady on March 24, 2011 at 8:13 AM

Fixed

NoFanofLibs on March 24, 2011 at 8:24 AM

There are no fact checkers in this administration. After two years of mistakes, one would think they would have hired someone for that kind of position.

myrenovations on March 24, 2011 at 8:27 AM

I’m sure that Bush held his bigger coalition together for longer as well.

Size, and duration, matters. In more ways than one.

ted c on March 24, 2011 at 8:29 AM

Facts, smacts! Facts are whatever the imperial O determines them to be.

JimK on March 24, 2011 at 8:29 AM

“They’re literally criticizing every move he makes—it’s kind of ridiculous”…..Mika Brzezinski at MSNBC on the President‘s “non-war” in Libya .

Whaaaaaa!

Rovin on March 24, 2011 at 8:29 AM

and scratch Germany from the list as of yesterday. Obama IS more unilateral than Bush. The only thing bilateral about Obama is well….nevermind.

ted c on March 24, 2011 at 8:31 AM

Walk softly in a pair of comfy shoes and carry a small stick.

Obama doctrine.

ted c on March 24, 2011 at 8:32 AM

In Bush’s coalition all the countries actually sent in troops and supplies. They agreed to help.
In Obama’s coalition half the nations don’t even lift a finger. They just agree not to stab us in the back for a little while.

NeoKong on March 24, 2011 at 8:32 AM

I thought the world was supposed to swoon and lurrrrve the U. S. once the Lightworker started working his magic. (Was that before or after he healed the planet and such? I can’t recall.) We are not only still hated, but now looked down upon with contempt, and for legitimate reasons.

Thanks, you Lightworking Motherfxxxxxx ya.

S M A R T

P O W E R

IS

A

B A D

J O K E.

Truly, the emperor has no clothes.

hillbillyjim on March 24, 2011 at 8:32 AM

Smart-@$$ power.

NeighborhoodCatLady on March 24, 2011 at 8:13 AM

Fixed

NoFanofLibs on March 24, 2011 at 8:24 AM

More fixed

ya2daup on March 24, 2011 at 8:33 AM

Rovin on March 24, 2011 at 8:29 AM

It’s not a tumor war

-mika

cmsinaz on March 24, 2011 at 8:34 AM

NeoKong on March 24, 2011 at 8:32 AM

this

cmsinaz on March 24, 2011 at 8:34 AM

Smart-@$$ power.

NeighborhoodCatLady on March 24, 2011 at 8:13 AM

Fixed

NoFanofLibs on March 24, 2011 at 8:24 AM

More fixed

ya2daup on March 24, 2011 at 8:33 AM

hillbillyjim on March 24, 2011 at 8:35 AM

Walk softly in a pair of comfy golf shoes and carry a small stick. putter.

Obama doctrine.

ted c on March 24, 2011 at 8:32 AM

FIFM. works either way tho’

ted c on March 24, 2011 at 8:35 AM

Walk softly in a pair of comfy golf shoes and carry a small stick putter.

Obama doctrine.

ted c on March 24, 2011 at 8:32 AM

The projected power is just awesome.

ya2daup on March 24, 2011 at 8:36 AM

FIFM. works either way tho’

ted c on March 24, 2011 at 8:35 AM

2nd one way better :)

cmsinaz on March 24, 2011 at 8:36 AM

Smart-@$$hat power.

NeighborhoodCatLady on March 24, 2011 at 8:13 AM

Fixed

NoFanofLibs on March 24, 2011 at 8:24 AM

More fixed

ya2daup on March 24, 2011 at 8:33 AM

Fixed yet again.

hillbillyjim on March 24, 2011 at 8:37 AM

Walk softly in a pair of comfy shoes and carry a small stick.

Obama doctrine.

ted c on March 24, 2011 at 8:32 AM

How about this one?

apostic on March 24, 2011 at 8:38 AM

How about this one?

apostic on March 24, 2011 at 8:38 AM

heheh—thanks, that’s funny!!

ted c on March 24, 2011 at 8:39 AM

Walk softly in a pair of comfy golf shoes and carry a small stick. putter.

Obama doctrine.

ted c on March 24, 2011 at 8:32 AM

Shock and awful

ya2daup on March 24, 2011 at 8:39 AM

Truly, the emperor has no clothes. hillbillyjim on March 24, 2011 at 8:32 AM

The clothes have no emperor my friend.

Mojave Mark on March 24, 2011 at 8:39 AM

Walk softly in your mommy jeans and carry a grudge.

hillbillyjim on March 24, 2011 at 8:39 AM

apostic on March 24, 2011 at 8:38 AM

hillbillyjim on March 24, 2011 at 8:39 AM

both are good :)

cmsinaz on March 24, 2011 at 8:42 AM

O–Anything you can do I can do better, I can do anything better than you…

Beaglemom on March 24, 2011 at 8:43 AM

Frankly, it’s insulting to those nations that suffered those losses to hear an American President assert that the US military “ended up bearing the entire burden.”

And its insulting to the American public that the media doesn’t take him up on his lies.

Basilsbest on March 24, 2011 at 8:43 AM

dear leader will NOT address the nation on this boondoggle…

cmsinaz on March 24, 2011 at 8:48 AM

So the State Department claims that Germany is part of the coalition? Germany abstained from the UN vote and has steadfastly refused to participate in any military action in Libya.

Trafalgar on March 24, 2011 at 8:49 AM

He can do whatever he wants.

The Whoredog media will cover for him.

And SoundByte Americans will be reassured by Couric, Williams and Sawyer and 10 second repeats from the Today Show and GMA hosts.


THIS
is how we lose the Republic.

PappyD61 on March 24, 2011 at 8:50 AM

Fact check czar?

txag92 on March 24, 2011 at 8:52 AM

Loathsome Pathalogical Liar.

Naturally Curly on March 24, 2011 at 8:52 AM

The irony is, France and Germany played ball (more or less) this time because voters in both countries rejected the socialist parties that were benefiting monetarily from their personal relationships with Middle Eastern dictators. Say what you will about Sarkozy and Merkel, they weren’t on the take.

What exposed the corrupt Eurocrats? Why, I’ll be, it was when that cowboy Bush was moving against Iraq, and Chiraq and Schroeder dug their heels in just a little too hard…

Sekhmet on March 24, 2011 at 8:56 AM

And its insulting to the American public that the media doesn’t take him up on his lies.

Basilsbest on March 24, 2011 at 8:43 AM

Nobody in his whole life has challenged his lies. Why should they start now?

darwin-t on March 24, 2011 at 8:58 AM

typically it was the United States military that ended up bearing the entire burden

Doesn’t matter how many “partners” we have in any coalition, the U.S. always ends up bearing the lion’s share of the military burden anyway — and it’ll be the same story here.

AZCoyote on March 24, 2011 at 8:59 AM

Walk softly in a pair of comfy shoes mom jeans and carry a small stick.

FIFY

crazy_legs on March 24, 2011 at 9:03 AM

Yes, he lies and lies and lies. And close to 50% of the population eagerly swallows his lies. I pity those who believe the double-speak perpetuated by this administration, but it scares me too.

maryo on March 24, 2011 at 9:32 AM

It’s simple, all those nations who helped out in Iraq just don’t count. Now were the French involved? No. Was Belgium involved? No. Was Norway involved? No. As the Obama Doctrine apparently is to do nothing that enhances the concept of American Exceptionalism, it is important to be in line with as many medium size and smaller size European nations as possible. Under that interpretation, Obama is right. We are on course to become just one of the boys. Belgium rules!

Fred 2 on March 24, 2011 at 9:36 AM

Is it just a lack of understanding? Or is it all being done on purpose?

Does the LSM actually want us to become a socialist paradise? Or are these so-called journalists just dumber than a bag of hair?

But the most important question is this: Will there be anything left to save in 2012?

Crusader Rabbit on March 24, 2011 at 9:37 AM

Is this the NEXT OOTD, or just the staff’s incompetence ??

http://tinyurl.com/6hh8rb6

God help us all.

pambi on March 24, 2011 at 9:43 AM

Oh, perhaps that’s more a matter of ‘messaging’ ?? ^^^^
Snort.

pambi on March 24, 2011 at 9:45 AM

Is this the NEXT OOTD, or just the staff’s incompetence ??

http://tinyurl.com/6hh8rb6

God help us all.

pambi on March 24, 2011 at 9:43 AM

Dude.

hillbillyjim on March 24, 2011 at 9:58 AM

This is a perfect example of, “it’s not a lie, if you believe it”.

Kinda like Billy Jeff’s, “I did not…”.

ladyingray on March 24, 2011 at 10:07 AM

ObaMao is giving Narcissism a bad name. Mostly by falling into ‘traps’ that Forrest Gump would have avoided when he was eight.

Slowburn on March 24, 2011 at 10:09 AM

Yes, he lies and lies and lies. And close to 50% of the population eagerly swallows his lies. I pity those who believe the double-speak perpetuated by this administration, but it scares me too.

maryo on March 24, 2011 at 9:32 AM

I divide that 50% into thirds. One third of them are just as evil as he is, that’s his fellow progs. They know they are lies but they help push the lies.

Another third is the black vote, that vote for democratics because of k-12 and old media programming. Maybe that implies stupidity.

The last third are old-time democratics that haven’t yet caught on that this is not their father’s democratic party. They have become the Socialist party, and are allied with radical islam. That third is open to the conservative message.

slickwillie2001 on March 24, 2011 at 10:16 AM

It should be noted that Barry didn’t get even one single Asian country to sign on. Hey, it’s only about half the planet, no big deal.

Christien on March 24, 2011 at 10:18 AM

Smart-@$$ power.

NeighborhoodCatLady on March 24, 2011 at 8:13 AM

Fixed

NoFanofLibs on March 24, 2011 at 8:24 AM

No, his @$$ doesn’t have that kind of gripping power.

NeighborhoodCatLady on March 24, 2011 at 10:19 AM

These Liberals have the AUDACITY to throw the word Nazi at everyone and anyone who disagrees with them. Every tactic they use to spread their lies and disinformation is textbook Nazism, from the Goebbels redux MSM propaganda machine, to the “charismatic” Leader, complete with shadowy backroom advisors and State sponsored interference into private lives. A witch’s brew of Nazism, and Communism, albeit at the infant stage. Those who forget history are condemned to repeat it.

teacherman on March 24, 2011 at 10:32 AM

I thought the “participation” of th Arab League in Operation Kinetic Action Odyssey Dawn was supposed to show “unprecedented” Muslim cooperation with U.S. armed forces.

So, why is it in 2003 that four majority Muslim countries (Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan – combined population roughly 68 million) and three countries with large Muslim minorities (Eritrea, Ethiopia, Macedonia) participated in the coalition. In this new coalition, alls we’ve gots is Jordan, Morocco, Qatar, and the UAE (combined population roughly 45 million).

steebo77 on March 24, 2011 at 10:33 AM

“Liar!”

redwhiteblue on March 24, 2011 at 10:37 AM

the truth is not an option…

golfmann on March 24, 2011 at 10:39 AM

It takes having France and Germany on board to have a real coalition I guess.

JetBoy on March 24, 2011 at 8:10 AM

Or maybe a French President with couilles (the French equivalent of cojones).

In 2003, then-President Jacques Chirac was lecturing leaders from Eastern European countries supporting the invasion of Iraq, telling them to “grow up and shut up”, as if the Eastern Europeans didn’t know anything about dictatorship (see Soviet Union, 1946-1989).

This year, President Nicolas Sarkozy was calling for the no-fly zone over Libya two weeks before Obama got around to it (probably twisting Hillary’s arm), while the Libyan rebels were at the gates of Tripoli, and it could have done some good. Sarkozy also called Obama’s support of Ahmedinejad during the Iran riots of 2009 “foolish and naive”.

Sarkozy, who was elected in May 2007 to succeed Jacques Chirac, also supported the “surge” strategy in Iraq, and openly told the French press in 2008 that he would want John McCain elected President.

Sarkozy has a long history of “gutsy” decisions that fly in the face of “political correctness”. While he was mayor of the Paris suburb Neuilly-sur-Seine, a gunman invaded a classroom in a local high school and took the teacher and students hostage. Sarkozy sent some police “negotiators” to talk to the hostage-taker using a bullhorn, while he ordered the equivalent of a SWAT team to break down the classroom door and shoot the hostage-taker in the back. The teacher and all the students escaped unscathed.

In 2005, riots erupted in France after two Muslim thieves (who had held up a convenience store) electrocuted themselves when they hid from police behind a transformer, and Muslim sympathizers set thousands of cars on fire. Despite the typical whining from the media and the left, Sarkozy, who was Interior Minister at the time, ordered a massive crackdown by “gendarmes” (national police) where hundreds of rioters (mostly Muslim) were hauled off to jail, and the riots ended within two weeks.

Despite all the (justifiable) France-bashing by American conservatives after Chirac wimped out in Iraq, we should see France differently now. Their President is smarter and braver than ours.

Steve Z on March 24, 2011 at 10:49 AM

Another day when Ed makes me feel sad…

Khun Joe on March 24, 2011 at 11:33 AM

The real problem: all those people out there on the street who haven’t a single clue about what is really going on around them, or out in the vast world they can’t see. These are the people who voted for Obama, and they believe everything he utters with absolutely no skepticism nor curiosity. They are the people who believe in magic. They were schooled to believe in magic.

The above are the voters who were educated by those same school teachers who believe that the states will magically find the money to pay for their failing pension funds and generous health care coverage.

The above are the voters who believe that the government is magically going to find the money to pay for their mortgages and for their unlimited health care.

Nothing will change until they get a clue, or the magic fails to materialize.

Yoop on March 24, 2011 at 11:34 AM

National Security Alert! The President’s pants have just erupted in flames!

Mason on March 24, 2011 at 11:49 AM

Before he was fired, Charlie Sheen managed to show up for work every day. Maybe we should get Obama some of Sheen’s drugs?

njcommuter on March 24, 2011 at 12:23 PM

I’m getting mighty sick and tired of this president and his partners in crime assuming that the American public (that’s us) can’t remember what went on before His Magnificent Self took over the Oval Office.

RebeccaH on March 24, 2011 at 12:29 PM

National Security Alert! The President’s pants have just erupted in flames!

Mason on March 24, 2011 at 11:49 AM

Relax. He’s gotta closetfull of mom jeans.

Shy Guy on March 24, 2011 at 12:31 PM

For once, the criticism of Obama seems somewhat unfair. He doesn’t refer directly to Bush or Iraq, and his statement is true with regard to various military missions, going back in the postwar era to Vietnam, Grenada, Guatemala, etc. Did Obama intend his criticism to be applied to Bush? I’m sure he did. But that’s not what he said, and assigning a motive to an opponent and then criticizing the opponent for that motive should remain a tactic of the left only.

Sowell Disciple on March 24, 2011 at 12:32 PM

Yoop, I live with a lot of them in Calif. You can’t really talk to them.

jodetoad on March 24, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Frankly, it’s insulting to those nations that suffered those losses to hear an American President assert that the US military “ended up bearing the entire burden.”

Indeed, indeed. Plus, the “smartest man on Earth” has not learned a thing in math, since the “57 U.S. states” comment.

Fools, fall for this toad, again, and be ruined.

Schadenfreude on March 24, 2011 at 12:44 PM

Goebbles was seen smirking in his grave.

Schadenfreude on March 24, 2011 at 12:48 PM

Walk softly in a pair of comfy shoes and carry a small stick.

Obama doctrine.

ted c on March 24, 2011 at 8:32 AM

Well, sticks are indignant. His ain’t.

Schadenfreude on March 24, 2011 at 12:51 PM

It’s not a tumor war

-mika

cmsinaz on March 24, 2011 at 8:34 AM

And ye shall hear of wars and tumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled….

apostic on March 24, 2011 at 1:10 PM

And ye shall hear of wars and tumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled….

apostic on March 24, 2011 at 1:10 PM

Amen .. Troubled ? Nah.
Baffled to watch it unfold?
You betcha. :-)

pambi on March 24, 2011 at 3:37 PM

Well, at least GW Bush had a birth certificate…bazinga.

And, GW Bush could walk through a White House door.

dthorny on March 24, 2011 at 7:32 PM