Obama: Qaddafi’s inner circle knows their days are numbered, we expect he’ll ultimately step down

posted at 8:04 pm on March 29, 2011 by Allahpundit

Do they know that? The big news this morning was that Libyan rebels were retreating from outside Sirte in disarray, which explains why the noises about arming the opposition are growing louder. In fact, Brian Williams asks him point blank here whether he’s prepared to arm them and The One, characteristically, votes present: He hasn’t yet ruled it in, he insists, but he’s also not ruling it out. Couple that with the drumbeat of quotes he gave to broadcast news outlets tonight — telling CBS that the regime’s “days are numbered,” telling ABC that the “noose is tightening” (he said the same thing 18 days ago), and telling NBC that the White House expects Qaddafi will ultimately step down — and it sure sounds like the mission has metamorphosed to make regime change its goal. In fact, here’s the exact quote from his interview with Williams. He’s insisted all along that getting rid of Qaddafi was U.S. policy but not the focus of coalition operations. How about now?

Also in the interview, Obama commented on the end game in Libya: “What we’ve also done is put Khaddafy back on his heels — at this point. In addition to maintaining a no-fly zone, protecting civilian populations, we also have political tools, diplomatic tools, sanctions, freezing his assets, all of which continue to tighten the noose. And so our expectation is that as we continue to apply steady pressure, not only militarily but also through these other means, that Khaddafy will ultimately step down.”

So we are trying to oust him militarily, but not exclusively through military means. That’s a sunbeam of coherence through this thick gray operational cloud. Another surprising sunbeam is that he cautions Williams not to draw too many lessons from Libya. Quote: “I think it’s important not to take this particular situation and then try to project some sort of ‘Obama doctrine’ that we’re going to apply in a cookie-cutter fashion across the board.” Ed concluded this morning that there’s no such thing as an “Obama doctrine.” I argued similarly last night, insisting that this was a one-off because the Perpetual Campaigner wouldn’t dare imperil his reelection bid by committing to future unpopular wars. Nice to have semi-confirmation on that from The One himself.

Exit question: What exactly does this mean?

I think it’s important to note that the people that we’ve met with [in the rebel leadership] have been fully vetted, so we have a clear sense of who they are, and so far they’re saying the right things, and most of them are professionals, lawyers, doctors, people who appear to be credible. That doesn’t mean that all the people, among all the people who opposed Qaddafi there might not be elements that are unfriendly to the United States and our interests.

That’s why I think it’s important for us not to jump in with both feet but to carefully consider: What are the goals of the opposition? What kind of transition do they want to bring about inside of Libya? Because our main concern here is the Libyan people as well as stability in the region.

Aren’t we already in with both feet?

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Let’s compromise. Let Khadafy go into exile. Chicago sounds like a good destination. Maybe he can sublet the house Tony Rezko bought for Obama.

JammieWearingFool on March 29, 2011 at 8:07 PM

Aren’t we already in with both feet?

Clearly ground troops is the second foot.

ButterflyDragon on March 29, 2011 at 8:08 PM

So this is open-ended war.

Resident lefties, what say you?

Bishop on March 29, 2011 at 8:09 PM

Huh?

rob verdi on March 29, 2011 at 8:09 PM

If Daffy does end up stepping down, look for the left to explain that Saddam would have done the same thing if Bambi was in charge in 2003. What good is history if it can’t be rewritten to suit the tastes of progressives?

joejm65 on March 29, 2011 at 8:12 PM

I am convinced Obamas writers get $10 for every inane cliche they can pack into his dim brain, then high five when its spoken…

Odie1941 on March 29, 2011 at 8:12 PM

lets see, he’s held power for decades and he’s going to just walk away now?

jp on March 29, 2011 at 8:13 PM

Oh I see.
Lawyers, doctors and professional people who are fully vetted are running the ground war.
Any engineers or architects….?

NeoKong on March 29, 2011 at 8:13 PM

‘We expect he’ll ultimately step down’.
As Bill Cosby might say: Riiiight.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 29, 2011 at 8:14 PM

The Øbama Doctrine: Wing it.

petefrt on March 29, 2011 at 8:15 PM

Resident lefties, what say you?

Bishop on March 29, 2011 at 8:09 PM

PR and Crr are off practicing law. There is nobody else. The rest of the whack jobs have been banned.

/

CWforFreedom on March 29, 2011 at 8:15 PM

Kinetic Mishmash Announcements

onlineanalyst on March 29, 2011 at 8:16 PM

Let’s compromise. Let Khadafy go into exile. Chicago sounds like a good destination. Maybe he can sublet the house Tony Rezko bought for Obama.

JammieWearingFool on March 29, 2011 at 8:07 PM

If you could wait to send him Chicago until after we move next week…

annoyinglittletwerp on March 29, 2011 at 8:17 PM

This was dated Feb 28th… the nofly zone was started on March 19th…

http://twitter.com/johnrobb/status/42260320940589056<

ninjapirate on March 29, 2011 at 8:20 PM

Oh, come on, Zombie nailed the ObaMao Doctrine earlier and through multi-tasking demonstrated it as the picks for the Barack Bracket.
http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/assets_c/2011/03/obamasinnerbracketbig.php

onlineanalyst on March 29, 2011 at 8:20 PM

This guy couldn’t lead a whore to bed.
What a disgrace

jjshaka on March 29, 2011 at 8:22 PM

I think it’s important to note that the people that we’ve met with [in the rebel leadership] have been fully vetted, so we have a clear sense of who they are, and so far they’re saying the right things, and most of them are professionals, lawyers, doctors, people who appear to be credible. That doesn’t mean that all the people, among all the people who opposed Qaddafi there might not be elements that are unfriendly to the United States and our interests.

This is just blatant lying. There are thousands of rebels. How many could they have met with let alone “fully vet”?

As to Daffy going anywhere the answer is no. Mostly because he has nowhere to go. Both sides of the Muslim divide hate him and he isn’t going to trust his life to a non-muslim country. His tribe will fight to the death too. They have seen what has happened to Saddam’s old tribe in Iraq. They know their future. We can’t hit the guy with a missile because his bunker is under a mosque or a school somewhere. They’ll wait us out.

Rocks on March 29, 2011 at 8:22 PM

Hmm check it out, he started using Botox…it’s only been two years.

ProudPalinFan on March 29, 2011 at 8:23 PM

In fact, Brian Williams asks him point blank here whether he’s prepared to arm them

Why does B-dawg want the Libyan people to cling to their guns? Bitter clingers.

Weight of Glory on March 29, 2011 at 8:23 PM

My guess is by Memorial Day, the White House spin will be that even though Qaddafi is sill in charge in Libya, he’s really all but out of office because he’s not killing the people in some parts of the country. So Obama wins. And the big media will dutifully go lock themselves in a closet when it comes to questioning that narrative.

jon1979 on March 29, 2011 at 8:24 PM

Those lawyers, doctors, and professional people wouldn’t be rebelling on behalf of O-Care, would they?

ObaMaoSpeak: The Fog of a Bore

onlineanalyst on March 29, 2011 at 8:24 PM

The American public is being played by some well positioned Globalists…
…starting to feel like Lara Logan…

mjbrooks3 on March 29, 2011 at 8:24 PM

Øbama Doctrine: Hope and a Prayer for 2012.

He’s rolling the dice for 2012, all or nothing.

petefrt on March 29, 2011 at 8:25 PM

This is about protecting European oil and supply and a socalled “easy” military victory for obaka’s re-election campgaign. obaka is betting obaka, ahem, arab countries, will be able to bribe hime to leave (as Rush thinks this is how obaka WINS!). However, Kaddaffi has billions and doesn’t really need the money, which will he prefer? Going into exile in some African country or sticking it to POTUS as well as the UN?

I could very well be wrong but why not think the latter?

ladyingray on March 29, 2011 at 8:25 PM

JammieWearingFool on March 29, 2011 at 8:07 PM

Yep, Qhudafy could do well in Chicago, fit right in. Might even become ‘da mare’ some day.

slickwillie2001 on March 29, 2011 at 8:29 PM

To brush aside America’s responsibility as a leader and -– more profoundly -– our responsibilities to our fellow human beings under such circumstances would have been a betrayal of who we are. Some nations may be able to turn a blind eye to atrocities in other countries. The United States of America is different. And as President, I refused to wait for the images of slaughter and mass graves before taking action. -Hopey

canopfor on March 29, 2011 at 8:32 PM

I believe that this movement of change cannot be turned back, and that we must stand alongside those who believe in the same core principles that have guided us through many storms: our opposition to violence directed at one’s own people; our support for a set of universal rights, including the freedom for people to express themselves and choose their leaders; our support for governments that are ultimately responsive to the aspirations of the people.
-Hopey

canopfor on March 29, 2011 at 8:34 PM

I misread the headline and skipped the word Qaddafi:

Obama: inner circle knows their days are numbered, we expect he’ll ultimately step down

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on March 29, 2011 at 8:34 PM

Just read this a couple of times

among all the people who opposed Qaddafi there might not be elements that are unfriendly to the United States and our interests.

Schadenfreude on March 29, 2011 at 8:35 PM

In such cases, we should not be afraid to act -– but the burden of action should not be America’s alone. As we have in Libya, our task is instead to

mobilize the international community for collective action.
************************************************************

Because contrary to the claims of some, American leadership is not simply a matter of going it alone and bearing all of the burden ourselves. Real leadership creates the conditions and coalitions for others to step up as well; to work with allies and partners so that they bear their share of the burden and pay their share of the costs; and to see that the principles of justice and human dignity are upheld by all. -Hopey

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/03/28/remarks-president-address-nation-libya

canopfor on March 29, 2011 at 8:35 PM

Obama, is delusional.
Really what reason does the Liybian clown have to stepdown? Our genius prez took that leverage off the table is in glorious late speech already.

Qaddafi need only wait us out.

Sharr on March 29, 2011 at 8:36 PM

Oh crap! I think I figured it out! He thought, “No fly zone “meant there were , “No flys!” It was all about good hygiene! That explains everything!
‘C’mon ya’ll, give him a pass! s/

Chewy the Lab on March 29, 2011 at 8:37 PM

So will Barry Soetoro step down before next year’s election?

SouthernGent on March 29, 2011 at 8:38 PM

Yeah, right! As if you’d know. Go play golf and get out of the way.

AubieJon on March 29, 2011 at 8:39 PM

Hope and running on empty

Kini on March 29, 2011 at 8:40 PM

Oddly, much the same can be said for the Obama regime. Igor Panarin.

Mason on March 29, 2011 at 8:40 PM

Oh my gosh! My heart skipped a beat. In pure joy.

There above the Ones picture, just for a moment, I thought the headline read:

“Obama: His inner circle knows their days are numbered, we expect he’ll ultimately step down.”

Rod on March 29, 2011 at 8:42 PM

Palin: Obama “Did Not Make The Case For This Intervention”
*********************************************************

“U.S. interests can’t just mean validating some kind of post-American theory of intervention wherein we wait for the Arab League and the United Nations to tell us, ‘Thumbs up, America you can go now, you can act,’ and then we get in the back of the bus, and we wait for NATO, we wait for the French to lead us. That’s not inspirational,” Sarah Palin told FOX News Monday night.

Posted on March 28, 2011

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2011/03/28/palin_obama_did_not_make_the_case_for_this_intervention.html
===============================================

Bolton: Obama’s Speech Was “The Dog’s Breakfast”
************************************************

Former US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton reacts to President Obama’s speech on Libya. “I thought it was pathetic,” he said.

Posted on March 29, 2011

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2011/03/29/bolton_obamas_speech_was_the_dogs_breakfast.html

canopfor on March 29, 2011 at 8:46 PM

Hope and running on empty

Kini on March 29, 2011 at 8:40 PM

Kini:U-Betcha:)
===============================================

Jackson Browne – Running On Empty + lyrics

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jC-pkV1s0Zc

canopfor on March 29, 2011 at 8:49 PM

Barry the Great. No issue he can’t straddle!

GarandFan on March 29, 2011 at 8:54 PM

Dr. Thomas Sowell deftly describes O’s shortcomings.
http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/263357/measuring-force-thomas-sowell

onlineanalyst on March 29, 2011 at 8:56 PM

canopfor on March 29, 2011 at 8:46 PM

‘Thumbs up, America you can go now, you can act,’ and then we get in the back of the bus, and we wait for NATO, we wait for the French to lead us. That’s not inspirational,” Sarah Palin told FOX News Monday night.

Uh oh.. cue the liberal shrills to accuse Palin of pandering through clearly owned Civil Rights lingo, which is only to be used by blacks and useful Dem idiots…

Odie1941 on March 29, 2011 at 8:58 PM

Makes one wonder if someone can be an evil genius and a complete moron.

infidel4life on March 29, 2011 at 8:58 PM

For some strange reason, Scooter and the three sisters think those doctors, lawyers, and professional people will be able to control the average rebel tribesman through the democratic process. By the time we get to that point they’ll have accumulated more weapons snd a lot more skill in using them. Lots of plums to fight over and lots of tribes to do it. Talk about yer humanitarian crisis.

a capella on March 29, 2011 at 8:59 PM

we expect he’ll ultimately step down

Not days, but weeks? Not months but years?

I could have told you the same thing…Gadaffi will step down…might be 80 years old when he does…but, hey, he’ll step down (if he doesn’t trip over his walker in the process….)

Obama, you are awesome!!!

coldwarrior on March 29, 2011 at 9:01 PM

professionals, lawyers, doctors, people who appear to be credible

Hamas is full of doctors and professionals.
The Scottish airport bombers were doctors.
Nidal Hasan was a psychiatrist.

For heaven’s sake, Assad is an optometrist.

What does any of the things he lists have to do with being “credible”?

MayBee on March 29, 2011 at 9:02 PM

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is a mechanical engineer. Professional.

MayBee on March 29, 2011 at 9:04 PM

we expect he’ll ultimately step down

..and the Lockerbie dude is gonna die too. Eventually

darwin-t on March 29, 2011 at 9:06 PM

Aren’t we already in with both feet?

Not according to Obama……so far we’ve invested two Titleist and a used nine iron, but this is about to change:

Lejeune Marines prepare to deploy off Libyan coast

CAMP LEJEUNE (WTVD) — Twenty-two hundred Marines and sailors from Camp Lejeune are preparing to deploy off the coast of Libya in northern Africa. They said goodbye to their families Monday afternoon, and they’ll be leaving in the days ahead.

The unit is relieving the 26th MEU, which took part in some of the initial assaults. The 22nd is a Marine, air and ground task force. Some are trained for aviation combat, others for ground combat. They can handle evacuations and humanitarian missions too.

If this Obama’s version of a sneak-attack, (and a diversion to his anti-war left), it’s not much of a secret.

Foooooooouuuuurrrrreeeee!

Rovin on March 29, 2011 at 9:06 PM

A nuclear physicist working on the Hadron Collider was arrested on terrorism charges.

MayBee on March 29, 2011 at 9:08 PM

Don’t want him to step down, or in exile. He should be dead!

GFW on March 29, 2011 at 9:09 PM

The Obama Doctrine: Always Double Down.

No wonder we don’t have any money, Obama has a gambling strategy doomed to fail.

BKennedy on March 29, 2011 at 9:12 PM

MayBee on March 29, 2011 at 9:02 PM

The Ikhwan, Al-Qaeda, Hamas…the former PLFP-GC…Black September…all of them were founded, and run by guys with some pretty decent education and degrees from some pretty decent universities.

The old tired liberal meme that these terrorists are nothing but poor, disadvantaged, downtrodden people yearning to be free was and is totally false, a fabrication of some liberal mind or liberal desire to be loved.

Going back to Amin Al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, uncle to Yasser Arafat, founder of the first intifada, and Hitler’s personal pet Moslem living in Berlin during the war, who was educated, and urbane…the ranks and leadership of some of the most heinous terror groups of all time were well educated. Jumping across the ocean, Che, whom liberals love, or at least their stupid kids love by all the T-shirts out there, was a doctor.

As for Husseini, even after the war he still had that certain attraction in the eyes of liberals all over the world. Saddam Hussein and his father considered Al-Husseini a person to emulate…so, just because a bunch of doctors, lawyers and other educated folks out in Tripoli are saying “we love ya, Barack” does not mean they are deeply imbued with the love of liberty and Jefferson (Thomas, not George) and will immediately set about to turn Libya into something resembling Lawrence, Kansas.

Not gonna happen.

But, liberals love to cling to whomever is articulate, and clean…

coldwarrior on March 29, 2011 at 9:13 PM

What does any of the things he lists have to do with being “credible”?

MayBee on March 29, 2011 at 9:02 PM

In his mind, those are fellow elitists who would never lie, or do bad things in the name of religion or ethnic impulse, they must be too cultured and well taught for that sort of thing.

Sharr on March 29, 2011 at 9:15 PM

Abdel Aziz al-Rantissi, Hama’s “Dr. of Death”, was a physician. He graduated first in his class.

Why does Obama talk nonsense?

MayBee on March 29, 2011 at 9:16 PM

Urkel doesn’t know what the hell he’s gonna do except what is worst for the U.S. and however it turns out in the end, Urkel will take credit for a magnificent victory, aided and abetted by his presstitutes of course, oh and by a few RINOs, McStupid Bill Kristhole, sauerkraut etc.

dhunter on March 29, 2011 at 9:17 PM

The old tired liberal meme that these terrorists are nothing but poor, disadvantaged, downtrodden people yearning to be free was and is totally false, a fabrication of some liberal mind or liberal desire to be loved.

coldwarrior, good stuff.
But I don’t want our President to be lulled into believing this when he is deciding whether to arm these guys.

MayBee on March 29, 2011 at 9:18 PM

What kind of transition do they want to bring about inside of Libya? Because our main concern here is the Libyan people 900 million dollar oil contract BP has with Gadaffi. That’s why there won’t be any regime change. I need me some campaign donations! Drill Libya Drill! Drill Brazil Drill!

txhsmom on March 29, 2011 at 9:26 PM

Hopefully they are better vetted than the Jordanian double agent who bombed and killed 8 of our CIA officers in Afghanistan.

MayBee on March 29, 2011 at 9:27 PM

If they publish these rumors long enough, will they become real?

Khun Joe on March 29, 2011 at 9:28 PM

Does anyone else think some night Obama stands in the Oval Office clicking his heels together saying “There’s no place like Chicago”?

The Expert Knows

HAExpert on March 29, 2011 at 9:36 PM

that’s what we said about Saddam Hussein…..back in 1991…and 1992…and 3…or something.

ted c on March 29, 2011 at 9:45 PM

Does anyone else think some night Obama stands in the Oval Office clicking his heels together saying “There’s no place like Chicago”?

The Expert Knows

HAExpert on March 29, 2011 at 9:36 PM

Don’t know about that, but I do suspect that he hates the job of being president, and all that keeps him in office is pressure from the wife and people like Jarrett.

slickwillie2001 on March 29, 2011 at 9:46 PM

Makes one wonder if someone can be an evil genius and a complete moron.

infidel4life on March 29, 2011 at 8:58 PM

I don’t think Soetoro is the president anymore, he’s pretty much just a figurehead at this point, and completely clueless.

I think the person calling all the shots, and de facto president, is… Valerie Jarrett. And her only job is to get Soetoro reelected – no matter what.

I think this whole Libyan intervention is run entirely out of her office, which is why it makes no sense – she is a hard left progressive without a lick of military experience. For some reason she thinks being the tough guy will give him a few points in 2012, so that’s why we’re there.

Rebar on March 29, 2011 at 9:48 PM

Hey, AP, did you read THIS?!?

Obama’s U.N. Ambassador, “Susan Rice,” refuses to refute that Gaddafi could arrange “exile”…

Amb. Susan Rice: U.S. Not Ruling Out Deal for Moammar Gadhafi Exile

Lourdes on March 29, 2011 at 9:50 PM

Does anyone else think some night Obama stands in the Oval Office clicking his heels together saying “There’s no place like Chicago”?

The Expert Knows

HAExpert on March 29, 2011 at 9:36 PM

Sure if he can get out of the dark closet and quit sucking his thumb. He is still completely dumbfounded that were are not the dummies he was expecting! This guy is a complete idiot manchild.

bluemarlin on March 29, 2011 at 9:58 PM

I read that headline really fast and got this out of it.

“Obama’s inner circle knows their days are numbered, we expect he’ll ultimately step down.”

Which reminded me of a conversation I had with someone yesterday. He asked what I thought Obama might say at his presser. I replied that I was hoping it would be “I resign” and got a scowling face in return. lol

DWB on March 29, 2011 at 10:06 PM

When is a war not a war?

kingsjester on March 29, 2011 at 10:21 PM

Obama has picked a weak horse in the Middle East to gain some Neo-Con street cred.

Qaddafi’s mercenaries and weak military are no match for the US.We will continue to take out tanks,planes,ammo dumps,and supply lines until we can fracture Qaddafi’s circle,kill Qaddafi,or force him into exile.
..If Qaddafi finds a way to prolong this enough to gain support and outrage in muslim lands that will sour the international community against Obama….he may survive.

How long this will take or how messy it will get is anyone’s guess,but the Obama administration only cares about declaring victory when this happens.Just like in Iraq and Afghanistan….unseating the dictator does not take long for the strongest military in the world….what gets messy and takes so much time is winning the peace.

Will not matter though…because as soon as Obama can brag about taking Qaddafi out…the press will send Libya and the disastrous aftermath that surely awaits to the back pages and dustbins of the MSM.

The problem for Obama is that he kicked his anti-war base straight in the balls with his bombing the sh!t out of an oil rich country without Congressional approval,that did not attack us,and was not an imminent threat.

When the dust settles on his game of stratego in Libya…and the press is done crowning him the saviour of the world,Obama is still going to have to deal with the fact that a vast amount of Americans don’t see the vital interest in this mission. The “humanitarian” line only confuses the public more because of the selective use of it.Libya was so far down on anybodies priority list in America that many people still are saying WTF????.
While Obama is going to be bragging about saving the people of Libya…Americans are going to wonder when the he!! he is going to save them from high unemployment,high energy and food costs,disastrous housing market,high debt,and serious budget issues.
….and yes..even though the press has decided to black out our war in Afghanistan/Pakistan,it is still going on and Pakistan is screwing us every which way but loose…..
…..Obama’s rejoicing of Libya will be short lived by the stark realities that face us in the war he campaigned on winning.

Obama’s gamble that this “skirmish” in Libya…..this beating down a weak dictator in Africa…. will pay him big returns in 2012 will be hit hard with his failures at home and in the Afghanistan war he promised to win.

Baxter Greene on March 29, 2011 at 10:49 PM

While Obama is out there “saving” lives in Libya…how many lives are being lost in terrible horrible ways in other parts of the world at the hands of some pretty vile people?

Not a lot being said about Syrians being killed, nor Ethiopians being killed by their Moslem neighbors, nor innocents in Ivory Coast and a lot of other places in between.

Why Libya?

Is a Libyan life worth more than an Egyptian? Syrian? Cote d’Ivorian?

Most important, is a Libyan life worth more than an American life?

Situational ethics. Ethics of expediency. The very thing Obama railed against during his somewhat brief stint as a US Senator.

Frankly, I am certain that I loathe that man.

coldwarrior on March 29, 2011 at 11:04 PM

Exit question: What exactly does this mean?

If I Do give ‘em guns….and things go south, OR If I Don’t give ‘em guns…and things go south it’s either…

A. Bushes Fault
B. The Tea Party’s Fault
C. Anybody’s fault but mine

Tim_CA on March 29, 2011 at 11:16 PM

President Present isn’t fit to run an Ant Farm.

theflyonthewall on March 30, 2011 at 1:02 AM

This will be over in 60 days, tops, unless a bunch of radicals move in and stir up insurrection, or we end up with a civil war that kills even more people.

I wish him good luck, since Gaddafi is as evil as Saddam.

flataffect on March 30, 2011 at 2:30 AM

Of course Qaddafi will step aside. I mean, he has been so reasonable all this time, right?

wirebitersmith on March 30, 2011 at 4:52 AM