Obama on Qaddafi’s death: The dark shadow of tyranny has been lifted

posted at 4:55 pm on October 20, 2011 by Tina Korbe

In the Rose Garden this afternoon, President Barack Obama briefly responded to the news of Moammar Qaddafi’s death:

“This is a momentous day in the history of Libya,” the president said. “The dark shadow of tyranny has been lifted and, with this enormous promise, the Libyan people now have a great responsibility to build an inclusive and tolerant and democratic Libya that stands as the ultimate rebuke to Qaddafi’s dictatorship.”

But the president acknowledged that Qaddafi’s death doesn’t mean Libyans will automatically have an easy go of it as they craft a democratic government to take the place of Qaddafi’s dictatorship.

“We’re under no illusions,” he said. “Libya will travel a long and winding road to full democracy; there will be difficult days ahead. But the United States, together with the international community, is committed to the Libyan people.”

He congratulated the Libyans: “You have won your revolution and now we will be a partner as you forge a future that provides dignity, freedom and opportunity.”

He also touched briefly on how the action in Libya fits into the broader happenings in the Middle East.

“For the region, today’s events prove once more that the rule of an iron fist inevitably comes to an end,” he said.

Other international leaders reacted similarly to Qaddafi’s demise:

“Finally the way is free for a political rebirth for peace,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday, pronouncing herself “relieved and very happy” at the news.

Britain and France, the powers that played a leading role in the military campaign that sealed Gadhafi’s fate, said they hoped that his death would open a new — and more democratic — chapter in Libya’s history.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy called Gadhafi’s death a milestone in the Libyan people’s battle “to free themselves from the dictatorial and violent regime that was imposed on them for more than 40 years,” a message echoed by British leader David Cameron and other NATO allies.

The Vatican said it now considers Libya’s interim government the legitimate rulers of the country. Gadhafi’s death ended a “long and tragic” fight to crush a “cruel and oppressive regime,” the Vatican press office said in a statement.

But in Congress, reactions were somewhat more mixed. While Qaddafi’s death was greeted as a welcome development, some Congressional leaders reiterated that the administration could have handled the Libyan intervention better:

[John] McCain said that fewer Libyans would have been wounded or killed during the months of fighting if the United States had intervened more aggressively.

“We led from behind,” he said. “We should have used the full weight of American air power.”

[Marco] Rubio also took Obama to task, saying that the British and the French deserve most of the credit for Gadhafi’s defeat.

“Today would have happened months ago” if the United States had acted sooner, he said.

Update (Allahpundit): The money line in The One’s speech is, of course, the bit about iron-fist rulers having to watch their back. The whole point of this adventure in Libya was to signal to the Arab Spring that we’ve learned our lesson about propping up their oppressors (except in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain and Jordan) and are now on their side, to the point where we’ll even commit U.S. military assets to helping them overthrow the local monster (except in Syria and Yemen and Iran). This was a goodwill gesture, in other words, aimed mainly at impressing Egyptian democrats so that their inevitable turn towards the Muslim Brotherhood doesn’t result in a total loss of U.S. influence in the region. I sure hope it worked.

Just for fun, via the Examiner, here’s Hillary’s reaction upon receiving today’s news.


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The dark shadow of tyranny has been lifted

What – Obama resigned??

whatcat on October 20, 2011 at 4:57 PM

The dark shadow of tyranny has been lifted…

Not until January 2013, champ.

Midas on October 20, 2011 at 4:57 PM

“The dark shadow of tyranny has been lifted and, with this enormous promise, the Libyan people now have a great responsibility to build an inclusive and tolerant and democratic Libya that stands as the ultimate rebuke to Qaddafi’s dictatorship.”

Yeah, like thats gonna happen.

They don’t want representative government or human rights that conflict with Islam.

sharrukin on October 20, 2011 at 4:58 PM

Update (Allahpundit): The money line in The One’s speech is, of course, the bit about iron-fist rulers having to watch their back.

how is that for change? 2 weeks ago he quipped that “change through violence gets buried with Al-Awlwaki” or something…..and now he’s threatening iron-fist rulers???

what dimension am I living in?

ted c on October 20, 2011 at 4:59 PM

In other words, we expect the new ruthless dictator to be more discreet about it.

RBMN on October 20, 2011 at 4:59 PM

What – Obama resigned??

whatcat on October 20, 2011 at 4:57 PM

LOL

sharrukin on October 20, 2011 at 4:59 PM

RULE 4: “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.”

Obama is a War Criminal

faraway on October 20, 2011 at 4:59 PM

Kevin Jennings supports the iron-fist strategy!

/

ted c on October 20, 2011 at 5:00 PM

The dark shadow of tyranny has been lifted IN 457 DAYS, 19 HOURS AND 1 MINUTE

SDarchitect on October 20, 2011 at 5:00 PM

we are all neo-cons now.

rob verdi on October 20, 2011 at 5:00 PM

The dark shadow of tyranny has been will be lifted IN 457 DAYS, 19 HOURS AND 1 MINUTE

SDarchitect on October 20, 2011 at 5:00 PM

grammaticals.

ted c on October 20, 2011 at 5:01 PM

I’m just glad he didn’t have to suffer him no wet nose or nothin’ down in gitmo *sniff*…./

ted c on October 20, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Great job!! Now please find those 30,000 missing surface-to-air missiles from Libya that will probably end up shooting down commercial jets in a few months in the USA.

carbon_footprint on October 20, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Great job!! Now please find those 30,000 missing surface-to-air missiles from Libya that will probably end up shooting down commercial jets in a few months in the USA.

carbon_footprint on October 20, 2011 at 5:01 PM

3 Pirates
Bin Laden
Al Awlwaki
Mo Mo Qdaffy

can i get reelected now? /bho

ted c on October 20, 2011 at 5:03 PM

The dark shadow of dictorship will be replaced by the dark shadow of jihad. Yes, I’m glad he’s dead, but we are going to deal with more A-holes in the future. It’s a never ending cycle of BS.

Oil Can on October 20, 2011 at 5:03 PM

I highly doubt Obowma will leave office peacefully without first turning this country into ashes…

Seven Percent Solution on October 20, 2011 at 5:05 PM

“This is a momentous day in the history of Libya America,” the president elect said. “The dark shadow of tyranny has been lifted and, with this enormous promise, the LibyanAmerican people now have a great responsibility to build an inclusive and tolerant and democratic Libya America that stands as the ultimate rebuke to Qaddafi’s Obama’s dictatorship.”

Wishful editing.

milwife88 on October 20, 2011 at 5:06 PM

I am sure glad that someone showed Obama “whose ass to kick”.

carbon_footprint on October 20, 2011 at 5:06 PM

“The dark shadow of tyranny has been lifted ,with this enormous promise,

…and yet when Saddam was taken from power..a man responsible for 2 wars and over a million deaths….
……..Mr. Peace Prize here said it was the worst foreign policy disaster in modern history.

…..loving this liberal new found respect for war.

Baxter Greene on October 20, 2011 at 5:07 PM

So we can end our kinetic presence leading from behind whatever thingie now, right?

OneGyT on October 20, 2011 at 5:07 PM

The dark shadow of tyranny has been lifted

Michelle took the kids to the Cape for the week?

Chuck Schick on October 20, 2011 at 5:07 PM

So, let me get dis straight. Tyranny by one bad dude like Q-Daff casts a “Dark Shadow.” What color exactly is the shadow of Muslim Sharia Law Theocracy tyranny?

BigAlSouth on October 20, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Who knew Chicago diplomacy would be more gun ‘em down and/or string ‘em up than Cowboy diplomacy?

Lily on October 20, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Great job!! Now please find those 30,000 missing surface-to-air missiles from Libya that will probably end up shooting down commercial jets in a few months in the USA.

carbon_footprint on October 20, 2011 at 5:01 PM

3 Pirates
Bin Laden
Al Awlwaki
Mo Mo Qdaffy

can i get reelected now? /bho

ted c on October 20, 2011 at 5:03 PM

Yeah, is it safe to anticipate his losing that Nobel Peace Prize thing?

carbon_footprint on October 20, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Matt Drudge has a great photo at the top of the page.

listens2glenn on October 20, 2011 at 5:09 PM

You have won your r3v0lut!on time-limited, scope limited, kinetic military action and now we will be a partner as you forge a future that provides dignity, freedom and opportunity.

i’m eager to see that on a monument.

ted c on October 20, 2011 at 5:09 PM

The world really has gone surreal. We’ve got this far-left, Code Pink, anti-war president, and all he can ever pump his chest about is killin’ people. And the left loves it. They just love that their guy is blowin’ people away left and right, even American citizens. Now, I’m not saying these folks didn’t need killing, but if a Republican president were out there doing these victory dances every time someone got killed, those same leftists would be apoplectic, and Senator Obama would be their leader in condemning it. Yup. The world has gone surreal.

I look forward to hearing whomever the GOP candidate is tell Obama in a debate: “Yup, Mr. President. You are good at killing bad guys. You don’t bring them in for trial like your attorney general says you should, you just straight-up kill ‘em. And that’s good. We think attorney general Holder is as misguided as you apparently do, so we’ve got some agreement there. So I really hope that when I have to do this to some more bad guys after I’m sworn in in January, I can count on your support and the support of those in your party who have suddenly found the stomach for fighting terrorism and brutal despotism with force and not with conversation. Can I count on you for that?”

Rational Thought on October 20, 2011 at 5:10 PM

Dadgum! I’m getting good at this Navy SEAL poppin’, drone strikin’, terrorist thwackin’, dictator deposin’ thing….i’m good, yeah/bho

ted c on October 20, 2011 at 5:10 PM

Kevin Jennings supports the iron-fist strategy!

/

ted c on October 20, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Can we check the WH visitor logs(pun intended) for KJ private time with bo?

tim c on October 20, 2011 at 5:11 PM

Theme of Hopey/Nopey the President,

stand back and watch,

see which side to root for,that is most Political Advantageous to
his Political career,and a sitting President to boot

give a hour speech on victims/the dictator must go/and work in
a Re-election Campaign throughout his babbling on,on said subject

Then….DO NOTHING……..

Give another speech,when said Goon Thug Dictator is near Snuffation,

then,once,the Thug is DOA,Obama comes out with another Glorious
Speech……

and goes off,on another Social Justice Crusade speech,

and then,repeat for the next,Obama “Crisis”!!

canopfor on October 20, 2011 at 5:11 PM

“Dark Shadow.” ??

RAAAAAACIST !!!

pambi on October 20, 2011 at 5:12 PM

The whole point of this adventure in Libya was to signal to the Arab Spring that we’ve learned our lesson about propping up their oppressors (except in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain and Jordan) and are now on their side, to the point where we’ll even commit U.S. military assets to helping them overthrow the local monster (except in Syria and Yemen and Iran).

The only reason 0bama got behind this was because Hillary wouldn’t stop throwing rocks at his window every night. Nice to see the tear of happiness in Huma’s eye after she got her phone back.

pedestrian on October 20, 2011 at 5:12 PM

I’m just glad he didn’t have to suffer him no wet nose or nothin’ down in gitmo *sniff*…./

ted c on October 20, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Heh!!…

Yes..Americans can sleep comfortably tonight knowing that their President who launched a war without Congressional Approval to take down Qaddafi so that he could be shot in the street like a dog….
……….did not have to endure water-boarding.

“No Blood for Oil!!!!”

Baxter Greene on October 20, 2011 at 5:14 PM

That video of Hillary is merely of her reaction to a report Qaddafi was captured. Let’s see her reacting to the butchery clip, since the blood is on her hands, too.

Christien on October 20, 2011 at 5:14 PM

When does the dark shadow of Obama’s tyranny get lifted, along with DC being exorcised and cleaned with bleach?

Hening on October 20, 2011 at 5:14 PM

They’ve solved the who-killed-who first vendetta problem:

A U.S. Predator drone, along with a French fighter jet, fired on the convoy said to be carrying Muammar Qaddafi in the moments before his death, a U.S. defense official told Fox News on Thursday.

http://www.myfoxhouston.com/dpp/news/national/foxnews/US-Predator-Drone-Fired-on-Qaddafi-Convoy-Official-Says_20749921

pedestrian on October 20, 2011 at 5:15 PM

The dark shadow of tyranny has been lifted

I can’t help but laugh at this.

As much as I don’t mind seeing daffy dead, what replaces him is going to be worse.

MadDogF on October 20, 2011 at 5:16 PM

Where did,the “IRON FIST” Phrase come from!!!!??????
=======================================================

April 13, 2011 4:42 PM PrintText
It’s on: Obama takes iron fist to GOP
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http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20053648-503544.html
++++++++++++++++++++

‘it’s on: obama takes iron fist to gop’
April 13 2011
*************

****With Obama,Double-Fist Picture!!

http://theobamadiary.com/2011/04/13/its-on-obama-takes-iron-fist-to-gop/

canopfor on October 20, 2011 at 5:16 PM

Unfortunately, “the dark shadow of tyranny still hangs over” the WH, and the dark shadow of the Muslim caliphate continues to grow through the misguided foreign policy of this administration.

onlineanalyst on October 20, 2011 at 5:17 PM

“The dark shadow of tyranny has been lifted..”

Ed Schultz: Racist!!

Claypigeon on October 20, 2011 at 5:20 PM

Can we check the WH visitor logs(pun intended) for KJ private time with bo?

tim c on October 20, 2011 at 5:11 PM

Hey, watch it.:)

kingsjester on October 20, 2011 at 5:21 PM

It’s kind of like the Nixon in China thing whereby only a Republican could get away with opening relations with China; only a Democrat, and especially a nobel peace prize winning Democrat, could legitimize assassination of national leaders who are a pain in America’s ass.

I’m making a list for Obama: Chavez, Kim, Bashir, Iran guy…

Buddahpundit on October 20, 2011 at 5:23 PM

Ya know,Obama had more buzz words in this speech describing
Gaddfy,that seems twice as worse,than Stalin and Hitler combined!!

NO US SOLDIERS LOST….eguals,Progressive Socialist Superior
Smart Power,er,the LEFTY PERCEPTION!!

Who,are THESE FRIENDS and Allies,that Obama speaks of,that will
reshape Libya,and is it to benefit America and her security,or,
to futher,SOCIAL JUSTICE CRUSADE,Liberal Progressive Style!!!

canopfor on October 20, 2011 at 5:23 PM

I’m waiting for the movie where Barak personnaly leads the attack on Quaddafi. It’ll be the sequel to the one where he leads the SEALS to victory over Bin Laden like a general (as one woman commentator put it).

kwbrownie2003 on October 20, 2011 at 5:24 PM

Libya will travel a long and winding road to full democracy

Great. Now, Paul McCartney is writing Barry’s lines for him. Catchy, and you can dance to it!

Christien on October 20, 2011 at 5:24 PM

The dark shadow of tyranny

Raaaaacist!!!!

malclave on October 20, 2011 at 5:24 PM

He makes it sound as though Libya (or at least the rebels) want democracy as a goal. That hasn’t ever been established as far as I can tell.

JohnTant on October 20, 2011 at 5:26 PM

Kevin Jennings supports the iron-fist strategy!

/

ted c on October 20, 2011 at 5:00 PM

You naughty lad.

BTW Would some stylist please tell Hillary!!! to cut her hair…and get rid of the bags under her eyes. This is a superficial criticism, of course, but she looks like hell (to pay).
Madame Pantsuit the cynic has spoken. How do her girlfriends Susan Rice and Samantha Powers feel about the situation?

onlineanalyst on October 20, 2011 at 5:27 PM

Rational Thought on October 20, 2011 at 5:10 PM

Awesome comment.

Missy on October 20, 2011 at 5:28 PM

Barry better give his itchy trigger finger a rest, or he’ll run out of lefty-approved, extrajudicial, hit jobs long before the election, and then he won’t be able to distract from his abysmal performance on the economy.

Pace yourself, holmes.

Christien on October 20, 2011 at 5:30 PM

Heh!!…

Yes..Americans can sleep comfortably tonight knowing that their President who launched a war without Congressional Approval to take down Qaddafi so that he could be shot in the street like a dog….
……….did not have to endure water-boarding.

“No Blood for Oil!!!!”

Baxter Greene on October 20, 2011 at 5:14 PM

Baxter Greene:

I’m glad,no thrilled,that Osama is gone,but Obama has said along,
the RULE OF LAW,Gaddafy was gunned down,in a roundy bout manner
that Osama was dealt!

My point,is that Team Hopey,seems to want to “EXECUTE” the thugs,
out of is right side of his mouth,and then,talks about,Internation
al Law,out the Left side of his mouth!

Talk about a F’kn up message,to the world!

Its,not how America Acts,but,how Obama Acts!-:)

canopfor on October 20, 2011 at 5:30 PM

Watching Obama is like watching Jesus walk on water.—

—–Julio and Peggy Joseph agree.

PappyD61 on October 20, 2011 at 5:31 PM

The world really has gone surreal.

Rational Thought on October 20, 2011 at 5:10 PM

Rational Thought:

Amen,on that,and,THANK_GAWD,that thses DISTRACTIONS
are happening,to take the Shinning Light Of Truth,

off,OBAMA’S CAT O STROPHIC FAILURES!!!!!

canopfor on October 20, 2011 at 5:34 PM

The dark shadow of tyranny has been lifted

More like the dark tablecloth underneath a tableful of tyranny has been whipped off without disturbing the tyranny at all.

Lily on October 20, 2011 at 5:34 PM

I’m going to write down that headline to use next Nov.

Kissmygrits on October 20, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Metallica For Whom The Bell Tolls Music Video
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lak689DX6Kw

canopfor on October 20, 2011 at 5:36 PM

Going around assassinating and knocking people off around the world without a trial or justice is Obama’s way of saying to world there is no such thing as American exceptionalism. America is not special and does hold itself to a higher standard.

That more people do not speak out about this is a shame.

I can just see the Nobel Prize committee sitting around a table, thumbing through there notes and mumbling “Have we ever awarded a Nobel Peace Prize to a person responsible for so much killing and assassinating of so many people?”

albill on October 20, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Obama on Qaddafi’s death: The dark shadow of tyranny has been lifted

And what about that new dark shadow of tyranny that you have and are helping to usher in over there in Libya, and Egypt, and …, Mr. Soreto? And on the matter of “dark shadow of tyranny”, stop trying to block all my light in my own country, you damn control freak psycopath!

InkyBinkyBarleyBoo on October 20, 2011 at 5:39 PM

The dark shadow of tyranny has been lifted

We wish. But soon, you little POS, soon.

rrpjr on October 20, 2011 at 5:41 PM

Heres the Transcript,of all those Buzz Words!!
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Remarks by the President on the Death of Muammar Qaddafi
Rose Garden at 2:07PM
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THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. Today, the government of Libya announced the death of Muammar Qaddafi. This marks the end of a long and painful chapter for the people of Libya, who now have the opportunity to determine their own destiny in a new and democratic Libya.

For four decades, the Qaddafi regime ruled the Libyan people with an iron fist. Basic human rights were denied. Innocent civilians were detained, beaten and killed. And Libya’s wealth was squandered. The enormous potential of the Libyan people was held back, and terror was used as a political weapon.

Today, we can definitively say that the Qaddafi regime has come to an end. The last major regime strongholds have fallen. The new government is consolidating the control over the country. And one of the world’s longest-serving dictators is no more.

One year ago, the notion of a free Libya seemed impossible. But then the Libyan people rose up and demanded their rights. And when Qaddafi and his forces started going city to city, town by town, to brutalize men, women and children, the world refused to stand idly by.

Faced with the potential of mass atrocities — and a call for help from the Libyan people — the United States and our friends and allies stopped Qaddafi’s forces in their tracks. A coalition that included the United States, NATO and Arab nations persevered through the summer to protect Libyan civilians. And meanwhile, the courageous Libyan people fought for their own future and broke the back of the regime.

So this is a momentous day in the history of Libya. The dark shadow of tyranny has been lifted. And with this enormous promise, the Libyan people now have a great responsibility — to build an inclusive and tolerant and democratic Libya that stands as the ultimate rebuke to Qaddafi’s dictatorship. We look forward to the announcement of the country’s liberation, the quick formation of an interim government, and a stable transition to Libya’s first free and fair elections. And we call on our Libyan friends to continue to work with the international community to secure dangerous materials, and to respect the human rights of all Libyans –- including those who have been detained.

We’re under no illusions — Libya will travel a long and winding road to full democracy. There will be difficult days ahead. But the United States, together with the international community, is committed to the Libyan people. You have won your revolution. And now, we will be a partner as you forge a future that provides dignity, freedom and opportunity.

For the region, today’s events prove once more that the rule of an iron fist inevitably comes to an end. Across the Arab world, citizens have stood up to claim their rights. Youth are delivering a powerful rebuke to dictatorship. And those leaders who try to deny their human dignity will not succeed.

For us here in the United States, we are reminded today of all those Americans that we lost at the hands of Qaddafi’s terror. Their families and friends are in our thoughts and in our prayers. We recall their bright smiles, their extraordinary lives, and their tragic deaths. We know that nothing can close the wound of their loss, but we stand together as one nation by their side.

For nearly eight months, many Americans have provided extraordinary service in support of our efforts to protect the Libyan people, and to provide them with a chance to determine their own destiny. Our skilled diplomats have helped to lead an unprecedented global response. Our brave pilots have flown in Libya’s skies, our sailors have provided support off Libya’s shores, and our leadership at NATO has helped guide our coalition. Without putting a single U.S. service member on the ground, we achieved our objectives, and our NATO mission will soon come to an end.

This comes at a time when we see the strength of American leadership across the world. We’ve taken out al Qaeda leaders, and we’ve put them on the path to defeat. We’re winding down the war in Iraq and have begun a transition in Afghanistan. And now, working in Libya with friends and allies, we’ve demonstrated what collective action can achieve in the 21st century.

Of course, above all, today belongs to the people of Libya. This is a moment for them to remember all those who suffered and were lost under Qaddafi, and look forward to the promise of a new day. And I know the American people wish the people of Libya the very best in what will be a challenging but hopeful days, weeks, months and years ahead.

Thank you, very much.

END
2:12 P.M. EDT
====================

http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/2011/10/20/president-obama-death-muammar-qaddafi#transcript

canopfor on October 20, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Going around assassinating and knocking people off around the world without a trial or justice is Obama’s way of saying to world there is no such thing as American exceptionalism. America is not special and does hold itself to a higher standard.

albill on October 20, 2011 at 5:38 PM

http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/2011/10/better-than-them.html

We are better than they are, is the argument put forward so often by those who do not truly believe that we are, and even when they do they don’t understand why we are. The Bill of Rights did not spring full-grown out of a barbaric culture…

It is not by becoming pacifists that we will be better than them, but by fighting for what we have and who we are. And if we do not stand up for our countries, our peoples and our cultures then we will not inherit the moral high ground, but the low killing pits of the victims of the thousand year spree of terror. There is no moral high ground to be gained in refusing to struggle to your utmost for the things that you hold dear, only through the struggle to protect our individual and national exceptionalism, can we gain the high ground and justify the assertion that we are better than them.

sharrukin on October 20, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Did somebody say dark shadows?

Mary in LA on October 20, 2011 at 5:45 PM

I’m going to write down that headline to use next Nov.

Kissmygrits on October 20, 2011 at 5:35 PM

No, then you can write that the actual tyranny has been lifted. Why fool around with mere shadows?

Don L on October 20, 2011 at 5:47 PM

“We’re under no illusions,” he said. “Libya will travel a long and winding road to full democracy; there will be difficult days ahead. But the United States, together with the international community, is committed to the Libyan people.”

What he is really thinking and up to – this was the original draft before it was ‘adjusted”.

“We’re under no illusions,” he said. “Libya will travel a short and straight road to full Sharai; there will be wonderful Islamic days ahead. But the United States, together with the Muslim Brotherhood and the U.N. is committed to the Shariah for not just the Libyan people and all the Middle east but also for the European and American people, although that may take longer and meet with more resistance and be a long and winding road to full Shariah.”

InkyBinkyBarleyBoo on October 20, 2011 at 5:47 PM

No, then you can write that the actual tyranny has been lifted. Why fool around with mere shadows?

Don L on October 20, 2011 at 5:47 PM

‘Cuz the shadow gets lifted on November 6, 2012, but the substance of the tyranny doesn’t get lifted until January 21, 2013.

Mary in LA on October 20, 2011 at 5:49 PM

President George W. Bush: Speech Announcing Capture of Saddam Hussein, delivered on 14 December 2003 from the Cabinet Room.

Guess Bush could have just had Saddam Hussein shot while he was hiding in the hole.

Note that Qadaffi was also found hiding in a hole – a culvert under the street.

Obama and NATO could have made it very clear to the Libyans that (if possible) Qadaffi was to be captured alive and brought to trial.

albill on October 20, 2011 at 5:50 PM

The dark shadow of tyranny has been lifted

NOT TRUE!!!

The Tyrant Obama has shut down our commercial fishing industry. It seems that after his shutdown of energy and transportation, some citizens were actually still able to afford food: a situation Obama cannot tolerate.

landlines on October 20, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Can’t wait to hear what Zero’s pal and neighbor, Louie Farraakhan, has to say about this turn of events!

MayorDaley on October 20, 2011 at 5:55 PM

From Wikipedia:
Execution of Saddam Hussein
International public controversy arose when an unauthorized mobile phone recording of the hanging showed him falling through the trap door of the gallows. The unprofessional and undignified atmosphere of the execution drew criticism around the world from nations that both oppose and support capital punishment.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Execution_of_Saddam_Hussein

Think there will be a comment in Wikipedia regarding the execution of Qadaffi about the “unprofessional and undignified atmosphere of the execution drew criticism around the world from nations that both oppose and support capital punishment”???

At least Saddam got a trial.

albill on October 20, 2011 at 5:56 PM

Liberals have come a long way concerning war:

Obama on Iraq”

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, that the Iraqi economy is in shambles, that the Iraqi military a fraction of its former strength, and that in concert with the international community he can be contained until, in the way of all petty dictators, he falls away into the dustbin of history.


Obama 2008:

The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.

Obama now:

“Days not weeks”

Obama made two parallel cases: first, that doing nothing would have run counter to U.S. ideals and national interests; and second, that to have acted alone or expanded the military mission to topple Qaddafi would have been too costly and repeated the mistakes of the Iraq War.

Nevertheless he cautioned: “But broadening our military mission to include regime change would be a mistake.”

….Now we have regime change….change to what???:


Al-Qaeda and the Libyan Rebellion
A new report explains the connection.

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/print/270293

The report identifies four factions among the members of the eastern Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC). Apart from a minority of “true democrats,” the other three factions comprise partisans of a restoration of the monarchy that was overthrown by Qaddafi in 1969, Islamic extremists seeking the establishment of an Islamic state, and former fixtures of the Qaddafi regime who defected to the rebels for opportunistic or other reasons.

……No one is happier right now than the jihadist:


Saving the Libyan Islamists

Posted By John Rosenthal On March 20, 2011 @ 11:09 am In Homeland Security,Middle East,US News,World News |
http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/saving-the-libyan-islamists/?print=1

It is virtually unthinkable that al-Qaeda and/or the local Libyan affiliate of al-Qaeda (the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group) are not today involved in the Cyrenaica-based insurrection against the rule of Muammar al-Gaddafi. This is even more unthinkable when one considers that the North African branch of al-Qaeda — al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb – has declared [5] its support for the rebellion and vowed to do “everything we can” to aid it.

Egypt under the boot of it’s military and the muslim brotherhood….
Turkey going away from sectarianism to an islamist state…..
……….Iraq now wide open to Iran…..
…………….leaving Afghanistan without victory….
…………………Pakistan is basically at war with us….
……………………Iran is at war with us and on the verge of an atomic bomb…

History will show that the jihadist’s road to power was paved during the Obama adminsitration.

Baxter Greene on October 20, 2011 at 5:56 PM

landlines on October 20, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Just when I thought I couldn’t hate ONero’s guts any more than I already do…

Mary in LA on October 20, 2011 at 5:56 PM

Quite a selection of skull and crossbones preznit Training Pants is collecting. I wonder where he puts them? Does he put them on his girl bike or on his bike helmet?

Pelosi delende est on October 20, 2011 at 5:56 PM

The SpinaRoo!!
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Obama: US Led NATO to Libya Victory
Thursday, 20 Oct 2011 04:32 PM
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http://www.newsmax.com/InsideCover/gaddafi-obama-death-video/2011/10/20/id/415248

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OOPS!!!!!!!!

U.S. to End Air Combat Role in Libya as Qaddafi Makes Gains
Published April 01, 2011
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WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is about to pull its attack planes out of the international air campaign in Libya, hoping NATO partners can take up the slack.

The announcement Thursday drew

incredulous reactions from some in Congress who wondered aloud why the Obama administration would bow out of a key element of the strategy

for protecting Libyan civilians and crippling Muammar Qaddafi’s army.

“Odd,” “troubling” and “unnerving” were among critical comments by senators pressing for an explanation

of the announcement by Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs chairman Adm. Mike Mullen that American combat missions will end Saturday.

The U.S. now finds itself in the unusual position of a back-seat partner in the Libya operation, with no clear path to empowering the rebels.

(More….)
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http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/04/01/end-air-combat-role-libya-qaddafi-makes-gains/

canopfor on October 20, 2011 at 5:56 PM

I can just see the Nobel Prize committee sitting around a table, thumbing through there notes and mumbling “Have we ever awarded a Nobel Peace Prize to a person responsible for so much killing and assassinating of so many people?”

albill on October 20, 2011 at 5:38 PM

It could be argued that the UN itself has blood on their hands. They won it in 2001.

Yasser Arafat was one of the “winners” in 1994.

The UN Peacekeeping Forces won it in 1988. They have blood on their hands.

Le Duc Tho of North Vietnam was a winner in 1973.

Del Dolemonte on October 20, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Did he use the word dark shadow? Sounds racist to me.

JellyToast on October 20, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Libyas tyranny has ended, and ours is three years in. *GULP*

btw…using the words dark, and shadow…isn’t that racist? tsk tsk tsk.

capejasmine on October 20, 2011 at 6:01 PM

Both Obama and McCain met and shook hands with the guy that had U.S. blood on his hands. (Lieberman and Graham as well).

I’m glad Drudge put up the picture of Obama and Qaddafi shaking hands to remind people.

RedRobin145 on October 20, 2011 at 6:03 PM

NO US SOLDIERS LOST….eguals,Progressive Socialist Superior
Smart Power,er,the LEFTY PERCEPTION!!

canopfor on October 20, 2011 at 5:23 PM

That lefty “smart power” thing sure is hard to pin down and define. It wasn’t long ago that the Democrats refused to take bin Laden into custody because legal papers weren’t in order. Now they throw a dart at a map and assassinate the leader while scoffing at any legal concerns.

Since there is no hope that the Republicans will impeach the psycho in the White House, I just hope the dart keeps sticking in Farrakhan’s favorite countries. On the other hand, it’s good that we’ve probably dropped the stupid rule against killing enemy leaders.

Buddahpundit on October 20, 2011 at 6:04 PM

Did somebody say dark shadows?

Mary in LA on October 20, 2011 at 5:45 PM

Mary in LA:Lol:)

canopfor on October 20, 2011 at 6:06 PM

dart keeps sticking in Farrakhan’s favorite countries.

Buddahpundit on October 20, 2011 at 6:04 PM

Buddahpundit:The Left spent 8 years of Demonization of what Bush
has done,oh,and here’s Calypso Louies
latest death to america rant,and Leftys at War,with
America montage!!
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The Left Speaks of War
on October 17, 2011 – 2:10 am
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Just a reminder that these people mean business. A compiltation of recent inflammatory speeches from the left.

http://trevorloudon.com/2011/10/the-left-speaks-of-war/

canopfor on October 20, 2011 at 6:14 PM

Baxter Greene on October 20, 2011 at 5:56 PM

Good stuff.

rrpjr on October 20, 2011 at 6:19 PM

Quaddafi:

Cut Obama some slack.

He inherited this problem from Bush.

Economy:

Cut Obama some slack.

He inherited this problem from Bush.

Iraq:

Cut Obama some slack.

He inherited this problem from Bush.

Fossil Fuel / addiction to dirty oil:

Cut Obama some slack.

He inherited this problem from Bush.

__________insert crisis of choice________

Cut Obama some slack.

He inherited this problem from Bush.

PappyD61 on October 20, 2011 at 6:28 PM

First thanks have to go to the Arab League for being onside. Nothing would have happened without them. (Samanthas still gargling four times a day to no avail)

BL@KBIRD on October 20, 2011 at 6:37 PM

I have yet to understand what the Obama administration saw as a “vital national interest” to us in assisting in the ouster of Qadaffi and inserting ourselves in a Libyan civil war.

Imadaboutjihad in Iran and his mullah enablers who spout “death to America” threaten our “vital national skins” much more so. Iran is one of the most de-stabilizing forces in the ME.

onlineanalyst on October 20, 2011 at 6:42 PM

He inherited this problem from Bush.

PappyD61 on October 20, 2011 at 6:28 PM

PappyD61:And,don’t forget Obama’s re-election strategy,

the GOP were OBSTRUCTIONISTS at every step!!:)

canopfor on October 20, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Baxter Greene on October 20, 2011 at 5:56 PM
Good stuff.

rrpjr on October 20, 2011 at 6:19 PM

rrpjr:I second that!

canopfor on October 20, 2011 at 7:39 PM

The dark shadow of tyranny has been lifted… to be replaced by the full night of terrorist backed rule…

Say, wait a sec… we get rid of one guy backing terrorists to replace him with rebels backed by terrorists… why is this supposed to offer any hope in the change?

ajacksonian on October 20, 2011 at 8:29 PM

Didn’t Obama soul-shake Qaddaffi just a couple years ago?

NoamSayin on October 20, 2011 at 9:10 PM

I guess regime change is ok if there’s a D after your name or a muslim hiding as a SCOAMF. War criminal……where’s the outrage.

jaimo on October 20, 2011 at 9:11 PM

Nevermind. I’m thinking of Hugo Chavez.

NoamSayin on October 20, 2011 at 9:24 PM

Ed Schultz: “That dark shadow he was speaking of was himself.”

OneGyT on October 21, 2011 at 12:02 AM

Obama on Qaddafi’s death: The dark shadow of tyranny has been lifted.

No, Barack, the tyranny in the region has just started to flare once again. Do you really believe that the thugs who are running around Libya today will embrace multi-cultural tolerant representative democracy merely because you wish it so?

How are things going in Cairo? Democracy and civilized discourse breaking out all over? Oor are the Islamicists consolidating their rule to turn the region into yet another caliphate where no “infidels” will be safe?

Yes, Libya faces a long climb…but not a climb upward toward civilized society. They will, as history shows, climb backward many centuries to tribalism and Islamicist barbarity.

coldwarrior on October 21, 2011 at 5:19 AM

The dark shadow of tyranny has been lifted

What – Obama resigned??

whatcat on October 20, 2011 at 4:57 PM

The dark shadow of tyranny has been lifted…
Not until January 2013, champ.

Midas on October 20, 2011 at 4:57 PM

I cannot wait, I’ll even be nice to my mother-in-law when it happens…

patch on October 21, 2011 at 7:54 AM