Obama….bewitched, bothered and bewildered?

Can anyone figure out what our position on Libya is?  President Obama has stated on several occasions in the past few days that Gaddafi must go….but that’s not really why were attacking Libya.  I’ve been watching and scratching my head as our President and his administration are lamely trying to manage and justify this confused situation.

It is actually astounding as to how out of place The President looks each time he addresses the goals and objectives of this latest military action. He appears like someone who’s been talked into making a decision that he really didn’t believe in and now has to justify his actions. So in typical Obama fashion he becomes detached and his ensuing statements and actions are defensive and totally bewildering.  Sort of reminds me of the old Alfred E. Neuman MAD Magazine character:  What me worry?

Obama Yes We cant

What Me Worry?

Picture via Gluxian.blogspot.com

At the podium during his tour of Latin America Mr. Obama stated, “I think it’s very easy to square our military actions and our stated policies”  “U.S. policy” he then said, is that Gaddafi needs to go”.  However, the military strike at Libya, including the bombing of Gaddafi’s personal compound is not aimed at Gaddafi, the President insisted. It’s been limited to protecting Libya’s civilian population.

The Libyan military and air defense capability will soon be bombed back into the Stone Age. Yet on the ground, the rebel held cities of Misurata and Benghazi continue to be attacked by Gaddafi’s forces. There is now opposition from the Arab League on the severity of these attacks as well as internal bickering within NATO. Turkey, a member of  NATO and its Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan (a recent recipient of the Gaddafi Peace Prize),  are totally against this action.

The  Obama administration’s primary response to this mess is to try turning over the mission to its allies as quickly as possible. In other words—cut and run! The French who have taken the lead want to press on, since this is the first military action France has waged successfully in half a century.  It apparently does wonders for the entire nation’s Napoleonic complex.  The question remains what they will do if the Americans aren’t covering their backs.

The Arab League, with its primary military powers of Saudi Arabia and The United Arab Emirates armed to the teeth with the newest U.S. jet fighters and weapons, have chosen to sit this one out (they voted for it before they were against it).  We are quickly learning that being liked in the world isn’t quite the same as being respected.  We now have neither.

It thus appears that because of its limits, the military intervention threatens to perpetuate a stalemate that leaves Gaddafi in power and over time will create an even greater humanitarian disaster. The only real solution to Libya’s crisis,  as President Obama recognized weeks ago,  is the removal of Mr. Qaddafi from power. But this would require the President to exercise U.S. leadership and articulate a coherent strategy,  something this administration has been incapable of doing up to this point.

Oh well back to March Madness.  “What Me Worry”?

And that’s the way it is here: “a little left of right”

JT

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