First he gives props to the troops. And then…
For generations, the United States of America has played a unique role as an anchor of global security and advocate for human freedom. Mindful of the risks and costs of military action, we are naturally reluctant to use force to solve the world’s many challenges. But when our interests and values are at stake, we have a responsibility to act. That is what happened in Libya over the course of these last six weeks.
Translation, we’re the world’s cop and we start blowing stuff up a few times every decade, not really that reluctant. The last two lines are really interesting. Our interests? The only thing in the sandtrap we would be interested in is oil. And we have our own.
For more than four decades, the Libyan people have been ruled by a tyrant – Moammar Gaddafi. He has denied his people freedom, exploited their wealth, murdered opponents at home and abroad, and terrorized innocent people around the world – including Americans who were killed by Libyan agents.
This is true, Gaddafi is a evil bastard. His death would not cause any tears, but the only reason to get involved is retaliation, which should be assassinate him and leave. That’s it. And it looks like the Libyans are rising up and should do it on there own.
Faced with this opposition, Gaddafi began attacking his people. As President, my immediate concern was the safety of our citizens, so we evacuated our Embassy and all Americans who sought our assistance.
That was a good move, our Embassies abroad are our responsibilities.
The Libyan opposition, and the Arab League, appealed to the world to save lives in Libya. At my direction, America led an effort with our allies at the United Nations Security Council to pass an historic Resolution that authorized a No Fly Zone to stop the regime’s attacks from the air, and further authorized all necessary measures to protect the Libyan people.
Ten days ago, having tried to end the violence without using force, the international community offered Gaddafi a final chance to stop his campaign of killing, or face the consequences. Rather than stand down, his forces continued their advance, bearing down on the city of Benghazi, home to nearly 700,000 men, women and children who sought their freedom from fear.
At this point, the United States and the world faced a choice. Gaddafi declared that he would show “no mercy” to his own people. He compared them to rats, and threatened to go door to door to inflict punishment. In the past, we had seen him hang civilians in the streets, and kill over a thousand people in a single day. Now, we saw regime forces on the outskirts of the city. We knew that if we waited one more day, Benghazi – a city nearly the size of Charlotte – could suffer a massacre that would have reverberated across the region and stained the conscience of the world.
Note the bold, why didn’t we step in THEN. Why was Libya even on the U.N Human Rights Council. Proof that the United Nations is a joke and cesspool.
It was not in our national interest to let that happen. I refused to let that happen. And so nine days ago, after consulting the bipartisan leadership of Congress, I authorized military action to stop the killing and enforce UN Security Council Resolution 1973.
What National Interest? We pulled out people out. Hey remember when Bush went into Iraq. He also went to Congress and the UN. Obama disagreed with that, but is now doing the same. Hypocrite. I tweeted the other day that anyone against Iraq but for Libya is a hypocrite. Both countries had dictators the MURDERED their subjects, the UN passed resolutions, both times the presidents went to Congress, formed coalitions and then attacked. Same story.
I said that America’s role would be limited; that we would not put ground troops into Libya; that we would focus our unique capabilities on the front end of the operation, and that we would transfer responsibility to our allies and partners.
So we do the heavy lifting? And the others get the credit? What are we, the hired muscle?
In that effort, the United States will play a supporting role – including intelligence, logistical support, search and rescue assistance, and capabilities to jam regime communications. Because of this transition to a broader, NATO-based coalition, the risk and cost of this operation – to our military, and to American taxpayers – will be reduced significantly.
Why play a role at all, we have our own problems. Not intervening at all saves plenty of tax money. Lousy argument Mr. Prez.
In fact, much of the debate in Washington has put forward a false choice when it comes to Libya. On the one hand, some question why America should intervene at all – even in limited ways – in this distant land. They argue that there are many places in the world where innocent civilians face brutal violence at the hands of their government, and America should not be expected to police the world, particularly when we have so many pressing concerns here at home.
It is true that America cannot use our military wherever repression occurs. And given the costs and risks of intervention, we must always measure our interests against the need for action. But that cannot be an argument for never acting on behalf of what’s right. In this particular country – Libya; at this particular moment, we were faced with the prospect of violence on a horrific scale. We had a unique ability to stop that violence: an international mandate for action, a broad coalition prepared to join us, the support of Arab countries, and a plea for help from the Libyan people themselves. We also had the ability to stop Gaddafi’s forces in their tracks without putting American troops on the ground.
He didn’t say that about Iraq.
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.
Let our charities get involved, America’s responsibility is to its citizens and to not screw other countries. Note where he said he refuses to turn a blind eye? Well he has, Somali where pirates roam, the Congo where parents are killed and their kids are taken as child soldiers, N. Korea and its whacked out fascist, all over the continent of Africa where the UN ground forces have raped women. Where was he when Iran had its revolution squashed by its tyrant, what about Saudi Arabia and its theocracy? WHERE WAS HE! Empty words Obama.
Later he clarified that “our interests” was the refugees fleeing into the fragile countries of Tunisia and Egypt. How? They’re not coming here. Now don’t get me wrong, I love to see dictators overthrown and people throwing off the chains. But that is their battle to fight. And if the Congress REALLY disagrees with, they’ll take away the President’s credit card.