Gee, who could have seen this coming? …Exactly…
Listen, when I was a ‘happy’ liberal Democrat, I understood our ‘dream’ foreign policy to be one in which we, the US, did not charge ahead on every worldwide issue, but one in which we led a ‘coalition of the willing’ to the table and attempted to get the parties who are actually directly impacted by the issue (in this case Arab League, UK, France and Italy (their oil supplies) to take the needed action while we lent an ‘assist’.
So how are the left all up in arms, pardon the pun, when Hillary has managed to get exactly that accomplished?
France is the figurehead leadership (and actual impetus and flyboyz, thank you Pres Sarkozy) of the coalition, Arab League signed off (7 days ago which is when President Permanent Vacation still refused to act and it appears that is when Hillary began to leak to the press that she was pushing for action and Obama was failing to lead, again) which gives us the needed ‘official intervention request’, and the Arab league also signed on to actual participation, hopefully financial also, but we won’t know anytime soon as they need ‘cover’ from their own Wahhabi factions and can’t come forward with what they have promised publicly.
That is probably why they are so pissed. Methinks it was all a facade and these neoprogressives didn’t actually want us to intervene..anywhere…ever.
Too Bad, So Sad. Hillary did what we said we would always do. Deal with it.
Now we have some on the right, whining that we shouldn’t be involved at all.
Uhhh, this guy killed Americans. Several times. He will again. He was preparing a brutal assault on 700,000 of his own people and he was a mad-dog off the leash. Once Obama had said Qaddafi, ‘had to go’, the guy wasn’t going to continue the pretense he put on for Condi Rice and Dubyah when he ‘turned over’ his WMD.
So, to sum up: we have an international coalition, with the parties most directly impacted economically and foreign policy wise taking the lead, and contributing meaningfully to the military action, we have a’ dispensation’, if you will, from the Arab League to take ourselves into the battle, and we have a country with billions in resources led by a mad-dog who has killed our people and will use the funds from those resources to do so again, as the enemy.
All a green light for action in my book.
Hillary has worked her ass off to get this done and I thank her from the bottom of my heart for serving this country and trying to get things done in the face of the incompetent, ineffective, insipid President she works for.
Leadership. You have it or you don’t. We have evidence now that Hillary is willing to make the tough calls and act when it is needed. We still don’t have that from Obama.
His hand was forced when HRC leaked to the press in a desperate bid to save the Libyan people and take out an enemy of the American people in one fell swoop.
It has been my theory that when Hillary badly fractured her wrist and was drugged up, that Obama personally signed off on Al Megrahi’s release back to Libya. The ObamaLovinMedia refuse to ask the right questions on that matter, if any questions at all.
It will be sweet justice if Al Megrahi is killed in an ally airstrike in his own Sweet Home when he may have lived longer in a Scottish prison.
I think we can get in, take out the antiaircraft batteries, make room for French and UK (and hopefully Saudi) jets to bombard his bases and leave the room needed for Qaddafi’s current associates to see the writing on the wall and throw him under the bus, into the pyre, however these things are handled in Libya.
Hillary is not stating ‘regime change’ is the motive because that will force Qaddafi to use the mustard gas he may still have. A cornered rat will pull the trigger faster. If he thinks he can hold a piece of Libya in the future we may be able to get his friends to take him out before he resorts to using WMD against his own people.
Gates, I am sad to say, clearly is all about getting out of dodge with no more engagements. That may be hypothetically the best path, but in reality it wasn’t an option for us. Hillary explained quite well yesterday the American interests here. With Egypt and Tunisia in unrest and revolution, we cannot have Qaddafi sitting between them like Boris the Spider funneling arms and mercenaries to take the entire Gulf Region into chaos.
Gates had to have his hand forced, and Hillary showed how civilian leadership of the military works. We are the best in the world, we had the assets to get this mission started off in the way most safe for the European fighter jets. Hillary made the tough call and then made the dithering Golfer in Chief make the right decision too.
God Bless the troops, the allies, and the peaceful people of the world. God Bless Hillary.
Shout out to the brave souls who have stayed behind trying to stop the reactors from melting down~
Update 3/16/11: As we have all feared, Obama’s dithering and the vacuum of leadership in the world that results has allowed Qadaffi to launch what his troops have announced will be the ‘cleansing’ of Benghazi.
…A sample quote via the Journal from a Libyan man who had to flee Ajdabiya with his kids when Qaddafi’s goons rolled into town: “Tell Obama I’m pleading with him—launch just one airstrike here. Prove that Gadhafi was wrong when he said that America only cares about business interests, not human rights.”
Continues after the break:
Is Susan Rice trying to back a UN led investigation of Israel while Hillary is in S America and the Caribbean??
Update 2: From The Times UK we hear Israel has permission from the Saudis to use their airspace to hit Iran as needed:
…“The Saudis have given their permission for the Israelis to pass over and they will look the other way,” said a US defence source in the area. “They have already done tests to make sure their own jets aren’t scrambled and no one gets shot down. This has all been done with the agreement of the [US] State Department.”
Sources in Saudi Arabia say it is common knowledge within defence circles in the kingdom that an arrangement is in place if Israel decides to launch the raid. Despite the tension between the two governments, they share a mutual loathing of the regime in Tehran and a common fear of Iran’s nuclear ambitions. “We all know this. We will let them [the Israelis] through and see nothing,” said one. …
Update 1 from Powerline we learn Congress is pushing back on this:
UPDATE: The Standard has posted the White House response to Kristol’s report here. Senators Reid and McConnell have in addition circulated a joint letter to Obama for signature by their colleagues. The letter raises the role of the IHH in the incident and recommends investigation of the IHH for inclusion among the designated state sponsors of terror. The letter further states: “[W]e ask you to stand firm in the future at the United Nations Security Council and to use your veto power, if necessary, to prevent any similar biased or one-sided resolutions [such as the UN Human Rights Council's] from passing.”
…While UN Ambassador Susan Rice is reported to have played an important role in pushing for U.S. support of a UN investigation, the decision is, one official stressed, of course the president’s….
Hillary has been in South America this entire week, no doubt Rice and Power are trying to make a move on Israel while she is gone…
…THE WEEKLY STANDARD has learned that senior Obama administration officials have been telling foreign governments that the administration intends to support an effort next week at the United Nations to set up an independent commission, under UN auspices, to investigate Israel’s behavior in the Gaza flotilla incident….
The White House is sharply denying a claim by Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol that “the administration intends to support an effort next week at the United Nations to set up an independent commission, under UN auspices, to investigate Israel’s behavior in the Gaza flotilla incident.”
The White House has suggested in the past that it supported international participation in an Israeli investigation, but a shift to the kind of international inquiry supported by many of Israel’s critics would be a dramatic one, and a White House official brushed off Kristol’s flotation.
Next you’ll tell me Samantha Power is rubber stamping stuff at State while Hill is in Colombia…NO WAY this goes down with Hillary as SoS, no way. She would step down first. God willing it will not be necessary and someone will ‘explain’ to Obama he cannot run wild with things Rice and Powers whisper into his ear while the grownups Hillary and Gates are away….
…The White House official said the administration continues to support “an Israeli-led investigation into the flotilla incident that is prompt, credible, impartial, and transparent.”
“We are open to different ways of ensuring the credibility of this Israeli-led investigation, including international participation, and have been in intensive talks with our Israeli partners in the past few days on how to move forward,” said the official. “We know of no resolution that will be debated at the UN on the flotilla investigation next week.”
Hillary come home, stat!!!
Market disconnect from reality continues: DOW up 135 off weak dollar as Gold hits ANOTHER record high of $1134.90…
Update: Meredith Whitney agrees with MiM! Says this is the most bearish she has been in a year. Post coming up.
11/16 11:15 am EST: MiM is not a professional investment adviser, do not take our advice, that said, RUN LIKE CRAZY! If this isn’t a frakkin TOP then what the hexx is? We are sellers of all the equities we do not plan to hold for 10 yrs or more. The instability and uncertainty in the American outlook (under this Administration) is the highest it has been in my lifetime. In everything I factor into making investment decisions: the economic policy, fiscal policy, trade policy, tax policy, foreign affairs policy, national defense policy (MiM’s very own investment economic indicators .VIX (volatility index) if you will, lol., ALL of it, the uncertainty is the highest I have ever seen it, this team could do anything at anytime for any and no reason, there is ZERO CERTAINTY or even a CHANCE of stability IMO as far as the eye can see ,
you cannot apply any rationale or logic to it, surely they wouldn’t ram through 2 trillion in this environment with this deficit? Surely they wouldnt be SO STOOPID as to RAISE TAXES AND INCREASE REGULATION proven job killers in this market? Then they do. Surely after those NJ VA elections they will slow down? No they push immigration (maybe they are trying to get a voting bloc in before 10, I dunno I don’t care for these purposes).
Bottom line, the retail investor like myself has everything to lose and nothing to gain IMO rolling the dice on this Administration (as Big Dawg APTLY and not racistally said?! you know what I mean), they bigfoot around corporations and free market forces, Congress is out of control, they insult our allies and kowtow to our rivals, they leave free trade agreements with Colombia who does everything we ask, and So Korea another ally, UNPASSED and unsiged, they are letting the dollar collapse, they gave away a TRILLION dollars and still lost a million jobs. Why the hexx would I risk everything to have Team Obama come tax me to death in ’10?! I don’t need the walls to actually bleed and hear GET OUUUUUT in a voice of doom before I exit, stage left!
between Bush tax cuts expiring and Harry Reid exploring an increase in Medicare payroll taxes and the various taxes coming down to the consumer from the trickle down of all the taxing the govt does in the healthcare and other spending bills, my best bet is I take a huge gamble and then Obama takes 30% at the MINIMUM? Frak it. No thanks. Anyway bottom line, if it’s a stock I don’t plan to hold for at least 10 years, I am out.
Airtime: - Fri. Nov. 13 2009 – 5:05 PM ET
Discussing Obama’s plans for Asia, with Andrew Busch, BMO Capital Markets; Stephen Moore, Wall Street Journal editorial board; Zachary Karabell, Rivertwice Research
Obama rejects *ALL* the AfPak war options at today’s national security meeting (8th!), pushes for revisions
Still voting present. I am convinced he is waiting for his peace prize pick-up. This must be why Mullen, Gates and Hillary let it be known today all three of them support the high troop reinforcement option (30k+) as requested by McChrystal. Trying to move the decision along. (Note- Hillary and the Pentagon had let it be known in September that they supported more troops-it was reported in the UK Times but our media ignored it. Sen Feinstein went on record a few weeks after that supporting more troops to guard the women of Afghanistan against the Taliban AND Al Qaeda. Hillary went on record AGAIN in October flatly stating we MUST stay and WIN in Afghanistan.)
And his response is to dig deeper in indecision and delay. (Typical Obama, on Veteran’s Day he gives a speech pledging support and then kicks the can on the actual support, a man of NO convictions)
Politico has it:
POTUS will not accept any of the Afghanistan war options presented by his national security team, and instead will push “for revisions to clarify how and when U.S. troops would turn over responsibility to the Afghan government,” AP is reporting.
Obama held his 8th Afghan meeting today, to discuss how long it would take to implement the various options for troop increases he’s considering. The White House stressed that no decision has been made yet, and that the president is insistent that any new commitment will not be open-ended.
The Washington Post reported Wednesday evening that the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Karl Eikenberry, sent out two classified cables to D.C. in the last week, expressing his concerns about sending more troops there until Prime Minister Hamid Karzai shows that it is willing to take serious steps to tackle corruption and mismanagement….