Reluctantly interrupting his idyllic vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, President Obama held a press conference yesterday morning (Tuesday, August 23) to discuss events unfolding in Libya. The “event” was broadcast on CSPAN and is available here YouTube.com.
After involving us in at least four active wars, the president is desperate to salvage some of his ever-dwindling job approval numbers. Let me help keep the record straight.
First, Obama campaigned on getting us out of Iraq and Afghanistan. The last time I checked, we are still there and our soldiers, sailors, and Marines are still dying. Oh, he has set politically motivated withdrawal dates and highly publicized troop draw downs, but their timing is to not designed secure a safe and orderly turnover to indigenous forces, but to bolster his 2012 campaign image.
For all the vapid rhetoric that the president has unleashed against former President G. W. Bush and his reasons to go to war, what tangible notion of national security can he offer for attacks against Yemen?
Then there is the laughable and, according to today’s presidential utterances, “unprecedented” coalition of international forces mustered to free Libya. Unprecedented? I think not.
The United States was drawn in to the fight in Libya by our failing socialist “allies” in NATO. The coalition, with the most advanced military technology available, could not stop the less than third-rate army of Libya, and ran out of bombs trying. This debacle forced the president to commit more of our own military resources.
On the other hand, prior to Operation Desert Storm, President G.H.W. Bush assembled an international coalition from across the globe, including Egypt, Syria, and Saudi Arabia, 100,000 strong to evict Saddam Hussein’s invaders from Kuwait.
President Obama continued the tired Left-wing talking points about peaceful democratic protestors yearning to be free, trampled by the rampaging forces of the evil Qddaffi. Well, as we now know, the entire Arab Spring fantasy is merely a distraction from the reality that all of the so-called “uprisings” were virtually simultaneous, and orchestrated by the Muslim Brotherhood to destabilize governments in the region; governments once toppled, they would replace.
Yes, Qddaffi is an evil man. His operatives were behind the downing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988, killing 243 passengers, 16 crew, and 11 people on the ground. Even the thugocracy of the United Nations called Qddaffi’s Libya a pariah state.
Since his rise to power in 1969, Qddaffi has used the oil riches of his nation not to benefit his nation and its people, but to bankroll terrorism world-wide. He and his regime deserve the same fate as Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden.
However, the destruction of the Qddaffi regime is not necessarily a victory for the people of Libya, or for the stability of the region.
The president spoke of high and lofty goals for the new Libya; a Libya we all hope brings freedom and liberty to all its people. This, however, exposes the president’s unwillingness, or perhaps inability, to fully grasp the socio-political and religious culture of Northern Africa and the Middle East. Just because the alleged “good guys” won does not mean Libya will magically transform into a modern, western-style democracy.
The president’s dream of a democratic Libya is destined to fail. Most likely, the Muslim Brotherhood will impose a Muslim theocracy which will, at best, enslave 50 per cent of the population (women), and murder any non-Muslims still left after the war.
At a time when the economy of the United States is on life-support (made in China), the president promised to continue to “help” the Libyans. While unstated, this means more military, perhaps even boots on the ground, and lots of our tax dollars flowing to the new regime as humanitarian aid. We all know what happens to aid money in corrupt, third world nations. Spending all of Qddaffi’s frozen assets will be just the beginning.
The United States cannot, and should not, build a new nation in Libya. That is entirely up to the Libyan people. The United States just can’t afford to bleed our coffers dry helping them when we have our own house to mend.
In closing, the president said, “The extraordinary events in Libya remind us that fear can give way to hope, and that the power of people striving for freedom can bring about a brighter day.”
I am not certain that Libya will have a brighter day. However, the people of the United States of America, a people beaten down by the tyranny of their own government led by the same president who speaks of hope and change for Libya, will soon have a better day. That day will be the day we throw President B. Hussein Obama and his mob of crooks, cheats, and communists, out of power in our own peaceful revolution at the polls in November, 2012.
©2011 Alden L. Benton/Independence Creek Enterprises