Obama’s Limp-Wristed Response To The Bloodshed In Libya

by John Hawkins | February 24, 2011 4:59 am

Gadhafi is a monster who richly deserves to be overthrown by the people of Libya. But, what comes after Gadhafi? That’s unknown. It could be anything from a democracy, to a theocracy, to another dictatorship, to a civil war. There’s a huge leadership void in that country and it’s hard to know who or what will end up filling the gap.

Speaking of leadership, as per usual, you’re not going to find any if you’re looking to the White House. After dragging his feet, Obama finally got around to spewing out a pile of nearly meaningless mush[1] yesterday.

“The suffering and bloodshed is outrageous and it is unacceptable, so are threats and orders to shoot peaceful protesters,” Obama said in his first televised remarks on the situation in Libya. “These actions violate international norms and every standard of common decency. This violence must stop.”

The president said the Libyan government “has a strong responsibility to refrain from violence” and that it must be held accountable, but he stopped short of placing the blame on Gadhafi, Libya’s eccentric dictator who has ruled for 42 years.

Obama said his staff will work with the international community to discuss the volatile situation and the administration is “doing everything we can to protect American citizens,” calling it his “highest priority.”

“The suffering and bloodshed is outrageous and it is unacceptable. So are threats and orders to shoot peaceful protesters,” Obama said in his first public comments on the violence in Libya.

He did not directly criticize Gaddafi and he stopped short of backing sanctions against the oil-producing North African country.

…Obama said he had ordered his national security team to prepare the full range of options for dealing with the crisis.

“It is imperative that the nations and peoples of the world speak with one voice,” he said.

Oh wow, the violence violates “international norms.” Oh, noes! Also, how important is it that the “peoples of the world speak with one voice?” Who really cares what Belgium thinks about what’s going on in Libya?

With such big events afoot in the Middle East right now, it’s tragic that we have such a small man in the White House to deal with what’s happening.

PS: Doesn’t Obama’s response remind you of the Hans Blix, Kim Jong Il conversation from Team America: World Police?

Kim Jong Il: Hans Brix? Oh no! Oh, herro. Great to see you again, Hans!
Hans Blix: Mr. Il, I was supposed to be allowed to inspect your palace today, but your guards won’t let me enter certain areas.
Kim Jong Il: Hans, Hans, Hans! We’ve been frew this a dozen times. I don’t have any weapons of mass destwuction, OK Hans?
Hans Blix: Then let me look around, so I can ease the UN’s collective mind. I’m sorry, but the UN must be firm with you. Let me in, or else.
Kim Jong Il: Or else what?
Hans Blix: Or else we will be very angry with you… and we will write you a letter, telling you how angry we are.
Kim Jong Il: OK, Hans. I’ll show you. Stand to your reft.
Hans Blix: [Moves to the left]
Kim Jong Il: A rittle more.
Hans Blix: [Moves to the left again]
Kim Jong Il: Good.
[Opens up trap, Hans falls in]

PS #2: If Gadhafi somehow survives this, what do you think the odds are that Obama will bow to him? Admittedly, it seems unlikely, but you shouldn’t underestimate how powerful Barack Obama’s unmanly desire to bow to foreign leaders may be either.

  1. spewing out a pile of nearly meaningless mush: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/24/us-libya-usa-idUSTRE71K6D520110224

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