Pres. Obama’s Missed Opportunity in Libya

From Human Events:

Time for an update on Obama’s war in Libya! The good news is, it might not be a quagmire much longer. The bad news is, that’s because Qaddafi is winning.

As the AFP news service reports, “Regime forces bombarded rebels west of Ajdabiya on Sunday, forcing hundreds of residents and some fighters to flee the key crossroads town, as a refugee rescue operation in the besieged city of Misrata prepared to get underway.”

Pleading for NATO intervention, a civilian resident of Ajdabiya named Milud Ghait wailed, “Quaddafi’s forces are on the western outskirts of Ajdabiya, but NATO is doing nothing. Where is NATO? What are the French, British and Americans doing?”

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Another question you might ask is, where is our media? Imagine a “Pres. McCain” bombing Libya without congressional approval, and then failing.

When all of this began Jonah Goldberg wrote this at National Review. It was true then, and it’s true now. Obama missed that small window of opportunity we had to take down this evil man, Qaddafi. He blew it.

Back in February, when the Libyan revolution was fresh and had momentum on its side, even a small intervention by the U.S. — say, blowing up the runways at Moammar Qaddafi’s military airbases or quietly bribing senior military officers — might have toppled Qaddafi. Members of his government were resigning en masse. Pilots were refusing orders to kill fellow Libyans. Soldiers were defecting to the rebels. Libyan citizens openly defied the regime in Tripoli. Nearly everyone thought the madman’s time was up.

That was the time to seize the moment, to give Qaddafi a shove when he was already off-balance.

But Obama paused. He didn’t lead, and the opportunity was gone. Qaddafi was never fearful of Obama, that was made clear in Qaddafi’s letter of endorsement to Obama for re-election.

Despite all this you will always remain our son whatever happened. We still pray that you continue to be president of the U.S.A. We Endeavour and hope that you will gain victory in the new election campaigne.

It really doesn’t get any more strange or surreal than that. Instead of shaking in his boots, Qaddafi is cheering Obama on. Somehow I don’t think Saddam felt that way about Bush.

In the National Review piece, Goldberg thought that even though Obama had blown it, Qaddafi would still leave. Sadly, Goldberg was wrong about that.

Crossposted at The Houston Chronicle. Follow me on twitter! @KatMcKinley

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