“A Responsibility to Act”

Barack Obama said this:
“He is a brutal man. A ruthless man. A man who butchers his own people to secure his own power. He has repeatedly defied U.N. resolutions, thwarted U.N. inspection teams, developed chemical and biological weapons, and coveted nuclear capacity. He’s a bad guy. The world, and ..his.. people, would be better off without him.”

He continued:
“But I also know that he poses no imminent and direct threat to the United States, or to his neighbors, that his economy is in shambles, that the military is a fraction of its former strength, and that in concert with the international community he can be contained until, in the way of all petty dictators, he falls away into the dustbin of history,” said Obama.”

This is probably not what you think. This was said in 2002 when then state Senator Obama was making his point that he opposed toppling a dictator (Sadaam Hussein ). Just several nights ago, now President Obama said this concerning Libya:

“Qaddafi declared he would show ‘no mercy’ to his own people,” said President Obama. “He compared them to rats, and threatened to go door to door to inflict punishment. In the past, we have seen him hang civilians in the streets, and kill over a thousand people in a single day.”
“But when our interests and values are at stake, we have a responsibility to act,” said Obama. “That’s what happened in Libya over the course of these last six weeks.”

Did you catch the part where then state Sen. Obama said Sadaam Hussein had “developed chemical and biological weapons” ? But that’s another subject altogether.

It was so much easier to vote “present”.

Comments

  1. I can’t believe we are now in three wars in the Middle East. I have a feeling I know how this will end and I don’t like it one bit.

  2. J. Strupp says:

    So are you supporting the President’s decisions in Libya or condemning them? At first I thought you were trying to make the case that Obama’s foreign policy decisions were as miserable and incoherent as the last guy’s but maybe you’re supporting both of them. I can’t tell.

  3. I may not be the “you” you had in mind, but I’ll spill my guts anyway. I would have hoped this new wunderkind would have learned from the other guy’s miserable and incoherent ways, but alas, he has adopted them.

    I have never hid the fact that I hate war. However, I defended the other guy for believing he was doing the right thing, so I guess I’ll have to defend this one, too. I will assume there are things he knows that I do not.

  4. Randy in Richmond says:

    Strupp
    My post is really not about Libya. It’s about our President changing his stated policy, not a little, but 180 degrees. We can now call him Bush II on this issue. I would respect him more if he kept to the no interference policy as he stated in 2002.

    Quite frankly I don’t yet have a strong opinion on Libya. I do have an opinion that the lack of leadership in this White House is appalling.

  5. I’d also argue that Obama’s about face on this issue will cost him re-election. His base is in the process of having a cow, and it’s pretty much all over. I also predict we won’t be out of this one anytime soon.

  6. J. Strupp says:

    “I would respect him more if he kept to the no interference policy as he stated in 2002.”

    So would I.

    “I would have hoped this new wunderkind would have learned from the other guy’s miserable and incoherent ways, but alas, he has adopted them.”

    Exactly. The man has managed to embrace the very thing that made his predecessor so appalling throughout the world. Obama can add his name to a long list of Presidents who have wasted billions of dollars and thousands of American lives fighting unnecessary conflicts in the Middle East.

    As for his re-election prospects, I wouldn’t count your chickens. The candidates on the other side right now are stiffs IMO. Maybe someone will come along I guess. Currently, there’s no one out there in the GOP that Obama should be concerned with which is amazing considering the horrendous labor market and foreign policy blunders he’s dealing with right now.

  7. Oh, I wouldn’t count out someone coming up from within the Democratic party to do the job.