I don't mind that the Obama Administration have gone after Mr. Gadhafi. What I do mind though, is the way they have gone about it.
First of all, on getting permission for attacking Libya, the Obama Administration have got their priorities out of order because they privately went to make their case to the Arab league and the UN instead of getting the US Congresses and the American people’s approval, who are ultimately going to foot this Libyan bill, the Europeans are probably not going to pay towards it.
Secondly, not only has there not been any congressional approval but there hasn’t been any satisfactory explanation what the US is doing there. It’s a NATO operation they say, well yes, why did the Obama Administration go to the Arab League and the UN when NATO could’ve done that? It is the US forces that are carrying the bulk of the military load and flying most of the sorties.
The Obama Administration could have been up front about this and the Republicans probably would've supported them. The bombing of Gadhafi's forces in Libya began a month later than it should have because of this secrecy and dithering.
This situation has now made what seemed to have been a clearer quick removal of Gadhafi to have become a longer more drawn out and less conclusive one. The longer Gadhafi survives, the worse it looks for the Obama administration. That is unless team Obama can keep the media and public shut out for the duration.
The NATO (US) bombing of Libya started precisely the day when Mr. Obama ‘coincidently’ scarpered off to Brazil. We were promised a press conference in Brazil which was then mysteriously cancelled.
Those familiar with this Administrations style knew the press conference was never actually going to happen in the first place. The promise of it was just a delaying tactic, behavior like this is the typical modus operandi of team Obama.
And to add insult to injury, In Brazil, the next thing we get to see is yet another photo opportunity of Obama timidly trying to play soccer in a Brazilian street with some children. What for, Latino vote pandering? What’s next...a visit to Puerto Rico?
I’m digressing here, so back to Libya. After some time we finally did get a brief acknowledgement of what’s going on by a security advisor of Obama’s, Ben Rhodes, and that was ‘That the bombing and no fly zone in Libya is not war (and here comes it comes) but a 'Kinetic Military Action', that's meant to protect Libyans and avert a humanitarian crisis’.
It's not a war, hmmm! Well, if you think about it the other way around and Libya placed a no fly zone on the eastern USA and started bombing our people while we were trying to fight a civil war, would we call it a 'Kinetic Military Action’ or an act of war?
Boots on the ground or not, an action like this would certainly be considered an act of War, not anything ‘Kinetic’. Like overseas contingency operations, these people think this kind of talk is funny.
Team Obama, have obviously figured out that if they don't call it a war then they don’t have to explain why the US and NATO are in Libya. And if they do get Mr. G pretty soon, they hope their stonewalling on this situation, will then be rewarded. You can almost hear the hopeful voices in the oval office’s saying ‘any day now, any day now!
And if Libya does go wrong, it won't matter because team Obama unlike the Bush Administration haven't had to backtrack on any ‘Slam Dunk’ type explanations, because they haven’t had to make any explanations!
It seems you can only have this magic unaccountability pass with the media if you’re Obama. How Obama achieved this unaccountable state of affairs is a book in itself.
This lack of pressure from the media is really setting a bad precedent that will have politicians wondering….’is every administration going to be allowed the luxury of not having to explain their actions from now on?
If what's replacing Gadhafi is not so bad then getting rid of Gadhafi is not a bad idea and as is more likely that when he does fall, Republicans and conservative pundits in America are going to have to prepare themselves for another nauseating Osama Bin Laden type end zone dance by Mr. Obama.
But before they celebrate, Team Obama should consider that In eastern Libya, there are worrying reports that the rebels are made up of elements of the Muslim Brotherhood that have been coming across the border from their much bigger neighbor, Egypt, a country of 80 million.
The Muslim Brotherhood is the group from which Ayman Al Zawahiri (Al Qaeda’s no 2 guy) comes from. They have a little bit of a sharper edge than your general neighborhood Book of the month club.
They are responsible for a massacre of tourists at Luxor in 1997 and since Mubarak’s ousting they have increased their harassment of the Coptic Christian Community in Egypt. If they gain control of Libya as well as Egypt, this may become a bigger problem than just Gadhafi.
Apart from the western media being schmoozed (used) by the 'pro western' rebels in Benghazi and elsewhere, there are some western media in Tripoli but they seem to be under very tight restrictions. It would be interesting to know which places are being bombed from the perspective of both sides.
Regarding the Obama Administrations Libyan deliberations, between January to March this year, I imagine team O went through a thought process that might've gone something like this, “Getting rid of Gadhafi in Libya is a win win situation because"
It's a small country of only 6 million-people; everyone lives along the coastal strip. We'll have a no fly zone - Oil-Oil-Oil- regime change, rebels on one half of the country, and did I forget to mention Oil-Oil-Oil, -special forces - advisors - new and improved drones- helicopters- British and French assistance. We'll stonewall as long as this war…err....this Kinetic thingy…takes, and of course the media will let us get away with this, without having to explain ourselves or any war powers resolution nonsense…...Gadhafi’s days are numbered...…Let's do it'!
The Bush Administration to their credit had previously got Gadhafi to give up developing nuclear weapons, so he certainly could’ve been controlled much easier than Saddam Hussein. But, who will be better in power, Gadhafi or the rebels we still don't know?
The Bush presidency was sometimes criticized as being ‘imperial’ but they did have more frequent press conferences with a more antagonistic media and this at least did make them more accountable.
The use of the pilotless Predator Drone during the Bush Administration now by comparison, seems to have been used quite sparingly then. Under the Obama Administration It has become the weapon of choice.
And not just Libya, this weapon has also apparently recently been working overtime in Yemen too. Time will tell whether too much reliance on such a stealth weapon will pay off. But it seems the perfect choice for an Administration who prefers, to ‘remove’ America’s enemies instead of capturing and ‘questioning’ them.
The western media's goodwill, protection and hypocrisy that have been afforded to the Obama Administration have even been extended to cover the British and French government’s actions in Libya.
The UK's foreign secretary, William Hague has recently been in Benghazi repeating Obama and NATO’s mantra. I'll translate what he said.
'For the Libyan people, ‘We are trying to avert a humanitarian crisis, so we must continue to bomb Gadhafi to stop him bombing you (the rebels) because you, who started bombing him earlier this year and who started losing until we interfered and started bombing him (Gadhafi).
We are not going to put any boots on the ground oh no! But we are sure going to put a heck of a lot of 'advisors' (and Special Forces) in here’.
On a recent visit to Washington, Germany’s Angela Merkel has recently been ‘persuaded’ to get Germany involved which is no doubt why Obama last week all of a sudden, blurted out that we must bail Greece out, now, Ad hoc governance in action before your very eyes.
The Obama Administration wants as many Europeans as possible involved, because if they aren’t, it just looks like America bullying a small country, for what, averting a humanitarian crisis or for oil?
Gadhafi has certainly done wrong in the past and should have been punished at the time. But this sending of mixed messages to Libya and the reactions from the western (NATO) countries is creating a mistrust from other semi friendly countries.
It was only two and half years ago that the Brown/Blair and Scottish officials made a deal to free the Lockerbie bomber for oil access. The Obama Administration also gave a nod and a wink to this utterly disgraceful deal.
In other words, countries and leaders that do wrong against the west should be punished at the time of or immediately after the offense. For example American soldiers being killed and Berlin and the Reagan Administrations response in 1986, not years later after they’ve gone through nuclear disarmament and have had oil deals with them.
Other countries watch how inconsistently Libya has being treated recently by the western powers and the lesson they learn from this whole situation is that the quicker you get a nuke the quicker these sanctimonious western hypocrites will leave you alone. Consistency in foreign policy makes you a country that can be relied upon, not mistrusted.
Having said that, I do still hope that Gadhafi's ousting and Libya's future will be a success, you can also unfortunately expect that there will be even more bypassing of Congress and avoiding of accountability by team Obama.
And in the end if that's the case, then you’re just getting rid of one dictator in a small country and in the process your own president is becoming one himself.
Many people later on, disagreed with the Bush administrations case for going to war in Iraq but at least they did build, explain and sell their case to many Democrats and Republicans in Congress and get their approval.
Obama, after eighty days of stonewalling, needs to treat the American people with some respect, explain himself and learn to be accountable.
All the best