Barry’s speech last night was astounding. He outlined the ‘Obama Doctrine,’ which basically says the U.S. will use military force in any country where we think civilians might be killed, or something like that. He criticized the Iraq War for implementing a regime change, when that is exactly what the mission is in Libya. Finally, he blatantly lied to the American people when he stated our involvement is ratcheting down, because we’re handing the mission over to NATO; as if NATO has its own military sitting around somewhere.
Libya is a disaster in a myriad of ways. First, it sets a precedent that will be used for every humanitarian crisis of the month. I can hear it now, “if we went into Libya for humanitarian reasons, why not the Ivory Coast? Or Bahrain? Or Haiti?” Second, it’s a mission that will take months to complete…although we’re not exactly sure what will constitute completion. Obama says regime change is not what we’re about…although we’ve sided with the rebels, and regime change is most certainly what they’re about. This isn’t a peace-keeping, or humanitarian mission; it’s a military action. What’s happening in Libya is a civil war, and we will be providing military support for the rebels. If their goal is regime change, doesn’t that make it our goal by proxy? Our government is even considering arming the rebels. The rebels consist, at least in part, of members of Al Qaeda! We’re actually contemplating arming our enemy. Do we learn absolutely nothing from the past?
And who is NATO? Well, it’s the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and it was primarily created as an allegiance against the Soviet Union. It’s members consist of us, France, England, and then some other countries with the military equivalent of catapults. Simply removing the American flag patch from our uniforms and replacing it with a NATO patch doesn’t change the fact that it’s our troops being shot at. Just as an example, 2200 Marines are being shipped out for a 10 month tour of duty off the Libyan coast. And for what? To protect armed rebels? Armed rebels that choose to hide out within a civilian population? Why do you think Q was sending his troops to Benghazi? It wasn’t to check out the scenery; the rebels selected the city, with all those human shields, as their base of operation.
If this is a humanitarian mission, then why the hell is our secretary of state meeting with a rebel representative, to “determine Libya’s future?” If this doesn’t constitute regime change, than I don’t know what does. And of course, the reason for all of this has already come to pass for Western Europe: the rebels are going to start selling oil again.