Heh. Damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t. Enjoy!
Heh. Damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t. Enjoy!
Mama and papa stopped by for a visit on their way home from church this afternoon. We were all in the living room. HGTV was on and my partner and mama were watching House Hunters International. Papa and I talked politics as usual. We talk about either politics or boxing. I don’t think he saw the Solis-Gamboa fight last night, but it wasn’t on On Demand yet.
Anyway, we were talking about Libya. Even though were on opposite ends of the political spectrum, both of us wondered why Reagan didn’t just finish the job in Libya. He authorized the bombing of one of Qathafi’s residences. We managed to injure his sons, but he wasn’t taken out. I don’t get it. If you authorize the bombing of the house where your enemy lives, isn’t that an OK to kill the guy? And if you don’t succeed at it, shouldn’t you keep trying until you do?
I wish Reagan had finished the job. Maybe Lockerbie wouldn’t have happened. Maybe what’s going on now with Qathafi forces killing civilians wouldn’t be happening. Maybe there would be no rebels because there wouldn’t be a psycho dictator to fight.
It’s depressing to think about what might have been avoided had Qathafi been stopped permanently back then. It is what it is though. And now, we’re in the middle of it while other Middle Eastern countries are imploding.
Papa and I both said, “Poor Obama” (even though he didn’t vote for him). I mentioned in a previous post that dude can’t catch a break. Whatever happens with regard to our involvement, I really hope the psycho is taken out. Once and for all. Papa believes it will happen this time. Fingers crossed.
WordPress had some issues yesterday, so I wasn’t able to post this.
Tuesday seems like the forgotten day of the week. Monday sucks. Wednesday is hump day. Thursday is Friday Eve. And we all thank God for Friday. Saturday and Sunday – weekend days. Score!
I want to be loving and inclusive of all the days of the week – I’m still working on Mondays. Tuesdays on SpinnyLiberal will be Totally Twisted Quote Tuesday. These are quotes that I’ve dug up that make me laugh or say HUH? (many times both) Enjoy!
What does this mean? Days can be 10 or 365. Gates said that we’d hand over our lead to a coalition, headed by either France or the UK. They had the lead initially. For some reason, it couldn’t stay that way. Now, we took the reins and in however-many days, we’ll hand them back? How unbelievably odd. But a lot of our foreign policy has been, so I shouldn’t be surprised.
Now, it looks like we’re losing our support. The Arab League who backed it isn’t too happy now. They said that our no-fly zone was to protect civilians, not bomb them. Russia is calling for an end to an “indiscriminate use of force.” China restated that they were against this and express regret over the airstrikes.
I’m praying that the hand off happens in the least amount of days as possible. We have 150K troops in two wars. The sooner we’re out, the sooner we can get back to our other wars. That just sounds terrible. 10 years, thousands of lives, trillions of dollars. We can’t add any more. We have nothing left to give.
I wonder who makes up these names. This one is particularly pretty.
I’ve been thinking about our newest war. I was listening to my local talk radio show while I was in line at the drive-thru. Saturday night burger ritual. The host mentioned that Libya was no threat to our national security and that listening to Obama was like listening to Bush before he invaded Iraq. It’s sad, but true. They are no threat to us.
Why did Obama have to step up our involvement from enabling to tomahawking? The French and British could handle this. If they needed our expertise or back up, we would be there. What happened in that 24 hours that caused us to start firing cruise missles? Are we just not used to taking the backseat in war?
This is like Iraq the sequel, minus the invisible weapons. We’re not being humanitarian here. If we were, why are we not helping our allies, Yemen and Bahrain, too? Their governments are attacking their own people. Why aren’t cruise missles flying overhead? Libya has the one thing in large supply that Yemen and Bahrain don’t. O-I-L.
That’s what it all comes down to – the black gold. It’s not about the poor citizens and their revolution. It never was. Even though everyone knows this is not humanitarian, you could make it look like it is by helping out Yemen and Bahrain. They could really use our help.
I dumped the other clip because it automatically starts. I hate those kind. Anyway, here is a video of another automatic start. Ours. Ugh.
Ugh. I should have known it was too good to be true. In roughly 24 hours, we went from supporting France and the UK, to this:
“A senior military official said the U.S. launched air defenses Saturday with strikes along the Libyan coast that were launched by Navy vessels in the Mediterranean.”
Hopefully, this won’t take long. Jesus, this is insanity. Iraq, Afghanistan, and now Libya. Who’s next? Will it ever end?
“Obama declared once again that the United States would not send ground forces to Libya, though he said he is “deeply aware” of the risks of taking any military action.”
I’ll just expect the worst so I won’t be disappointed again.
Qathafi wrote Obama a letter and said, “You will regret it if you take a step toward intervening in our internal affairs.”
We know, psycho.
The word enabling conjures up images of Al-Anon meetings with lukewarm coffee in styrofoam cups and reminders not to help addicts continue on their self-destructive paths. Maybe Obama should have used the word, “assisting” instead.
But forget word choice. His statement slowed my spinny head to 33.
“American leadership is essential, but that does not mean acting alone — it means shaping the conditions for the international community to act together,” he said.
Even more explicitly: “We will provide the unique capabilities that we can bring to bear to stop the violence against civilians, including enabling our European allies and Arab partners to effectively enforce a no-fly zone.” He seemed to verbally underline the word “enabling,” to emphasize the U.S. support role.
If it turns out this way, thank God. Let me be happy for 30 seconds, k? Gates had warned that to enforce a no-fly zone would mean attacking the Libyan air defenses first. Since we’re supposed to be just “enabling,” the UK, French, and Egypt (maybe?) can do most of the work. See picture of UK fighter jets. The last thing we need is another war with our troops going in to fight on the ground. Enabling the allies needs to be Obama’s mantra.
Will Congress give its blessing? Since the GOP rules the House, I’m sure they will. Hell, they’ll probably throw money at it. It is war after all. As I’ve said in the past, if you want to get legislation through and need GOP votes to do it, rename it “war bill.” Then, just watch it fly fast and free…..even in a no-fly zone.
Message to Qathafi: No one is buying it, psycho. You might want to stop bombing after you wave your fake white flag.
Everyone is still springing to action:
You might want to wave a real one…sooner rather than later. You’re screwed.
It’s go time. When I read reports that rebels were losing their grip on Ajdabiya and Benghazi, I knew the UN would enact the no-fly zone. Qathafi’s response, “If the world is crazy, we will be crazy, too.” That’s the thing about the dangerously insane. They think everyone else is crazy.
He thinks that by taking over the rebel stronghold, Benghazi, he is “rescuing them.” But anyone who doesn’t want to rescued, will be shown “no mercy or compassion.” Huh? See? Absolutely insane!
I hope taking out the Qathafi forces will be swift. In and out…clean. The last thing I want to see are our troops on the ground.
Since it’s pretty much the world vs. Qathafi, I wonder what will happen to him. All I know is I won’t be shedding any tears if he gets taken out. Doing so would be, you guessed it………crazy.