I Think I Finally Understand This Whole Libya Thing
I've been puzzling over this one for a long time now. I think I finally understand.
President Obama waited too long to implement a no-fly zone over Libya because he acted impulsively and did it too quickly and not unilaterally but with UN and Arab League approval.
Confusing? It was to me, too! But thanks to modern-day pharmaceuticals and lots of coffee, I think I've worked out the finer points of my argument.
See, Obama should have implemented the no-fly zone and launched military action at the time he WASN'T doing it when Republicans were TELLING him to do it.
Remember? On March 7, Newt Gingrich told Fox News that, were he president, he would unilaterally "exercise a no-fly zone this evening," on the grounds that "we think that slaughtering your own citizens is unacceptable.
See? Obama HADN'T exercised a no-fly zone and was allowing the unacceptable slaughter of Libyan citizens
Until Obama DID workout a deal with France, England the Arab League and others to implement the kind of no fly zone Newt called for, which — as you might imagine — enraged Newt.
He told NBC News after the intervention, "I would not have intervened," especially not using "American and European forces."
Now, NORMAL people might question such a flip flop. But they don't know Newt. This is the same guy who promised three different women to love, honor and cherish them "until death." For someone who can repeatedly and callously shit on his own wedding vows, this little misunderstanding is EASY to clear up, as he did on Facebook.
That’s why during a March 7th Greta van Susteren interview, I asserted that the president should establish a no-fly zone "this evening.” After March 3rd, the President should have moved immediately to consult with Congress to implement a no-fly zone, while also making it clear the US would welcome involvement from other nations.
Instead, he did the opposite. (Note — By which, Newt meant, he did exactly the same thing.) The President wasted weeks trying to get approval from the United Nations instead of Congress, the result of which was a weak mandate from the UN that changed the mission to one of humanitarian intervention.
See, PRESIDENT Newt would have been able to convince Congress by waggling his mighty eyebrows of DOOM at them that going it alone in Libya was the right thing to do. It worked so well in Iraq, after all.Continued on the next page