‘smartly played’

President Barack Obama speaks at the La Moneda Cultural Center in Santiago, March 21

USA Today: …. A week ago, virtually no one thought it possible that the Security Council would authorize a no-fly zone over Libya, much less a resolution permitting ” all necessary measures” to protect civilians.

President Obama insisted on this for good reason. It provides a legal basis for the intervention and neuters any claim — useful to Gadhafi and other miscreants — that this is an exercise in American imperialism. It is akin to successful military actions such as the 1991 Persian Gulf War and the mid-1990s peace engineered in Bosnia, and distinctly unlike the 2003 Iraq invasion.

America’s interests are further helped by Obama’s eagerness to reduce the U.S. military profile in favor of others. He demanded that the Arab League not just endorse a no-fly zone but also participate in enforcing one. Several nations agreed.

Obama’s plan to step back within days after the initial attacks and cede substantial leadership to Europeans and Arabs is particularly wise. Both have much more at stake in Libya than the U.S. does. There’s no reason other than hubris that the United States should bear their burden instead.

Against those facts, complaints that Obama moved too slowly look bombastic. Lacking adequate groundwork, he should not have moved at all, and even so, the course of events is disturbingly uncertain.

Military intervention should always be a last resort, and if ultimately necessary, it should be aimed at a clear, attainable goal and fought with total commitment.

Whether the Libyan attack meets that standard remains to be seen. It is a high-stakes gamble, but at least one that appears smartly played at the outset.

Full article here

9 Responses to “‘smartly played’”

  1. 1 Fred
    March 21, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    I am shaking still 2 hours after reading Dennis Kucinich say that President Obama should be “impeached” for “invading” Libya 😡

    • 2 HZ
      March 21, 2011 at 5:09 pm

      Fred, I understand your feelings, but consider the source. I am more concerned about your back and the pain that you were having earlier. Now, relax, and make sure you take care of yourself. Okay. I went to read it, and when I looked in Kucinich’s face, I said to myself, “Do not put it into your spirit, move on on this one.” I realize that each of us will respond in different ways, but I also care about my friends here as well. Take care of Fred, and now go and replenish with some great positive energy what Dennis statements took out of you. Ok. Yes, it hurts, but we must keep our bodies strong for the fight that we will have to fight for 2012.

      • 3 Fred
        March 21, 2011 at 5:24 pm

        thank you so much HZ

        I took several deep breaths and drank a tall glass of water so it helped quite a bit.Yes the battle will be hard but I am up for it

        I send you a virtual hug for your kind words HZ

  2. 4 Proud of Obama
    March 21, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Kucinich is such a troll. He should go back to looking for UFOs and talking to aliens.

  3. 5 Debra
    March 21, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Kucinich is a troll. I contacted his office to let him know he was one.

    • 6 Fred
      March 21, 2011 at 5:01 pm

      Debra I am tempted to ask you for his number but I fear that if I do call his office;I might just go off on the person who answers the phone so I’ll abstain from doing that

      • 7 Fred
        March 21, 2011 at 5:20 pm

        Debra can you please Fax this to Kucinich please? or anyone for that matter

        The White House

        Office of the Press Secretary
        For Immediate Release
        March 21, 2011
        Letter from the President regarding the commencement of operations in Libya


        March 21, 2011

        Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)

        At approximately 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, on March 19, 2011, at my direction, U.S. military forces commenced operations to assist an international effort authorized by the United Nations (U.N.) Security Council and undertaken with the support of European allies and Arab partners, to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe and address the threat posed to international peace and security by the crisis in Libya. As part of the multilateral response authorized under U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973, U.S. military forces, under the command of Commander, U.S. Africa Command, began a series of strikes against air defense systems and military airfields for the purposes of preparing a no-fly zone. These strikes will be limited in their nature, duration, and scope. Their purpose is to support an international coalition as it takes all necessary measures to enforce the terms of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973. These limited U.S. actions will set the stage for further action by other coalition partners.

        United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973 authorized Member States, under Chapter VII of the U.N. Charter, to take all necessary measures to protect civilians and civilian populated areas under threat of attack in Libya, including the establishment and enforcement of a “no-fly zone” in the airspace of Libya. United States military efforts are discrete and focused on employing unique U.S. military capabilities to set the conditions for our European allies and Arab partners to carry out the measures authorized by the U.N. Security Council Resolution.

        Muammar Qadhafi was provided a very clear message that a cease-fire must be implemented immediately. The international community made clear that all attacks against civilians had to stop; Qadhafi had to stop his forces from advancing on Benghazi; pull them back from Ajdabiya, Misrata, and Zawiya; and establish water, electricity, and gas supplies to all areas. Finally, humanitarian assistance had to be allowed to reach the people of Libya.

        Although Qadhafi’s Foreign Minister announced an immediate cease-fire, Qadhafi and his forces made no attempt to implement such a cease-fire, and instead continued attacks on Misrata and advanced on Benghazi. Qadhafi’s continued attacks and threats against civilians and civilian populated areas are of grave concern to neighboring Arab nations and, as expressly stated in U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973, constitute a threat to the region and to international peace and security. His illegitimate use of force not only is causing the deaths of substantial numbers of civilians among his own people, but also is forcing many others to flee to neighboring countries, thereby destabilizing the peace and security of the region. Left unaddressed, the growing instability in Libya could ignite wider instability in the Middle East, with dangerous consequences to the national security interests of the United States. Qadhafi’s defiance of the Arab League, as well as the broader international community moreover, represents a lawless challenge to the authority of the Security Council and its efforts to preserve stability in the region. Qadhafi has forfeited his responsibility to protect his own citizens and created a serious need for immediate humanitarian assistance and protection, with any delay only putting more civilians at risk.

        The United States has not deployed ground forces into Libya. United States forces are conducting a limited and well-defined mission in support of international efforts to protect civilians and prevent a humanitarian disaster. Accordingly, U.S. forces have targeted the Qadhafi regime’s air defense systems, command and control structures, and other capabilities of Qadhafi’s armed forces used to attack civilians and civilian populated areas. We will seek a rapid, but responsible, transition of operations to coalition, regional, or international organizations that are postured to continue activities as may be necessary to realize the objectives of U.N. Security Council Resolutions 1970 and 1973.

        For these purposes, I have directed these actions, which are in the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States, pursuant to my constitutional authority to conduct U.S. foreign relations and as Commander in Chief and Chief Executive.

        I am providing this report as part of my efforts to keep the Congress fully informed, consistent with the War Powers Resolution. I appreciate the support of the Congress in this action.



  4. 9 DoNoHarm
    March 21, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Well, I just had to stop the world and email Kucinich about his remark. http://kucinich.house.gov/Contact/
    That’s why the repub/TParty stays strong, they all stick to their script. But not the Dems, oh no, they each follow their own path. Well, it’s time to really go after them. This next 2012 election is going to be rough.

    WIites are now lookg to the courts. It looks dismal only because we have one really good judge. The AG is filing, or trying to file, against the Dane County judge ruling, in the Appeals Court. Waiting game, meanwhile, Walker, et al are gaining with Koch Bros. unlimited resources.

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