‘why isn’t obama getting credit for stopping an atrocity?’

Rebel fighters celebrate by waving a Kingdom of Libya flag atop a destroyed tank on the outskirts of the town of Ajdabiyah, March 26

Tom Malinowski (the Washington director of Human Rights Watch): Here is one lesson we can draw from the mostly negative media commentary about the Obama administration’s actions in Libya: Presidents get more credit for stopping atrocities after they begin than for preventing them before they get out of hand.

…In Libya, many people (we don’t yet know how many) were arrested, forcibly disappeared and possibly executed as the Qaddafi government consolidated its control over Tripoli and rebel-held enclaves … But the Obama administration and its international allies did act soon enough to prevent the much larger-scale atrocities that would likely have followed Qaddafi’s reconquest of eastern Libya and especially the city of Benghazi … it was, by any objective standard, the most rapid multinational military response to an impending human rights crisis in history, with broader international support than any of the humanitarian interventions of the 1990s.

But precisely because the international community acted in time – before Qaddafi retook Benghazi – we never saw what might have happened had they not acted….  we should acknowledge what could be happening in eastern Libya right now had Qaddafi’s forces continued their march…

…It is legitimate to challenge the Obama administration about its objectives and how it plans to achieve them. It’s reasonable to be concerned about the impact the air war will have on civilians if it continues indefinitely. We do not know what will happen next in Libya, or where this all will lead – we never do. But we do know what has likely been averted. And for that we should be grateful.

Full article here

24 Responses to “‘why isn’t obama getting credit for stopping an atrocity?’”

  1. 2 fig8jam
    March 28, 2011 at 9:58 am

    this appears to be the eternal problem of pro-active leadership. The masses do not give credit for what does not occur. It is just human nature if they do not feel the pain they do not feel relief.

    The same thing happened with the economy. Obama prevented a massive financial meltdown but receives no credit for having averted a depression. Same goes for Libya, a lack of great human loss results in no one giving credit.

    Thank god Obama understands this and continues to make the difficult decisions to avert crises whenever he can and not let them explode before intervening.

    If his ego was not as stable and balanced he would seek more credit and acclaim by allowing events to evolve so that he would be seen as Superman rather than Clark Kent.

    We are so fortunate to have a President with his character and brilliance.

    Keep up the outstanding work Mr. President!!

    • 3 Dorothy Rissman
      March 28, 2011 at 12:31 pm

      figjam, lovin the name. I cannot imagine another president would be able to stand tall when the criticisms are all about. His ego is indeed healthy. So many presidents would fold like a house of cards. They would bend to the will of everyone just to be liked.

      I have a feeling that he senses our support and concern for him.

      • 4 fig8jam
        March 28, 2011 at 11:39 pm

        he does!!
        and it is folks like us..that keep him strong.
        I agree that he FEELS us!!

        Love u..for loving him like I do!!

  2. 5 Fred
    March 28, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Mr President THANK YOU for stopping the carnage before it took place

    as for why he’s not getting any credit;he hasn’t getting any credit on so many things he’s done over the past 2 years and I don’t expect them to credit him

  3. 7 fig8jam
    March 28, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Wow..just wow!!

    It seems some of these conservative GOPrs are waking up thanks to what went down in WI. I read this scathing response on the Columbus Tea Party site in reply to support the legislation abolishing collective bargaining. Thought others might enjoy reading it as well:

    Tom Zawistowski,

    I am a Public Safety Employee, a card carrying Union member, an a historically Republican voter. I served my county in Iraq, and have dedicated 20 years to the military. I am disgusted by this anti-Obama legislation that attacks and punishes people that dedicate their lives to serving others.

    Shame on you Tea Party.

    “None of us in the private sector have anywhere near the benefits or pay that the much less productive government employees have at our expense.” Mr. Zawistowski, when was the last time you ran into a burning building that was on fire to save a neighbor’s property? When was the last time you woke up at 3AM to help a little old lady that couldn’t get back into bed? Have you ever jumped into a freezing lake to rescue a drowning man? I have done all these things and more in service to my community. I am a “much less productive government employee”? How dare you, Sir.

    What’s next, the military? Are you going to cut funding to our troops? A great place to start would be the Wounded Warriors. They certianly aren’t being as productive as the private sector, considering they are missing arms and legs. Remember they are public employees too.

    I can’t tell the difference anymore between the conservatives and the liberals. You both are rewarding mediocrity and punishing hard work and success. Taxes pay for the common good.

    I am a Firefighter/Paramedic, and a U.S. Soldier. I have chosen as a career to walk the Warrior’s Path, to defend the Constitution against all enemies, and to fill my calling and to give the best in me. I am a Sheepdog. People like you, the sheep, are now taking advantage of my Warrior’s Spirit and punishing me for using tax payer dollars to put food on the table. Punishing me for making sound investments in my pension, and ensuring collective bargaining for Public Employees to ensure uneducated, inexperienced, small town elected officials don’t abuse their authority.

    As you sit comfortably in your house with you family present, think about all the “much less productive government employees” that stand on watch to protect you and your family.

    “Let’s take the battle to the big government, socialist, enemies of freedom and liberty!” …..you have no idea what you are talking about.

    Ben Lovell

    • 8 CTGirl
      March 28, 2011 at 10:47 am

      Wow! Just wow! Thanks for sharing this!

      • 9 Fred
        March 28, 2011 at 10:56 am

        thanks Fig for sharing this and for Mr Zawistowsk;I am happy you are seeing things for what they are

    • 10 majii
      March 28, 2011 at 11:50 am

      It is definitely a move in the right direction when a member of a political party chastises other members for their pettiness and shortsightedness. The tea partiers won’t listen to liberals or independents when we try to tell them that they’re acting against their own best interests, but maybe, they’ll listen to members of their own party. Mr. Lovell sticks it to them at the end when he points out that they have no idea what they’re talking about when they shout,“Let’s take the battle to the big government, socialist, enemies of freedom and liberty!” They have been hoodwinked by the corporatists and their buddies in the GOP. Mr. Lovell has done more to serve his country and community than probably most of them, and it seems that he’s fed up with their shenanigans. I love how he calls the WI collective bargaining legislation exactly what it is, too, “this anti-Obama legislation that attacks and punishes people that dedicate their lives to serving others.” I hope there are other moderate, sane republicans around just like Mr. Lovell.

    • 11 DoNoHarm
      March 28, 2011 at 8:53 pm

      Fig: I say thank you, too, for your post. And thank you for being where and when needed. Mimi

  4. 12 Jessica
    March 28, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Obama could find the cure for cancer and he wouldn’t get credit for it. Then they’ll blame him for not finding it sooner. Then he’d try to distribute it and they’ll say he’s shilling for Pharma companies. Then they’ll blame him for using tax payer money to find the cure and for giving it to illegal aliens. Then Matt Damon will blame him for not getting it to African babies fast enough, etc., etc.

  5. 15 Tulips
    March 28, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Jessica you are so right. i think its because he saved the lives of African muslims. Im trying to see if this was ad european country their would be no questions about the cost.

  6. 16 CTGirl
    March 28, 2011 at 10:44 am

    A question I ask each day. Why is this president, one who has done so much in such a short time, getting hammered from all sides for doing good work. I am constantly reminded of that song that goes something like this…“What’s the matter with the world, has the world gone mad? There is nothing wrong with the world, it’s just the people that’s in it…” SMH!

  7. 17 CEB
    March 28, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Again, we all know why.

    This brown, multicultural man is challenging and over turning the status quo that worked for only a few. People resist change and any challenge to their power and influence or what they perceive as the quality of their lives. There is fear and suspicion of the other. Some just hate him because he is black (there are no real distictions about being bi-racial in this country when part of it is black) and considers him to be an “uppity nigger.” The critics and haters want a revisit of what happened after Reconstruction. But, you know what? Progress is inevitable; the arc of justice and the true realization of American values is becoming possible for all of its citizens, of every color, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, social class and ethnicity. The mob mentality of the haters is that last effort to resist the inevitable. We do indeed live in interesting times. I am so glad that I am alive to witness it and to participate in it. Our beloved POTUS, simply by being who and what he is is bringing change to the world. I believe that one of the reasons that the people of the Middle east have become so embolded is because they saw that if Americans, with the cancerous disease of racism that we have long suffered from can elect a black man to the highest office in the land, to be “The Leader of the free world” then anything is possible. Let us continue to pray for his safety, wisdom and courage and to add feet to our prayers to do all that we can to get him re-elected. The world needs him.

    • 18 majii
      March 28, 2011 at 11:40 am

      Beautifully stated, CEB!

      I pray for our president everyday along with millions of others. God knows who is in the right, and it shows. No matter what anyone has said about, or done to, our president, he still stands strong. Many Americans don’t know when they’re blessed to have a leader who has the welfare of all of our citizens always at the forefront of his mind.

    • 19 Dorothy Rissman
      March 28, 2011 at 12:39 pm

      CEB, I think you see it clearly. I too feel that his color, ease, intelligence and grace frightens a lot of people. They do not have it, nor want it in their president. Indeed, we are the lucky ones. We are witnessing something special. We will be able to tell the story of Barack Obama to our children, nieces and nephews.

  8. 20 blc
    March 28, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Well said, Jessica. Nothing this man or his wife does is ever credited. Even Palin decided to bash the first lady for encouraging healthy eating in children !!! The naysayers are being so ridiculous, they can’t see that this will only encourage the electorate to break records again when Obama wins a second term. It just goes to show how deep the resentment, hate and jealousy is. In spite of all the madness that is going on around the world, we have yet to see the American flag being burned on the streets of the Middle East. That must count for something.

    I just pray that God continues to protect this great man and his family. I just wish MLK was alive to see his dream come true.

  9. 21 anniebella
    March 28, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Tell me what has this President gotten credit for? Have he gotten credit for bringing this economy from the brink of a great depression? Have he gotten credit for saving the Auto Industry, have he gotten credit for passing Healthcare Reform, and there is so much more. Now this Libya situation, and what really piss me off is the Democrats who isn’t supporting the President. If he had done nothing and thousand of people had been killed in Libya, these same people who are attacking him for stepping in, would be blaming him for doing nothing. The liberal media and the PL is leading the pack with this attack. They have really made me mad. I am not in favor of more wars. But I honestly feel he would not have done this if he felt it was not necessary.

  10. 22 Asher in Boston
    March 28, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    He is Black, thus will have to work thice as much to get any credit. And they are salivating because the holy US dollar is spent on protecting, the ” good for nothing, unchristian Arab, muslim ,Africans. Guys, remember, in thier eyes, PBO is an Arab, muslim, communist, British ( Kenya being a British colony when his dad moved here),Afican who is spending the US dollars on his fellow exotic brethren. Period.

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