30
Mar
11

‘shrewd and sensible’

Fadi Tarapolsi holds up a pre-Gaddafi Libyan flag while standing vigil in front of the White House, March 28

Fred Kaplan (Slate): President Barack Obama’s speech on Libya Monday night was about as shrewd and sensible as any such address could have been.

Some of his critics hoped he would outline a grand strategy on the use of force for humanitarian principles. Some demanded that he go so far as to declare what actions he would or would not take, and why, in Syria, Bahrain, and other nations … still others urged him to spell out when the air war will stop, how we’ll exit, who will help the Libyan people rebuild their country after Qaddafi goes, and what we’ll do if he doesn’t go.

These are all interesting matters, but they evade the two main questions, which Obama confronted straight on. First, under the circumstances, did the United States really have any choice but to intervene militarily? Second, for all the initial hesitations and continuing misunderstandings, would the actions urged by his critics (on the left and right) have led to better results? For that matter, have any presidents of the last couple of decades dealt with similar crises more wisely?

The answers to all those questions: no.

…….For those who accuse Obama of “dithering,” it’s worth noting, as he did Monday night, that President Bill Clinton waited a year – and stood by while a real massacre took place – before taking similar action against Serbian dictator Slobodan Milosevic. If Obama had waited for the citizens of Benghazi to be slaughtered by the thousands, his critics would be fuming, and rightly so.

The main reason they’re fuming now anyway seems pretty clear. As New York Times columnist Gail Collins wrote of Mitt Romney’s opinion of Libya, he “supports the current mission, except for the part where it’s run by Barack Obama.”….

Full article here


6 Responses to “‘shrewd and sensible’”


  1. 1 LYNN
    March 30, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    THEY ARE ALL FULL OF SH%T…I MEAN COME ON…NO MATTER WHAT THIS PRESIDENT DOES,THERE IS ALWAYS BS IN THE GAME…IT IS SO UNFAIR TO HIM,AND TRUELY SICKENING!!! I PRAY DAILY THAT AMERICANS CAN AND WILL SEE THE TRUTH,AND I MEAN SEE THE TRUTH CLEARLY BEFORE ITS TOO LATE…THIS PRESIDENT IS THE REAL DEAL…NO DOUBT ABOUT IT!
    WAKE UP AMERICA AND SEE THE GIFT WE’VE BEEN GIVEN IN THIS PRESIDENT!!!!

    • 2 majii
      March 30, 2011 at 7:20 pm

      I think the president’s critics got outsmarted on this one, Lynn, and that explains somewhat why they’re in such disarray. He always seems to leave them scratching their heads wondering what hit them. LOL

    • 3 Dorothy Rissman
      March 30, 2011 at 7:49 pm

      I thought the article was a good read. He seems to grasp the essence of who Obama is and his uniqueness. The comments were horrible. So many of them relate to what you said Lynn. He’s after oil, he is a bumbler, he doesn’t have any idea what he is doing. I kind of feel some distant sense of sorrow that many people are unable to grasp who PBO is. He makes them more uncomfortable, because he is different, and not just in terms of color.

      You cannot pigeon hole PBO. He is not limited in his thinking or actions. I really think many on the right and the righteous left are unwilling to accept that he is a very unique, honest person. I suspect that we may never see anyone like him again. History will show him to be what we have known all along.

  2. 4 bjw2
    March 30, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Hey everyone you have got to read this rant and check out the comments, they are on fire.

    http://weeseeyou.com/2011/03/29/memo-to-the-alleged-black-intellectual-class/

    • 5 Sonjia Duncan
      March 30, 2011 at 8:58 pm

      I read it and its eased my soul. I also put a link to it on my face book to make clear to those who dare to quote them to me. When I see their names mention I de-friend the poster. My grandson asked his mom why mema is always yelling at the tv, so now I watch very little tv.

      • 6 bjw2
        March 30, 2011 at 9:23 pm

        I know what you mean, I found turning off the tv lately have cured a lot of what ails me these days.


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