Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston
Friday, October 21, 2011
GOP PRESIDENTIAL CONTENDERS ON LIBYA: WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!
The presidential hopefuls of the GOP and the malcontented rightwing bloggers are wrong again.
They continue to misjudge Mr. Obama's foreign policies; and when those policies succeed, they tie themselves into pretzels to avoid giving President Obama the credit he so richly deserves.
In 2+ years, Mr. Obama has shown himself to be better at ridding America of its dangerous enemies than the Bush administration did in its 8 years.
Not one American lost his/her life in the capture and death of 2 of the world's most vicious murderers.
And yet those on the right haven't the decency to admit they were wrong in their attacks on Mr. Obama's handling of his Libyan policy to oust the dictator, Qaddafi.
Here are examples of their wrong-headed and politically motivated criticisms:
“It is apparent that our military is engaged in much more than enforcing a no-fly zone. What we are watching in real time is another example of mission creep and mission muddle. In an op-ed in today’s Boston Herald, former U.N. ambassador John Bolton rightly notes that Obama has set himself up for 'massive strategic failure' by demanding Qaddafi’s ouster 'while restricting military force to the limited objective of protecting civilians.' Military action cannot be under-deliberated and ad hoc. The president owes it to the American people and Congress to immediately explain his new Libya mission and its strategic rationale.”
“President Obama’s policy of leading from behind is an outrage and people should be outraged at the foolishness of the President’s decision” and asking “what in the world are we doing in Libya if we don’t know what our military goal is?”
“I’ve said many times before that US intervention in Libya is inappropriate and wrong. The US does not belong in this war…Pres. Obama did not make it clear what our mission was in Libya, what the American interests were or what victory looks like. We cannot risk our treasury or national treasures (brave men & women in uniform) without knowing those answers.”
”Ridding the world of the likes of Gadhafi is a good thing, but this indecisive President had little to do with this triumph,”
"I would not have intervened. I think there were a lot of other ways to affect Qaddafi. I think there are a lot of other allies in the region we could have worked with. I would not have used American and European forces."
Do we really want any of these wrong-headed and muddled-thinking people leading our country?
JON STEWART: "What the f**k is wrong with you people?!"
He goes after three ungracious and obviously stupid GOP pols who couldn't find the decency to credit their OWN COUNTRY, THE USA, for taking part and succeeding in this effort because it would have reflected well on the president of their country. The GOP and their followers are so eaten up by their rancid partisanship, they couldn't do the honorable thing, and they, therefore, brought dishonor on themselves and their party.
THANK YOU, PRESIDENT OBAMA AND SECRETARY CLINTON FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP AND MAKING THE USA PART OF A GREAT VICTORY!