Obama Speech Parsed

President Obama’s speech about Libya was too long, about 3,400 words or the equivalent of five op-ed columns from a daily newspaper. It was too full of the usual platitudes and many contradictions. Here are excerpts with my comment after each:


Obama: I want to begin by paying tribute to our men and women in uniform who, once again, have acted with courage, professionalism and patriotism.  Comment: So now he is proud of America. So you wonder if Michelle is.


Obama: Mindful of the risks and costs of military action, we are naturally reluctant to use force to solve the world’s many challenges.  Comment: But I am going ahead anyway, even though we are bankrupt and Libya is of no national security interest of ours.


Obama: Libya sits directly between Tunisia and Egypt -– two nations that inspired the world when their people rose up to take control of their own destiny.  Comment: Yes, in Egypt with the help of the US State Department and in which the Muslim radicals are about to seize power. As they once did in Iran in 1979, which Jimmy Carter allowed to happen.


Obama: Confronted by this brutal repression and a looming humanitarian crisis, I ordered warships into the Mediterranean.  European allies declared their willingness to commit resources to stop the killing.  The Libyan opposition and the Arab League appealed to the world to save lives in Libya.  Comment: While the Arab League has done nothing. One Arab nation, Qatar, sent one jet fighter into the action and the world is agog with admiration. Why don’t these rich sheiks get off their fat behinds?


Obama:  Qaddafi declared he would show “no mercy” to his own people.  He compared them to rats, and threatened to go door to door to inflict punishment.  In the past, we have seen him hang civilians in the streets, and kill over a thousand people in a single day.  Comment: Like they do in Iran today, which Obama has ignored and Carter made possible by abandoning the pro-American Shah.


Obama: It was not in our national interest to let that happen.  I refused to let that happen.  And so nine days ago, after consulting the bipartisan leadership of Congress, I authorized military action to stop the killing and enforce U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973. Comment: But I did not get congressional authorization. If I were George Bush, they would be boiling me in oil.  


Obama: In this effort, the United States has not acted alone. Instead, we have been joined by a strong and growing coalition. This includes our closest allies -– nations like the United Kingdom, France, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Italy, Spain, Greece, and Turkey… Comment: Yes, with their Swiss Cheese militaries. The United States will do all the real fighting – as usual.


Obama: Moreover, we’ve accomplished these objectives consistent with the pledge that I made to the American people at the outset of our military operations.  I said that America’s role would be limited; that we would not put ground troops into Libya… Comment: Like Bush said ‘Mission Accomplished’ after the first three weeks in Iraq.


Obama: Tomorrow, Secretary Clinton will go to London, where she will meet with the Libyan opposition and consult with more than 30 nations.  These discussions will focus on what kind of political effort is necessary to pressure Qaddafi… Comment: Qaddafi will only respond to military pressure, sir, not political. He is not afraid of the Pantsuit Princess and the blowhards in the “international community”.


Obama:   Qaddafi has not yet stepped down from power, and until he does, Libya will remain dangerous.  Comment: And it will be ten times as dangerous if the “rebels” take over – because they are full of al Qadea terrorists.


Obama: It’s true that America cannot use our military wherever repression occurs.  And given the costs and risks of intervention, we must always measure our interests against the need for action.  Comment: So why are we in Libya?


Obama: Of course, there is no question that Libya -– and the world –- would be better off with Qaddafi out of power.  I, along with many other world leaders, have embraced that goal, and will actively pursue it through non-military means.  Comment: Which is why I am using the military….


Obama: As the bulk of our military effort ratchets down, what we can do — and will do — is support the aspirations of the Libyan people.  Comment: As our military effort ratchets up.


Obama: There will be times, though, when our safety is not directly threatened, but our interests and our values are.  Comment: None of those three are threatened in Libya.


Obama: There are places, like Egypt, where this change will inspire us and raise our hopes.  Comment: Egypt is falling to the Islamic radicals. It will have turned from a pro-American nation to an anti-American nation in just a matter of months under Obama.


Obama: I believe that this movement of change cannot be turned back, and that we must stand alongside those who believe in the same core principles that have guided us through many storms:  our opposition to violence directed at one’s own people; our support for a set of universal rights, including the freedom for people to express themselves and choose their leaders; our support for governments that are ultimately responsive to the aspirations of the people. Comment: Bush said all this and more in his second inaugural address and the Democrats and their media friends laughed at it.


Obama: But let us also remember that for generations, we have done the hard work of protecting our own people, as well as millions around the globe.  We have done so because we know that our own future is safer, our own future is brighter, if more of mankind can live with the bright light of freedom and dignity. Comment: Except now it is America that is bankrupt, and nobody is going to come to help us or pay us back because they are greedy and selfish people who we helped out, like the socialist  Euros.


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