So last night President Obama spoke to the nation. I thought he was going to make everything clearer. He didn’t. I think I’m just as confused as the next guy:
Mr. Obama sought to add coherence to a month of mixed messages on Libya. He has said Mr. Gadhafi must go, but isn’t personally a military target. The mission first was to establish a no-fly zone, but escalated to heavy bombardment of ground forces. It ostensibly was humanitarian, but the Libyan government says the U.S. has killed civilians. Obama promised the mission was restricted to preventing Gadhafi from killing rebels, and hasn’t provided arms to the rebels to use against Gadhafi. Although the president said NATO will take over no-fly zone and other military operations this week, the U.S. will continue in supportive roles.
Here’s my post from Tuesday morning in reaction to Obama’s speech: https://americantruthmachine.wordpress.com/2011/03/29/my-reaction-to-obamas-libya-speech/
Below are the notes that I took during Obama’s Libya Speech. I’ll have more analysis on Tuesday (see above link).
Obama takes the podium. He’s good at looking in the camera.
Starts off by “paying tribute” to the men and women in uniform. He’s “grateful” to the military. Very predictable open.
Notes that America doesn’t like to use military, but we have a responsibility to act.
Tonight, President Obama will speak to the nation regarding the Libya intervention:
President Barack Obama plans to address the nation at 7:30 p.m. ET Monday following calls from across the political spectrum for the U.S. leader to clarify America’s role in the U.N.-authorized military mission in Libya.
Both Democrats and Republicans have criticized the president’s policy in the war-torn North African nation. Among other things, they have questioned the purpose of the mission, as well as its cost, endgame, and consequences for the broader Arab world.
NATO is going to enforce the Libya no-fly zone. I’m not sure how this is going to work, since some in NATO are against the “Kinetic Military Action” in Libya. Yes, that’s the new euphemism for the military blowing stuff up.
Unrest in Yemen continues. In fact, it appears that more people have been killed in Yemen than in Libya, but don’t tell Obama that or he’ll go to war with Yemen too. Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has agreed to leave office.
Libyan Foreign Minister Musa Kusa (yes, that’s his name) contacted America, possibly to talk about that big war that’s happening in his country.
Hugo Chavez thinks capitalism is to blame—for the lack of life on Mars. He also blames capitalism for why his wife left him and his kids never call.
Although this sounds a lot like the Bush-bin Laden link that 9/11 truthers have alleged, there is a convincing connection between President Obama and Libyan leader Col. Gaddafi. No one is implying that Obama is friends with Gaddafi, or that Obama is even sympathetic to him (although they both have huge egos), but there is just a few degrees of separation between them:
To a great many Americans, President Obama’s response to the Libyan crisis has been puzzling. First, dithering. No response. The White House claimed “scheduling problems” for the president’s no-show. Then, wimpy calls for Libyan government restraint and an end to the violence, never mentioning the “mad-dog” tyrant by name. Then, finally, following the lead of normally-reluctant-to-do-anything-whatsoever Europeans, Obama declared “time for Gaddafi to go.” Then, military moves with warships. Then, Secretary Clinton says we must wait for the UN and move only in an internationally coordinated way to aid anti-Gaddafi forces. Now, Obama’s director of national intelligence tells Congress (and the entire world) that Gaddafi will win and the rebels will lose.
Still, the blood flows at Gaddafi’s orders. News leaked out nearly two weeks ago that desperate rebels were begging the U.S. for military intervention. “Send Bush,” they pleaded!
Meanwhile, back at the White House, where the cowboy is no longer in charge, President Obama held a Motown soiree, danced the night away, and a day later served a sumptuous lunch to the nation’s governors while giving them lots of unasked-for advice. Instead of meeting reporters head-on to talk about the Libyan crisis, Obama sent out his new press secretary to fumble the ball. Then, Obama met with the president of Mexico, again, and, no doubt, offered to sue a couple more states. Obama took one question from the American press and it was something to do with an NFL union dispute. Now, the president is off on the campaign trail and planning his basketball party.
Gaddafi’s momentum has been stopped in Libya. Now what? Will we capture or kill the bastard? Probably not.
Fox News correspondent Jennifer Griffin is reporting that Libyans used a CNN crew as a human shield. CNN’s Nic Roberts responded by comparing Griffin to Gaddafi!
The cute German polar bear Knut, who captured the hearts of millions, has died. He collapsed in front of 600 people.
And in Japan, the survivors don’t have time to plan funerals for all the dead.
Bonus video of the Libyan air strikes, below the fold: