POLITICAL observations & opinions

* an email from President Obama on Libya … maybe events will show he was right

Posted by Lew Weinstein on March 26, 2011

 

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Sending our brave men and women in uniform into harm’s way is not a decision I make lightly. But when someone like Qaddafi threatens a bloodbath that could destabilize an entire region, it is in our national interest to act.  In fact, it’s our responsibility.

Our mission in Libya is clear and focused — and we are succeeding.

Along with our allies and partners, we are enforcing the mandate of the United Nations Security Council.  Working with other countries, we have put in place a no-fly zone and other measures that will help prevent further violence and brutality. Qaddafi’s air defenses have been taken out, and his forces are no longer advancing across Libya.

As a consequence of our quick action, the lives of countless innocent civilians have been saved, and a humanitarian catastrophe has been avoided.

The role of American forces in this mission is limited. After providing unique capabilities at the beginning, we are now handing over control of the no-fly zone to our NATO allies and partners, including Arab partners like Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

The United States has also joined with the international community to deliver urgent humanitarian assistance.  We’re offering support to the Libyan opposition and have frozen tens of billions of dollars of Qaddafi’s assets.

Our message to Qaddafi is clear: attacks against innocent civilians must end, his forces must be pulled back, humanitarian aid must reach Libyans in need, and those responsible for the violence in Libya must be held accountable.

The progress we’ve made over the past seven days demonstrates how the international community should work, with many nations, not just the United States, bearing the responsibility and cost of upholding international law.

Every American can be proud of the service of our men and women in uniform who have once again stood up for our interests and ideals.  And as we move forward, I will continue to keep each of you fully informed on our progress.

Sincerely,

Barack Obama
President of the United States

P.S. On Monday evening at 7:30 p.m. EDT, I will deliver an address at the National Defense University in Washington, DC on the situation in Libya. You can watch the speech live at WhiteHouse.gov/live.

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10 Responses to “* an email from President Obama on Libya … maybe events will show he was right”

  1. Chris said

    C.I.A. Agents in Libya Aid Airstrikes and Meet Rebels

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/31/world/africa/31intel.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=British%20Special%20Forces%20&st=cse

  2. Lew Weinstein said

    Carefully thinking through a complex situation, obtaining a UN resolution, and entering for humanitarian purposes with a clear plan (whether it works is another story) to limit our exposure and get out, which is what Obama did, is so different from what Bush/Cheney did as to bear no logical comparison.

    • Chris said

      Logic is what you are not using when looking at the facts before you. It is not a complex situation. The US was never in threat but we may well be now. How do you drop bombs on civilians and call it humanitarian? Logical comparison is comparing two different presidents from different backgrounds wage wars based on nothing. One lied one violates US law. Yet you still cry they are different.

  3. Chris said

    STOP! Both wars are illegal where is your outrage at this action? Bush lied and Obama did not even consult or get congressional approval (violation of federal law). So some how Obama is better than Bush because he did not lie(That you know of)? “The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation” Senator Obama Dec 2007 Boston Globe.

    • Lew Weinstein said

      You may be correct, but attorneys don’t agree on the Constitutional issue. Whether legal or not, I think it was ill-advised. And yes, it does matter that Bush lied.

  4. Lew Weinstein said

    There are differences. I don’t recall Obama making any knowingly false claims (aka lies) about WMD and anthrax as the basis for military intervention. Nor do I remember getting out of Iraq quickly, as it appears may happen in Libya, if turnover to NATO actually happens. That said, I am still opposed to the decision to get into Libya. What I meant was that Obama’s plan may be working as he intended, which again is different from the Bush/Cheney experience.

    • Chris said

      What’ a lie ? “There will be no US boots on the ground in Lybia” I secretly sent US soldiers into Lybia.

  5. It is sad when liberals get seduced by cruise missiles. That’s why we were way better off with Bush in office. He did what Obama is doing now, but at least more liberals complained about it.

    • Chris said

      This is just another unjust & illegal military action by the hypocrites’s in Washington D.C. While Libya unrest must be stopped innocents are killed in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Pakistan, Bahrain, Egypt, and Iraq. The best part this one was pushed by a couple of women (Clinton, Powers, & Rice) How is that for equally opportunity? What other countries have ships involved in this fighting? Answer two on each the rest are U.S. ships. Who is main financial funder of this and what are cost sharing numbers?

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