The Obama family is in Rio. Coming late to any party not hosted by himself or Michelle, he basks in the sun while leaving his wildly ineffective U.N. Ambassador, Susan Rice, to fix the situation in Libya. Now – many days in – the U.S. wants to do something as soon as the United Nations decides to do something. According to a Fox report this minute, Rice says the U.S. wants ‘swift’ and ‘meaningful’ action in Libya. Pitiful, isn’t it?
Perhaps sensing that the impending slaughter of the remaining rebels in Libya’s month-old civil war will be a moment of ignominy for Western powers, the Obama administration made a sudden shift Wednesday from ambivalence about imposing a no-fly zone on dictator Muammar al-Qaddafi to a broad call of military intervention.
Any action will likely come too late for the rebel forces, as Qaddafi’s army augmented by a coalition of pan-African forces and mercenaries encircled the remaining forces of the uprising in the port city of Benghazi. Vastly outnumbered and outgunned, the rebel forces prepared to make a final, bloody stand against Qaddafi.
While U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice still stipulated that any military involvement would require the substantial involvement of Arab nations, she closed a day of negotiations at Turtle Bay by announcing U.S. support for large-scale intervention in the North African nation, including air strikes against loyalist artillery positions now bombarding the rebel holdouts.
For weeks, the Obama administration has held that it was only weighing its options in regard to the ongoing regional conflict in Libya. Calls from Congress and allies for grounding Qaddafi’s air force were met with skepticism from administration figures. There was similar skepticism for calls to arm the rebels in their fight against Qaddafi…
But with the rebels set to get wiped out, the administration is rapidly advanced on the idea of inorganic intervention.
The graphic above comes from BigGovernment in an article by Kristinn Taylor, Obama: Our Partyboy President. Here’s a snippet (hope you read it all):
Clinton’s most self-indulgent moment came when when he urged Lewinsky to perform oral sex on him while he took a phone call from a Congressman. However, the November 17, 1995 incident occured in private, the Congressman did not suspect anything was amiss and it was not revealed until years later as part of the Starr investigation.
Obama’s most self-indulgent moment was broadcast on national television this week when, in the midst of numerous crises crying out for American leadership, he took time to film his picks for the NCAA basketball tournament brackets for broadcast by the ESPN sports network.
This follows a two-year string of self-indulgences by Obama since he became president that has demonstrated to the world that nothing comes before Obama’s me-time…
In just the past few weeks, Barack Obama has hosted parties at the White House for Motown and pro basketball, attended parties with the press and has hosted several Democrat fundraisers in D.C. and around the country. All while allies and critics alike have complained about the lack of leadership by Obama on pressing national and foreign issues.