President Obama Addresses America Regarding His Actions in Libya

March 28, 2011

Diane W. Collins


Obama on Libya Action 3-25-11

President Obama

Discusses United States Role in Libya

President Obama addressed the American people tonight regarding his actions in Libya. He stressed the "humanitarian concern;" projected his world citizen view; and seemed to insist that the decision for intervention in the affairs of other countries was to be made on an individual basis. So much for consistent American policy. What now... fly by the seat of our pants? Or are we just redefining our role making it easier to justify actions required of us by those who hold our debt?


What seemed so incongruous in this speech was the lack of concern Obama displayed for intervening in other "humanitarian concerns" such as Darfur, or even the Green Revolution in Iran. There must be more at play. One sees this clearly when you understand the importance of Libya's oil to Britain, Italy, Germany and France. As I have said before, economic interests begin and end wars. "Humanitarian concerns" provide entrée. Actions or lack, thereof, prove motive.


Working in concert with other nations reduces the United States to a mercenary capacity; our military might and American blood, the product. The Administration put a good spin on it tonight. But, the truth is the action Obama took was delayed by the "need" for consensus. A "Reagan type" mission would have produced the desired result sooner, and without the innumerable lives lost prior to the UN Security Council resolution and action. Indeed, it also may have accomplished the stated goal of "Gadhafi must go."


Remember the February 7, 2011 cover of Time magazine and the story "Why Obama (heart) Reagan?" For all of Obama's desire to project President Reagan, he has shown us he lacks not only Reagan's decisive nature, veracity and leadership, but could very well prove to be our Neville Chamberlain with Israel playing the part of Czechoslovakia.


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