Last night the United Nations Security Council took up the issue of the massacre of Libyan citizens by the desperate dictator trying to cling to power Muammar Gaddafi, Qaddafi or Kadafi. Protesters are being shot at from military helicopters and/or fighter Jets on orders by this blight upon the world, who has spent a life time supporting terrorism or giving the orders for civilian murders himself. According to reports over 1,000 people have been killed by the despot over the past few days.
The end result of the Security Council deliberations was a press statement condemning the regime’s violence against civilians, the weakest option available to it (short of saying nothing). A “press statement,” which does not enter the council’s record but must be approved by all members, is the weakest action the U.N. Security Council can take. A stronger option is a “presidential statement,” which does become part of the council’s record and is signed by the council’s president. And the strongest action (what the group tried to pass against Israel last week) resolution, which can either be non-binding or legally binding.
But members of the Security Council, bent on fooling themselves called their “Press Statement” action a strong response to the crisis.
Brazilian ambassador Maria Luiza Viotti, who chairs the 15-member council this month, read the statement followiong hours of closed-door consultations, calling it “a strong message.”
British ambassador Mark Lyall Grant described it as “extremely strong,” and U.S. deputy ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo said the international community had condemned the violence “in one clear and unified voice.”
“We hope today’s Security Council action will help bring an immediate end to this unacceptable situation,” DiCarlo added.
Holy Cow. Just a few short days ago this same group was ready to issue the harshest possible message to Israel for allowing Jews to live in Judea and Samaria, but they offer the most tepid response possible to someone who ruthlessly killed 1,000 people in less than a week.
As disgusting as the Security Council’s action, it still beats the heck out of what President Obama has done. Which is absolutely nothing. A strange reaction when you consider that he was issuing almost daily statements telling US Ally Egypt’s President Mubarak to get out, and last Friday he would have voted for a UN security council resolution condemning another ally Israel if the word “illegal” was changed to “illegitimate.”
Qaddafi who has never been considered a strong US ally, and indeed at times has been considered an enemy, has gotten a free pass by the POTUS. Even worse, the liberal media, who should be pointing out the Presidential inconsistency is making lame excuses to give Obama cover.
For example the Washington Post claims the reason Obama is silent about Libya while he was all over Egypt is because we had a good relationship with Egypt and thus we had “leverage,” against our ally.
But current and former officials said that American appeals are likely to have little effect on Gaddafi, a mercurial autocrat who for decades was regarded as a nemesis of U.S. presidents.
Although the United States has been able to leverage its deep ties with Egypt’s armed forces, it has no significant military-to-military relationship with Libya. It also has little economic leverage: For the past fiscal year, U.S. aid to Libya has been less than $1 million, and most of that has gone toward helping the country’s disarmament program.
While WAPO is correct that we do not have leverage with this despotic regime, it does not mean the Obama shouldn’t make a statement. This is the United States, leader of the free world, our President has a moral obligation to clearly and publicly show his outrage.
Politico has come up with a list of four excuses for the President, the silliest of which is called Revolution Fatigue.
The main focus of the Obama administration – and the president’s only path to victory in 2012 – is an improving economy. Unlike George W. Bush, Obama’s isn’t pushing a freedom agenda or even a comprehensible vision of a democratized Middle East/North Africa. Anything that doesn’t have a direct impact on American jobs is considered mission drift, and it was no accident that Obama stayed mum on Libya during his all-day jobs-a-thon in Cleveland yesterday. Libya is no Egypt. If there’s an Obama Doctrine for the region, it’s this: Stay on the right side of the Arab street, but don’t make any commitments.
So what exactly are they saying? Obama is picking making nice to the Arab world over morality?
The Voice of America news service reprinted the WH Press Secretary’s lame excuse without asking questions:
As President Obama flew to Ohio for an event highlighting his economic policies, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Mr. Obama was not expected to make any additional statement for now.
Carney said the United States is working with other countries and participating in meetings at the United Nations, saying the international community can be most effective “when it speaks with one voice.”
Why didn’t they ask why it was OK for the POTUS to speak out about Mubarak?
The real fact is that since his inauguration, this President has taken the side of America’s enemies over our friends, just look how he bashed Honduras and Israel,how he has damaged relations with Britain, France and Germany.
Remember the first visit the the Obama White House by a British Prime Minister? Obama upset the entire country of Great Britain by dissing their PM; no state dinner, no press conference and to top it all off President Obama gave the Prime Minister a crappy take-home gift, old DVDs that won’t work on British players. But he has bowed to despots such as the King of Saudi Arabia, and treated with “kid gloves” tryrants such as Chavez and Qaddafi.
Though it all, the leftist media has given the President cover, and has even acted incredulous when people suggest that Obama’s foreign policy has been disappointing. Take for example this interview of Donald Rumsfeld by CNN’s Candy Crowley. (if you cannot see the video below click here)
Since January 2009 the United States foreign policy has been operating without a moral fiber. President Obama has been supporting despots and “dissing” our allies. And the worst part of it all, the mainstream media has not been questioning his actions, but providing him with excuses. A press that refuses to seek the truth is totally useless, sadly that’s what we have been saddled with.
UPDATE: Wednesday 2/23- He finally did it. President Obama just walked in front of the cameras to deplore the violence in Libya. Unlike the case with Egypt and Mubarak, he did not call for Muammar Gaddafi to get out. Neither did he call for Qaddafi or Kadafi to vacate their positions either. I wonder how the press is going to excuse this.