It took just six months for the 42 year reign of a dictator to come to a close without one American life taken. Forces on the ground in Libya, America and NATO airpower helped the rebels overthrow Gaddafi. Even though this was brief in the scheme of things, no Americans perished and freedom seems inevitable, Sens. John McCain’s (R-Ariz) and Lindsey Graham’s (R-S.C.) reactions show they would have supported a larger role in the conflict:
But the GOP senators also criticized Obama’s handling of the uprising. For one thing, Obama had limited U.S. military involvement to carrying out the early rounds of airstrikes before pulling back to a support role and refused to send in U.S. ground troops. McCain has said a stronger showing of U.S. air power could have dramatically shortened the conflict.
“Americans can be proud of the role our country has played … but we regret that this success was so long in coming due to the failure of the United States to employ the full weight of our airpower,” McCain and Graham said.
As optimism sets in, Libyans are celebrating outside of the White House, giving thanks to our President. But, right wing Americans are staying silent and the ones that aren’t, perhaps should.
Glenn Beck, the former Fox host, couldn’t decide who to root for:
For any Glenn Beck apologists that happen along, if you believe the former Fox host intended to be humorous, then your sense of humor is lacking.
Michele Bachmann said in June that the United States has no “vital national interest” in Libya and that the president was “absolutely wrong in his decision.”
Donald Trump, the former Republican Presidential hopeful said America should take their oil:
We are NATO,” Trump said. “We back NATO in terms of money and weapons, what do we get out of it? We have all of these rebels running around, beautiful name ‘rebels,’ are they from Iran, who is going to take over Libya, who’s going to take over the oil?”
Trump said this previously so it’s not surprising. While in campaign mode, the real estate billionaire stated that Obama was handling the conflict in Libya all wrong, then said, the United States should just “go in there and take the country’s oil.”
Just as when Osama bin Laden’s kill was accomplished, Obama got little if no credit from Republicans. Jon Stewart pointed out the nearly dozen people appearing on morning news and talk shows gave George W. Bush credit. Karl Rove, Condoleezza Rice, Dick Cheney and more made it seem like “he invented bullets,” as Stewart put it. Stewart noted that the only person doing the TV show circuit on behalf of Obama was National Security Advisor Tom Donilon.
This instance is no different. Forerunners, Mitt Romney, Rick Perry and Jon Huntsman have yet to utter the President’s name, to congratulate him on his efforts or otherwise. The spin on this should be amazing, so pass the popcorn and consider it a comedy.
In anticipation of further upcoming comedic relief, I await Ann Coulter’s demonization of President Obama. Ann, who supports bombing Iran, will surely twist this into a win for George W. Bush and not the Libyan people; most certainly not even a nod of recognition toward the President to acknowledge that no Americans will come home in a casket.
Let’s be perfectly honest here. Republicans are pondering Osama bin Laden’s kill, now Libya’s freedom, the upcoming election, then weighing their chances. But regardless of the soon-to-be spin, freedom was gained in an oppressive country and it happened, on Obama’s watch.
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