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LIBYA: Obama dithers on human rights

Letter by Otto S. Matsch, Tacoma on March 16, 2011 at 12:50 pm with 36 Comments »
March 16, 2011 2:20 pm

In 2009, President Obama gave a stirring speech in Cairo, Egypt, telling his adoring audience that freedom is a human right and that the United States will support human rights everywhere. Everywhere except Libya, where he is unwilling to do anything except dither.

As Gadhafi continues to bomb civilian population centers and import foreign mercenaries to help slaughter Libyans, Obama plays golf, watches basketball and holds parties in the White House.

The tyrants in places like North Korea, Iran, Cuba, Red China and Venezuela are learning that Obama can give a nice speech, but when it comes to choosing between a dictator and human rights, Obama will support the dictator.

The citizens in those countries are learning that Obama’s promise to support human rights are worthless.

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  1. fbergford says:

    Well what do you expect Otto! Obama has no backbone! He was a freshman senator from Illinois who is a lawyer and a community organizer, NO EXPERIENCE outside of his little bubble. He is THE worst president I have had in my lifetime!

    Come on liberals, I’m waiting for you guys to jump to his defense and blame Bush for everything…

  2. Roncella says:

    Otto, Your letter is accurate and truthful and shows a lack of sincere caring by Obama and his cabinet of supporters.

    It seems President Obama is busy working on sports scores, having parties and vacations and Yes don’t forget he is very concerned about Bullies in schools all over the Nation, OH YEA, he really cares ???!!!

  3. Roncella says:

    Fbergford, You Know Your Right,

    I am very surpised that the New York Times has not had a headline shouting ” the earthquake in Japan is Bushes Fault “. President Bush should have found a way to stop all Earthquakes while he was President for 8 years.

  4. yabetchya says:

    Hey, leave him alone. Barry and Michelle are getting ready to go to RIO for spring break.

  5. LOL… and he’s been busy choosing his NCAA brackets.

  6. fbergford says:

    And his bracket has no upsets, has all the #1 seeds going to final four…oh wait he decided Oregon State should win it this year because his brother in-law is the head coach!

  7. taxedenoughintacoma says:

    No matter what room obama walks into he is the least experienced person in the room. He doesn’t have a clue and the democrats that told us he walks on water are starting to worry.

    He is a rookie and hurting this country. I hope and pry he is a one term holder of the white house. (I don’t like to say he is the President. He is not worthy of using his name in the same sentence the the word president. Many in the media feel the same way.) Even Democrats and liberals that are mad at him don’t call him president. It’s a term used to address him by his golfing buddies and basketball players.

  8. Hmmm, five people who have no idea what they are talking about. Must be wingnuts with their pants on fire.

  9. fbergford says:

    There we go publico! ZING! Good one! When are you going to blame this on Bush and the republicans? Or accuse us of watching fox news?

  10. Why all the name calling?

  11. So what do you propose, another unilateral Iraq or 10 year Afghanistan? Have any of you heard what the non-neoconservatives have said? How will you pay for it with the republicans in control of the US House?
    That’s why I said nobody knows what they are talking about and it still holds.

  12. Just what we need another Western Christen Crusade against another Muslim country.

    That roaring sound is our enemies praying that MR. Obama is as dumb and ill-advised as Bush was.

  13. Only financially irresponsible fools would get this country’s military involved in a third Muslim country when we’re being bankrupted by Afghanistan and by Iraq, and by financial aid to mid-east countries, and by the oil money we’re allowing them to suck from us. Now, the city of Baghdad is suing the U.S. for a billion dollars and is demanding an apology for the damage we’ve caused there, and quite probably, that lawsuit is only the first of many. Perhaps Tripoli could add their lawsuit to Baghdad’s for the collateral damage we’d cause by bombing their radar facilities and airstrips, etc., in order to establish a no-fly zone. When will you neo-cons ever learn?

    Publico asks, “How will you pay for it (meddling in Lybia) with the republicans in control of the US House?” Don’t worry Publico, neo-con financial austerity stops at the nations edge.

    As far as Obama’s inexperience the neo-cons harp and whine about.., Obviously experience doesn’t count for much. In the previous eight years to Obama, Afghanistan was bungled. Iraq was bungled. Medicare Part D was bungled. Our long term friends became our enemies, and after only eight years in office from “The experienced one”, a once thriving economy found itself on the precipice of destruction. Everything bungled.

    So much for experience.

  14. Just exactly to you want Obama to do?

  15. madmike272 says:

    Well, it didn’t take Publico long to prove his/her/it’s stupidity!

  16. Whereas madmike just proves the validity of his name.

  17. For starters bB, he should worry less about his bracket picks, postpone his Rio vacation, lighten up on the White House “happy hours”, and start taking the lead on getting a no-fly zone instituted. After the air is secured, he should rally for a no-tactical-vehicle zone… followed by reminding Libyans (leaflet drops and radio broadcsts) that Washington is on their side.

  18. The no-fly zone is being voted on today. This President does not do unilateral like someone else we know.
    whatIdo, did you listen to Sec. Gates’ response to questions about a no-fly zone? Does that make any difference to your way of thinking?
    I wonder about all the geniuses here who come out with these thoughtless statements that are counter to what the Sec. of Defense has said publicly. My guess is that it’s the wingnut John Wayne cowboy syndrome.

  19. sandiKLawz says:

    Libya is in civil war. It is none of our affair. The military industrial complex will just have to get by on their billions from Iraq and Afghanistan.

    As to picking NCAA brackets, Obama should probably cut brush on the old plantantion instead?

    Don’t throw parties and receptions at the White House. Let lobbying firms do that to raise money for the Wisconsin Senators to fight recall. Besides, throwing parties at the White House is so – Reaganesque’

  20. Love the ‘but Bush’isms,

    Hey Pubic, I’m wondering what “unilateral” action you’re refering to…

  21. Wow – lotso vacation b.s. from the reactionaries – who started that talking point?

    Again – Both W and Reagan had racked up far more vacation time than Obama at this point. And the rest of the time was spent choking on pretzels or napping.

  22. Remind me about Reagan’s big military victories…….(I won’t even bring up how he reacted to Beruit).

  23. Whatnot: here’s another term to ponder ‘unitary executive theory’.

  24. Barry’s president, Reagan is dead, and Bush is retired… what’s your point? Reagan and Bush had their fair share of criticism from their oppostition…what, the community organizer can’t take it?

  25. … x, are you saying Barry is more dictatorial than Bush was?

  26. No, just the opponent. Bush was a dictator AKA wartime unitary executive.

    Mr. Obama is a President who works in accordance with the Constitution.

  27. So…….you really think that the UN resolution to freeze Libya’s assets and establish a no-fly zone was done without any input from the US? and/or that the US ambassador to the UN acted without any input from the President?

  28. who will pay for the US involvement in Libya?

    remember? We’re broke

  29. xring, were you asleep when congress approved going to Iraq and Afganistan?

    … and you’re still d.o.c.ing… the thread is “LIBYA: Obama dithers on human rights”… has nothing to do with Bush.
    Submitted by beerBoy on August 2, 2007 – 6:52am.
    once again iamjimm attempts to deflect responsibility from the current administration.
    … Kooky huh?

  30. repost from another thread… enjoy.

    Talk aboout kooky…

    “Left unchecked, we have every reason to believe that Gadhafi would commit atrocities against his people,” he said. “Many thousands could die. A humanitarian crisis would ensue. The entire region could be destabilized, endangering many of our allies and partners. The calls of the Libyan people for help would go unanswered. The democratic values that we stand for would be overrun.” Barack Hussein Obama March 18, 2011

    “It is clear, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons. Should he succeed in that endeavor, he could alter the political and security landscape of the Middle East, which as we know all too well affects American security.” — Hillary Clinton, October 10, 2002
    “The community of nations may see more and more of the very kind of threat Iraq poses now: a rogue state with weapons of mass destruction, ready to use them or provide them to terrorists. If we fail to respond today, Saddam and all those who would follow in his footsteps will be emboldened tomorrow.” — Bill Clinton in 1998

    Read more: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/03/18/1590025/us-tells-gadhafi-to-pull-back.html#ixzz1GzsK0V9K

  31. RE: whatIdo says:
    March 18, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    beerBoy says:
    March 18, 2011 at 6:56 am

  32. What: I was awake enough to remember all the lies that were used to sell the Iraq war.

    While the title of the letter is “LIBYA: Obama dithers on human rights” the warp and weft seems to be why Obama has not already invaded another Muslim country, and his lack of military expertise and coherent policy.

    Comparing Obama and Bush is not the same as blaming.

  33. “There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear weapons within the next five years. And that may happen sooner if he can obtain access to enriched uranium from foreign sources — something that is not that difficult in the current world. We also should remember we have always underestimated the progress Saddam has made in development of weapons of mass destruction.” — John Rockefeller, Oct 10, 2002 … Liar?
    “As a member of the House Intelligence Committee, I am keenly aware that the proliferation of chemical and biological weapons is an issue of grave importance to all nations. Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process.” — Nancy Pelosi, December 16, 1998 … Lair? (you don’t have to answer)
    “Over the years, Iraq has worked to develop nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. During 1991 – 1994, despite Iraq’s denials, U.N. inspectors discovered and dismantled a large network of nuclear facilities that Iraq was using to develop nuclear weapons. Various reports indicate that Iraq is still actively pursuing nuclear weapons capability. There is no reason to think otherwise. Beyond nuclear weapons, Iraq has actively pursued biological and chemical weapons.U.N. inspectors have said that Iraq’s claims about biological weapons is neither credible nor verifiable. In 1986, Iraq used chemical weapons against Iran, and later, against its own Kurdish population. While weapons inspections have been successful in the past, there have been no inspections since the end of 1998. There can be no doubt that Iraq has continued to pursue its goal of obtaining weapons of mass destruction.” — Patty Murray, October 9, 2002
    “(W)e need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime. We all know the litany of his offenses. He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation. …And now he is miscalculating America‚Äôs response to his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction. That is why the world, through the United Nations Security Council, has spoken with one voice, demanding that Iraq disclose its weapons programs and disarm. So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real, but it is not new. It has been with us since the end of the Persian Gulf War.” — John Kerry, Jan 23, 2003 (proven liar….)
    “I will be voting to give the president of the United States the authority to use force – if necessary – to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security.” — John F. Kerry, Oct 2002
    I could go on…

  34. witchiwoman says:

    Say what, Otto? I hear missiles crashing into Gaddhafi’s tanks as I write. Not that I’m an afficianado of military force, but I’m just sayin’……..you spoke too soon, dude.

  35. Imagine all the collateral damage… Did Barry authorize those missle strikes “unilaterally” (gasp) ?

  36. Are you sure it’s only “tanks” ?
    Bill Clinton bombed $10 tents with $2,000,000 missles (and an aspirin factory… and the Chinese embasy >oops< ).

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