Monday, March 21, 2011

Rookie in Charge - POTUS

Pretty critical article on our current POTUS, Obama, over this whole Libya kerfuffle.

Sad quote: "This is the greatest opportunity to realign our interests and our values," a senior administration official said at the meeting, telling the experts this sentence came from Obama himself. The president was referring to the broader change going on in the Middle East and the need to rebalance U.S. foreign policy toward a greater focus on democracy and human rights.

Oh so you mean the whole idealistic push of democracy in the Middle East might have been a good idea from the previous POTUS. It is also funny to realize Obama did not seek Congressional authority for the Libya action, at least that "war criminal" Bush asked for Congress to rubber stamp his actions, and is acting in a manner he said the POTUS does not have constitutional authority to do. Weird to witness this from a former lecturer on constitutional law.

Another sad quote: "The fact that Obama pivoted on a dime shows that the White House is flying without a strategy and that we have a reactive presidency right now and not a strategic one."

I am thinking back to the Niall Ferguson interview where he said the rest of the world does not see a grand strategy to the current administration. It is amateur year for foreign policy.

If you want to see the best example of UN sham righteousness, look no further than here:

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon also said on Thursday that the justification for the use of force was based on humanitarian grounds, and referred to the principle known as Responsibility to Protect (R2P), "a new international security and human rights norm to address the international community's failure to prevent and stop genocides, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity."

"Resolution 1973 affirms, clearly and unequivocally, the international community's determination to fulfill its responsibility to protect civilians from violence perpetrated upon them by their own government," he said.

If that resolution is the basis for intervening on behalf of oppressed people, the people of North Korea await your help.

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