President Obama finally did for the murderous Libyan leader Muammar Qadaffi what he had done for deposed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who refused to start killing his own people: That is, he showed him the door.
But only in the most restrained and indirect manner.
Obama didn’t try to tell Qadaffi directly. He didn’t tell the American people of his determination that Qadaffi must go.
He told German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
In one of the strangest major pronouncements by a president I have ever seen, Obama’s call for Qadaffi to get out of Libya was announced by the White House within a written statement describing a phone call he had with Merkel.
The President and the Chancellor shared deep concerns about the Libyan government’s continued violation of human rights and brutalization of its people. The President stated that when a leader’s only means of staying in power is to use mass violence against his own people, he has lost the legitimacy to rule and needs to do what is right for his country by leaving now.
Uhhhh, so was she then supposed to tell people?
Why low-key this? Why not climb to the top of the Washington Monument and like a Mullah from a Minaret proclaim it for the whole world?
The mystery of Obama’s policy toward tottering Arab dictators only deepens.