Obama just spoke at the White House on Libya. The words are good. We’ll see if they mean anything.
I’ve also asked my administration to prepare the full range of options that we have to respond to this crisis. This includes those actions we may take and those we will coordinate with our allies and partners, or those that we’ll carry out through multilateral institutions . . .
Like all governments, the Libyan government has a responsibility to refrain from violence, to allow humanitarian assistance to reach those in need, and to respect the rights of its people. It must be held accountable for its failure to meet those responsibilities, and face the cost of continued violations of human rights.
No specifics of action here. Plenty of demands and threats. We need to do everything we can, short of putting our own troops in or promising we will ride to the the rebels’ rescue, to at least help the Libyan revolutionaries, who will be slaughtered en masse if they lose. Because as a civilized people, we cannot allow genocide which, due to Libya’s tribal nature, is what a victory for Qaddafi will become.
Perhaps Obama will take strong steps. At least he has begun to publicly address the issue.
But please, this is not the time for jokes.
I’ve also asked Secretary Clinton to travel to Geneva on Monday, where a number of foreign ministers will convene for a session of the Human Rights Council. There she’ll hold consultations with her counterparts on events throughout the region and continue to ensure that we join with the international community to speak with one voice to the government and the people of Libya.
Of the four vice president of the UN “Human Rights” Council, one is from Cuba and another from Angola.