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Obama: Our ‘Limited’ Battle Against Libya Has Begun

President Obama made a statement from Brazil, where he is traveling, on the action against Libya. He seems to be indicating that the United States is half in it and half out of it, which is kind of how he’s approaching Afghanistan as well. Today he emphasized our “limited” participation on “the front end” of the operation.

Here’s most of the statement:

Today I authorized the Armed Forces of the United States to begin a limited military action in Libya in support of an international effort to protect Libyan civilians.  That action has now begun.

In this effort, the United States is acting with a broad coalition that is committed to enforcing United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973, which calls for the protection of the Libyan people.  That coalition met in Paris today to send a unified message, and it brings together many of our European and Arab partners.

I am deeply aware of the risks of any military action, no matter what limits we place on it.  I want the American people to know that the use of force is not our first choice and it’s not a choice that I make lightly.  But we cannot stand idly by when a tyrant tells his people that there will be no mercy, and his forces step up their assaults on cities like Benghazi and Misurata, where innocent men and women face brutality and death at the hands of their own government.

So we must be clear:  Actions have consequences, and the writ of the international community must be enforced.  That is the cause of this coalition.

As a part of this effort, the United States will contribute our unique capabilities at the front end of the mission to protect Libyan civilians, and enable the enforcement of a no-fly zone that will be led by our international partners.  And as I said yesterday, we will not — I repeat — we will not deploy any U.S. troops on the ground.

We are answering the calls of a threatened people.  And we are acting in the interests of the United States and the world.

18 Responses to Obama: Our ‘Limited’ Battle Against Libya Has Begun

  1. 112 Tomahawk Cruise missiles, at $1,500,000 each, were fired into Libya this morning, courtesy of the hardworking U.S. taxpayer. Once more, our nation has intervened to help a racist, bigoted, anti-Semitic, homophobic Arab “rebel” force against a racist, bigoted, anti-Semitic, homophobic Arab government. What will change? Where’s the democracy movement? WHERE is the freedom that every liberal MSM reporter talks about? Where is it in Egypt? When and where in Libya will it raise its head?

    It wont.

    Let the Islamists fight it out amongst themselves; let them murder each other by the thousands. There is nothing we can do to stop it, as Islam is the poli-religious virus in the Middle East that snuffs out freedom. The rebels, if they win, will probably be worse than Quadaffi; they may establish a semi-caliphate and will, most likely, continue to support terrorism worldwide (like Iraq and Kuwait, two nations we liberated) and support the *complete and total extermination* of the Jewish State. No thanks.

    Until Islam is reformed in the Middle East and stops its extermination of Jews, Christians, homosexuals and “the unclean” (Buddhists, Hindu’s, Ba’hai), we should not expend ONE OUCE of American blood, but back Israel is *all* our dealings, unless there is moderate regime (Mubarak) that stands with us.

  2. I just read that Obama scrubbed his latest presser. Questions that I hope the liberal MSM would ask whenever President AWOL decides to make use of the First Amendment:

    —> (a.) Why are we in War No. 3?
    —> (b.) What are the short term objectives?
    —> (c.) Exit strategy?

    No doubt, Mr. Obama has chosen *not* to answer those questions. And for good reason.

    There is a large plate of Brazilian barbeque beef, covered in Brogoleze sauce, prepped with sizzling Onnoforio beans, crispy Brazilian salad and a chilled $1,000-bottle of Vinhos do Brasil waiting for him after the press conference. Thats more important.

    • Exit? My new BFF the Washington Post says this is just the beginning. BTW, the online version of WaPo is an irritating mess–I clicked on a story and a 30-sec commercial of little kids screaming at their father came up–with no SKIP THIS AD option. Ack!

      PS The Great Blue Heron showed up again at our pond Sat and almost walked into my kid’s room–her door was open. Does this guy want to move in and meet the cats and dog? What is UP?

  3. This is truly what they mean by “calling it in” when the POTUS gives statements on the 3rd war in the MiddleEast by phone.
    The meetings in Paris of the “heads of state of the coalition forces and SoSClinton” while the POTUS is on a vacation junket with his family and his mother-in-law show MrO to be exactly what his critics have called him.
    He must come back to DC, now.

        • Thats a good term.

          The ediots (educated idiots) in the Democratic Party as well as the cocklites (cocktail swilling elites) of the Republican Party now prosecute wars the way their kids play XBOX360: simply point and click and “its a kill”, until you hit a family of 15 and spread their entrails over a half-mile of the dessert.

          ITEM: The elites (most of whom have never served in the military) do not understand that war is fought by the Queen of Battle (infantry), not by red buttons on Ipad screens. The elites know only one thing: statistics. If the computer says “yes”, you must push the button.

    • Isn’t it strange that he vaycays and phones in about the Middle East.

      He should have stayed home and phoned to the S. American leaders about those jobs. There’s no reason that he has to be present physically in S. America to hunt for jobs — they aren’t like Easter Eggs.

      • The Wall Street Journal had a story DEFENDING OBAMA’s trips to the golf links. The editorial stated that “all the President’s did it” and therefore it must be ok. In fact, its better to run a war from the golf course because “every President remains in touch via satphone and “the football.” ” But of course, Buffy. Margaret, can you hand me another martini?

        ITEM: ——-> Playing golf in time of war is WRONG. The rich do not seem to understand that, since the rest of us in fly over territory can’t chop an 80 on the Mercer at Palms Springs.

        • I saw that Tom – they don’t get the point, which is about the appearance of it. They also said he takes a couple of hours to do it, which shows the person who wrote it has never done 18 holes.

  4. Just read this on POLITICO:

    “They consulted the Arab League. They consulted the United Nations. They did not consult the United States Congress,” one Democrat lawmaker said of the White House. “They’re creating wreckage, and they can’t obviate that by saying there are no boots on the ground. … There aren’t boots on the ground; there are Tomahawks in the air.”

    And thats from a liberal Rep in the House (the name of the Representative was not quoted in the article).

    I completely and totally agree.

    The War Powers Act is an infringement on the right of Congress to declare war. Both parties and presidents have abused the WPA; it, like the line item veto provides too much power in either the Legislative or Executive branch.

    • That Lindsey Graham was on the blabs Sun and said send over the proclamation, I will vote for it…I got the same feeling I get about Sheen–we need better celebrities or new ones anyhow.

  5. Why all you Western Americans, British, French politicians has to demolish others country, ruthlessly and rigorously cause others kids be killed, family to suffer in grief. Why countries with “democracy”, people do not have power to vote and stop evil killing, why a civilized country, would rather opt war before tables of negociation?

    Why you politicians love so much to interfere into matters in others house, grab their mother’s food from sweat, put the fathers into caskets, just to please your own citizens???