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Obama on Cloud Nine After Qaddafi Killing

President Obama is pretty pleased following the death of Muammar Qaddafi. It brought back a memory of how excited he was after doing away with Osama Bin Laden in May. Some of you may have forgotten just how psyched he was, so by way of a reminder, here’s some video from the tail end of his East Room remarks announcing the killing.

The United States Still Must Lead from the Front

I don’t understand this new military doctrine: Leading with your Behind.

It’s extraordinarily – sorry, can’t resist – half assed.

Obama’s light touch in Libya prolonged the war and resulted in tens of thousands of deaths that likely would not have occurred had more decisive action been taken. The unnecessarily long duration of the fighting likely gave Islamists time, before order could be established, to organize within Libya on their own and with help from abroad by our enemies. And our failure to lend a strong hand will reduce our influence in the crucial aftermath, as Islamists attempt to seize the revolution.

And yet the White House is celebrating. Here is portion of the song Obama offered during his victory dance Thursday in the Rose Garden.

Without putting a single U.S. service member on the ground, we achieved our objectives, and our NATO mission will soon come to an end . . . Working in Libya with friends and allies, we’ve demonstrated what collective action can achieve in the 21st century.

Vice President Biden and senior administration officials are suggesting this is a new bloodless paradigm for fighting that focuses mainly on, well, not fighting: hitting targets from the air, encouraging the locals to achieve our objectives, and getting our inept allies to do as much as possible of the dirty work that still needs to be done.

Said Biden:

NATO got it right. This is more the prescription for how to deal with the world as we go forward.

Even the Wall Street Journal chimed in with a rapturous piece about the new era of antiseptic warfare.

Sorry, you don’t get something for nothing.

The stated reason for Obama’s intervention into Libya was to protect Libyan civilians, not to overthrow Qaddafi. But it’s arguable that many more civilians died as a result of his actions than would have if the United States and NATO stayed on the sidelines. It is inarguable that total casualties – including those killed fighting on both sides – were far, far greater than if we had done nothing.

Do young men fighting for freedom not count? Ask their mothers.

The main thing we actually achieved here is that we killed Qaddafi.

In early September, the interim Libyan health minister estimated that at least 30,000 Libyans had been killed since the start of fighting in February. Most of these lives presumably ended after U.S. began to intervene in March. 

And the 30,000 estimate is probably very low. It doesn’t include thousands others who were missing or who were killed during the past six weeks. Nor does include some 50,000 who were injured and all the homes and property destroyed and lives wrecked.

This is success?

The United States has once again crapped all over another country without seriously assessing the fallout. Obama did the right thing by intervening, but he did it in such an inept way that he completely undermined his own rationale.

The light and inefficient touch of a NATO bombing campaign in place of forceful leadership from the United States allowed this conflict to continue for months more than it had to, at an unconscionable price in deaths, maimed bodies, and ruined property and lives. And we’re more likely to be facing a new cadre of hostile Mullahcrats.

Obama destroyed the village in order to save it. Rings a bell.

A Wonderful White House Story

Last Monday was a beautiful day in the Rose Garden. President Obama and his Teleprompter began to speak about the American Jobs Act, which they said would create . . . jobs.

Obama speaks in Rose Garden

The three men ruining running the economy, National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling, OMB Director Jack Lew, and Treasury Secretary Tim Geihtner, listened obediently.

Sperling, Lew, Geithner

These are their shoes.

Suddenly, Right Teleprompter wasn’t delivering the correct words anymore. All Obama could see were the lyrics to Van Halen songs. That couldn’t be right! He paused, not knowing what to do.

After a few seconds, the president became confused and started spouting weird gibberish, like Rick Perry.

Obama flubs

Valerie Jarrett got herself a good laugh out of it.

Valerie Jarrett

The lighting guy really couldn’t care less. Just as long as the light was good. He got a kick out of climbing up his ladder and saying, “Let there be light.”

Watching back in his office, Boehner had his usual reaction.

Then, Obama looked and realized Left Teleprompter had the speech. He began again to speak confidently.

Obama and his teleprompter

Later, briefing reporters, Tim Geithner suddenly realized the American Jobs Act wouldn’t create any jobs at all. But how could he tell everyone?

Tim Geithner

Jack Lew frowned, knowing something was terribly wrong.

Jack Lew frowns

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, understanding that Geithner had finally run the numbers through his head, knew he had to prevent him from speaking. He gave the Treasury Secretary his Vulcan Sleeping Stare.

Jay Carney

The stare immediately put Geithner to sleep.

Geithner sleeping

Lew, not realizing what was happening, began singing loudly to Geithner to awaken him.

Jack Lew

Geithner suddenly awoke, startled and unsure, but remembering nothing about the funny numbers.

Geithner unsure

He reported that the American Jobs Act would indeed succeed, and everyone who is out of a job began to cheer.

All photos except Boehner and Qaddafi by Keith Koffler

Obama Changes Libya Mission to Ousting Qaddafi

President Obama is formally adding the removal of Muammar Qaddafi to the Libya war, declaring that NATO bombing will not end until Qaddafi is gone.

In an op-ed piece published today in the International Herald Tribune, Le Figaro, and the Times of London, Obama, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and British Prime Minister David Cameron write what was obvious to others when the “kinetic military exercise” began – that the Libyan people will never be safe as long as Qaddafi walks the streets of Tripoli.

So long as Qaddafi is in power, NATO must maintain its operations so that civilians remain protected and the pressure on the regime builds. Then a genuine transition from dictatorship to an inclusive constitutional process can really begin, led by a new generation of leaders. In order for that transition to succeed, Qaddafi must go and go for good.

The mission now also includes nation building, the trio of leaders suggest.

The United Nations and its members should help the Libyan people as they rebuild where Qaddafi has destroyed — to repair homes and hospitals, to restore basic utilities, and to assist Libyans as they develop the institutions to underpin a prosperous and open society.

Nothing serious is done by the United Nations, of course, without substantial input and leadership from the United States.