Sunday, March 20, 2011

Obama the Anti-War Candidate Starts Another War

Obama's been a busy guy.  He barely had time after an invigorating 18 holes to fill out his March Madness basketball brackets before rushing off to vacation in Brazil.  But while scurrying out the door he did take a moment to order the US military into yet another war against a Muslim country, our third at last count.  Supposedly a big factor was the urging of the Arab League, but that bunch of upright citizens of the World definitely do not have Obama's back (link).  Another war for oil, as the liberals would say?  I need to say it for them since they're not saying it now.  How many Americans might die for our intervention in a tribal civil war between bad guys and maybe, maybe not quite such bad guys?  [Addendum:  Per Andy McCarthy at National Review (link):  "[T]he Libyan “rebels” ... refer to their battle as “the jihad” — Islamic holy war .... and, of course, screaming, “Allahu Akbar!” as they fire their guns into the air."]  Why does everyone in the "Arab street" seem to hate Westerners in general and Americans in particular except when an air strike is needed against tribal enemies?  The only thing, the only thing, of value I thought Obama would bring is an end to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and yet not only are we still there, he's doubled down in the former.  I certainly never expected him to attack another country, and yet now we're bombing and killing people in Libya. 

Obama received prior approval from the Muslim Arab League, but neither sought it nor received it from the US Congress, to launch an attack on country totally nonthreatening to the USA with no apparent national interest involved.  Obama the Senator, as anti-war candidate:  "The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation." (link)

Well, I'm waiting for all the liberal condemnation of Obama the warmonger, starter of illegal hostilities, but I'm not holding my breath.  Bush with blood on his hands, Bush/Cheney the war criminals, BushHitler the baby killer.  Impeach Bush.  What about all the terrorists this will breed?  What about closing Gitmo, still open over two years into the age of Obama.  What about the fierce moral urgency of change? 

Or was it all just political?  Of course it was.

John M Greco