Obama Wags the Dog

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    As the price of oil skyrockets, as our debt levels rise to new highs and our housing market drops to new lows, President Obama decides that it is a fantastic time to start dropping bombs on Libya. Nobody, including Obama, seems to know what our objective is in Libya. First, it was deposing terroristic thug Muammar Qaddafi; then it was standing up for the United Nations; then it was protecting civilians; now it is some combination of all of them. This is the same man who once explained with regard to Middle East policy, "I can tell you this -- when I am president of the United States, the American people and the world will always know where I stand." Now, finding where Obama stands is tougher than finding a cane-less Waldo in a crowd of Christmas elves.

    Meanwhile, the international community floats aimlessly through Obama's sea of foreign policy vagary. For a community organizer, Obama sure has trouble organizing the international community. Perhaps that's because even he doesn't know why we're in Libya.

    One matter is crystal clear, however: we're certainly not in Libya for the reasons Obama has articulated.

    Let's not deceive ourselves into believing that Obama has become an ardent advocate of Muslim freedom -- only a few short years ago, he was badmouthing President Bush's campaign in Iraq, ignoring Iranian pleas for freedom from the mullahs, and sending ambassadors to parlay with Hamas.

    Let's not pretend, either, that America has serious interests at stake in Libya -- we don't. The rebels are backed by al-Qaida, the same people we're supposed to be fighting. Obama criticized the Iraq War for taking our eye off the ball with regard to al-Qaida; now, he's not merely taking our eye off the ball, but he's throwing the game to al-Qaida. Muammar Qaddafi deserves to lose his head, but America doesn't deserve a Libya run by an even worse foe. As for the U.N., we had more allies and more U.N. support for the war in Iraq, which Obama opposed.

    As for Obama's contention that he wants to protect Libyan civilians, that also rings false. After all, the best way to protect Libyan civilians is to put highly trained allied troops on the ground in Libya -- as Obama himself has acknowledged. Back in 2007, Obama criticized President Bush's Afghanistan military policy for lack of boots, stating that the U.S. needed to "get the job done ... [which] requires us to have enough troops that we're not just air raiding villages and killing civilians."

    So what's this really about? President Obama's war of choice in Libya is, very simply, a wag the dog scenario.

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    Obama Wags the Dog - Ben Shapiro - Townhall Conservative
     
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    before he was being called ball less ...too scared to take action....

    damned if you do..damned if you dont
     
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    I seem to recall being called a 'traitor' when I criticized Bush during the War in Iraq. But this is different. Obama isn't really the President of the United States.
     
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    What is different here is the Left supporting what it criticized 8 years ago. No Plan, no Consent, no exit strategy. Nobody ever talks about the State Department's role in all this, then or now. It would seem that Obama is more concerned about what the UN thinks, rather than the USA. Who are his people again??? Just checking. ;)
     
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    Exactly. And the last time we heard "Wag the Dog" was Clinton and then later they bitched about him NOT taking out Osama bin Laden.


    But then again, we are talking about Stephanie who determines her support of the military STRICTLY based on politics.
     
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    Really? I'm a Leftie and I don't support this attack....but then again, I also roll my eyes up at partisan (I will only support the military if they are righties) hacks like Stephanie.
     
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    He still is
     
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    And the right is criticizing what it supported 8 years ago :)

    For the record, I think Obama was wrong to do this, just as Bush was back then. I'm consistent ;)
     
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    yet both polical factions are powerless to do anything but criticize. That outta tell us something. A guy runs for president and promises to change everything but does the same thing. Who or what really running the show ? Tell me again why voting is important ?
     
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    No, they seem to merely be calling out the hypocrisy of the Dems.
     

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