Amateur hour

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on April 3, 2011

As things look now, it appears that President Barack Obama’s Libyan escapade will turn out to be an unmitigated disaster. The most troubling bit of news was that we have apparently banked on the Libyan opposition’s ground forces to remove strongman Moammar Qadaffi from power with the help of allied air support. Then CNN let drop a bombshell: our allies on the ground have less than 1,000 fighting men. That’s not enough start a proper riot at a soccer match let alone overthrow a guy who’s got tanks and rockets—and tens of thousands of troops.

And who are those thousand? Well, some of them are al Qaeda.

Is now the time to question the wisdom of overthrowing a rational actor who had given up his nuclear program and had been ostensibly assisting in us in quashing al Qaeda? Qadaffi is an evil tyrant, but we could certainly do worse—and appear to be on our way to that end. The old: chastened bad guy who was keeping his head down to avoid it getting chopped off. The new: Pro-Islamist, pro-terrorist “Democracy” that is a safe haven for al Qaeda training camps.

On “Fox News Sunday” this morning, Obama apologist Juan Williams tried to make the case that the various embargoes we’ve put in place on Qaddaffi would ensure his eventual demise, regardless of the outcome of the civil war. Of course, those embargoes would hit women and children hardest, so the U.N. would quickly set up an oil-for-food program. Is anyone else getting that déjà vu feeling yet?

On the domestic front, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton went to Capitol Hill and told lawmakers that they’ve no intention of seeking congressional authorization for Obama’s little war.

Challenged on whether Obama overstepped his constitutional authority in attacking Libya without congressional approval, Clinton told lawmakers that White House lawyers were OK with it and that Obama has no plans to seek an endorsement from Congress, attendees told POLITICO.

Cue: “If Bush had tried this…” here.

Finally, if you haven’t seen it yet I encourage you to watch Rep. Tom McClintock’s floor speech on this issue.

Rep. Tom McClintock

If Californians had had any sense, they would’ve elected this guy governor.


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