March 22, 2011
Obama Disconnects From Reality - Smears Bush in ChileTopics: Africa, Political News and commentaries
John Hayward, on what he aptly calls Obama's disconnect with reality so profound that it verges on mental illness:
Speaking in Chile to defend his decision to launch Operation Odyssey Dawn, President Obama couldn't resist taking a swipe at George Bush, in a clumsy attempt to make himself look superior.Read more ...
As reported by Fox News, the President declared: "n the past there have been times when the United States acted unilaterally or did not have full international support, and as a consequence typically it was the United States military that ended up bearing the entire burden."
As the folks at Fox quickly pointed out, Bush actually had twice as many international allies for the invasion of Iraq as Obama has put together for his adventure in Libya. They even put together a list.
The thinking behind this latest Bush smear is extremely troubling. You might view Obama reflexively blaming or denigrating Bush as a dog-bites-man story, but consider the context.
Odyssey Dawn is only four days old. Unlike Bush, Obama made no effort to prepare the American people for the operation, and now that the initial surprise has worn off, significant questions are being asked about his authority to launch these attacks. The concept of taking executive action to counter an imminent threat was arguable in Bush's case - and people have been arguing about it for years -- but utterly risible with respect to Libya. Indeed, the Administration hasn't even tried to advance such an argument.
Serious questions are being asked about the long-term objectives of Odyssey Dawn, how much of it we'll be expected to pay for, and whether promises to avoid the commitment of ground forces will be kept.
Against this backdrop, Obama decided to throw out an offhanded smear of his predecessor ... a slander so transparently false that it was debunked within minutes?
As Hayward goes on to note, no rational person could have thought they would be mollified by boasting of how many international allies were consulted, especially since this is a coalition Obama was dragged into. This is not the rhetoric of a President who has been carefully weighing policy options since the beginning of the Libyan uprising. It's the irritable snarl of a man who sent American troops into combat to get everyone off his back, so he could get back to doing what he enjoys.
Posted by Richard at March 22, 2011 7:05 PM
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