The cause of securing our country is not complete. But tonight, we are once again reminded that America can do whatever we set our mind to. That is the story of our history, whether it’s the pursuit of prosperity for our people, or the struggle for equality for all our citizens; our commitment to stand up for our values abroad, and our sacrifices to make the world a safer place.
When American school children of the future read the footnote of the footnote that describes the events today, they will be ashamed and embarrassed, and wonder how they could possibly be descended from such stupid, petty, racist animals.
This has been pissing me off all day, not because Newt clearly flip-flopped, but because anyone is surprised by it. Two weeks ago, he called for intervention in Libya to make Barack Obama look bad. After Obama intervened, Newt criticized the move to make him look bad.
Are we little children? Do we really need to twist ourselves in knots wondering how in the world Papa Newt could lie to our sweet little faces? He’s an old school partisan who says whatever needs saying to make sure poor people get fucked and stay fucked. He isn’t trying to make sense.
The other thing that pisses me off is how the left is so afraid of seeming hypocritical that they refuse to defend Obama’s move. Yes, we were all against the Iraq War, and we all felt it was illegal and wrong. Guess what, Libya in 2011 is different than Iraq in 2003. If there had been an active uprising in Iraq in 2003, one that had spread from across the region, and America had been shielding hopelessly outgunned rebels, maybe we’d all have felt better about it.
You know when that was true, by the way? Do you know when there was an active uprising in Iraq and rebels were being slaughtered by an insane despot? 1991. You know what we did then? We let it happen.
I’ll let John Kerry tell you all about it:
As coalition forces were routing the Iraqi army in February 1991, President George Bush encouraged the Iraqi people to “take matters into their hands to force Saddam Hussein the dictator to step aside”. When Iraqi Shia, Kurds, and Marsh Arabs rebelled against Hussein, they believed that American forces would protect them against their brutal dictator’s superior firepower.
Instead, when Iraqi attack helicopters and elite troops began butchering their own people, coalition forces were ordered to stand down. The world watched as thousands of Iraqis were slaughtered.
The situation in Libya today is not identical. Inspired by events in Tunisia and Egypt, the Libyan people rose up spontaneously against four decades of repression by Muammar Gaddafi. Still, the spectre that haunts me is the same - ordinary people facing off against an autocrat’s airpower and well-armed soldiers, counting on the free world to protect them against massacre after we have applauded and bolstered their bravery with our words.
History is always worse than you remember it. The United States has been up to its ass in bad shit and evil since before we were even thinking about independence. What I’ve always said about Obama is that he’s trying to do better than his predecessors. Intervening in Libya is not a betrayal of his values, and it isn’t war mongering, it’s an honest attempt to save lives in a strategic region that is trying to form a democracy (yes, of course, there’s something in it for us). You may not believe it was the right thing to do, but I’m telling you it was the least wrong thing.
If you’re looking for something more than that, go live in a better world.
Again, if you’re against war in all its incarnations, fine, but I’m surprised by how few people, especially Democrats, seem to be making this cartoon’s argument. (“Qaddafi Terror and UN Intervention” by Arend van Dam)
And if your first reaction is to say, “Well, just put Saddam’s face over Qaddafi’s and you have your justification for the Iraq war,” you’re an idiot.
In lieu of a coherent, nuanced argument about the difference between Libya and every other fucking thing, I’ve just made a new Red Phone comic. Enjoy.
Nate Silver posted this illustrated breakdown of the current crop of GOP aspirants. Personally, I hope Mitt Romney has the misfortune of running against Barack “Not a Mormon” Obama in 2012. Mitt’s the GOP’s John Kerry: not terribly objectionable, but certainly not electrifying.
Sarah Palin scares me. It’s not that I think she would win, but she hasn’t got the humility or restraint to lose with anything approaching dignity. Look at the damage she’s done already, the cult of moronic thugs she’s elevated to national importance, the anarcho-theist agenda she’s managed to legitimize, and that was just after having been some old mummy’s running mate.
With the kind of clout that comes with being the official nominee of a major political party, and the accumulated spite of two losing campaigns, how low do you think Sarah Palin could sink? What wouldn’t she say or do to knock a few holes in Obama on her way down? I don’t see a bottom to that particular well.