When it comes to Libya, you can look on either side of the political ping-pong table and find total nonsense. To my left is Senator John Kerry who proved he believes in fairy tales when he appeared on “Meet the Press” this past Sunday.Vodpod videos no longer available.
John, I hate to let you in on this but when you drop bombs on a country, you are at war with them. To say otherwise makes you look like a fool. To suggest that we can finish this mission with Gaddafi still in power makes you look sillier still. The threat to the Libyan rebels is Gaddafi. To remove the threat, you must remove Gaddafi, and unlike other examples of diplomatic measures pushing a despot out, here we have a bona fide madman. He is not going anywhere without a strong push. Either Kerry lives in a fantasy land or he is lying to me. I don’t like either possibility.
To my right is Senator Lindsay Graham. He appeared on “Fox News Sunday” and uttered his own brand of inanity.
Lindsay, this is not about who has the biggest dick. So France was out in front of us on this Libyan attack. So what? We didn’t play cowboy this time and we actually waited for someone else to push the agenda before we jumped in. Imagine that? We actually attempted to join a coalition instead of calling all the shots. No shame in that Lindsay if you’re really interested in the end game of saving lives. But no, Lindsay is more interested in our pumping our chest out and being the big bad leader of the free world.
But then I can almost forgive Kerry and Graham because our motives in this Libyan fiasco are as clear as pea soup. Clearly the humanitarian motives are suspect. We’ve got government snipers shooting citizens of Yemen in the head. We’re “appealing” to Yemen’s conscience. Not a bomb being dropped there. Pure bull. We are in Libya only to maintain a no fly zone. More bull. You don’t need to bomb Gaddafi’s compound to maintain a no fly zone. And the whole notion that we’re not leading (Graham’s big gripe) is itself a farce. We are leading the effort and it is not at all obvious to whom we will turn leadership over, in the next days — not weeks — as Obama has promised.
The fact is we’re being lied to folks. Yet I suspect many of the players don’t even know they’re lying. They buy their own malarkey. Whether it’s folks on the left or the right, Congress or the President, State or Pentagon, it’s a bunch of clowns and jokers.
Frankly, I’m filled with bipartisan disgust.