Sunday, March 20, 2011

Speaking of Plagiarism...

A commenter over at Just One Minute, bgates, has the best summary of Obama's recent decision, on the 8th anniversery of the opening of bombing on Iraq, to begin bombing in Libya:
What I like about Obama

Obviously, the biggest problem with Bush was sending the military into an Arab Muslim country that hadn't even attacked us. Among the several things that made that offensive were
* the rush to war - it was only several months after the possibility of military involvement was raised that combat operations began
* lack of United Nations sanction - only 17 relevant resolutions were ever passed before they were enforced
* lack of Congressional oversight - the President authorized the use of military force based on the flimsy pretext of a bill passed by Congress titled "Authorization of the Use of Military Force", rather than seeking a document that had the words "declaration of war" in it; that's every bit as bad as getting no Congressional approval at all
* obvious financial motives - clearly no one approved of the murderous dictator or sought a normal working relationship with him besides the French; at the same time, one couldn't help but be suspicious of the fact that the population we were ostensibly protecting was located conveniently near the oil fields
* stretching our military - we were overburdened as it was, and our brave military despite its courage lacked the resources for yet another operation
* inflating our military - the only way to keep the bloodthirsty Pentagon beast fed was to give it the hordes of jobless young men who had no prospects in an economy that saw unemployment skyrocket above 4% in most states
* ignoring our generals - the decision to go to war was made by political hacks who had never worn a uniform
* inflaming the Arab Street - despite some touchy-feely talk about Islam, it was impossible for the Muslim world not to notice how the President made repeated, insistent proclamations of his Christianity, how he only ever used the military against Muslim targets, and how at the time the war started he'd kept the concentration camp at Guantanamo open for over a year
* wasting money - it was completely irresponsible to commit the military to an expensive mission when the President's fiscal mismanagement had resulted in a budget deficit of over $150 billion in 2002

But anyway, what I really like about Obama is that he's gone 29-3 in his bracket picks over the first two days. You have to spend a lot of time watching college basketball to be that good.
Libya.  Hmmm. Gaddafi, however his name is spelled, has been an annoying thorn in the side of  Americans Presidents for many years, not forgetting the Lockerbee Bombing. However, the list of his bad acts pales in comparison with those of Saddam Hussein, who rather routinely killed hundreds of thousands for opposing him. He apparently saw the "light" after the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and dropped his plans for nuclear weapons.  However, now we see the media floating his possession of mustard gas and likelihood of his using it against his opponents as justification.  As Mark Twain once said,
History does not repeat itself, but it does rhyme.

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