MISSION ACCOMPLISHED/ Updated with cartoon

So for those who doubted our capacity to carry out this operation, I want to be clear: the United States of America has done what we said we would do. -Barack Obama, March 27, 2011


The mission? Apparently to stop Qaddafi’s “deadly” advance on Benghazi. AND WE DID IT. Go team! What happens now? Well, we’re NOT going to go after Qaddafi militarily. That’s what Bushhilter did. You know, in that illegal war of aggression for Iraqi oil.

Of course, there is no question that Libya — and the world — will be better off with Qaddafi out of power. I, along with many other world leaders, have embraced that goal, and will actively pursue it through non-military means. But broadening our military mission to include regime change would be a mistake.

I missed the speech, but VDH has a translator for the murky Obama-speak:

It now seems good to have removed Saddam, but too costly. It was good to remove Milosevic, but it took too long. So I will remove Qaddafi much more quickly and at far less cost, but I won’t do it by targeting Qaddafi, but by preventing his aircraft from flying and hoping Qaddafi goes away. Qaddafi deserves our special intervention because he is worse than other dictators, such as an Assad who is a “reformer” or Ahmadinejad whom we won’t “meddle” against. We successfully sought a UN resolution to protect the people, and will stick by it, but hope somehow someone will go beyond it and remove Qaddafi.

So, what are we going to do? Provide intelligence, logistical support, search and rescue assistance, and jam their communications. And hope Qaddafi just goes away. Stanley Kurtz in NRO:

In a tribal civil war, those we have saved are as likely to massacre Qaddafi’s supporters, should they take power with our help, as Qaddafi was to kill them. Getting out from our moral and military responsibility for that will be a neat trick.
Saving Benghazi is not a simple act. It has massive ramifications and complications for humanitarianism, for democracy promotion or the lack thereof, and for America’s economic and military interests traditionally defined. On all this, Obama is simply juggling the complicated results of his humanitarian gesture as best he can.

Reading the speech, I can see Obama patiently explained, to us dummies, where Libia Libya is, which countries it is between, and what has been happening the last few weeks.

Libya sits directly between Tunisia and Egypt – two nations that inspired the world when their people rose up to take control of their own destiny. For more than four decades, the Libyan people have been ruled by a tyrant – Moammar Gaddafi. He has denied his people freedom, exploited their wealth, murdered opponents at home and abroad, and terrorized innocent people around the world – including Americans who were killed by Libyan agents.

Well, gee thanks Obambi for that little lesson. I had no idea where Libya was. Or who was its leader. Dumbass. That is what he thinks of YOU. He needs to explain this stuff, because we didn’t go to Harvard.

Last month, Gaddafi’s grip of fear appeared to give way to the promise of freedom. In cities and towns across the country, Libyans took to the streets to claim their basic human rights. As one Libyan said, “For the first time we finally have hope that our nightmare of 40 years will soon be over.”

Faced with this opposition, Gaddafi began attacking his people. As President, my immediate concern was the safety of our citizens, so we evacuated our Embassy and all Americans who sought our assistance. We then took a series of swift steps in a matter of days to answer Gaddafi’s aggression. We froze more than $33 billion of the Gaddafi regime’s assets. Joining with other nations at the United Nations Security Council, we broadened our sanctions, imposed an arms embargo, and enabled Gaddafi and those around him to be held accountable for their crimes. I made it clear that Gaddafi had lost the confidence of his people and the legitimacy to lead, and I said that he needed to step down from power.

Man, Obama is, like, the most action-y president EVER. All that, and he still managed to go golfing and take his kids away for spring break. Of course, none of that stuff did shit.

Of course, now that the MISSION IS ACCOMPLISHED and we’ve prevented the massacre of Benghazi, from here forward ….

Hillary Clinton on the Sunday shows:

SEC’Y CLINTON: Well, David, there are many different aspects to the strategy that the international community is pursuing. As Bob has said, the military mission has gone very well. It only started, you know, just, like, eight days ago. So it has been remarkably well-coordinated and focused, and now NATO will take command and control over it. At the same time, we are pursuing really strict economic sanctions on him and people close to him. We have a political effort under way. The African Union just called for a transition to democracy. The Arab League, the others of us who are supporting this endeavor are going to be meeting in London on Tuesday to begin to focus on how we’re going to help facilitate such a transition of him leaving power.

MR. GREGORY: Right. But, but you said this week you thought there were indications he was looking to get out. Is that true?

SEC’Y CLINTON: Well, people around him — we have a lot of evidence that people around him are reaching out. Now, so far what they’ve been doing is to say, “You’re misunderstanding us. You don’t appreciate what we’re doing. Come and talk to us.” Well, the secretary general of the United Nations has appointed a former Jordanian foreign minister as a special envoy. He will be going to both Benghazi and Tripoli in, in the next few days so that we will provide a very clear message to Gaddafi. But we’re also sending a message to people around him, “Do you really want to be a pariah? Do you really want to end up in the international criminal court? Now is your time to get out of this and to help change the direction.”

Apparently, he’s just going to step down.

One last bit. This was either humanitarian or in our “vital” interest. Secretary Clinton, again

When it comes to Libya, we started hearing from the U.K., France, Italy, other of our NATO allies. This was in their vital national interest. The U.K. and France were the ones who went to the Security Council and said, “We have to act because otherwise we’re seeing a really violent upheaval with a man who has a history of unpredictable violent acts right on our doorstep.” So, you know, let, let’s be fair here. They didn’t attack us, but what they were doing and Gaddafi’s history and the potential for the disruption and instability was very much in our interests, as Bob said, and seen by our European friends and our Arab partners as very vital to their interests.

What do I want? Obama to eat crow.

What I am opposed to is the attempt by political hacks like Karl Rove to distract us from a rise in the uninsured, a rise in the poverty rate, a drop in the median income, to distract us from corporate scandals and a stock market that has just gone through the worst month since the Great Depression.

That’s what I’m opposed to. A dumb war. A rash war. A war based not on reason but on passion, not on principle but on politics.


Now let me be clear: I suffer no illusions about Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal man. A ruthless man. A man who butchers his own people to secure his own power…. The world, and the Iraqi people, would be better off without him.

But I also know that Saddam poses no imminent and direct threat to the United States, or to his neighbors…and that in concert with the international community he can be contained until, in the way of all petty dictators, he falls away into the dustbin of history.

Well, at least he’s consistent about that. I believe he’s trying the circle he square with this one.

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4 Comments on “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED/ Updated with cartoon”

  1. Jay in Ames Says:

    Heh, Car in wants Obama to eat crow. Good luck with that! And if he had to, the sycophantic media cheerleading squad would cover it up for him. So we wouldn’t know about it, anyway.

    Just read about that speech in D’Souza’s book this morning. Kinda neat how it appeared in this post so quickly after I read it, almost like I’m supposed to remember it, or something.

  2. Svenster Says:

    Sure, now we know Libya is between Tunisia and Egypt, but where the hell are Tunisia and Egypt?

  3. clintbird Says:

    Let me be the first person EVAH to tell Barry S. to “KISS MY ASS you fraudulent asswipe!!!”

  4. Svenster Says:

    TOTUS declares KMA, USA wonders WTF?

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