It is full on belly laugh territory watching Barack Obama strut peacock like on TV taking credit for organizing the international coalition to impose a no fly zone over Libya (but keep Qaddafi in place) when the United States played only a bit part. The lion’s share of the work behind the scenes was carried out by France. The USA was MIA and Barky was busy trying to get his Samba groove going in preparation for his excellent Brazilian adventure.
Watching Obama pathetic speech tonight it is clear he still does not understand military force, strategies or tactics. A no fly zone does not and cannot protect civilians who are in a city with enemy troops. Why? Because a pilot zipping along at 300 miles per hour 10,000 feet above the ground cannot distinguish between the friendlies and the bad guys. Air cover and close air support/bombing can be very effective in open areas against fixed targets. Air power can be devastating for armored columns moving methodically down the road.
But air power is useless if two warring sides hunker down in buildings and bunkers inside a city. Dropping a bomb on such a target is just as likely to kill women and children as it is Qaddafi soldiers. All of the premature celebration yesterday and earlier today about the collapse of Qaddafi support is now exposed as so much wishful thinking.
Is this really the best Obama can do? Good Christ!! Is this his equivalent of the Community Organizer fastball? He clearly does not know the first thing about organizing people to accomplish something. We’ve now spent close to $300 million in less than two weeks in Libya and Qaddafi is still holding on. And the US plan? Turn over the leadership and the mission to NATO. Except NATO can’t agree on anything other than the need to “protect the people” and “maintain” a No Fly Zone.
Two forces are emerging as important throughout the Middle East–a resurgent Muslim Brotherhood and Iran. It is important for you to understand that the Muslim Brothers and Iran are not allies in any sense of the word. Muslim Brothers are Sunnis. Iran is Shia. The true believers in each group despise the other. It appears that Muslim Brothers are busy working behind the scenes in Syria (probably with encouragement and money from Saudi Arabia). Creating problems for Syria is one way to try to create an indirect problem for Iran.
Muslim Brothers also appear to be expanding their influence in Egypt. It is no mere coincidence that rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel have escalated over the last two weeks.
Iran, meanwhile, is busy sowing unrest in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. No country is looking any longer to the US for a solution or guidance. It is every man and muslim for themselves. It is the ultimate game of survivor.
And Barack Obama? He’s just pleased that he got to fire off some cruise missiles but is now responsible for nothing because he has punted to NATO. That’s orgainizing?