How will the partisan right spin Qaddafi’s fall?

Bin Laden, dead. Qaddafi will likely wish he was. Both came on Obama’s watch. He can take more credit for the former than the latter (the Libyan rebels defeated Qaddafi, with considerable assistance from NATO). But he did what W. and Reagan could not.

Unfortunately for Obama, economic concerns have persisted. On his watch.


The crass insincerity of Rusty Limbo

There’s no debating whether Limbaugh is a buffoon. Further evidence:

March 30

Obama and Mrs. Clinton are suggesting now that we make it official, that we start arming the rebels in Libya. They are suggesting that we arm Al-Qaeda – and yet, ladies and gentlemen, we, you and me, are the extremists. We are arming Al-Qaeda in Libya!

March 7

This guy’s got a chip on his shoulder about the country. He doesn’t believe in exceptionalism about America, doesn’t believe in America’s greatness. One of the reasons he’s not doing anything in Libya with Khadafy — has anybody got a clue? — is he doesn’t believe we have the moral authority to do anything other than mouth a bunch of words in the first place.

Can we at least agree that too many people have opinions on subjects they know nothing about? Why would anyone listen to Limbaugh, or Ed Schultz, for that matter, on Libya. Their opinions aren’t formed on experience or knowledge, just regurgitated talking points.

There’s good reason to oppose the military intervention in Libya, but “because Obama supports it” isn’t one of them. That’s nothing more than fourth-grade ideology.

Did passion for younger women contribute to Newt’s Libya flip-flop?

As we know Newt’s passion can lead him astray. He would’ve never cheated on his wife had he not loved America so damn much (his words).

March 7

VAN SUSTEREN: What would you do about Libya?

GINGRICH: Exercise a no-fly zone this evening, communicate to the Libyan military that Gadhafi was gone and that the sooner they switch sides, the more like they were to survive, provided help to the rebels to replace him. …

The United States doesn’t need anybody’s permission. We don’t need to have NATO, who frankly, won’t bring much to the fight. We don’t need to have the United Nations. All we have to say is that we think that slaughtering your own citizens is unacceptable and that we’re intervening. And we don’t have to send troops. All we have to do is suppress his air force, which we could do in minutes.

March 23

I would not have intervened. I think there were a lot of other ways to affect Qaddafi. I think there are a lot of other allies in the region we could have worked with. I would not have used American and European forces.

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The fierce urgency of next week

The president today sounded as if he was discussing a pick-up basketball game with Jim Nantz — totally uninspired. He didn’t even mention Gaddafi by name and, unlike Angela Merkel, Obama wouldn’t commit to possible sanctions against the crumbling regime. Oh, but he’s sending Hillary Clinton to Geneva. On Monday.

Libyans took note.

“The Libyan public are angry with the statement that President Obama gave today,” an unidentified Tripoli woman told Anderson Cooper. “Everyone was disappointed. … I expected to read between the lines of his speech. Not me alone. Everyone was disappointed. We want America to support us.”

So much for Glenn Beck’s conspiracy theory (here’s a more credible conspiracy theory: Beck is the useful idiot of Arab dictators). Obama today seemed as if he could care less.

The Muslim world, the non-extremist part, doesn’t hate us for our freedom. They hate us for supporting thugs who suppress theirs. Nothing exceptional about that hypocrisy.

(Partisans, take note: Prior to the uprising, neocons had been working to “burnish Gaddafi’s image.”)

Shortened links and Gaddaffi

(How many spellings of Khadafy are there, anyway?)

Did you know Col. Kurtz owns The ‘ly’ is for Lybia).

John Borthwick, CEO,

Should Libya block Internet traffic, as Egypt did, it will not affect or any .ly domain.
Well that’s a relief. Meanwhile, the Colonel has ordered bombing raids on his own people.
A Libyan air force plane crashed near the eastern city of Benghazi after its crew bailed out because they refused to carry out orders to bomb the city, Libya’s Quryna newspaper cited a military source as saying.

Quryna’s online version quoted the source, a colonel at an air base near Benghazi, as saying captain Attia Abdel Salem al Abdali and his number two Ali Omar Gaddafi bailed out of the Russian-made Sukhoi-22 plane and parachuted to earth.