The Brits and the Germans sent warships to evacuate their citizens from Libya. Later, they violated Libyan airspace by sending warplanes to pick up oil workers stranded in the desert. The French used military transport planes to evacuate their citizens. Our American evacuees were stuck in Tripoli harbor for two-and-a half days on a ferry too rickety to brave bad weather in the Mediterranean over the same distance as New York to Boston. America m cannot use anything even remotely military. Under our enlightened and chronically anti-American leaders, Barak Obama and Hillary Clinton, we have become pathetic. That’s because Barak Obama is a wimp, always has been.
President Obama is missing a chance that does not even come to an American president once in a century. If he had any vision at all, he would have sent several days ago a small party of Special Forces raiders to snatch Moammar Gadhafi and to throw him hogtied on the floor of the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands. (I know that the US is not a member. It does not prevent us from acting as a marshal. Let the Court itself decide not to prosecute Gadhafi. ) I know the president wants to be a legalist, I know but the legal excuse for acting in a forceful manner is there: Several high-ranking Libyan defectors have gone public with the assertion that Gadhafi personally ordered the Lockerbee massacre. That’s the equivalent of a Grand Jury, as far as I am concerned. Note that the idea is not to execute him summarily but to try him. That’s what courts are for: to establish the guilt of the accused or to release them. “No harm done. Sorry to have bothered you Mr Supreme Leader, and no hard feelings, we hope. Enjoy yourself in your retirement villa on the Italian Riviera.”
If the President acted in this forceful manner force once, just for once, for once, America would be on the side of justice and on the side of humanity in the Middle East. And for once, millions of Arabs would applaud and would feel grateful to the US. The famous “Arab street,” the thought of which used to get liberals all weak in the knees up when Pres. Bush liberated Iraq, obviously does not appreciate any more than you and I would the street massacres of ordinary citizens in defense of a failed and probably drugged-up tyrant. Even if the snatching attempt failed, it would shorten the blood-letting in Libya by causing even more military to switch sides. Gadhafi is a lot like Saddam Hussein: Not that many of his soldiers are eager to die for him. That’s why he has to import mercenaries from very poor black African countries.
As usual, I make a note of what is not happening: We don’t hear much about Venezuela’ s military dictator, Hugo Chavez, or anything at all from El Lider Máximo in Cuba, these days. I guess, they are considering.
The liberal American media continue to look silly, ignorant, unprepared, incompetent. “Who could have predicted this upheaval?” they seem to be pleading. Well, someone did. Here is is:
“Sixty years of Western nations excusing and accommodating the lack of freedom in the Middle East did nothing to make us safe – because, in the long run, stability cannot be purchased at the expense of liberty.”
That was George W. Bush in 2003.
Note: I cribbed the citation from a good piece by Elliot Abrams in 2/25/11 WSJ.