Sunday, March 20, 2011

AFP: Obama a 'Cautious Warrior President'

No wonder this story goes without a byline. Would you want you name on this drivel? You can call Obama a lot of things. Warrior sure as hell isn't one of them.
The international assault on Libya has shown Barack Obama to be a cautious presidential warrior who has reframed US rules for war abroad after absorbing the painful lessons of Iraq.

Though he escalated the Afghan conflict, one of two wars he inherited, the Libyan action is the first military adventure Obama has actually launched and reveals key aspects of his philosophy as commander in chief.

The president's preference for avoiding overseas entanglements led him to anchor his political rise on opposition to "dumb" wars.

He was against the Iraq invasion launched by his Republican predecessor George W. Bush in 2003 -- notably eight years to the day before Saturday's US-led salvo of 110 Tomahawk cruise missiles on Libya.

In office meanwhile, his quest to get troops home from resource-draining wars in Iraq and eventually Afghanistan is a bedrock theme of his presidency.

In a speech to Americans on Saturday while on a visit to Brazil, Obama laid down the conditions for US involvement in the effort to protect civilians and halt Moamer Kadhafi's brutal advance on rebels in Libya.

"I want the American people to know that the use of force is not our first choice, and it's not a choice that I make lightly," Obama said, explaining why, despite his caution, the United States should act.

The comments followed a revealing speech to Americans on Friday, which again shed light on Obama's criteria for using force.

He made clear that though the United States wants Kadhafi gone, the goal of the action is not regime change, the concept favored by neo-conservatives after the September 11 attacks in 2001, which led the country into Iraq.

Obama, who obtained a UN mandate for the Libyan assault, also stated that all action must be multilateral, with clear legal backing, and that no US ground troops will be deployed in a third foreign war, in a sign of wariness for more costly US entanglements abroad.

"American leadership is essential, but that does mean acting alone. It means shaping the conditions for the international community to act together," Obama said, repeatedly stressing the multilateral nature of the offensive.
He's dragged into the conflict by Hillary Clinton, yet we're supposed to look upon him as a warrior?

Who are they kidding?


FrankG said...

Preznit Toonces a warrior? LOLOL

Kelly said...

I love that picture with him and his ice cream!  Meanwhile, our warrior president is off in Rio, living it up.

rich b said...

And here President Ghadafi thought he had found a "bro" in President Hussein Omama. And it turns out the "Warrior" Omama is a traitor who can't be trusted by the average Muslim either. As Bufford T Justice once said "just what in the hell is the world comin to".

"Warrior" my ass! FrankG called him "President Toonces" and I think that fits him like a glove. Now I wonder if Hussein Omama can drive a car like Toonces used to do on SNL.

Warrior - that one will keep me snickering all day long. I can see our "Warrior" President getting shaken down for his lunch money in school in the back of my minds eye when he was a kid. Yep... he's a real "Warrior". Teee hee heee hee eee heee....