October 9, 2009: Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize in hope of a future promise of peace.
December 1, 2009: Obama sends 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan.
March 8, 2011: Obama signs executive order keeping Guantanamo Bay open.
March 19, 2011: The United States of America begins bombing Libya.
President Obama was supposed to represent the hopes and dreams of America and the kind of change that this nation needed, but two years in and he has disappointed the Left just as much as the Right. Candidate Obama says one thing, but President Obama does another. It is the classic "Do as I say, not as I do" tactic. In December 2007 he stated his belief that, "The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation," but he has done quite the opposite.
Our president has continually governed in an unusual way that at times is often surprising to both his friends and his adversaries. Without Libya directly attacking the U.S. first, no one could have ever guessed that Obama would authorize military action against another country, especially without the help of a Congress that may have just gone along with it. The most alarming aspect is not that he did not wait for the approval of Congress, but on the approval of the world. The funny thing is that Bush had double the coalition countries in Iraq, than Obama does in Libya and Bush was criticized for "going it alone." While there may be no imminent danger that Libya poses to the U.S., your soldiers and your tax dollars are still being used to invade a country so one would think Obama would make a case for this war. Instead he vacillated and remained silent on the issue for far too long. He let Secretary Gates and Hillary Clinton take the lead, both who have different perspectives on Libya. There is no vision from the leader of the free world. And who wants to imagine a world where the United States does not lead?
Had Obama originally taken the reigns, Allied Forces would have been benefited from a no fly zone the moment this conflict started; but no, we gave our enemy time to think and time to plan. We used valuable resources and money that could have been better handled when we are already in the midst of fighting two wars. Last Saturday's strikes have proven to be successful thus far, but the case has yet to be made to the American people of where to go from here. Once the air attacks completely stop what's to say Gaddafi's forces don't recoup and reorganize? The question needs to be answered of how much effort America is willing to put into this. Are we simply disabling their government or empowering their people as well? We need answers and so far we have gotten few from a man who has no idea of what he's doing. He's like a little kid in the Oval Office. The chair is too big for him and his feet can't touch the floor.
Meanwhile there are 2,200 Marines off the coast of Libya standing guard. Can we really rest assured that these Marines will not become ground troops? Of course our President outright denied the chance of that ever happening, but that goes back to his inability to actually be a Commander in Chief. It is almost impossible to fight a war without a single soldier on the ground. In an ideal world, the U.S. would never have to put its soldiers in harm's way, but if President Obama promises that, then he had better make good on it, especially with his past reputation of campaign promises versus his actual actions.
Andrew Jackson once said, "Americans are not a perfect people, but we are called to a perfect mission." We can still be that shining city on a hill that frees the oppressed, but the mission that goes along with that requires a leader to act quickly and decisively to chart the course so that others may follow. This particular invasion of Libya was a missed opportunity to do just that. Americans are ready to stand behind the President on this, but they need a reason and honest one at that. The clock is ticking, the world is waiting, but the President is dithering.
"Call the troops out in a hurry.
This is what we've waited for;
This is it boys, this is war.
The president is on the line,
As 99 red balloons go by."
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