Obama’s Lybia Decision – Fair Criticism?

By YeOldeScribe ~ March 23rd, 2011 @ 9:18 pm

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Now that that’s taken care of, we wanted to turn our attention back to the situation in Libya. Yesterday, we broadly covered the subject, so today we wanted to take a closer look at it. Today, we’re specifically looking at criticism President Obama is recieving from three groups of people – Democrats, Republicans, and Newt Gingrich. Right now, you might be wondering why Gingrich (and those like him) gets his own category, but if you’re a Republican and you’re not already thanking us for separating him from the pack, it’s our hope you will by then end of the post.

First, let’s take a look at the Democrats – specifically Democrats in the House. As you should know from civics classes, the House tends to be much more opinionated and reactionary, mainly because its members are up for re-election every two years instead of every six for Senators. With less time to make a splash before they’re on the campaign trail again, House members tend to stand out more then their Senatorial brethren. So it’s not really a surprise that some House Democrats are less than pleased with Obama’s decision to attack Libya. What is a surprise is how far they’re willing to go on the issue. Many of the Democrats in the House are described as “Anti-War”, especially because they feel betrayed and tricked into supporting the “war” in Iraq. So a group of nine Democratic Representatives met recently to discuss Obama’s actions. They came to the conclusion that Obama should have consulted Congress because there was opposition to military action towards the country.  Their response? Typical calm and rational Democratic way of dealing with the situation: Impeach Obama! No, seriously, Rep. Dennis Kucinich seriously asked why Obama isn’t being impeached for his decision. So is this criticism justified? No. While the Democrats may have a point that there are some people who disagree with military action being taken, they’re way off base when it comes to their response. Obama’s actions are nowhere near impeachable, and that’s not the right way to handle the situation.

Next, let’s take a look at the Republicans. Since it was Obama who made the decision, naturally the Republicans are opposed to it in some way, shape or form. (Seriously, if Obama said the sky was blue, the Repubs would claim it was more of an off-green with white spots.) While their decision to oppose Obama isn’t a surprise, their decision to be opposed to military action is – at least to us. If you dig a little close though, you’ll see that the Republicans aren’t upset that Obama is taking military action against Libya – they’re upset because he didn’t ask for permission first. Their objection is solely a procedural one – that instead of just taking an action he knew his congress would agree with on the whole, he should have had the courtesy of running it by them first (since they’re supposed to have that authority, according to some old document no one seems to pay attention to these days anyway). Is the criticism coming from Republicans valid? Surprisingly, we’ll say yes. As we’ve hinted at previously, congress was the branch of the government that was supposed to declare war. Since the end of WWII, there have been at least five “wars” fought that congress never actually authorized. While we wouldn’t consider Obama’s action a declaration of war against Libya, we do feel that Obama should have brought this up with Congress first. We understand that because of the UN’s resolution, Obama was on a short time table, but there could have at least been an emergency session of congress called to debate the issue. We feel that Obama did drop the ball here, and this should have been discussed in congress, even if the end result was the same.

Finally, we come to Newt Gingrich, and people like Newt. Mr. Gingrich has been a vocal dissenter of all of Obama’s policies from day one. Remember how we said Republicans would say the sky was off-green if Obama said it was blue? Gingrich would say it was red (or he would, if the damn commies hadn’t stolen that color already). Needless to say, when Obama was first indicisive on what to do with the situation brewing in Libya, Gingrich felt that a no-fly zone should be established. Then, once Obama finally made up his mind and supported the establishment of the no-fly zone, Gingrich opposed it, saying “I would not have intervened.” On top of that, he had the audacity to say that he didn’t flip-flop on the issue. Yesterday we argued that Obama was taking classes in the John Kerry School of Decisiveness. If that’s true, then Gingrich just graduated summa cum laude. Way to make yourself look like an idiot, Newt. Not like you haven’t done it before, but this recent string of criticism shows just how far you’ll go to belittle the President just because he doesn’t come from your party. Your partisan BS has no place in a progressive political system. At this point, we don’t know who would be the worse Republican nominee for president – you or Ms. Palin. And that’s saying something. So do we agree with your criticism? Hell no.

As we said yesterday, on the whole, we agree with Obama’s decisions. However, we don’t necessarily agree on how they came about, and as we’ll show you tomorrow, we don’t agree with Obama’s decision to enter into conflict without a clear endgame.

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