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Obama’s Self-Serving Hypocrisy on Protecting Civilians
Posted By Daniel Greenfield On May 6, 2013 @ 1:07 pm In The Point | 12 Comments
On March 28, 2011, Obama informed the American people that he had gone to war in Libya (without calling it a war) to protect the poor people of Benghazi.
Ten days ago, having tried to end the violence without using force, the international community offered Qaddafi a final chance to stop his campaign of killing or face the consequences. Rather than stand down, his forces continued their advance, bearing down on the city of Benghazi, home to nearly 700,000 men, women and children who sought their freedom from fear.
At this point, the United States and the world faced a choice. Qaddafi declared that he would show “no mercy” to his own people. He compared them to rats and threatened to go door to door to inflict punishment. In the past, we had seen him hang civilians in the streets and kill over a thousand people in a single day. Now we saw regime forces on the outskirts of the city. We knew that if we waited one more day, Benghazi — a city nearly the size of Charlotte — could suffer a massacre that would have reverberated across the region and stained the conscience of the world.
It was not in our national interest to let that happen. I refused to let that happen
I think we all know how that worked out. But Obama’s justification for war was sheer nonsense considering that he had claimed that military intervention to protect civilians was not legitimate.
As he campaigned in New Hampshire, in 2007, Obama said that he would not leave troops in Iraq even to stop genocide. “Well, look, if that’s the criteria by which we are making decisions on the deployment of U.S. forces, then by that argument you would have three hundred thousand troops in the Congo right now, where millions have been slaughtered as a consequence of ethnic strife, which we haven’t done,” he said. “We would be deploying unilaterally and occupying the Sudan, which we haven’t done.”
Now after threatening Assad and drawing a fake red line, Obama’s people are defaulting to, “How is it our business?”
“How can we attack another country unless it’s in self-defense and with no Security Council resolution?” an unnamed Obama administration official tells the paper. “If he drops sarin on his own people, what’s that got to do with us?”
When Kissinger said that sort of thing, the New York Times blasted him as a heartless monster. When Obama’s people say it, then he’s a Nobel Peace Prize winner.
But more to the point, it outs Obama’s hypocrisy. It’s an admission that Obama’s phony claim of getting into the Libyan War in order to protect the poor civilians of Benghazi was a sham. It was always a sham.
Obama does not care about anybody’s civilians. He never did. When he begins war, it’s for an agenda that is entirely unrelated to the safety of civilians on the ground. And the Obama official has admitted it now.
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