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Posted on 02/26/2011 5:16:20 PM PST by Sub-Driver
Wolfowitz: Obama slowness on Libya is 'a devastating image' By Bridget Johnson - 02/26/11 04:45 PM ET
Former deputy secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz said he's been "mystified" at how the White House has handled the bloody crisis in Libya.
"We've been just way too slow," Wolfowitz said in an interview airing Sunday on CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS." "And that slowness, we're going to pay a price for, for a long time.
"Al Jazeera, which is no friend to the United States but which has become, with some justification, a hero of these revolutionary movements is taking the -- showing a picture of the White House or the president, why is the U.S. being so silent?" he said. "Why is it being as silent as these people? And then it shows pictures of the people who have been killed in the protests. It's a devastating image."
The former Bush administration official, who also served as president of the World Bank, was asked if the U.S. applying pressure to endangered leaders in the region would rattle countries such as Saudi Arabia and spread a message that Washington is angling for regime change.
"I don't think that's a legitimate reason to stand by a man who's slaughtering his own people," Wolfowitz said. "And I have a lot of criticisms to make of the Saudis, but I don't believe they're capable of this sort of butchery.
"We'd be in a much better position to say, look, with all its faults, Saudi Arabia doesn't treat its subjects as trash," he continued. "It doesn't kill them, brutalize them, and threaten to take them back to the Stone Age. So let's put Saudi Arabia in one category. We'd be in a much better position to do that if we were clear about Gadhafi."
Of the Bush administration decision to normalize relations with Libya in return for the country giving up its weapons of mass destruction, Wolfowitz said the White House gave Gadhafi "a lot by, in effect, saying you won't suffer the fate of Saddam Hussein."
"Some move was appropriate," he said of the restoration of relations. "I think we went too far. And I think the Obama administration continued that.
"Al Jazeera is having great fun showing pictures of Hillary Clinton meeting with Mutassim Gadhafi who is, I don't know which of his sons is the most hideous, but this is the National Security Advisor, he's a pretty bad man," Wolfowitz said.
slowness = 18 holes of golf, ice cream and hoops
Obama can say squat since he gave gadaffi’s kids 400k.
And dancing to Motown tunes.
He is busy planning his trip to the “old sod”.
He was slow on Libya because he was way to preoccupied with Wisconsin, Indiana and Ohio......
Amazing isn’t it.
Babe Ruth hit home runs.
Henry Ford made cars.
Albert Einstein did physics.
Barack Obama hobbles a nation.
No one who paid *any* attention to this man prior to the 2008 election should be surprised.
When it is all over and done with we will equate Barack Obama with Benedict Arnold and the Rosenbergs.
Yes, he is that bad.
you forgot the motown event... which he ducked of long enough to tell Iran they had better straighten up, or else...
you forgot the motown event... which he ducked out of long enough to tell Iran they had better straighten up, or else...
Wolfowitz is big on promoting conflicts where he doesn’t have to risk his own butt. Anything the US does to intervene in Libya will only help prop up that crazy tyrant a while longer.
Is it possible that we don’t have to involve ourselves in every blasted crisis on the planet? Libya exports most of its oil to Europe. Let them do something for a change.
The country calls itself the Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya.
Obama is great (at least in his own mind), he's a socialist, he's people (at least in contrast to animal, vegetable, or mineral), he may have some Arab blood...and for all anyone knows he had an ancestor whose name was Jamahiriya.
Too bad Billy Carter isn't still alive. He seemed to know the Libyans pretty well. He could be called in as a consultant to straighten things out for Obama...probably wouldn't do any worse than Obama and would free up some time for Obama to play golf.
Oh yes, the Motown event...WE are supposed to “sacrifice” says the WH.
He must be joking. The Saudis behead their citizens in public on a regular basis. http://blog.amnestyusa.org/deathpenalty/an-execution-and-crucifixion-in-saudi-arabia/
Talk to any women in Saudi Arabia??
Now that Obama has hired his very own Homosexual Party Planner, things should run much smoother.
Why would anyone, even libs now obey this message from the so called President of the United States? Do as I say, not as I do? He is just a playboy with the power....and he’s making very bad decisions. People are waking up to this. Can’t blame Bush for this can he..
Is Obama the only one who knows an asteroid is going to smash the Earth in six months? He acts like it.
I’m using that next week. Very good.
Maybe the teleprompter was on vacation.