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From Iraq to Libya, Obama Becomes a Hypocrite ^ | March 22, 2011 | Mona Charen

Posted on 03/22/2011 6:51:00 AM PDT by Kaslin

In the Democratic primary campaign of 2008, candidate Barack Obama scored points because he, unlike many Democrats, had opposed the Iraq War from the start. Though a state senator at the time of the 2002 congressional vote authorizing military action, Obama had delivered a speech to an anti-war rally in Chicago.

He said, "I don't oppose all wars ... What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war. What I am opposed to is the cynical attempt by Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz and other armchair weekend warriors in this administration to shove their own ideological agendas down our throats, irrespective of the costs in lives lost and in hardships borne."

Regarding the justifications for war with Iraq, state Sen. Obama was unpersuaded: "I suffer no illusions about Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal man. A ruthless man. A man who butchers his own people to secure his own power. He has repeatedly defied UN resolutions, thwarted U.N. inspection teams, developed chemical and biological weapons, and coveted nuclear capacity ... But ... Saddam poses no imminent and direct threat to the United States, or to his neighbors ..."

As American forces join the war against Moammar Gadhafi, the nation is entitled to an explanation. How is the case for war against Gadhafi smarter (remember, Obama is only against "dumb" wars) or less "ideological" or more prudent than that for war against Saddam Hussein?

Certainly, with an army of only 50,000, Gadhafi represents far less of a threat to his neighbors or to us than did Saddam, who commanded an army estimated at 350,000. As for humanitarian concerns, what Gadhafi is doing to the rebels in Libya is exactly what Saddam did to his domestic enemies, but on a reduced scale. As Obama himself said, Saddam was "a ruthless man ... who butchers his own people to secure his power." Yet that didn't justify a war, state Sen. Obama told us.

Sen. Obama did not believe that Saddam posed a danger to the United States or to his neighbors -- though he had attacked or invaded three of his neighbors: Iran, Kuwait, and Israel. Yet Gadhafi has hardly ranged beyond his own borders.

While Obama (like the rest of the world) was convinced that Saddam had "developed chemical and biological weapons" -- and though he knew that Saddam had actually attacked his own people from the air with chemical weapons -- he didn't think that his possession of those weapons warranted war. In Gadhafi's case, there is no threat of WMD, as the dictator flamboyantly relinquished his WMD program after seeing Saddam's fate.

How are Obama's motives regarding military action against Moammar Gadhafi less "cynical" than those he was so contemptuous of in Wolfowitz and Perle? What "ideological agenda" was the Bush administration "shoving down our throats" that Obama is not himself duplicating? Is he opposed to the freedom agenda? What, exactly, was so obnoxious about the Bush program?

How has Obama concluded that a war against another Middle East villain is now justified and not "dumb" or "rash"? And on what principle can President Obama now decline to intervene on behalf of other freedom fighters around the globe?

We don't know, because unlike George Bush, who took his case for war to the American people through a vote in the United States Congress (with 110 Democrats voting in favor), President Obama has acted unilaterally -- putting our forces into harm's way based solely on his power as commander in chief. (Code Pink -- call your office!) If he is relying upon the vote in the United Nations as his mandate for military action, he is establishing a new principle of diminished U.S. sovereignty. American forces can now be ordered into action by the president and the U.N. but without the U.S. Congress?

On most of the foreign and security policy issues he preened himself about -- the folly of deposing despots, closing the prison at Guantanamo, using military tribunals to try terrorists, and withdrawing from Iraq, President Obama has reversed himself.

He has performed these reversals without explanation and without apology for his shrill condemnation of his predecessor. He condemned Bush's "ideology," but his own foreign policy seems to have amounted to marketing the image of himself as the first African-American president and the first Muslim-sympathetic president. Image-making is easier than policymaking -- and when it came time for decisions, President Obama dissolved into incoherence.

TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs
Fact: Bush Had 2 Times More Coalition Partners in Iraq Than Obama Has in Libya
1 posted on 03/22/2011 6:51:01 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Hypocrisy from Obama!?!?!?!?!!? /sarc

2 posted on 03/22/2011 6:55:00 AM PDT by therightliveswithus
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To: Kaslin


3 posted on 03/22/2011 6:57:16 AM PDT by Christian4Bush (Public Service Announcement. As of 3/22/11, 595 days 'til we take out the trash. (November 6 2012))
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To: therightliveswithus

My sentiments exactly

4 posted on 03/22/2011 7:00:19 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin
Barack Obama /s
5 posted on 03/22/2011 7:02:12 AM PDT by JPG ("2012 Can't Come Soon Enough" - Sarah Palin)
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To: Kaslin
...Obama becomes a hypocrite...

Becomes??? When has he not been???

6 posted on 03/22/2011 7:04:52 AM PDT by Wonder Warthog
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To: Kaslin
Obama Doctrine = Magic Eight Ball.
Foreign Policy? What Foreign Policy?

7 posted on 03/22/2011 7:06:21 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Kaslin
We know he's a fraud. We know he's a liar. We know he's a self-serving tyrant.

With all that, and knowing what he has already done to our glorious country, WTF are we worried about his [well known] hypocrisy.

It's a given, like gravity pulling objects to the ground.

Income tax evasion took out Al Capone, but hypocrisy is not going to get rid of's going to take some guts, and so far none of the right has least none currently in office or leadership.
8 posted on 03/22/2011 7:08:58 AM PDT by FrankR (The Evil Are Powerless If The Good Are Unafraid! - R. Reagan)
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To: Kaslin

Charen takes an unseemly, adolescent (liberalistic) delight in pointing to the hypocrisy. Can’t we stick to the merits of the issue? We all know 0bama’s a hypocrite but there are much worse sins and flaws, although it’s certainly less of an effort simply to point and sneer like a lib.
Ok, we on the right don’t “sneer,” we go “tut tut.”
Still, the liberals can do the unskilled scut work, no?

9 posted on 03/22/2011 7:38:22 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Public education is WELFARE.)
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