Did President Obama make the right choice in attacking Cornel Qaddafi in Libya?
“Some nations may be able to turn a blind eye to atrocities in other countries. The United States of America is different. And as president, I refused to wait for the images of slaughter and mass graves before taking action.” President Obama said on Monday night.
If a person was to take those words out of context, he might also make a strong case for saying the president is a hypocrite when it comes to his opinions of former President George Bush.
President Obama gave a speech in 2002 where he said he wasn’t against all wars, but he did say this: “That’s what I am opposed to. A dumb war. A rash war. A war based not on reason but passion, not on principle but on politics.”
President Obama went on to say:
"Now let me be clear—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 resultions, thwarted UN inspection teams, developed chemical and biological weapson, and converted nuclear capacity.
"He’s a bad guy. The world, and the Iraqi people would be better off without him.
"But I also know that Saddam poses no imminent and direct threat to the United States, or to his neighbors, that the Iraqi economy is in shambles, that the Iraqi military a fraction of its former strength and that in concert with the international community he can be contained until, in the way of petty dictators, he falls away into the dustbin of history."
If you take Obama thoughts on Saddam and insert Cornel Qaddafi, well, the similarities are not that shocking, except for Libya dismantled their nuclear weapons. Maybe this made Qaddafi an easier target.
It is horrible to sit and watch as a dictator kills his people, and President Obama is spending money on interventions we can’t pay for as a country. We can bomb Qaddafi, and run him out of Libya, but what precedence is Obama setting by intervening in the politics of foreign countries? Isn’t he just another version of George Bush?