Women wear the pants in Obama's world
by Tom Donelson on March 21, 2011 at 7:29 PM
While Obama was playing Hamlet, to be President or not to be President, Sarah Palin wrote on her facebook three weeks ago, “Speak out for the long-suffering Libyan people. Speak out for the victims of Gaddafi’s terror. NATO and our allies should look at establishing a no-fly zone so Libyan air forces cannot continue slaughtering the Libyan people.”
It will appear that Hillary Clinton agreed with Sarah Palin as she wanted a more vigourous response to Gaddafi while feeling that if Gaddafi was left standing; the United States would lose prestiage. The Wall Street Journal observed, we saw what happens to the world when the United States refuses to take the lead; pure chaos.
In Libya, Obama's failure to lead was leading to a rout of the rebels by forces friendly to Gaddafi before the recent intervention of NATO. Even the way we got involved; waiting for the UN and our allies before commiting shows leadership at worst. It is as if Obama was shamed into intervening.
One can argue about the correct course of whether the United States should strike against Gaddafi, the process has to be unsettling. Obama ceded his authority to the United Nations and our allies as if we were the followers and not the superpower. Nor did he bother to dicuss with Congress his course of action until after the fact that military strikes were being ordered. This administration waited for permission from the UN but ignored Congress, shouldn’t it be the other way?
Obama showed total lack of leadership as he went off to Brazil, essentially allowing Clinton to take control. As Pajamas Media Roger Simon observed, “Jets over Libya as H. Clinton assumes the White House.”
The real question is what is Obama’s endgame? No one knows if our goal is to remove Gaddafi or merely set up a no-fly zone with Gaddafi allowed to stay in power while the country is partitioned. If it is the latter, then we are stuck in a rabbit briar with no way out except in possible defeat.
One gets the impression that Obama really doesn’t know what he is doing or what he wants except a diminution of America’s power or an America secondary to United Nations as well as other international bodies. He should be taking the lead.