The Trouble with Barry
Mark Twain once said that history might not repeat itself, but it does often rhyme. And so we find ourselves with another Democratic president playing compassionate emperor. Please don’t get me wrong–I think we should have gone into Libya long before Obama “mobilized the international community,” whatever that means. My problem is with Obama’s motivations, his explanations and his execution. Other than that, he’s a fine military commander.
The thing about Obama is that he is too naive to realize that dictators are not just poor, misunderstood people who weren’t hugged enough as children. Simply saying that Qadaffi should step down is useless. Saying that and then saying that you are tying the hands of the most powerful military in the world so they will not do anything about it, is shooting yourself in the foot.
There are three ways to get rid of a brutal dictator:
- Convince him that you’re willing to come into his home at night and slit his throat.
- Convince his army and mercenaries that they are better off coming into his home at night and slitting the dictator’s throat–and let him know that.
- Wait for him to die in power.
By waiver and waffling, Obama has taken 1 and 2 off the table. That’s the trouble with Barry.