Libya Is Freed, Republicans Argue Not Soon Enough

Libya Is Freed, Republicans Argue Not Soon Enough


Let’s see…we’re still in Afghanistan…we’re still in Iraq…we were never really in Libya…and yet that country has been liberated in near record time.

Lindsey Graham’s and John McCain’s opinion of the situation?


The end of the Qadaffi regime in Libya is a victory for the Libyan people and for the broader cause of freedom in the Middle East and throughout the world. This achievement was made possible first and foremost by the struggle and sacrifice of countless Libyans, whose courage and perseverance we applaud. We also commend our British, French, and other allies, as well as our Arab partners, especially Qatar and the UAE, for their leadership in this conflict. Americans can be proud of the role our country has played in helping to defeat Qaddafi, but we regret that this success was so long in coming due to the failure of the United States to employ the full weight of our airpower.

Yes, this thing stretched out a whole five months.

Seriously, what took them so long?

I’m off to pound my head against a wall…

  • mantis

    “I’m off to pound my head against a wall…”

    Well, be quick about it!

  • kranky kritter

    “stay out of the way, don’t make it about us, and let it happen” diplomacy is antithetical to the authoritarian personality type. Never mind that America is too overextended overseas already and that even McCain would have had a very difficult time scrambling our forces for a third front.

    Obama played the Libya situation just as we needed to, and it worked out just fine. Any uber-hawk who can’t accept that can, well, suck it.

  • centerist cynic

    This goes along with the Republican line that Obama can do nothing right. The intervention in Libya has cost less than $1 billion. Obama was content to level the playing field for the rebels instead of playing the conquer. How horrible of him.

  • WHQ

    It’s too bad “the full weight of our airpower” didn’t get the chance to inflict collateral damage and ensure that Libyans would hate us. What a crock. It was a civil war, not an invasion – but this time would be different, I guess. The learning curve for these guys would resemble a graph of an equation of the form y = epsilon, epsilon being a number (a constant, once established for the purposes of the proposed equation) only slightly greater than zero, as slightly as necessary for the given situation, according to mathematical convention.

  • michael mcEachran

    Luckily partisan hackery like this is perfectly transparent. They look smaller than usual.

  • Justin Gardner

    It’s too bad “the full weight of our airpower” didn’t get the chance to inflict collateral damage and ensure that Libyans would hate us.

    Indeed. Why fight some when you can fight all?

  • mw

    Pure hackery. Just as bad as the Democrats who cannot acknowledge that Bush’s 2007 surge in Iraq created enough of a buffer to stabilize that country (I opposed it BTW – I was wrong).

    Credit where credit is due. After all the talk and bluster from the White House in the early days of the conflict, this could easily have been Obama’s Bay of Pigs – a lot of talk and failure to follow through to support our side when the going got tough. It wasn’t. President Clinton Obama showed she he had the cojones to act when needed.

    Moreover this was fought in a smart way. If we bring in regime change for under $2B, that will be an order of magnitude less than the just the amount we’ve lost and cannot even account for in Iraq. If we are going to funding wars all over the friggin’ planet, we need to get a few of them on the bargain basement shelf.

    As far as the tactics, strategy, tactics and international cooperation – Kudos. Well done President Clinton Obama.

    My only disappointment, and it is a big one – is the administration sidestepping Congress, the War Power Act and Constitution with this action. There was no reason for Obama not to seek Congressional approval. Especially unseemly was watching our President is making the Orwellian claim that this action does not yet meet the definition of “hostilities” and seriously invoking doublespeak like “kinetic military action”.

    So we have a President who is asserting that it is completely within his authority to commit our military resources to strikes against another country, and never be required to request the authority of Congress. This is claim of executive war power far beyond anything that was ever asserted in the Bush/Cheney administration. Regardless of whether you supported our actions in Libya, all Americans should be concerned and outraged by this claim.

  • Samantha

    “It stretched out for a whole five months” but this is only the beginning. They have to institute a new government in the midst of political divisions still remaining. No doubt extremists will take advantage of this volitile environment to push their own agendas, i think this is going to stretch out for a whole lot longer.

  • dana

    America might be waiting for some miracles? Lol. They might be thinking that Libya and other allies could handle it well enough…