Almost everything we’ve been told about Libya, including the terrorist attack on the Benghazi consulate, is a lie. These two articles lay the blame for the lie squarely on President Barack Obama.
The reason Libyan streets aren’t safe and the country is ruled by roving gangs of militia is due to the U.S. bombing last year, writes Judge Andrew Napolitano on LewRockwell.com.
“In an unconstitutional act of war, the president alone ordered the bombing. It destroyed the Libyan military, national and local police, roads, bridges, and private homes. It facilitated the murder of our former ally Col. Gadhafi and ensured the replacement of him by a government that cannot govern.”
Libya wasn’t “liberated” but plunged into the chaos of tribal payback, observes Victor David Hanson in the National Review.
“Former Qaddafi supporters and African mercenaries were executed by those we helped. Islamists began consolidating power, desecrating a British military cemetery and driving out Westerners.”
Libertarian presidential candidate Gov. Gary Johnson said the death of Americans in the attack on a Libya consulate was tragic, but honoring their services requires asking the obvious question: What U.S. interest is being served by putting our people in places where they can be killed by extremists over a video?
“Protecting America with a strong national defense and a rational foreign policy is our leaders’ most basic responsibility,” he said in a statement “But let us not confuse national security with senseless intervention where our interests are clearly not being served.”
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“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr., 1964 Nobel Peace Prize winner
BURNET, Texas (March 27) — There’s an anonymous message circulating on Twitter that’s says, “Barack Obama has now fired more cruise missiles than all other Nobel Peace prize winners combined.” That would be funny, if it weren’t so depressing an observation. There are calls now from some foreign leaders for President Obama to return the award. “How is it possible to give the Nobel Peace Prize to someone who has launched an invasion, a bombing? It’s a violation, an assault, an aggression,” said Bolivian President Evo Morales.
President Obama dismissed this idea by repeating a line he used in his Oslo acceptance speech he delivered in December 2009. The president said then it was an “irony” for him to get this award when he was dealing with two wars. “So I am accustomed to this contradiction of being both a commander-in-chief but also someone who aspires to peace,” he told CNN.
That is not irony, Mr. President; it is hypocrisy. It is not a contradiction; it is a violation of your oath of office.
Isn’t it bad enough that America has an immediate-past president who is afraid to visit another country for fear of being arrested for war crimes? Now we have a sitting president who’s being asked to return a prestigious international award because he’s an aggressor. It seems to me we’re not doing a very good job of picking presidents.
Maybe it’s time we elect someone who won’t bring shame and condemnation to our nation by attacking other countries. Maybe it’s time we elected a president who took his oath to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States” seriously. Maybe it’s time we elected a president who understands the true meaning of that document.