Sunday, March 27, 2011

President Botches Foreign Policy Again

"This mess is your fault, Hillary"
Washington DC, Mar 27, 2011. President Barack Hussein Obama, D-Kenya, has thrown us into our third middle eastern war.

The President has opened a third front by committing our military to an act of aggression against Libya.

We are now giving air support and cover to the Libyan rebels, who are comprised of various Islamic radicals including elements from the Moslem Brotherhood and Al-Qaeda.

To be clear about this, Libya did not attack the USA. Libya is not a threat to the USA, and there is no vital American interest at stake here.

Even U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said on Sunday that Libya did not pose "an actual or imminent threat" to the United States."

The President is calling this a "kinetic military action" and not a war... but whenever a nation hurls a few hundred tomahawk missiles at another nation, it sure feels like a war.

The man who campaigned on this promise...
"I will promise you this, that if we have not gotten our troops out by the time I am president, it is the first thing I will do. I will get our troops home. We will bring an end to this war. You can take that to the bank. " - Barack Obama Campaign Promise - October 27, 2007
 .. has done the exact opposite of what he promised America.

Tomahawk missle being launched
Instead, the president has continued the war in Iraq, escalated the drone strikes in Pakistan, and sent more troops to Afghanistan.

He also expanded the Patriot Act, continued warrantless wiretapping, and failed to prevent indefinite detention of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. And now he has initiated a war with a third middle eastern nation.

Does anyone even notice that he is doing the exact opposite of what he promised us he would do?

Ironically, the antiwar leftwing Democrats, led by Code Pink, Cindy Sheehan, and the then Senator Obama himself does not seem to have any problem with this. So far, the only Democrat who has spoken up is Congressman Dennis Kucinch, who has called this "clearly an impeachable offense."

Our missles striking Libyan soil
The President has also been totally irresponsible about the cost of this additional war.

At a time of budget crisis at home, soaring debt, and record deficits, he costs for the US attack on Libya continue to mount, undermining Congress's attempts to cut the budget and government spending.

With nearly $2 Trillion already expected this year in deficit spending for the Federal government, any additional programs or conflicts beyond the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq will push our government closer to bankruptcy.

This new intervention by President Obama to fire missiles and deploy aircraft into Libya will remove any and all potential savings made by Congress in projected budget cuts.  Since the start of the week long military action, the Pentagon is spending over $100 Million per day in supporting UN forces in Libya under the no-fly agreement.

This means that every 10 days we will be spending an additional $1 Billion dollars that takes away from military resources in other areas of the world, including our ongoing police actions in the Middle East.  With escalation, the costs will rise even more.

It is not our job is not to police the world. Our foreign policy should protect American interests and American security rather than intervening in every corner of the globe.

President Obama’s decision to use force in Libya is unconstitutional and illegal. Ceding American sovereignty to an international body such as the U.N. removes power from Congress and the American people. Under the Constitution, only Congress has the authority to declare war.

The decision to send the country to war should be the most important one ever made in an administration. Congress should issue a declaration of war, and the American people should know why their loved ones will be put in harm’s way.

Only real threats against Americans’ safety should be met with force. It should always be questioned whether the loss of American life is worth involvement in a conflict, regardless of how large or small.

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