Monday, March 28, 2011


President Obama gave a televised speech tonight addressing the nation on the U.S. intervention in Libya. He authorized this military intervention to stave off a humanitarian disaster. This has saved lives I am sure, but it was billed as a no-fly zone, which I supported, but it has turned into a broader military intervention. His speech which came nine days after our military intervention started, came nine days too late. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, complained that the speech came "nine days late," and he said Obama "failed to explain why he unilaterally took our nation to war without bothering to make the case to the U.S. Congress." The Constitution does require the advice and consent of congress right? THE OBAMA DOCTRINE -"There will be times, though, when our safety is not directly threatened, but our interests and our values are," Obama said. "In such cases, we should not be afraid to act -- but the burden of action should not be America's alone." Translation- the U.S. may intervene militarily abroad to stop a humanitarian crisis with the proviso that we have  international assistance and support. In theory I support the OBAMA DOCTRINE, but without the proviso of international assistance. We need to maintain our sovereignty, our ability to unilaterally act if we see fit. President Obama said he acted in part so not to "brush aside America’s responsibility as a leader ". The President only acted after President Sarkozy told him to act. President Obama had no problem relinquishing Americas leadership up till then. So we now have the BUSH DOCTRINE to act unilaterally if we need to defend ourselves, and now the OBAMA DOCTRINE to not act unilaterally. He just does not want to lead does he?

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