What is America’s *Goal* in Libya?
Update by Jeff 3/20/11 22:15: According to Jake Tapper, it now appears that SecDef Gates is warning against setting any goals for this action whatsoever. How’s that for clarity and sound military strategy? Update by Jeff 3/20/11 18:10: The muddling continues, as it’s being reported that SecDef Gates, who initially opposed any action in Libya, is now opposing any action that would specifically target Qaddafi. | Read More »
Darned *straight*, Glenn.
People like Andrew Sullivan were dumb rubes to actually believe that any functional candidate for President would actually believe in the progressive anti-war strategy (let alone implement it, once they were in office), and you told them so. Heck, I told them so – admittedly, when I wrote that it was before the financial meltdown turned what had been a moderately tough election campaign cycle | Read More »
Qaddafi reminded who the weak horse is after all?
So. Now that the UN has authorized a no-fly zone in Libya – which is another way of saying that we have decided to create a no-fly (and no-drive) zone in Libya, using the UN for cover – it’s being reported that the Qaddafi regime has immediately declared a cease-fire. As Glenn Reynolds put it: “Blink.” If true: well, we should have done this a | Read More »
Answers From A Non-Interventionist
About the same time as I posted a diary against the idea of US military intervention in Libya, George Will wrote a column challenging those in favor of said intervention to answer a series of questions about what they were truly trying to achieve. Now David Frum has posed a series of questions to those of us who are against the intervention. I’ve decided to | Read More »
Barack Herbert Walker Obama?
Michael Totten reminds us that if Qaddafi wins in Libya after all, it’s not without precedent. Specifically, the precedent of Saddam Hussein, post-Gulf War I. Back then we were all “wouldn’t it be great if the dictator fell?”, too- and back then we pretty much sat around and did nothing printable while the dictator went around smashing the opposition back down into the ground*. Which | Read More »
A Box is in the Eye of the Beholder
On December 11, 2005 former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright went on “Meet the Press” to opine that the Iraq war had been a mistake–worse than that it had de-railed the successful pre-war program of sanctions and a no-fly zone, which had contained the paper tiger: And what we did was to keep Saddam Hussein in a box by using diplomacy, sanctions and force, with | Read More »
Libya and Obama’s Free Range Chicken Foreign Policy
Download Podcast | iTunes | Podcast Feed On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Robert Tracinski to discuss the uprising in Libya, and Obama’s Free Range Chicken foreign policy. Then, Pejman Yousefzadeh talks about Don Rumsfeld’s new book. We’re brought to you as always by BigGovernment and Stephen Clouse and Associates. If you’d like to email us, | Read More »
Military Intervention In Libya Is A Bad Idea
One of the immutable laws of politics is that the Democrat party will refuse to use military intervention in any location where the US has strategic geopolitical or trade interests. The corollary to that law is that there is no Third World craphole (see Somalia, Darfur, Haiti) to which the Democrats will not offer to send US troops so long as it is high risk | Read More »
Barack Obama and the Cavalcade of Naivete
Please welcome Dr. Barry Rubin back to the front page of RedState. -Jeff President Barack Obama told Democratic Party contributors in Miami: “When you look at what’s happening…in the Middle East, it is a manifestation of new technologies, the winds of freedom that are blowing through countries that have not felt those winds in decades, a whole new generation that says I want to be | Read More »
Putting the brakes on $4 gas at the pump
A little more than two short years ago we heard presidential candidates vowing to fight to prevent rapid spikes in gas prices at the pump. Well, here we are again not too far in the future and $4.00 per gallon gas could be right around the corner. Like you, I’m hardly surprised. The unrest in the Middle East should really clarify for President Obama that | Read More »
Libya Just Isn’t Worth US Military Casualties
“Qaddafi has lost the legitimacy to lead and… must leave.” -President Barack Obama (HT: Business Insider) With all due respect to our nation’s Commander-In-Chief, I fail to remember when Qaddafi’s rule in Libya had any profound legitimacy that extended beyond the maximum effective range of an AK-47 Assault Rifle. Qaddafi, and his pathetic side-kick and strip-club drinking buddy, Hugo Chavez, remind me of what the | Read More »
Ronald Reagan’s Legacy with Today’s Youth
Download Podcast | iTunes | Podcast Feed On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Anne Sorock from the Sam Adams Alliance to discuss the Reagan legacy among America’s youth, then Pejman Yousefzadeh talks about Andrew Sullivan. We’re brought to you as always by BigGovernment and Stephen Clouse and Associates. If you’d like to email us, you can | Read More »
Obama finally breaks silence on violence in Libya
President Obama condemned the violence in Libya, dispatched Secretary of State Clinton to Geneva for talks aimed at stopping the bloodshed, and said he directed his administration to prepare a full range of options to respond. Obama also said the suffering and bloodshed is outrageous and unacceptable. Obama made these profound announcements Wednesday evening — his first public comments on the violent unrest sweeping Libya. | Read More »
Justin Bieber, Pro Life Warrior
Download Podcast | iTunes | Podcast Feed On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Robert George to discuss politics and Justin Bieber’s pro-life stance, then Pejman Yousefzadeh will talk Libya. We’re brought to you as always by BigGovernment and Stephen Clouse and Associates. If you’d like to email us, you can do so at coffee[at]newledger.com. We hope | Read More »
Cojone-less In Chief Strikes Again. Lockerbie Bomber’s ‘Compassionate’ Release Preferable To Obama
Last year when the Lockerbie terrorist, Abdul Baset Ali al-Megrahi, was released, freed to die with compassion – a luxury that his innocent, murdered victims did not have - I thought that I was as angry as I could ever be. I must admit that I was wrong. You see, it seems that the inept Obama Administration once again voted present and actively endorsed “compassionate | Read More »