Speaking from Brazil on Saturday, President Obama confirmed America’s military intervention in Libya and said that the U.S. is working with a “broad coalition” in its fight against Libya’s leader. “We will not deploy any U.S. troops on the ground,” the president emphasized, calling the strikes “limited military” intervention.
Critics have slammed Obama for visiting Brazil while the U.S. strikes Libya—not to mention discussing basketball during Japan’s tragedy—but Howard Kurtz says he’s juggling it all with skill.
With key parts of the world in turmoil, the criticism of President Obama is growing louder: Why doesn’t he do something?
Shouldn’t he have sent American fighter jets to Libya right away, rather than waiting for the Europeans to join in the bombing this weekend? And what about the Japanese nuclear catastrophe? What if a dangerous amount of radiation reaches our shores? Can’t we take matters into our own hands?
Audio: Obama Addresses Air Strikes from Brazil
The conservative critique was captured by Sean Hannity: “The president received that dreaded 3 a.m. phone call this weekend when the quake struck. How did he respond? He went golfing.”
The nerve of that guy, indulging in recreation on a Saturday when he could be saving the world.
Let’s get this straight: Obama is not Superman. He can’t solve every global crisis. It is a conceit of our media-political culture to believe that the Oval Office occupant must always be ready to put on a cape and swoop in to save the day. Read more…
- You: Airstrikes in Libya; Questions Back Home (nytimes.com)
- Against Our War in Libya (theawl.com)
- While in Brazil, Obama Orders Libya Air Strikes (blogs.forbes.com)
- Quote of the Day: Obama’s Libya Decision is Consistent With Obama Doctrine (themoderatevoice.com)
- Obama: Brazil can inspire people in Libya, Middle East – USA Today (news.google.com)
- Libya: To The Halls Of Tripoli? (middle-class-populist.com)
- Obama on Libya: This is not what we wanted (cbsnews.com)
- Obama: Brazil’s democracy an example for Arab world (reuters.com)