Uncle Bomb’s Cabin
Despite a rain of anti-human catastrophe iron, the defiant Colonel Gadaffi steadfastly remains in his tented compound in Tripoli, unwilling to give up the goats, so to speak. Meanwhile, President Obombya faces the nation with his latest convenient explanations for treating the Constitution of the United States like a three-dollar bill. But Robert Gates, his loose-lipped Secretary of Defense, has already let Obombya’s Libyan cat out of the bag:
“It was not — it was not a vital national interest to the United States, but it was an interest,” he said in a joint appearance with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Well, slap my butt and call me Nancy. Hey Bob, most folks would find a stack of extra cash ‘interesting’ too, but we’re not out robbing banks to get one–and we’re not bombing supermarkets to protect the grocery stores on the corner:
“There was another piece of this though, that certainly was a consideration. You’ve had revolutions on both the east and the west of Libya,” [Gates] said, noting that refugees fleeing Libya could overwhelm Tunisia and Egypt.
“So you had a potentially significantly destabilizing event taking place in Libya that put at risk potentially the revolutions in both Tunisia and Egypt,” Gates said, adding: “Egypt is central to the future of the Middle East.”
So we’re targeting Benghazi to protect Tunis and Cairo? Where, coincidentally,
Islamic media is reporting on a conference to be held this Sunday at a Cairo hotel and which brings together an unusual and significant number of participants from the Global Muslim Brotherhood, the Egyptian Brotherhood, and other Islamist movements. According to an Arabic language report on the Islam Today website, itself associated with Saudi Islamist Salman Al-Awda, the conference is titled “The Awakening in light of the political changes in the Arab world: Egypt and Tunisia as models” and is sponsored by the International Forum of the Wasatiya”, a previously unknown group.
Or maybe we’re just paying back our loyal buddies in NATO. Says Mde. Hillary:
[...] “we asked our allies, our NATO allies, to go into Afghanistan with us 10 years ago. They have been there, and a lot of them have been there despite the fact they were not attacked. The attack came on us, as we all tragically remember. They stuck with us. When it comes to Libya, we started hearing from the U.K., France, Italy, other of our NATO allies.”
On the other hand, it’s possible that nobody knows why the hell we’re in Libya:
“We don’t make decisions on interventions based on consistency or precedent.”–Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough
Obombya himself, who always talks a good game when in sight of a decent teleprompter, insists he sent in the jets at the last minute because of a desire to save “countless” civilian lives. Well, okay. But good intentions do not trump the U.S. Constitution or allow the president to violate his oath of office. There’s more than one outlaw regime involved in this adventure.