Obama Was Against Regime Change In Libya Before He Was For It

Back in March, President Obama said it would be a mistake to make regime change in Libya part of the mission. “Broadening our military mission to include regime change would be a mistake,” said the President.

Now, just months later in May, the President wants regime change in Libya.

President Obama has subtly shifted Washington’s public explanation of its goals in Libya, declaring now that he wants to assure the Libyan people are “finally free of 40 years of tyranny” at the hands of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, after first stating he wanted to protect civilians from massacres.

Keep in mind that the United Nations resolution the United States and other allies are operating under in Libya specifically prohibits regime change. Oh, and by the way, the President still hasn’t obtained authority from Congress for this war and we are well past the 60 day limit for wars waged without the consent of congress under the War Powers Resolution, if that law could even be said to apply to the situation in Libya in the first place.

Which it doesn’t.

So we have a President pursuing regime change in Libya, after telling the American people that regime change was a mistake, in a war that is not only illegal under American law but, if it does come to encompass regime change, is illegal under the resolution the Obama administration obtained from the United Nations.

But hey, what’s a little thing like the law for King Obama?

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • Neiman

    1. I got a friggin idea, how about allowing that any good man, in this case a President, can show his ability to grow and adapt to new realities, some of which are geo-political in nature. In my man decades of life I have seen several men grow into the presidency. It is not impossible this is happening here.
    2. The foregoing being a remote possibility, it may also be true that Hussein Obama is seeing some benefit to playing Cowboy CIC after the Bin Laden execution, I have heard/read about this “tough” president against terror and in support of freedom on some talk shows and news periodicals lately by his worshippers. This could be exactly what he is doing – ‘playing’ at tough guy.

    I suspect his motives are only and always with an eye on reelection and his liberal values can be pushed aside momentarily to make that happen, while after that it will be Comrade-Premier Obama and a move to the Soviet States of America.

  • thormat

    I see Biden is sleeping again.

  • VocalYokel

    Adaptability…flexibility…malleability.

    Call it what you will, Barry-O shows traits of a ‘People-Pleaser’ personality.
    Before those of you who, like me, are diametrically opposed to 99 & 44/100 % of what he does, go “Say what?”, understand that this makes him reactive only to those people who he thinks can do something for him.
    Someone like this is narcissistic and self-centered.
    In turn this makes him cunning and self-serving, willing to use misdirection, and to let people label him as incompetent or stupid.
    What better cover than to have your opponents think you stumble ignorantly from one situation to the next, especially when you have the resources of POTUS at your disposal?
    He is also willing to play sycophant to those with more power and money when they serve his purpose.

    To underestimate him and what he is willing to do to further his agenda would be a grave mistake.

  • Bat One

    Here’s a question:  Who would Barack H. Obama NOT lie to?

    • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

      And what would he not lie about?

    • banjo kid

      Michelle. she is bigger n she is .

  • BP

    here is another question: who would any american president NOT to lie?

    • banjo kid

      Huh?  that sort of twisted my mind, and thank you it was twisted the other way and now it is straightened out . dang it still is I am leaving this post.

  • http://twitter.com/krumhorner wallydraigle

    Obama is learning from the Brits. When you have someone who is not fighting back, Kick the hell out of them. When they are nearly out keep on kicking.

  • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

    Damn, he’s getting more gop like every day.

    • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

      You mean in the manner of John Kerry, who fought in Vietnam? Who “voted for it before he voted against it?” (Or did he “vote against it before he voted for it?”)
      CBS: Kerry’s Top Ten Flip-Flops http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/09/29/politics/main646435.shtml
      Yeah, that old gopper John Kerry.

      • LastBestHope

        Kerry was in Vietnam?

        • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

          Yeah, I double-checked it.

          • LastBestHope

            musta been rough….he never talked about it

  • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob
    • robert108

      As a lifelong Marxist, obama has never embraced free market principles; he doesn’t believe in them at all.

  • banjo kid

    It led to bankruptcy any way and may people lost their retirement funds.,

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