Well, it seems as though one person liked the President’s big address to the nation about Libya yesterday:
Transcript via Newsbusters:
WILLIE GEIST: What’s the reaction there, though, not only from the rebels but if any from Colonel Gaddafi to what the president said last night about not wanting to wait to see images of mass graves and slaughter of civilians before he intervened? What are they saying there?
JIM MACEDA: Well, there hasn’t been any official comment, Willie, from Gaddafi or from the regime or from the compound, yet. I can tell you that the whole, the atmospherics here of the government officials and minders is very different. They had gone to ground for a number of days: very quiet, very tense. They’re looking much more themselves: much more bellicose, much more defiant in the past 24 hours. I would think, it’s an educated guess but I would say that Gaddafi, after hearing that speech, of course it wasn’t on Libyan TV but anyone with satellite television could have watched it, that the regime now is feeling a lot better. That they’re feeling that they dodged a bullet. If NATO’s taking over, they like that. They’ve got much better relations with NATO than with the United States in general. And they love the idea that the US position as stated by Obama is that they’re not looking for regime change. Soon as he heard that, I’m sure Gaddafi was quite excited. He thinks he can probably negotiate his way out of this as he has over the past 41 years in other situations.
The UN resolution President Obama got in lieu of getting Congress’ permission for war (as the Constitution requires) doesn’t authorize regime change. Obama himself has gone back and forth between talking of installing a democratic regime and saying our goal is not regime change.
The official line from the White House, Obama’s incoherence to the contrary, is that we’re just there to protect the citizens from Gaddafi. But how do we do that, long term, without unseating Gaddafi? If Gaddafi is a threat to the people now – and he is – he’ll be one in the future too.
So if we’re going to invest blood and treasure into this campaign in Libya, why not go the whole hog and support regime change?
Because that would take leadership, I think, and Obama is sadly bereft of that.