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Updated on April 2, 2011

In over our heads?

When Obama gave his speech to explain America’s participation in the rebel war in Libya, it almost seemed like he thought he was done, and it was over, a fait accompli.

He saw, he bombed, he conquered and he was very proud of his own actions. His humanity and his own compassion were on display. Some folks may have swooned. Now he can dust himself off, turn it over to someone else and go on to more pressing matters. Like?

His exact words were, “I will never hesitate to use our military swiftly, decisively, and unilaterally when necessary to defend our people, our homeland, our allies, and our core interests,”

One must examine those four areas he says we are defending: our people, our homeland, our allies and our core interests and try to understand how any of these have been threatened.

Perhaps the president didn’t hear the cheers arising from the al Qaeda camp when he joined in the Libyan conflict.

Anwar al-Alwaki, al Qaeda cleric said, “Our mujahedeen brothers in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and the rest of the Muslim world will get a chance to breathe again after three decades of suffocation." (definition of Mujahedeen is: Muslim guerrilla warriors engaged in a jihad.) Alwaki is the American born jihadist that everyone hoped had been killed and once said, “Jihad is becoming as American as apple pie and as British as afternoon tea.” He apparently is still alive and hiding in Yemen.

Obama has stated publicly that Gadaffi must go. With all due respect Mr. President, Gadaffi doesn’t give a rat’s behind what you think he should do. Warplanes have been busy bombing and cruise missiles have flying into Tripoli for two weeks and Gadaffi fights on.

Is this a tribal war and whom exactly are we helping? Can we believe the reports coming from the rebels for whom we are spending millions and millions of American tax- payer dollars and risking American lives? Already they are claiming victories where there have been none, exaggerating their progress and so- called brutality from the loyalists. They have no problem lying about their activities.

We’ve all seen pictures of the rebels, riding around in their pick up trucks, shooting rifles randomly in the air, and grinning and waving to the cameras. They are unskilled and without help from NATO they will not succeed. Gadaffi’s troops are trained and well armed. Also Gadaffi has a lot of money stashed away with which to pay millions of people to defend his cities and he has the weapons to arm his well- paid fighters.

What do we have if and when NATO and the rebels succeed in driving Gadaffi from Libya?

Well, here is a quote from Front Page Magazine, as told to AP by Abdel-Salam Rigayi a rebel. “We want a society based on the Koran. Freedom of religion—we don’t want it. We want the freedom to practice our religion, but we don’t want freedom for Jews and Christians and to have naked women and alcohol.”

Hakim al Hasadi commands a rebel group in Libya and he claims to have been the recruiter behind 25 jihadists whose job was to kill Americans in Iraq. How many of these jihadists are we helping?

Now that we are committed and up to our necks in their civil war we are sending in CIA agents to find out exactly whom we are assisting. That may seem backward to some of us.

In other words the insurgency is home to some very anti-American jihadists who would love to get their hands on some high tech armaments they could turn on America and Israel after the Libyan war concludes. Many of these rebels have been busy for years killing Americans and their allies. It could be that with Gadaffi gone, the West will be in even more danger.

And one may ask, Mr. President how has this protected our people, our homeland, our allies and our core interests?



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      elizabeth 6 years ago from Buncombe County, NC

      Well, we, and Nato have been bombing and such for 2 weeks or more, and Gadaffi isn't budging. Geraldo Rivera went right into the thick of the fight and he said the rebels were absolutely pathetic. They actually go home for lunch, fire at absolutely nothing, have zero discipline, etc, etc, all of which means USA will be back in the thick of it, and no doubt we are there for a long, long time. Just what we need another Middle East war.

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      PurvisBobbi44 6 years ago from Florida


      I really enjoyed your Hub. Thanks for keeping us updated, as I really dislike watching all the news anymore--it makes me so mad to see people and countries in trouble.

      I strongly feel it is a very hard call to help others countries, or not. I am very happy I do not have to make that decision. At the same time, hoping we have put the right people in Washington to choose wisely. It is like I told my friend--If brains were Chocolate--some politicians

      could not make a M&M---.

      I pray for the best for all Americans.



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      Harvey Stelman 6 years ago

      ms, Not as well as Gitmo. H

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      elizabeth 6 years ago from Buncombe County, NC

      Thank you Harlan. Maybe Obama's problem is all that you've suggested. At any rate he seems to be in over his head.

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      Harlan Colt 6 years ago from the Rocky Mountains

      YEA! Mr. President! How has this helped?

      OK I want to be Will's VP. we'll have a Starr/Colt presidential ticket!

      This is a great hub mslizzie. It addresses some very important questions. Two things are going on here: 1. Obama has no idea what he is doing; or two: He really is a Kenyan Born Muslim secretly setting us up for some horrible outcome, and he has every idea what he is doing. I pray for the first one.

      However, there is a part of me that sees an Obama who is actually an intelligent man who is realizing some of what he grew up believing, doesn't work in the REAL world. I see a man who's liberal beliefs might be getting slapped in the face with reality. Not sure, but its a suspicion. I guess we'll see.

      Great Read dearie.

      - Harlan

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      elizabeth 6 years ago from Buncombe County, NC

      Hey Will, maybe you should run for President and clean stuff up. We need someone who gets it.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Either get in or stay out.

      This leftist habit of getting us into partial wars we have no intention of winning (like Vietnam!) has to stop.

      In fact, I'm for telling the Muslim world that for every American city lost to Muslim terrorism, we will take out ten of theirs, and Mecca will be at the top of the list.

      Maybe then, so-called 'moderate' Muslims will finally speak up and condemn terrorism.

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      elizabeth 6 years ago from Buncombe County, NC

      I always have very mixed feelings about our wars. On one hand I hate to see people being crushed, killed etc by their leaders, on the other hand, it's hard to understand why America always has to rush in at great cost to our own military and young men. I'd rather see their people die than our brave men.

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      Old Poolman 6 years ago

      I have to question who the advisors are in situations such as this. There are a great number of highly paid and knowledgeable people who's job it is to advise the President.

      Either they are giving very poor advice, or our President is paying no attention. Or perhaps he is taking his marching orders from some other source?

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      elizabeth 6 years ago from Buncombe County, NC

      I have the uncomfortable feeling this is another quagmire.

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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      If this involvement was thought out it certainly wasn't by the president. Will we ever learn? We jump in and ask questions later. What a mess. Up and awesome.