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Muammar Qaddafi is dead

By Kelly Thomas - Posted on 20 October 2011

Link from CNN.

I was hoping the Republicans could just do the respectful, honorable thing and congratulate President Obama for assisting in this effort, congratulate our troops, and recognize that President Obama's decision to put this in NATO's hands was a success. But I guess it was just a dream.

This was "rising star" Mark Rubio's initial take upon hearing the news (as seen on Fox News.) When he realized his Anti-American, Anti-Troops gaffe, here is his "amended" statement. Still no credit given to the president, ofcourse.

President Obama will hold a press conference at 2pm.

At least John McCain commended the Obama administration for the Libya results.  Of course this occurred after Monday where on the Senate floor McCain stated the Iran "engagement" had failed, criticized the president for making a campaign bus trip instead of working on the jobs bills in a bipartisan manner, and oh yes, his new security bus is ugly too!  I think he's just jealous that he'll never have one of those himself.

McCain's behavior just puzzles me. Instead of becoming a well-respected elder statesman, he's tried to become Obama's foil. He's too old to behave the way he does. 

Republicans thank everybody but Obama for bringing Qaddafi down. Why would I expect anything less? If they can't give credit for the  Osama bin Laden mission, how on earth would they give credit for this?

Top Republicans are starting to weigh in on Muammar Qaddafi’s death and one consistent theme is quickly emerging: Barack who?

Mitt Romney, appearing on a radio program in Iowa, said it couldn’t come soon enough.

“I have seen those reports and if accurate I think the response is it’s about time,” he said. “This was a tyrant who has been killing his own people and of course is responsible for the lives of American citizens lost in the Lockerbie attack….I think people across the world recognize that the world is a better place without Muammar Qaddafi.”

Romney’s analysis of the Libya conflict has been nuanced. Back before the Arab Spring, Romney cited comments from Qaddafi praising Obama as evidence the president was weak on dictators. After operations against Qaddafi’s forces began in March, he announced his support for the intervention but later warned of “mission creep” and criticized President Obama for demanding the dictator’s ouster. “Now the president is saying we have to remove Qaddafi,” he said in New Hampshire in July. “Who’s going to own Libya if we get rid of the government there?”

In an e-mail to Politico’s Ben Smith, Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom clarified Romney’s position and made absolutely clear that Obama did not deserve credit for Thursday’s news.

“Mitt Romney has responded to the situation in Libya as it has developed,” he said. “It is the president who has been completely unclear regarding what his intention was with respect to our military’s involvement in Libya.”

He added: “Mitt Romney supported the initial humanitarian mission-as articulated by President Obama-to enforce a no-fly zone. As the mission went on, however, it became clear that President Obama had no idea about his intentions in Libya and that’s when Mitt warned against mission muddle and mission creep. The fall from power and subsequent death of Qaddafi brings to end a brutal chapter in Libya’s history-but that does not validate the president’s approach to Libya. The credit goes to the people of Libya.”

Rick Perry hailed Qaddafi’s death, but also left out any mention of the president’s decision to attack the dictator’s forces from his comments.

“The death of Muammar el-Qaddafi is good news for the people of Libya,” he said in a statement. “It should bring the end of conflict there, and help them move closer to elections and a real democracy. The United States should work closely with Libya to ensure the transition is successful, and that a stable, peaceful nation emerges. The U.S. must also take an active role in ensuring the security of any remaining stockpiles of Qaddafi’s weapons. These weapons pose a real danger to the United States and our allies, and we cannot help secure them through simple observation.”

One prominent Republican went out of the way to give Europe credit instead. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) told FOX News “Today’s not a day to point fingers” when asked about America’s role in Qaddafi’s death, before saying France and England were really the ones responsible for deposing the dictator. He later issued a statement thanking “American and NATO forces” for the victory.

"Bush 43 and Blair were a national and international disgrace..."

FOX didn't have much to say about that.

Glad that part of the story is coming out.



It will be harder to “get to the truth” about Tony Blair’s dealings with Gaddafi’s regime following the Libyan tyrant’s death, it was claimed on Thursday.

In office, Mr Blair led British efforts to end Libya’s pariah status in diplomatic circles, visiting Tripoli in 2004 to congratulate Gaddafi for giving up attempts to acquire weapons of mass destruction. After leaving office in 2007, Mr Blair had at least six meetings with the dictator.

On two occasions, he was flown to Tripoli on a private jet paid for by the Gaddafi regime.

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