The Usual Suspects

The War Party is on the warpath, with two of the biggest Usual  Suspects in the lead:

“The calls are increasing in Washington for the Obama administration to take new, stronger measures to punish the Libyan government led by Col. Muammar al-Qaddafi for atrocities and to protect Libyan civilians.

“Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) implored Obama on in a press conference to establish a no-fly zone in Libya, abandon its recognition of the Qaddafi government, transfer recognition to a transitional government formed by the rebels as soon as possible, and provide the opposition with support, including weapons.”

They didn’t ask, they didn’t demand — they implored! Well, I’ve got my own imploring to do: please oh puh-leeeze, Senators McCain and Liberman, could you kindly STFU? The Libyan dictator is on his last legs, but your “imploring” could be used to garner support for Qaddafi from Libyans still on the fence.

“The government of Libya, epitomized by Muammar Qaddafi is massacring some of his people. There is very little doubt about Mr. Qaddafi’s commitment to remaining in power no matter how much blood has to be shed,” McCain said on behalf of both senators at a Friday press conference in Jerusalem. “When a government massacres its own people, it loses its legitimacy. So, we should no longer recognize the existing government of Libya.”

Hmmmm, let’s see: the government of Iraq murdered at least 11 protesters in Iraq: does that mean we should withdraw recognition from the Maliki regime? How about instituting a no-fly zone? And what about Bahrain, where the King — our loyal ally — slaughtered protesters as they slept?

The neocons and liberal interventionists behind this latest push could care less about the people of Libya: they just want to grandstand, score political points, and insert themselves into a situation that has nothing to do with them, or, frankly, with the US.  Here’s more drivel from the same people who got us into Iraq, and can’t wait to get us into  Iran:

“On Friday, a bipartisan group of senior mostly-Republican foreign policy experts penned an open letter to President Barack Obama, urging him to make good on his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, when he said, ‘Inaction tears at our conscience and can lead to more costly intervention later.’

“The experts asked Obama to call on NATO to urgently develop plans to establish an air and naval presence in Libya, freeze all Libyan government assets in the U.S. and Europe, consider halting Libyan oil imports, pledge to hold Qaddafi responsible for any atrocities, and speed humanitarian aid to the Libyan people.

“‘With violence spiraling to new heights, and with the apparent willingness of the Qaddafi regime to use all weapons at its disposal against the Libyan people, we may be on the threshold of a moral and humanitarian catastrophe,’ the experts wrote. “Inaction, or slow and inadequate measures, may not only fail to stop the slaughter in Libya but will cast doubt on the commitment of the United States and Europe to basic principles of human rights and freedoms.”

“The letter was signed by several senior GOP former officials, including Elliott Abrams, Paul Wolfowitz, Bill Kristol, Eric Edelman, Eliot Cohen, Jamie Fly and Scott Carpenter, human rights activities David Kramer and Neil Hicks, and Clinton administration official John Shattuck.

“‘The United States and our European allies have a moral interest in both an end to the violence and an end to the murderous Libyan regime. There is no time for delay and indecisiveness,’ they wrote. ‘The people of Libya, the people of the Middle East, and the world require clear U.S. leadership in this time of opportunity and peril.'”

What are these “experts” so “expert” at, except creating fake “emergencies” and very real policy disasters? Bill Kristol should be barred — by law — from making any substantive comment on foreign policy matters, under pain of having to go fight in the frontlines of the next war he manages to gin up. As for  Wolfowitz and all the rest: that these people have no shame is axiomatic, but one  would think that the key role they all played in launching the biggest strategic disaster in US history would relegate coverage of this “open letter” to The Onion.

20 thoughts on “The Usual Suspects”

  1. So which transitional goverment do we recognizr first; The Islamic Emirate of Bengahai or the Islamic Emirate of Libya. Both of which have been declared by various factions. Leave the Libyans alone anf let them sort it.

  2. "consider halting Libyan oil imports", why! To drive the cost of oil up to increase profits for the oil companies. Also, we could "drill, drill, drill,drill……..!" McCain's chant from 2008. What a despicable idiot, McCain is and former Joint Chief of Staff chairman Shelton consider McCain to be a certified nut case with obvious manic depressive characteristics, wide mood swings from one moment to the next, very bi-polar.

  3. I was watching the McLaughlin Group discussing the events in Libya,Bahrin,and Egypet ,and the question about what Gaddafi said that Osama Ben Laden was behind what's happenning.There was this Blond from Washington Times,Monica crowley, in way agreed with Gaddafi and stated that the revolt was not spontaneous but there were hidden hands behind all of that such as Alqadea,Islimists, Muslim brther-hood,and Iran.

  4. The Usual Suspects. What a great movie that was, and an apt analogy if the pop culture usage of Keyser Soze is to be applied here. From Wikipedia:

    "The second use of the name in popular culture is a shorthand reference to being fooled, by an actual villain, into believing in a villain who does not exist."

    Some juicy quotes below:

    "He becomes a myth, a spook story that criminals tell their kids at night. "Rat on your pop and Keyser Soze will get you."

    "Keaton always said, "I don't believe in God, but I'm afraid of him." Well I believe in God, and the only thing that scares me is Keyser Soze."

  5. The US needs to just let Libya work its own things out. Honestly if I was president, I wouldn't pretend that the issues of other countries immediately become ours to fix. 1. We don't have the money to finance any sort of action in Libya, 2. Our Armed Forces should have some sort of respite, they already have enough to deal with 3. Libya hasn't done anything directly to the US 4. It's not our damn job to police the world, when we can't even police ourselves.

  6. Funny a lot of talk about intervening. There was little talk about intervening in Egypt and Bahrain. Those countries are/were run by our buddies so who care if they kill protesters. However we don't Ghadafi so we need to save the Libyan people and more importantly make sure the next leader is pro-American stooge.

  7. US history would relegate coverage of this “open letter” to The Onion is funny. Again, let them raise their private money. The US hasn't paid for Afghanistan or Iraq that these Idiots where a part of.

  8. John McCain and Joe Lieberman were among the first to meet with Muammar al-Qaddafi and welome him back into the International community.

  9. There is no time for delay and indecisiveness,’ they wrote. ‘The people of Libya, the people of the Middle East, and the world require clear U.S. leadership in this time of opportunity and peril.’”

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