When did Qaddafi become a “legitimate leader”? He took control of Libya in a bloodless coup in 1969. He was never elected or chosen by his people, therefore he is not legitimate. And by whose definition is he “legitimate”? The answer to that would be other dictators like Chavez and Castro. Certainly he is not legitimate to the civilized, Western world and he never was. And how can the president of the United States stand there and infer Qaddafi’s legitimacy when it’s a well known secret that he ordered the downing of PanAm 103 over Scotland, killing 270 people in the plane and on the ground. That total included 179 Americans.
I’m sure Qaddafi was shaking in his sandals when Obama told him “he should leave now.” Especially when Obama sends a ferry – a FERRY – that was too small and couldn’t leave port for 2 days, to evacuate our citizens. At the same time, France and Great Britain were sending in military planes to evacuate their people, we are sitting in a harbor in Libya waiting for our ferry to be sea worthy.
When Obama speaks, who’s afraid? Who’s even listening? Certainly not our enemies. No one cares and no one listens. Obama is seen worldwide as weak and naive. No one fears what America might do because America, under Obama, knows only how to bow, shake hands and flash a white, toothy smile.
The comparison to Jimmy Carter is hard to overlook. Is it a surprise that Iran released the hostages as soon as Ronald Reagan was inaugurated and Jimmy Carter was on his way back to his peanut farm?