"If we had not intervened, Gaddafi was at the gates of Benghazi. He said he was going to go house to house to kill everybody. That's a city of 700,000 people. What would be saying now if we had allowed for that to happen?
"That's not the Republican party of the 20th century and now the 21st century,"
Doug Bandow explains the distortions and hypocrisies here and here.
Obama's ninety days on the US Libya military involvement ended yesterday and according to many President Barack Obama is now in violation of the law that has governed U.S. military deployments for the past 38 years. Presidential candidate Ron Paul sums up the history of the conflict and marks this sad day here.
During the 2008 Presidential campaign I allready got the strong feeling that the Rwandan genocide was central to John Mccain's understanding of US foreign policy when his wife took several important Republicans and Democrats on a trip to Rwanda with the onecampaign, see the video below. John McCain confirmed my feelings at the Saddleback forum with Rick Warren. I should also mention the endorsement of John Mccain by Paul Kagame who even sent a delegation to the Republican convention in Minneapolis.
Rick Warren's invocation prayer at the inauguration of President Barack Obama symbolized this bipartisan US foreign policy consensus. This symbolism was later exploited by Paul Kagame, who invited Rick Warren to his own swearing-in.
Jonathan Allen @ politico dissects for us the actual debate on US War in Libya:
"Ultimately, there are two issues at play: The first is whether the U.S. should be involved in Libya, and the second is whether the president needs congressional approval to continue American operations in that theater. After three months of debate on Libya, they have become intertwined in some minds."There you have the social object around which Republican primary voters are coalescing both off- and online. John Mccain is standing by while seeing these two hurricanes sipping together and sweeping the American political landscape.
"Haley Barbour, a pillar of the Republican establishment of some considerable girth and weight, is not only asking "What are we doing in Libya?" but is also questioning our ten-year Afghan crusade, and wondering aloud why we can’t cut our bloated military budget"Or as Jim Demint, Senator from South Carolina said at the Republican Leadership Conference last week about Ron Paul:
"I used to think you were crazy Ron, but I'm starting to think I'm a little crazy myself."So yes, John Mccain is right, the comments by Governor Haley Barbour from Mississippi, Senator Jim Demint from South Carolina, Senator Bob Corker from Tennessee and Rep. Mike Turner from Ohio are obivous signs the core Republican base is moving rapidly in the direction of Ron Paul's position on foreign policy.
However, it seems Senator John McCain might be looking for a job as talkshow host at Radio Milles Collines Arizona:
"illegal immigrants caused Arizona Wildfires"An irresponsable comment in Arizona's political context wich has recently been marked by killings of immigrants and the shooting of an outspoken critic of a tough immigration law, Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D).
John McCain just got rid of the last ounce of credibility he had with the Republican base. The Republican foreign policy debate will go on, with or without John McCain.