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March 29, 2011

On Obama’s apparent contradictions in his Libya message

Last night, we got a friendly message from nhaler about the contradictions in the messages we’re hearing on Libya: ”What’re your thoughts on the plain contradictions that are being repeated by the mass media regarding Obama’s claims that USA ‘led the charge’ against Gaddafi?” Good question. In many ways we saw clear leadership from France before reports that the U.S. led the mission first came out. But on the other hand, they were in front of the coalition behind the airstrikes, even as they only modestly took on the endeavor. To us,this whole situation plays into Obama internal conflicts. He was slow to discuss Libya until weeks after the original crisis began, which has made it hard for him to jump on the issue decisively. That’s the problem here. He needs to be less conflicted and his cabinet more focused as a unit.

22:13 // 3 years ago
March 28, 2011
newsflick:

Obama’s Speech Visualized (full text)

newsflick:

Obama’s Speech Visualized (full text)

20:05 // 3 years ago
American leadership is not simply a matter of going it alone and bearing all of the burden ourselves. Real leadership creates the conditions and coalitions for others to step up as well; to work with allies and partners so that they bear their share of the burden and pay their share of the costs; and to see that the principles of justice and human dignity are upheld by all.
Obama on Libya, talking some stuff on coalitions.

(Source: justin.tv)

19:55 // 3 years ago
19:51 // 3 years ago
Some nations may be able to turn a blind eye to atrocities in other countries. The United States of America is different. And as President, I refused to wait for the images of slaughter and mass graves before taking action.
More from Obama’s speech.
19:48 // 3 years ago
19:46 // 3 years ago
Via Reuters: "If we tried to overthrow Gaddafi by force, our coalition would splinter": Obama

Via Reuters: "If we tried to overthrow Gaddafi by force, our coalition would splinter": Obama

19:39 // 3 years ago
In the face of the world’s condemnation, Gaddafi chose to escalate his attacks, launching a campaign against the Libyan people.
Obama, speaking about Libya.
19:37 // 3 years ago
The U.S. “an anchor of global security”: Obama’s speaking about the airstrikes in Libya. He just blatantly called Gaddafi a “tyrant.” Watch over here.

The U.S. “an anchor of global security”: Obama’s speaking about the airstrikes in Libya. He just blatantly called Gaddafi a “tyrant.” Watch over here.

19:35 // 3 years ago

Live streams for President Obama’s speech on Libya at 7:30PM ET

pantslessprogressive:

CSPAN

MSNBC

CNN

POLITICO

Al Jazeera English

FYI

19:33 // 3 years ago