Just when you thought President Obama couldn’t contort himself into more of a pretzel over Libya, he does.
In an interview with NBC’s Brian Williams, the Bama said this:
“I think it’s important not to take this particular situation and then try to project some sort of Obama Doctrine that we’re going to apply in a cookie-cutter fashion across the board,” Obama said.
In other words: I have no Doctrine! There is NO Obama Doctrine! Stop pressuring me to have a Doctrine! I have enough stress, what with the Saudi King screaming at me that I’m a disrespectful, ignorant idiot and Michelle breathing down my neck about eating more kale.
He went on to call Libya a “unique situation” and said that he isn’t “going to go around trying to use military force to impose or apply certain forms of government.”
In other words: I’m not going to be Bush! Stop equating this with Iraq! Stop likening me to Bush! Don’t you know that I’m the anti-Bush?! Even when I’m acting EXACTLY as President Bush did, I’m not, OK??
Obama added, “We may not be applying the same tools in each country, in every case.”
How about applying some of those tools to places that are actually strategically important to the United States? Say, Iran, Syria, Bahrain, Yemen? If you’re going to use military force, Mr. President, it would be nice if you applied it in areas that actually matter to our national security.
And finally, Obama said this when asked if he’s considering arming Libyan rebels—about whom we know nothing except that many of them are affiliated with al Qaeda or the Muslim Brotherhood: “I’m not ruling it out. But I’m also not ruling it in.”
Hamlet contemplates his navel.
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