Operation WTF?

Gaddafi has to go, but we’re not targeting Gaddafi. WTF, what manner of confused, conflicting Obama clown posee cluster[expletive deleted] mission objective is this?

Obama insists Gaddafi ‘needs to go’

U.S. President Barack Obama has reiterated U.S. demands for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to step down, stressing that the goal of the international military operation in Libya was to protect citizens.

Speaking during a joint news conference with Chilean President Sebastian Pinera in Santiago on Monday, Obama said the UN-sanctioned operation was aimed at averting “the humanitarian threat posed by Col. Gaddafi to his people.”

The United States could not “simply stand by with empty words” while Gaddafi, who had “lost his legitimacy,” was “carrying out murders of civilians” and “threatened more,” the U.S. president said.

“It is U.S. policy that Gaddafi needs to go,” he added.

Gaddafi not on the target, mission is to protect civilians: US

The Obama Administration has reiterated that the Libyan leader Muammar Al Gaddafi is not on the target of the US-led coalition forces, whose mission is to take all necessary steps protect the civilian population of Libya.

“No”, said Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, Ben Rhodes, when asked if Gaddafi is on the target of coalition forces.

See also:
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Obama: Qaddafi must go, but current Libya mission focused on humanitarian efforts
Gaddafi must go: Obama
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If the goal is ‘Gaddafi needs to go’ Obama will have to commit more forces
Muammar Gaddafi not the target; strikes in Libya successful: US
Qaddafi Not the Target: Coalition
Gaddafi not on target list as multinational forces “degrade” Libyan air defense
Coalition Expands No-Fly Zone; Gaddafi Not a Target
UK armed forces head says Gaddafi not a target
Gaddhafi ‘not a target’: British military chief
Gadhafi Not A Target Of Western Airstrikes

Does Obama seriously think that Gaddafi will leave Libya just because Obama says he has to? Gaddafi isn’t going anywhere unless it’s through force or death. What kind of half ass military operation is this where we risk the lives of our men and women in uniform without a coherent plan to prevail, which would obviously include the objective of regime change in Libya? If Gaddafi is to be somehow left in power, what on Earth is the point of Operation Odyssey Dawn?

/when confronting a rabid dog, you shoot it, you don’t try to wipe the lather off its face

Obama’s Excellent Muslim Panderfest

Remember during the campaign when daring to mention Obama and Islam in the same sentence would get you the political equivalent of life in the electric chair without the possibility of parole? Well, gee, now Obama is all Muslim all the time, he just can’t seem to get enough Islam.

The Emergence of President Obama’s Muslim Roots

ABC News’ Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller report: The other day we heard a comment from a White House aide that never would have been uttered during the primaries or general election campaign.

During a conference call in preparation for President Obama’s trip to Cairo, Egypt, where he will address the Muslim world, deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications Denis McDonough said “the President himself experienced Islam on three continents before he was able to — or before he’s been able to visit, really, the heart of the Islamic world — you know, growing up in Indonesia, having a Muslim father — obviously Muslim Americans (are) a key part of Illinois and Chicago.”

Given widespread unease and prejudice against Muslims among Americans, especially in the wake of 9/11, the Obama campaign was perhaps understandably very sensitive during the primaries and general election to downplay the candidate’s Muslim roots.

The candidate was even offended when referred to by his initials “BHO,” because he considered the use of his middle name, “Hussein,” an attempt to frighten voters.

With insane rumors suggesting he was some sort of Muslim Manchurian candidate, then-Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and his campaign did everything they could to emphasize his Christianity and de-emphasize the fact that his father, Barack Obama Sr., was born Muslim.

The candidate’s comment at a Boca Raton, Florida, town hall meeting on May 22, 2008, was typical: “My father was basically agnostic, as far as I can tell, and I didn’t know him,” he said.

In September 2008, candidate Obama told a Pennsylvania crowd, “I know that I’m not your typical presidential candidate and I just want to be honest with you. I know that the temptation is to say, ‘You know what? The guy hasn’t been there that long in Washington. You know, he’s got a funny name. You know, we’re not sure about him.’ And that’s what the Republicans when they say this isn’t about issues, it’s about personalities, what they’re really saying is, ‘We’re going to try to scare people about Barack. So we’re going to say that, you know, maybe he’s got Muslim connections.’…Just making stuff up.”

Back then, the campaign’s “Fight the Smears” website addressed the candidate’s faith without mentioning his father’s religion:

“Barack Obama is a committed Christian. He was sworn into the Senate on his family Bible. He has regularly attended church with his wife and daughters for years. But shameful, shadowy attackers have been lying about Barack’s religion, claiming he is a Muslim instead of a committed Christian. When people fabricate stories about someone’s faith to denigrate them politically, that’s an attack on people of all faiths. Make sure everyone you know is aware of this deception.”

The website also provided quotes from the Boston Globe and Newsweek mentioning his father’s roots.

Since the election, however, with the threat of the rumors at least somewhat abated, the White House has been increasingly forthcoming about the president’s roots. Especially when reaching out to the
Muslim world.

In his April 6 address to the Turkish Parliament, President Obama referenced how many “Americans have Muslims in their families or have lived in a Muslim majority country. I know, because I am one of them.”

See also:
Obama Renews Openness About His Muslim Roots Ahead of Egypt Speech
Obama’s Muslim Roots Exposed: Report
Obama a ‘Secret Muslim’ No More?

In fact, Obama is so excited about Islam that he’s single handedly turned the United States into a Muslim country!

Obama: US ‘one of the largest Muslim countries in the world’

Now, the flip side is I think that the United States and the West generally, we have to educate ourselves more effectively on Islam. And one of the points I want to make is, is that if you actually took the number of Muslims Americans, we’d be one of the largest Muslim countries in the world. And so there’s got to be a better dialogue and a better understanding between the two peoples.

Really, when did that happen? There’s maybe six million Muslims in the United States, out of a population well north of 300 million, that makes America a Muslim country?

See also:
INTERVIEW OF THE PRESIDENT BY LAURA HAIM, CANAL PLUS
Obama: America “One of the Largest Muslim Countries in the World”
Obama Says U.S. Could Be Seen as a Muslim Country, Too

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So anyway, Obama, with Islam on the brain, is now in the Middle East on his panderfest tour. First stop, Saudi Arabia to suck up to the oil ticks.

Obama’s Saudi landing: Muslim mission

“I thought it was very important to come to the place where Islam began and to seek his majesty’s counsel and to discuss with him many of the issues that we confront here in the Middle East,” Obama said before a private meeting with the king. “I am confident that working together the United States and Saudi Arabia can make progress on a whole host of issues and mutual interests.”

See also:
Obama meets with Saudi king
President Obama in Saudi Arabia on First Stop of Overseas Tour
King Abdullah Greets Obama in Saudi Arabia
Obama Saudi visit

Needless to say, Osama bin Laden is unimpressed with Obama’s pandering.

New Bin Laden Tape Blasts Obama

A new audio tape from Osama bin Laden criticizes President Barack Obama for planting seeds of “hatred and vengeance toward Americans” and warns of “new long wars.”

The tape, aired on Arabic news network al Jazeera Wednesday, blasts the U.S. president for his role in Pakistan’s military operation against Taliban forces in the Swat Valley. The message came as Mr. Obama touched down in Saudi Arabia on the first leg of a Mideast trip to shore up diplomatic relations in the region.

U.S. intelligence officials confirmed the authenticity of tape but said “there’s no reason at this point to believe that any specific or credible threat is contained” in the message, reports CBS News White House correspondent Peter Maer.

See also:
Purported bin Laden tape slams U.S. role in Pakistan
Bin Laden Tape Signals Al Qaeda, Taliban Still Close
Bin Laden threatens Americans in new tape
New Bin Laden Tape Criticizes Obama

But hey, why let a wet blanket killjoy like Osama bin Laden put a harsh on Obama’s excellent pander buzz. Tomorrow is the big event. After his Saudi sleepover, Obama is off to Cairo, Egypt, that bastion of human rights, to deliver the sequel to his Turkey apology to Muslims speech, you know, because that speech went over so well.

Obama looks to reach the soul of the Muslim world

Winning the hearts and minds of a majority of people is a nearly impossible feat, especially when you’re a politician.

President Obama hopes to start a “new chapter of engagement” with the Muslim world, a spokesman says.

And it’s even harder when religion is involved, namely Islam, which some estimates put at 1 billion followers.

But President Obama looks to do just that Thursday as he delivers what the White House is billing as a major speech to the Muslim world in Cairo, Egypt.

Obama hopes to start “a new chapter of engagement” between the United States and the Muslim world, speechwriter Ben Rhodes said Wednesday.

This engagement would be based on mutual respect and mutual interest, and Obama plans to speak “openly and candidly” about issues that have caused “tensions in the Muslim world,” Rhodes said. “This can’t be just [about] what we’re against, but what we’re for.”

Obama asked staff members to “cast a wide net” to gather a range of viewpoints, including those of Muslim-Americans, as he was preparing his Cairo comments, Rhodes disclosed.

See also:
Obama prepares historic Cairo speech
Islam’s Reformation and Obama’s Speech
Obama’s Cairo Speech Aimed At Muslim Ears
Muslim Brotherhood Members to Attend Obama’s Cairo Speech
High Expectations for Obama’s Cairo Speech
Don’t lecture us: Arabs tell Obama
Israel fears ramifications of Obama’s Cairo speech

Well, good luck with that, this ought to be interesting. Of course, we know one place Obama won’t be visiting on his panderfest tour. In a deliberate snub to what was once our closest ally in the region, Obama won’t set foot on Israeli soil. It’s obvious which side Obama, and by extention America, is on, and it’s not Israel’s. How depressing is that?

And then it’s off to Europe to pander there!

Dresden gets U.S. security for Obama visit

Secret Service agents are screening Dresden for potential security threats before a visit by U.S. President Obama to the eastern Germany city next week.

The U.S. agents arrived in Dresden Monday and, together with German security authorities, have been screening the historic city center, German daily Bold reports.

Gee, now why would Obama possibly want to visit Dresden?

/I swear, if that [expletive deleted] apologizes to Germany for WWII, I’m going to be angry to the point of physical illness