Hillary Clinton: An Army of One
While the Obama administration is exhibiting their timidity of Muammar Qaddafi and his murderous thugs we are taking one significant action. Hilary Clinton, an Army of One, is girding her loins for battle against the Libyan regime. Not in Tripoli, not in Benghazi but on the battlefield of Geneva? Rather than send in the U.S. Navy in a show of force with naval air drills in the Gulf of Sidra, Barack Obama is sending his secret weapon the Grim Reaper UAV of diplomacy to Geneva to vote on a condemnation. While people die on the streets of Tripoli the United States is sitting on its collective hands. The Enterprise carrier group entered the Mediterranean Sea on February 2nd. In a mere fifteen days they transited the Suez Canal and out of range of Libya. Was this a mere coincidence or a deliberate effort to disengage from this grave threat to our national security?
Libya supplies the world with about 2 percent of the world’s crude oil exports. Since the beginning of this crisis a week ago oil prices have risen by $11.00 per barrel. This has presented the Obama administration with yet another crisis in the energy area. You begin to wonder if the administration is setting out to crush the U.S. economy with higher fuel prices and higher unemployment to satisfy their extreme environmentalist supporters. Tens of thousands in the Gulf region remain idled by the administration’s deepwater drilling ban. Meanwhile Democrats are calling for a short-term, immediate fix — tapping into America’s oil reserves. They also urged the president to do more to encourage the development of “clean-energy alternatives.” This is the typical tired rhetoric of the left.
So where do we stand on Libya? We continue to make empty pronouncements. Today, the administration suspended diplomatic relations with Libya. We have evacuated our national by ferry to Malta and the American navy has “left the building”. If we do have a humanitarian crisis in Libya the United States will be unable to rapidly respond. Events on the ground are outrunning our means to respond. In the words of William Shakespeare:
Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
Or close the wall up with our English dead.
In peace there’s nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility;
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger. . . .
So let us hope that our Army of One can win the day!