Thursday, March 24, 2011

Obama in February: The US Must Give Libya's Military More Money

Another day, another discovery.  You might have wondered why President Obama was hesitant to do anything in Libya, be it condemn a blood-thirsty dictator or decide to bomb it.

In February, in the midst of a revolution in Egypt and an uprising in Tunisia, the President actually asked the United States Congress to provide Dictator Maummar Gaddafi with an additional $1.7 million in funds for his military.

Ironically, the President now specifically supports a "no-fly zone" in Libya to prevent Gaddafi's air force from bombing protesters.  Last month, he lobbied to give money directly to the dictator to improve his air capabilities.

More ironically, with the foreign aid gotten from the United States and President Obama, Gaddafi has been killing civilians on the ground.  The very same civilians that the US and UN militaries are trying to protect.

In response, Republican Congressman Ted Poe of Texas stated, "It's certainly not wise or smart to give American aid to countries like Libya where the ruling class use it against their own people."  Apparently the leader of the free world disagrees.
Mr. Obama
While a case may be made for "allies" of the United States who need money to continue their rule over a country, Maummar Gaddafi has never been an ally.  Nor a friend.  Simply an enemy who has been considered a "mad dog" for over two decades.

The report continues:
While President Obama calls Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi a threat to his own people, just one month before attacking Libya the president asked Congress to increase U.S. aid for Qaddafi's military to $1.7 million.

According to State Department figures, the money was earmarked to train Libyan military officers, improve its air force, secure its borders and to counter terrorism.
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1 comment:

  1. It must take a paleoconservative to understand this--in all its cliched redundancy.