There’s no trophy room in the White House, but if there were one, President Obama could add Libyan dictator Mohammar Gaddafi’s pelt to the wall next to Osama bin Laden and the radical American-born cleric, Anwar al-Awlaki, spiritual adviser to Major Nidal Malik Hasan whose shooting spree at Fort Hood, killed 13 people and Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the failed Christmas Day bomber.
Libyan rebels found Gaddafi hiding in a drain pipe and shot him. No big loss to the world.
While elitist jerks like Mitt Romney sniff, “It’s about time” in response to the news Gaddafi is finally cold meat and neo-cons refuse to give the president any credit for the part the U.S. played in bringing a dictator down and isolationists like Ron Paul would have had simply sat on the sidelines and watched with disinterest, a larger principle was served here.
A measure of justice for the relatives of the 259 people killed when Pan-Am 103 was blown out of the sky over Lockerbie, Scotland on orders from Gaddafi.
Cape May Courthouse, NJ — Susan Cohen, mother of Syracuse University student Theodora Cohen who died in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, was watching reports of Moammar Gadhafi’s death this morning on CNN. Cohen was waiting for confirmation of the death, but she was fairly confident.
“I think it’s marvelous,” Cohen said. “This will be the happiest day of my life since Dec. 21, 1988. I owe it all to the Libyan people.”
Cohen said she would open a bottle of champagne today and raise a glass to the people of Libya.
“You could not deal with him,” she said of Gadhafi. “He was a ghastly tyrant.”
“It’s just absolutely marvelous. It’s a day of joy.”
Cohen said that it was absolutely horrible that 35 Syracuse University students, “young people with futures, their lives ahead of them,” were among the 270 who died in the bombing of Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.
Cohen blamed Gadhafi for her daughter’s death.
“I hope he suffered,” she said.
“I’m going to celebrate his death. It should have happened earlier by the hand of the United States,” she said.
The neo-con job artists, led by Evil Dick Cheney will claim it was George Bush’s intel that led the Navy SEALS to bin Laden’s address, but it was also Bush’s bungling at Tora Bora that allowed bin Laden to get away and inspire more terrorist attacks around the world.
Intelligence without a Commander-in-Chief to differentiate between what is actionable and what is not is the difference between invading Iraq looking for weapons of mass destruction that didn’t exist and successfully ending the evil of a murderer who killed innocent American citizens.
Without question it’s the Libyan people who rose up against Gaddafi who deserve the lion’s share of the credit and all the responsibility to go forward in the aftermath of the tyrant’s demise.
Obama recognized that fact when he said, “Today belongs to the people of Libya. This is a moment for them.”
But the steadfast refusal on the part of some of the usual suspects to give Obama any credit for ordering the killing of Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki and now the successful topping of Gaddafi can be explained in two words: sour grapes.
It’s not enough to have the military bullet in the gun. You also need someone with a steady hand to aim it. Presidents don’t personally take out the garbage, but they have a lot to say in deciding who deserves to go out in it. The president saw an opportunity to get rid of Gaddafi and he took it. Good for him. Obama was roundly criticized from all sides of the political spectrum with a few nuts like Dennis Kucinich suggested bombing Libya was an impeachable offense. The president’s “leading from behind” strategy was vilified at the time, but it got the job done.
You don’t have to give Obama credit and he’s not going to parade around waving the bloody shirt or the head and horns. He could have taken a “hands-off” and this day still might have happened anyway.
Or it might not have happened at all.
Reagan wanted Gaddafi. Bush wanted Bin Laden.
Obama got ’em both.
When one has made a decision to kill a person, even if it will be very difficult to succeed by advancing straight ahead, it will not do to think about doing it in a long, roundabout way. One’s heart may slacken, he may miss his chance, and by and large there will be no success. The Way of the Samurai is one of immediacy, and it is best to dash in headlong.
~ Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
- The Triumph Of Leading From Behind (duanegraham.wordpress.com)
- Gaddafi, bin Laden and Al-Awlaki: Still think Obama is a wimp? (fullcomment.nationalpost.com)
- Susan Cohen, Whose Daughter Was Killed In Pan Am 103 Bombing, Reacts To Report Of Gadhafi’s Death (newyork.cbslocal.com)