Too bad Obama doesn't have Bush's fortitude and ability for effective wartime leadership!
Can you spot the conflict between these two statements?
“The president does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.” --Senator Barack Obama, December 20 2007
"America has an important strategic interest in preventing Qaddafi from overrunning those who oppose him. A massacre would have driven thousands of additional refugees across Libya’s borders, putting enormous strains on the peaceful –- yet fragile -– transitions in Egypt and Tunisia." --President Barack Obama, March 28, 2011
And let's not forget the words of Defense Secretary Gates who said that the crisis in Libya was "not a vital national interest to the United States."
On Monday, March 28 Obama gave a speech justifying his war in Libya using words that sound like they might have come from the mouth of George W. Bush. And let's also remind ourselves that President Bush not only went to the United Nations before taking action in Afghanistan and Iraq he also got authority from the U.S. Congress; something Obama has not.
Sadly in the case of Obama words that are approximately what Bush would say in the same situation are not matched by strong Bushian deeds!