Republicans end up with Libya on their face.
Republicans just can’t stomach giving credit where credit is due if it benefits US citizens or others around the world, when it involves a Democrat or a Democratic President such as Obama.
In February and earlier March of 2011, Libyan rebel forces asked the United States and the United Nations for help in their fight against their dictator Muammar Gaddafi when he was about to enter the City of Benghazi where he vowed to open fire on all in the city.
On March 15 the United Nations security council passed Security Council Resolution 1973, and was adopted on March 17, 2011, which authorizes “all necessary measures” to protect Libyan civilians. A “No-Fly Zone” was the course of action taken.
On March 18, President Obama outlined nonnegotiable demands to Gaddafi and his government for an end to violence and indicated the United States was prepared to act militarily as part of a coalition to enforce Resolution 1973 and protect Libyan civilians. President Obama asserted that Muammar Gaddafi must give up his power and step down.
The very next day on March 19, 2011, U.S. led coalition forces launched cruise missiles from U.S. war ships and air strikes were flown by U.S. and coalition forces which targeted Libyan air defenses, the Libyan air force, Libyan command and control infrastructure, and Libyan ground forces involved in attacks on civilians, including south of the opposition stronghold of Benghazi.
As of March 28, U.S. and coalition officials stated that coalition military operations had destroyed the ability of the Libyan military to control Libyan airspace.
The no-fly zone called for in Resolution 1973 was in place and is being enforced. At which time President Barack Obama turned over command and control to NATO which from the start was his stated plan. While the United States was no longer in the lead, our forces were side by side with NATO.
Republicans who were first calling for President Obama to initiate a “No-Fly Zone” on his own and not wait for the United Nations Security council to act, suddenly flip-flopped as soon as President Obama and the UN made their decision to create a "No-Fly Zone". Republicans then said we should not create a "No-Fly Zone because the President missed his window of opportunity.
Everything that President Obama said he would do, he did. He said Gaddafi must go, he said we could not sit idly by and allow Gaddafi’s threat of murdering his citizens to happen and he said that the United States would pass control over to NATO in just a matter of days after the lead by the United States to set up the “No-Fly-Zone“. The President was correct, and republicans were wrong, because they have no faith in our military to get the job done, no faith in American excellence, and no faith or respect for the President of the United States all because he’s a Democrat.
This brings us to freshman House Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV) who introduced a Bill to cut off funding for U.S. troops after 90 days had passed and President Obama hadn’t gone to Congress and seek their permission under the War Powers Act, which was put in place after Vietnam to keep Presidents from starting wars on their own.
Heck said, “To date, there has been no clear national security objective articulated”, he clearly wasn’t listening to the President when he clearly “articulated” the “objectives” of the UN Resolution and the US involvement pertaining to the resolution.
Some executive-legislative consultation occurred prior to the start of U.S. military operations, and, on March 21, President Obama sent a letter to Congress outlining U.S. military objectives and operations, but not seek congressional authorization. The leadership of both the House and the Senate were informed of the pending action, but Republicans say they were never consulted, which was a lie.
To this day Congress has NEVER been addressed by former President Bush seeking Congressional approval under the War Powers Act for our Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, which are the two longest Wars in the History of the United States. The only thing sought by Bush was a resolution giving him power and a blank check to do what he wanted, which was granted by Congress.
The Republican strategy to damn everything that the Democrats or Obama have done that is positive for its citizens or its allies, simply so Republicans can fill their lust for power, its not only un-American, but borders on treason.