Obama: “I Refused to Wait for Images of Slaughter and Mass Graves Before Taking Action”

Barack Obama told America tonight:
“I refused to wait for the images of slaughter and mass graves before taking action.”


Massacre in Syria

Protesters slaughtered by regime in Yemen

Regime moves in military on protesters in Bahrain

Barack Obama, who opposed the Dumb War in Iraq and won’t send troops to Syria, defended his kinetic military operation in Libya tonight.

To brush aside America’s responsibility as a leader and – more profoundly – our responsibilities to our fellow human beings under such circumstances would have been a betrayal of who we are. Some nations may be able to turn a blind eye to atrocities in other countries. The United States of America is different. And as President, I refused to wait for the images of slaughter and mass graves before taking action.

Moreover, America has an important strategic interest in preventing Gaddafi 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. The democratic impulses that are dawning across the region would be eclipsed by the darkest form of dictatorship, as repressive leaders concluded that violence is the best strategy to cling to power. The writ of the UN Security Council would have been shown to be little more than empty words, crippling its future credibility to uphold global peace and security. So while I will never minimize the costs involved in military action, I am convinced that a failure to act in Libya would have carried a far greater price for America.

Now, just as there are those who have argued against intervention in Libya, there are others who have suggested that we broaden our military mission beyond the task of protecting the Libyan people, and do whatever it takes to bring down Gaddafi and usher in a new government.

Of course, there is no question that Libya – and the world – will be better off with Gaddafi out of power. I, along with many other world leaders, have embraced that goal, and will actively pursue it through non-military means. But broadening our military mission to include regime change would be a mistake.

Here is the full transcript.

This is the same man who once said that genocide was no reason to keep US troops in Iraq.

Obama said the US would continue to go after Al-Qaeda… Even though Al-Qaeda is allied with the opposition in Libya.

Obama forgets to mention how he ignored the protesters in Iran when they were being slaughtered by the regime.

“We welcome the fact that history is on the move.”

The speech was full of contradictions from Obama’s past statements and actions. He also contradicted what his own cabinet told reporters yesterday about Libya not being vital to US interests.

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  • kato

    The errand boy said he couldn’t turn a blind eye to atrocities in Libya. Funny, he was able to do it with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq for years.

    Biggest jive act in American history.

  • ar05075

    Except in Iran and……….

  • american patriot

    “But I will look the other say on the Darfur slaughters of Christians by Muslims (who btw are my favorite intolerant minority).

    And I will do similar looking away when Muslims murder Christians in Nigeria, Mali, Paki-land. And of course the same goes as far them thar Jooooos is concerned.”

  • Espresso Logic – The 6th Sense

    Brave Sir Barak ran away.
    Bravely ran away, away.
    When danger reared its ugly head,
    He bravely turned his tail and fled
    Yes, Brave Sir Barak turned about
    And gallantly he chickened out
    Bravely taking to his feet
    He beat a very brave retreat
    Bravest of the brave Sir Barak
    Petrified of being dead
    Soiled his pants then brave Sir Barak
    Turned away and fled

  • Terry Gain

    The major difference is that leaving Iraq in 2007 would have facilitated a takeover by al Qaeda whereas intervening in Libya helps facilitate a takeover by Islamists and possibly al Qaeda.

  • Mark1957

    Not one word on why he didn’t consult Congress, or the American people ten days ago.

  • Howling Mad Frank

    What a joke this man is, hypocrite. Cue the fawning media who will praise this speech and the actions he is taking as some great American crusade.

    Inside the Media mind == Bush action, bad. Obama action, good. It is a shame that our media thinks in these terms.

  • kato

    Oh, no. Now come the inane platitudes.

    I wonder what sort of jive we’ll get if the rebels start cutting off heads.

    Obama reads well from his teleprompter, but he invariably sounds like a simpleton.

  • Mark1957

    By his own words he began working on this 31 days ago, so why is he just now talking to the people?

  • Ginger
  • workingclass artist

    Bbbbut…. Europe needs oil…..that is why we are in Libya….

  • wodun

    Classic Obama moment toward the end of the speech when is teleprompter malfunctioned. Took him 30 seconds to get back on track all the while with the look of fear in his eyes.

  • Dave-O

    Here, in a nutshell, is the ultimate metaphor for the entire Obama phenomenon:


  • Redwine

    What about the Muslim attacks on Copts in Egypt?
    What about Muslim attacks in majority Christian Ethiopia? http://www.meforum.org/2867/jihad-ethiopia-christians
    What about the wholesale slaughter of Christians in Nigeria by Muslims?
    What about the murder of Israelis in Itamar and attacks on Israel by bomb (Jerusalem) and by rocket (more than 60 over the past week) and the threat of a 3rd intifada and multi-border invasion of Israel called for on May13-15? http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/5142.htm

    Oh yeah. Aside from Muslim on Muslim violence in Iran, Syria, Bahrain and Jordan, et al., they’re not Muslims.

  • MrGoodWench

    Hussain is fighting BP’s war

  • patman

    What about the black slaughter in his old Chicago neighborhood? Black on black violence. Black babies being aborted by the thousands.

    Awesome job Barak.

    I hate Obama. I really hate him.

  • bg


    sad as it is, that headline & photo nailed it GP..


  • Peter

    Someone with video editing skills needs to take statements from this speech and put them back to back with previous statements or facts about what is going on elsewhere.

    We can repeat this as much as we can but that visual will be a powerful representation in the 15-second attention span we have to deal with.

    Hope someone can do it and Jim can post it!

  • Quizzer

    What about Darfur, you big liar?

  • RS

    At best, Obama will SAY something that he thinks sounds good.
    Or at least makes HIM look good.

    But that’s about as far as it goes.