Secretary of State is Fed Up with President's Indecision on Libya. Obama's connections to Gaddafi outlined.

Continuing on the Libya subject from the previous post, by Old Zeke, we have excerpts (below) from this report from TheDaily.com. Who knows if this is just Hillary grandstanding or posturing, or if she just doesn't have the same sympathy for and indirect connections to Gadhafi (who himself has publicly "friended" Obama) as the the President does? Perhaps she wasn't in on the $77 million dollar sale of Armored Troop carriers to Gaddafi's army that Obama was in the middle of conducting just 2 months ago, when suddenly the Libyan rebels started causing a stir and changing the political dynamics on Libya for the President. Perhaps she's simply not getting advice from the same people Obama reportedly does on Libya. Obama's long time minister, Rev. Wright and Louis Farrakhan at least once paid a joint, personal, friendly visit to Gadhafi in Lybia, and reportedly came home with lots of money. Obama's Chicago Trinity United Church of Christ even gave a Lifetime Achievement award to Mr. Farrakhan, declaring him a man who "truly epitomized greatness". And now, back to Hillary Clinton's and Europe's frustrations with Obama on Libya:

At the tail end of her mission to bolster the Libyan opposition, which has suffered days of losses to Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s forces, Clinton announced that she’s done with Obama after 2012 — even if he wins again.

“Obviously, she’s not happy with dealing with a president who can’t decide if today is Tuesday or Wednesday, who can’t make his mind up,” a Clinton insider told The Daily. “She’s exhausted, tired.”

He went on, “If you take a look at what’s on her plate as compared with what’s on the plates of previous Secretary of States — there’s more going on now at this particular moment, and it’s like playing sports with a bunch of amateurs. And she doesn’t have any power. She’s trying to do what she can to keep things from imploding.”

Clinton is said to be especially peeved with the president’s waffling over how to encourage the kinds of Arab uprisings that have recently toppled regimes in Egypt and Tunisia, and in particular his refusal to back a no-fly zone over Libya.

In the past week, former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton’s former top adviser Anne-
Marie Slaughter lashed out at Obama for the same reason.

The tension has even spilled over into her dealings with European diplomats, with whom she met early this week.

When French president Nicolas Sarkozy urged her to press the White House to
take more aggressive action in Libya, Clinton repeatedly replied only, “There are difficulties,” according to Foreign Policy magazine.

“Frankly we are just completely puzzled,” one of the diplomats told Foreign
Policy magazine. “We are wondering if this is a priority for the United States.”

Or as the insider described Obama’s foreign policy shop:
“It’s amateur night.”

Clinton revealed her desire to leave yesterday in an interview with CNN’s
Wolf Blitzer, responding four times to his questions about whether she would
accept a post during a potential second Obama administration with a single word: “No.”

Obama himself made light of her strong feelings for supporting the opposition in a speech last week at the Gridiron Club Dinner, an annual gathering that traditionally features a stand-up comedy act by the president.

"I’ve dispatched Hillary to the Middle East to talk about how these countries can transition to newleaders — though, I’ve got to be honest, she’s gotten a little passionate about the subject,” Obama said to laughter from the audience. These past few weeks it's been tough falling asleep with Hillary out there on Pennsylvania Avenue shouting, throwing rocks at the window."

1 comment:

SarahB said...

Great wrap-up!

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