Mubarak wasn’t booted before Obama sent our former U.S. Ambassador to Egypt, Frank Wisner, to have a heart-to-heart talk with the 30-year dictator. Wisner told journalists that the U.S. policy was not to throw Mubarak under the bus. Instead, Wisner was soon thrown under the bus by White House operatives he sarcastically calls “the re-election committee.”
With the Muslim Brotherhood standing by ready to pick up the pieces of Obama’s bull in a china shop Egypt policies, we now move on to Libya. As soon as demonstrators appeared in the streets against Muammar Gaddafi’s regime—he’s been in power even longer than Mubarak—Hillary thought we needed to act.
Now, Hillary admitted to Ryan Lizza that people are being killed all over the world by nasty dictatorships. But she knew we needed to act in Libya. “People are being killed in Cote d’Ivoire; they’re being killed in the Eastern Congo,” she acknowledged over breakfast with Lizza. “What is the standard?”
Apparently, the standard is that we will intervene only if the U.S. has no vital interest in the threatened area and only if the victims are Muslims and not Christians.
Hillary is quite proud of her achievements in the UN. She managed to get the Arab League to demand UN action in Libya. This is big. “So now we’re going to see whether the [UN] Security Council will support the Arab League. Not support the United States—support the Arab League.” Well, why didn’t you say so? That resolution of support went through the Security Council like greased lightning.
We should certainly not be so pushy as to demand the UN support the United States. After all, it was the United States that went to war in Korea in 1950 to back up the UN. It is the U.S. that puts 37,000 troops in Korea to this day to support the UN effort there. It is the United States that provides 24% of the UN budget.
By all means, let’s make sure we have a UN that does the Arab League’s bidding. The Arab League had no problem putting Gaddafi on the UN Human Rights Council. But in those happy earlier days, Gaddafi was only killing Israelis, killing Africans, and killing Americans over Lockerbie, Scotland.
Only when Gaddafi began killing brother Arabs did the Arab League think maybe he should not remain on the Human Rights Council. Some humans’ rights are more important than others.
Lizza tells us that if there is an Obama Doctrine, it is this: The U.S. must act more humbly in the world. We must “lead from behind,” and adapt ourselves to our declining power in the world.
After two years, we finally know which one—Barack or Hillary—is ready to take that 3 a.m. crisis phone call: neither.