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House Congressional Resolution 51

House Vote 412 - Kucinich Resolution on Libya

On Agreeing to the Resolution

Directing the President, pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution, to remove the United States Armed Forces from Libya. 

Sponsor:Dennis J. Kucinich
Introduced:May 23, 2011
Passed House:
Passed Senate:
Considered by President:
Became Law:

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Result:Failed by a margin of 59 votes
Date of Vote:June 3, 2011
Roll Call Number:412

Related Story: House Rebukes Obama Over Libya

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Yes Votes (148)

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Sandra AdamsRFL-24
Todd AkinRMO-2
Justin AmashRMI-3
Michele BachmannRMN-6
Tammy BaldwinDWI-2
Roscoe G. BartlettRMD-6
Xavier BecerraDCA-31
Dan BenishekRMI-1
Rick BergRND-1
Timothy H. BishopDNY-1
Bruce BraleyDIA-1
Mo BrooksRAL-5
Paul BrounRGA-10
Vern BuchananRFL-13
Michael C. BurgessRTX-26
Dan BurtonRIN-5
Dave CampRMI-4
John CampbellRCA-48
Shelley Moore CapitoRWV-2
Michael E. CapuanoDMA-8
Bill CassidyRLA-6
Kathy CastorDFL-11
Jason ChaffetzRUT-3
David CicillineDRI-1
Hansen ClarkeDMI-13
Yvette D. ClarkeDNY-11
William Lacy ClayDMO-1
Emanuel Cleaver IIDMO-5
Howard CobleRNC-6
Tom ColeROK-4
John Conyers Jr.DMI-14
Jerry F. CostelloDIL-12
Danny K. DavisDIL-7
Geoff DavisRKY-4
Peter A. DeFazioDOR-4
Mike DoyleDPA-14
Sean DuffyRWI-7
Jeffrey DuncanRSC-3
John J. Duncan Jr.RTN-2
Sam FarrDCA-17
Stephen FincherRTN-8
Jeff FlakeRAZ-6
John FlemingRLA-4
Virginia FoxxRNC-5
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Scott GarrettRNJ-5
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Louie GohmertRTX-1
Charlie GonzalezDTX-20
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Frank GuintaRNH-1
Luis V. GutierrezDIL-4
Ralph M. HallRTX-4
Colleen HanabusaDHI-1
Andy HarrisRMD-1
Alcee L. HastingsDFL-23
Maurice D. HincheyDNY-22
Rush HoltDNJ-12
Tim HuelskampRKS-1
Bill HuizengaRMI-2
Jesse L. Jackson Jr.DIL-2
Sheila Jackson-LeeDTX-18
Sam JohnsonRTX-3
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Walter B. JonesRNC-3
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Jack KingstonRGA-1
Dennis J. KucinichDOH-10
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Jeff LandryRLA-3
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Barbara LeeDCA-9
John LewisDGA-5
Ben Ray LujanDNM-3
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Donald ManzulloRIL-16
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Michael H. MichaudDME-2
Candice S. MillerRMI-10
Mick MulvaneyRSC-5
Jerrold NadlerDNY-8
Grace F. NapolitanoDCA-38
Kristi NoemRSD-1
Richard NugentRFL-5
Ed PastorDAZ-4
Ron PaulRTX-14
Erik PaulsenRMN-3
Donald M. PayneDNJ-10
Steve PearceRNM-2
Ed PerlmutterDCO-7
Tom PetriRWI-6
Chellie PingreeDME-1
Joe PittsRPA-16
Ted PoeRTX-2
Bill PoseyRFL-15
Tom PriceRGA-6
Charles B. RangelDNY-15
Tom ReedRNY-29
Reid RibbleRWI-8
Laura RichardsonDCA-37
Scott RigellRVA-2
Phil RoeRTN-1
Tom RooneyRFL-16
Dennis RossRFL-12
Lucille Roybal-AllardDCA-34
Ed RoyceRCA-40
Jean SchmidtROH-2
Kurt SchraderDOR-5
David SchweikertRAZ-5
Austin ScottRGA-8
Robert C. ScottDVA-3
Tim ScottRSC-1
F. James SensenbrennerRWI-5
José E. SerranoDNY-16
Brad ShermanDCA-27
Steve SoutherlandRFL-2
Jackie SpeierDCA-12
Pete StarkDCA-13
Cliff StearnsRFL-6
Marlin StutzmanRIN-3
Lee TerryRNE-2
Bennie ThompsonDMS-2
John F. TierneyDMA-6
Paul TonkoDNY-21
Edolphus TownsDNY-10
Fred UptonRMI-6
Nydia M. VelázquezDNY-12
Peter J. ViscloskyDIN-1
Tim WalbergRMI-7
Joe WalshRIL-8
Maxine WatersDCA-35
Daniel WebsterRFL-8
Peter WelchDVT-1
Allen WestRFL-22
Lynn WestmorelandRGA-3
Frank R. WolfRVA-10
Rob WoodallRGA-7
Lynn WoolseyDCA-6
Don YoungRAK-1

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Gary L. AckermanDNY-5
Robert B. AderholtRAL-4
Rodney AlexanderRLA-5
Jason AltmireDPA-4
Robert E. AndrewsDNJ-1
Steve AustriaROH-7
Joe BacaDCA-43
Spencer BachusRAL-6
Lou BarlettaRPA-11
John BarrowDGA-12
Joe L. BartonRTX-6
Karen BassDCA-33
Shelley BerkleyDNV-1
Howard L. BermanDCA-28
Judy BiggertRIL-13
Brian P. BilbrayRCA-50
Gus BilirakisRFL-9
Rob BishopRUT-1
Sanford D. Bishop Jr.DGA-2
Diane BlackRTN-6
Marsha BlackburnRTN-7
Earl BlumenauerDOR-3
Jo BonnerRAL-1
Mary Bono MackRCA-45
Dan BorenDOK-2
Leonard L. BoswellDIA-3
Charles Boustany Jr.RLA-7
Kevin BradyRTX-8
Robert A. BradyDPA-1
Corrine BrownDFL-3
Larry BucshonRIN-8
Ann Marie BuerkleRNY-25
G. K. ButterfieldDNC-1
Ken CalvertRCA-44
Francisco CansecoRTX-23
Eric CantorRVA-7
Lois CappsDCA-23
Dennis CardozaDCA-18
Russ CarnahanDMO-3
John CarneyDDE-1
André CarsonDIN-7
John CarterRTX-31
Steven J. ChabotROH-1
Ben ChandlerDKY-6
Judy ChuDCA-32
James E. ClyburnDSC-6
Mike CoffmanRCO-6
Steve CohenDTN-9
K. Michael ConawayRTX-11
Gerald E. ConnollyDVA-11
Jim CooperDTN-5
Jim CostaDCA-20
Joe CourtneyDCT-2
Chip CravaackRMN-8
Rick CrawfordRAR-1
Ander CrenshawRFL-4
Mark CritzDPA-12
Joseph CrowleyDNY-7
Henry CuellarDTX-28
John CulbersonRTX-7
Elijah E. CummingsDMD-7
Susan A. DavisDCA-53
Diana DeGetteDCO-1
Rosa DeLauroDCT-3
Jeffrey DenhamRCA-19
Charlie DentRPA-15
Scott DesJarlaisRTN-4
Ted DeutchDFL-19
Mario Diaz-BalartRFL-21
Norman D. DicksDWA-6
John D. DingellDMI-15
Lloyd DoggettDTX-25
Robert DoldRIL-10
Joe DonnellyDIN-2
David DreierRCA-26
Donna EdwardsDMD-4
Keith EllisonDMN-5
Renee EllmersRNC-2
Jo Ann EmersonRMO-8
Eliot L. EngelDNY-17
Anna G. EshooDCA-14
Blake FarentholdRTX-27
Chaka FattahDPA-2
Bob FilnerDCA-51
Michael G. FitzpatrickRPA-8
Chuck FleischmannRTN-3
Bill FloresRTX-17
J. Randy ForbesRVA-4
Jeff FortenberryRNE-1
Trent FranksRAZ-2
Marcia L. FudgeDOH-11
Elton GalleglyRCA-24
John GaramendiDCA-10
Cory GardnerRCO-4
Jim GerlachRPA-6
Bob GibbsROH-18
Phil GingreyRGA-11
Robert W. GoodlatteRVA-6
Sam GravesRMO-6
Al GreenDTX-9
Gene GreenDTX-29
Tim GriffinRAR-2
Morgan GriffithRVA-9
Mike GrimmRNY-13
Richard HannaRNY-24
Gregg HarperRMS-3
Vicky HartzlerRMO-4
Doc HastingsRWA-4
Nan HayworthRNY-19
Joe HeckRNV-3
Martin HeinrichDNM-1
Jeb HensarlingRTX-5
Wally HergerRCA-2
Jaime Herrera BeutlerRWA-3
Brian HigginsDNY-27
Jim HimesDCT-4
Mazie K. HironoDHI-2
Kathy HochulDNY-26
Tim HoldenDPA-17
Michael M. HondaDCA-15
Randy HultgrenRIL-14
Duncan D. HunterRCA-52
Robert HurtRVA-5
Jay InsleeDWA-1
Steve IsraelDNY-2
Darrell IssaRCA-49
Lynn JenkinsRKS-2
Bill JohnsonROH-6
Eddie Bernice JohnsonDTX-30
Hank JohnsonDGA-4
Jim JordanROH-4
Mike KellyRPA-3
Dale E. KildeeDMI-5
Ron KindDWI-3
Peter T. KingRNY-3
Steve KingRIA-5
Adam KinzingerRIL-11
Larry KissellDNC-8
John KlineRMN-2
Steven C. LaTouretteROH-14
Doug LambornRCO-5
Leonard LanceRNJ-7
Jim LangevinDRI-2
James LankfordROK-5
Rick LarsenDWA-2
Tom LathamRIA-4
Robert E. LattaROH-5
Sander M. LevinDMI-12
Jerry LewisRCA-41
Daniel LipinskiDIL-3
Frank A. LoBiondoRNJ-2
Dave LoebsackDIA-2
Billy LongRMO-7
Nita M. LoweyDNY-18
Frank D. LucasROK-3
Blaine LuetkemeyerRMO-9
Dan LungrenRCA-3
Carolyn B. MaloneyDNY-14
Kenny MarchantRTX-24
Tom MarinoRPA-10
Jim MathesonDUT-2
Doris MatsuiDCA-5
Carolyn McCarthyDNY-4
Kevin McCarthyRCA-22
Michael McCaulRTX-10
Betty McCollumDMN-4
Jim McDermottDWA-7
Mike McIntyreDNC-7
Howard P. McKeonRCA-25
Cathy McMorris RodgersRWA-5
Jerry McNerneyDCA-11
Pat MeehanRPA-7
Gregory W. MeeksDNY-6
John L. MicaRFL-7
Brad MillerDNC-13
Gary G. MillerRCA-42
James P. MoranDVA-8
Christopher S. MurphyDCT-5
Tim MurphyRPA-18
Randy NeugebauerRTX-19
Devin NunesRCA-21
Alan NunneleeRMS-1
Pete OlsonRTX-22
John W. OlverDMA-1
Bill OwensDNY-23
Steven PalazzoRMS-4
Frank PalloneDNJ-6
Bill Pascrell Jr.DNJ-8
Nancy PelosiDCA-8
Mike PenceRIN-6
Gary PetersDMI-9
Collin C. PetersonDMN-7
Todd R. PlattsRPA-19
Jared PolisDCO-2
Mike PompeoRKS-4
David E. PriceDNC-4
Ben QuayleRAZ-3
Mike QuigleyDIL-5
Nick J. Rahall IIDWV-3
Denny RehbergRMT-1
Dave ReichertRWA-8
Jim RenacciROH-16
Silvestre ReyesDTX-16
Cedric RichmondDLA-2
David RiveraRFL-25
Martha RobyRAL-2
Harold RogersRKY-5
Mike D. RogersRAL-3
Mike RogersRMI-8
Dana RohrabacherRCA-46
Todd RokitaRIN-4
Ileana Ros-LehtinenRFL-18
Peter RoskamRIL-6
Mike RossDAR-4
Steven R. RothmanDNJ-9
Jon RunyanRNJ-3
C.A. Dutch RuppersbergerDMD-2
Paul D. RyanRWI-1
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Linda T. SanchezDCA-39
Loretta SanchezDCA-47
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Jan SchakowskyDIL-9
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Bobby SchillingRIL-17
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Pete SessionsRTX-32
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Todd YoungRIN-9

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Charles F. BassRNH-2
John A. BoehnerROH-8
Rodney FrelinghuysenRNJ-11
Gabrielle GiffordsDAZ-8
Kay GrangerRTX-12
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Richard E. NealDMA-2
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Allyson Y. SchwartzDPA-13
Heath ShulerDNC-11
C. W. Bill YoungRFL-10

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Libya News And Analysis : June 26.2011

by W. Alexander Hagen 
Armchair Power Structures Analyst, 
CEO tech company
Former Research Engineer
for Bell Labs inspired
DCL

Libya Conflict Intel:

Libya in the News: Sunday June 26 US DOD Assassination of Gaddafi: The gradual leak that this is standard Pentagon Media Vietnam Iraq Playbook: An invasion based on an entirely different plan than is presented to the public -wishing to end it quickly before Loyalist Info Can Leak Out:


Week of the crumbing of the wall of silence on information that questions the western narrative.


Libyan women have the most to lose with the TNC, they have full equal rights now - and there future w the TNC seems less assured

Here are some excellent exposes breaking over last 24 hours:

How to Stop the Unfair Demonisation of Gaddafi by the Western Powers?


The continuing bombardment is causing neutrals to re-join govt one according to an American Journalist in Tripoli. 

It is there brothers and fathers getting killed, their rights in danger by the salafists etc amognst rebels, their families unfairly by unsubstantiated allegations of Rape (Amnesty Intl - finds no evidence of rape

The Obama admin continued its coincidences with the Bush Admin with Hilarry Clinton repeating George Bush’s

You are either for us or against us.

Amnesty International determines there is no evidence to support Libyan Force Rape – and they said they were under tremendous pressure to find out – only 1 doctor had any claimed proof – and none of the women were available for interview.

The Libyan Womens Message, The CNN reporter, Zuma sends minister of prisons to pick up Michelle Obama

Gaddafi assisted Nelson Mandela and his ANC over the years – and Zuma hasn’t forgotten.

The US admiral said kill Gaddafi  : This was reported angrily by turner after a closed door meeting

Webb said no one wants Gaddafi  to stay

Violating 2.4

Americans For Respect Of Libya’s Sovereignty (Me) Narrative Resistance and Public Awareness Survey

The Psychology of media self censorship –Al Jazeera, RT, PressTV, US Media, BBC –

Two constant beats the Benghazi massacre – and the repression of info complimentary to the loyalists

Rule 1: Sarcasm is only permitted within the official line – sarcasm against official line seems disrespectful and people have unconscious dislike .

Our Plea: Media please enumerate the achievements of Libya and question the demonization of their system

It is perhaps a mythology

But Gaddafi after 8 years resigned – and created direct democracy (Cut to Interview)

I can’t believe we as a civilization have degenerated that we openly discuss taking out heads of state we dislike, and with a country with climbing poverty debt incarceration and declining educational competitiveness. David Brooks

The consequences of killing Gaddafi

Noone wants to see Gaddafi stay

Who Is lining up with Gaddafi:

Due to the total bungling of relations both domestically and internationally

Gaddafi has now been lionized

People who might have opposed him, have rejoined him, outraged by the NATO Arrogant abuse of their country,for example NATO sinking the entire fleet.

Kara Denis De Gemelirin me baht the, mehemtjik

With such arrogant behavior, and treating the rebels as ‘darkies’ yet bombing the crap out of the loyalists. domineering eccentric tyrannical Uncle Mouamar

A passive Iraqi / Vietnamese/Afghan/Libyan/Cuban. Cambodian Palestinian family has a son or daughter in the military. Disattisfied perhaps with the boredom of Gadaffi’s Jamahiriya which bans political discussions w foreighners for example. Yet anxious, as is it has the strongest welfare state in Africa. There is less poverty in Libya – than in Africa. The son or daughter is flattened in a missile strike, to a tank or a “command and control center” such as Gaddafis sons house.

This family is now outraged – sometimes they turn against Gaddafi, but usually against the Crusader Armies

Humiliation of proud though perhaps at times subjugated people (Russians Under Stalin) in Foreign Affairs can offend their Nationalism.

He may be a son of a bitch – but he’s our son of a bitch

Now the population is aroused – in particular women because it is they who stand to lose the most – and Gaddafi is smart – he has notified them of the reactionary tendencies in the Benghazi Rebel Government.

If Gaddafi is killed – Libyans who are fence sitters – will be driven into a permanent loyalist underground – just like Iraq, and in the case of Vietnam (strategic bombing of N Vietnam as egregious as killing Ho Chi Minh perhaps) motivated the Viet Cong – The SOUTH VIETNAMESE communist insurgency.

This may be the objective of the Security State. To instigate a instability in which the assets are destroyed, and new forces of capitalism come in to a ruined crippled economy – See Wall Street Journal

Libya has the leading education health care and minority and womens rights in Africa and the Arab and Moslem World perhaps. Iraq once held that distinction

Supporting References and Link Reel:

 

We have our narrative, the Moslems have theirs

Crusader Armies, Invading Moslem again, imperiously without deference even to their own allies calling for murder of the leadership – and transfer of Libya’s wealth – to a group that is not well known – and full of security henchmen for Gaddafi and the Cia and El Qaeda and Salafists arrayed around a feudal monarchies flag – as well as many sincere people seeking freedom to be sure one thinks.  True Scientific knowledge is allways constantly revealing new things

 

The perpetual war against terrorism and bloated prisoner pop and depressed test score and heavy debt consumer 16% of our economy, while medicine consumer 17% leaving a bare3.5% FOR education –  drone attacks, support of Israel, the destruction of Iraq the most advanced nation in the middle east, now the destruction of Libya, the drones in Yemen, the double cross of Afghanistan and Pakistan after the Russian defeat and the subsequent us occupation – have not helped the region and they have bankrupted Our Country.

The Party Line:

Protecting Civilian’s

All we have to do is think rationally =-

 

That means scientifically – and socratically

 


Good News From Libya – OpEd excerpted from EurasiaReview.com

Written by: Daniel Greenfield

June 26, 2011

The good news is that victory is all but assured in Libya. Just don’t ask for whom, or how or why. Or any other questions for that matter.

Ten years ago, liberals howled in outrage when President Bush said, “Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.” They wanted a third option like remaining neutral. Or a fourth option of being with the terrorists, while still having the patriotic credibility of condemning any action against Muslim terrorists as “Un-American”.

Now Hillary Clinton replied to Republican congressional critics with, “The bottom line is, whose side are you on? Are you on Qadhafi’s side or are you on the side of the aspirations of the Libyan people and the international coalition that has been created to support them?”

As rousing retorts go, this sounds like it was processed through the sausage factory of bureaucracy and ended up as the conclusion to a thesis. But then it’s hard to make, “You’re either with the international coalition and the aspirations of the Libyan people or with the guy in the robe who was a close ally three months ago” sound snappy. That’s the problem with fighting wars on behalf of a multinational philosophy that can only be summed up in polysyllabic torrents of words that don’t mean anything.

When Bush said, “You’re either with us or against us”, we all knew what he meant. But what does fighting for the aspirations of the Libyan people mean? If it turns out that the Libyan people aspire to behead their daughters and ethnically cleanse Africans, will we still be for that. And if not, why not. Either we are for democracy or we’re for crushing their aspirations under the tanks of a dictator. And who are we to pass judgement on their aspirations anyway. Look at the Indians, Three Mile Island and Britney Spears.

It doesn’t take much to start from that way of thinking and go straight to dropping bombs for female genital mutilation and sending in the marines in support of beheading gays, even as the marines are forced to accept openly gay soldiers.

“You’re either with our coalition or with Gaddafi” abandons national interests in favor of some vague right to protect civilians from bombardment by bombing them first. How many villages do we have to destroy before we finally save them? There’s no way to tell. Not without blowing them up first.

If we’re going on bombing raids to protect civilians, then why are the skies of Syria, Sudan and Iran clear of B2 bombers and Tomahawk missiles? It’s because we only protect certain civilians. Usually the ones who don’t exist.

To justify the war on Libya, Obama has claimed that if he had not acted thousands of civilians would be dead. Last month he reiterated that all the 700,000 people in Benghazi are still alive only thanks to his swift actions. How do we know that? Well Obama took action and they’re alive, aren’t they. What better proof could you possibly ask for?

You might as well act skeptical when the administration also insists that by spending trillions of dollars they saved millions of jobs. How do we know that millions of jobs were saved? There are millions of people still employed, aren’t there? Q.E.D.

And when next fall we begin bombing China to save 1 billion Chinese from something or other, then so long as there are a billion of them still alive when we’re done– then clearly we were right to act. Either you’re with us or with the imaginary crisis we made up to justify a stupid policy that doesn’t even make sense to us and that we can’t rationally defend. That one’s almost as big a mouthful as that whole bit about the “the international coalition and the aspirations of the Libyan people”. But it’s more accurate.

So why are we in Libya? A better question is why aren’t we in Libya. When George Mallory was asked why he wanted to climb Mount Everest, his reply was, “Because it’s there.” Libya is there too. And if we don’t bomb it, someone else will. But George Mallory died on Everest. Which suggests that there might be better reasons to climb mountains and bomb countries than their general “thereness”.

Libya has a dictator. A quality it has in common with the Muslim world and much of the globe. But you don’t see us sending in the marines to remove the tyrants of the majority of the UN membership. After all who would authorize such an operation? Not the UN. And then we would be acting unilaterally, which in finer diplomatic circles is considered worse than tyranny, pederasty and genocide. Throw in a reference to religion and you’re worse than the Third Reich.

When Bush went into Iraq, it had genocide, chemical weapons and was a threat to the region. Libya has none of these. Which is why the same Times scribblers who took a firm line against seizing Saddam are keen to knife Gaddafi. But the situations are totally different. Saddam was just another homicidal tyrant , but the robed madman of Tripoli is standing in the way of the great tidal wave of democracy sweeping through the region. He isn’t killing people. Worse he’s obstructing the march of the Arab Spring. The Times editorial page can forgive genocide, but not standing in the way of the wave of history. No one does that and lives.

Reasonable observers will note that waves are rare in a desert and anyone claiming to see one has just sighted a mirage. That the rebels consist of Gaddafi’s own ministers and representatives from the local branch of Al-Qaeda. But why quibble at such minor points. Just rephrase the sentiment a little. “Either you’re with the Gaddafi government and Al-Qaeda, or with Gaddafi and his African mercenaries.” And we must do our utmost to defeat Gaddafi so that his ministers and Al-Qaeda can battle it out for the chance to take a percentage of bribes from Western oil companies.

Taking that firm line against Gaddafi sounds better if we forget that we were for him, before we were against him. And if he manages to outlast Sakorzy, Cameron and Obama, or at least the two out of three on that list who are going into elections as unpopular losers, then we may end up being for him again.

Obama was photographed pressing the tanned creepy flesh of the Arab world’s craziest leader at the G8 summit a mere two years ago. And in 2013, he may be doing it again. Gaddafi has been bombed by Americans before. And lived to tell the tale. And what’s a dead son or daughter anyway when international diplomacy is at stake.

But then you get the feeling that Obama went to war as much out of irritation at Gaddafi’s insistence on calling him a “Son of Africa” and “of Muslim descent”. It’s one thing to kill your own people and another to be a Birther. No one puts baby in a corner or in the position of having to show his birth certificate.

The ultimate in good news though is that this is not a war. It’s just one of those things where we go to a country and drop bombs on it. But not in a warlike way. It’s just one of those kinetic military actions. And kinetic military actions or KMA’s, kinetically deploy munitions, which is clearly an action and involves the military, but is not a military action, just a kinetic action of the military. And I don’t think we have anything to worry about.

Last week there was an armed kinetic event on my block with one fatality. Some hotheads are calling it a murder, but why throw around crazy words like that which give people the wrong impression. It was an event and kinetics were involved. Also kinesthetics and eventually anesthetics and paramedics. But the more we talk like academics about the dynamics of kinetics, we are free not to pay attention to the chrematistics of undeclared illegal wars fought on behalf of the aspirations of oil companies and foreign policy apparatuses who use reform as a synonym for friendly dictatorships.

And this particular kinetic military action, which we may or may not be fighting, is a winner. It may not be for us, but like the lottery, someone out there is going to cash in. Will it be Gaddafi or his ministers? Al-Qaeda or the African mercenaries? And what about BP or Obama’s golf game. We may be cutting and running from Afghanistan, and sitting down to talk things over with the Taliban, but our slow slog toward the rough beast of Libyan democracy waiting to be born is going smoothly.

In the words of Gaddafi’s Son of Africa, “There will be times, though, when our safety is not directly threatened, but our interests and our values are.” There was and still is no evidence whatsoever that Gaddafi had ever threatened Obama’s interest in playing golf all day Or his socialist values. But the mere fact that Obama is able to continue to play golf and spend money is proof that we were right to act. We can’t be selfish and act only when we know there’s a crisis. We must just act. Climb mountains because they’re there. Bomb countries also because they’re there. Just remember. You’re either with us or with the people who think before they act.

About the author:

Daniel Greenfield

Daniel Greenfield is a columnist born in Israel and currently living in New York City. He is a contributing editor at Family Security Matters and writes a daily blog column on Islamic Terrorism, Israeli and American politics and Europe's own clash of civilizations which can be found at Sultanknish.blogspot.com.

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