Libya continues on its way to an all out civil war: Gaddafi’s forces using tanks and rockets to push back rebel forces between eastern and western Libya. A revolutionary recently told a reporter that they are severely outgunned, holding up a light machine gun, shaking his head, “See this? This is no good. People are dying.”
Even though some rebels are equipped with heavier artillery, they don’t have access to, say, warplanes and tanks, often times mounting found anti-aircraft guns onto pick-up trucks.
There are mutterings suggesting that Gaddafi might be trying to leave the country, but without concrete evidence, the firefight continues. To make matters all the worse, rebels are running short on oil, making their advance slower and more trying.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Obama is being pressured by some to do more about it. Critics suggest that his talking points are about as helpful as throwing a spit ball at Gaddafi. Others say he shouldn’t even be doing that.
At a time when our presence in the Middle East is less than popular, rumors are being thrown around that the US is in fact behind ALL the revolutions, the main gust that rocked the cradle.
While I think that’s mostly horse shit, it’s best not to puff up considering our already unstable footing in the Middle East.
And speaking of our growing infamy, Obama announced today that he will be keeping Gitmo open, resuming military trials and keeping prisoners indefinitely, some without trials. The executive order came with deep disappointment from the cabinet’s liberal supporters and vindictive “I told you so’s” from conservative critics.
Anthony D. Romero, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union commented on the decision: “The detention of Guantanamo detainees for nine years without charge or trial is a stain on America’s reputation that should be ended immediately, not given a stamp of approval.”
Rep. Peter King - Republican, N.Y., a loud and obnoxious opponent of the federal court hearings in NYC, of which the supposed 9/11 mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was a part. King was nice enough to give Obama a back handed compliment, praising his decision as a continuation of his predecessors policies to defend our country, “The bottom line is that it affirms the Bush administration policy that our government has the right to detain dangerous terrorists until the cessation of hostilities. This is clearly a step in the right direction.”
Ummmm...a cessation of hostilities? I’m no expert, but aren’t we the jack offs over on their soil blowing the shit out of their civilians every day? What would we allow them to do in the name of protecting their own till we get the fuck out of there? Oh yeah, that’s right - we don’t.
I guess since under the newly released Patriot Act (another cracker jack move by Obama), the government is allowed to jail their own citizens without trial, it would seem grossly unfair not to condemn accused terrorists of the same thing. Even if there’s absolutely no hard evidence against about 90% of prisoners in Gitmo. Clearly, it’s a pre-emptive thing...
With this news, I wouldn’t really be surprised if Obama were to announce within the next few days the unilateral takeover of Libya’s government. For as much as his cabinet claims to hate being compared to “W,” they certainly don’t do much to try and avoid it. From playing corporate lap-dog, to upping military presence in the Middle East, to approving tax cuts for the wealthy, and now this, Obama seems pretty comfortable in Bush Jr.’s shoes.
The closer we inch towards 2012, the more I see things being pushed back to the right. Conservative governors have got more balls than a batting cage and seemingly liberal lawmakers appear to be bending more and more in the conservative winds gusting our way.
So, what do the people say? Well, as usual, not much. Politics has almost become a spectator sport, although a withdrawn one, like tennis. We merely watch the back and forth, take a break here and there to grab a snack or stretch our legs. We don’t get in the middle, we don’t meddle with the professionals as they play their game.
Again, as much as I’d like to only blame politicians for these dick stick moves, it’s really our fault for not doing anything about it. It’s like getting hit in the face with a tennis ball repeatedly and not moving or complaining about it.
I for one am tired of being a guinea pig, punching bag for bad ideas and partisan bantering. Both sides are fucked. Both sides are fucking paid off idiots. Our silence only supports the idea that the people are even dumber. Apathy can quickly be confused for ignorance. And at the end of the day, when our ever growing pool of enemies washes over us, it won’t be the Bushes at the front lines paying for their mistakes. It’ll be the people. Are we ok with that?