Lee Wrights: Lies, damn lies and presidential statements

by R. Lee Wrights

BURNET, Texas (March 31) – In politics, there are lies, damn lies and presidential statements. Nine days after taking the United States into another immoral, unnecessary and unconstitutional war based on lies and distortions, President Obama continued to compound and expand the deceit. Everything about this action has been a lie, from the claims used to justify the action, to the bogus U.N. resolution crafted to give it an air of legality, to the implementation of the phony “no-fly zone.”

It should now be clear to anyone that the United States has intervened in a Libyan civil war on the side of the rebels. Just a day after President Obama said this action was not about removing Moammar Gadhafi from power by force, Secretary of State Clinton said the United States and our allies were considering arming the rebels, an action which would be a violation of the U.N. resolution that supposedly authorized this attack.

Obama claimed, without presenting any evidence, that we had to act in order to prevent the “slaughter of civilians” and incredibly declared that to do otherwise would be a “betrayal of who we are.” Launching a massive attack on a sovereign nation which has not attacked or threatened us is the real and the greatest betrayal of who we are. It is a despicable act of aggression and an outright act of war.

Once again, the United States military is engaging in a policy to “destroy the village in order to save it.” What is unclear is exactly who are we saving it from. Obama said he “refused to wait for the images of slaughter and mass graves before taking action.” But, he’s apparently perfectly content to be responsible for images of the mangled bodies of innocents killed by the “collateral damage” of American bombs, missiles and aircraft, and the body-bags filled with brave American soldiers.

The president has forgotten, or maybe he doesn’t believe, that his first and most important legal and moral duty as commander-in-chief is to protect the lives of Americans.

From the beginning of this manufactured crisis, President Obama simply has not been honest with the American people. He doesn’t even have the honesty to call this a war. His political sycophants have come up with the euphemism “kinetic military action” to disguise and obfuscate the true nature of this aggression. Obama has behaved and spoken in a way eerily and painfully reminiscent of his three predecessors, who entangled the United States in the quagmires of internal conflicts in other nations.

Like his predecessors, President Obama has used cleverly crafted, high-sounding and morally tinged words and phrases to justify actions that clearly demonstrate a disregard for the rule of law and U.S. Constitution. But actions speak louder than words. Sadly, his actions show a callous disregard for the lives of American soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines.

On the one hand, the president did not find the time to consult with Congress before ordering the attack on Libya, yet he found time to consult with NATO and the Arab League. While ignoring the clear mandate to seek a declaration of war from Congress, Obama cited the U.N. Charter to justify his action. Apparently the President thinks that is a higher law than the Constitution he has sworn to preserve, protect and defend.

From the beginning, the “no-fly” zone was shown to be a farce. American missiles and aircraft attacked not just air defense systems, but infrastructure, convoys, tanks, Libyan government forces — and Gadhafi’s residences. Filling the Libyan sky with U.S. bombs the president insisted that while Gadhafi “must go,” he was not a target. That is insane! If this is indeed a just war, then all the leaders of the enemy nation should be targets. The fact that President Obama has been so circumspect about this issue just makes it all the more clear that this is not a just war.

The U.S. employed AC-130 gunships and A-10 tank buster aircraft which are specially designed for close air support and battlefield interdiction in support of ground forces. Another insanity here, if indeed this is a just war, is that to use such massive firepower without having someone on the ground to direct it is militarily unsound and morally reprehensible because it inevitable results in the death of non-combatants.

The talk about sending arms to the rebels in Libya is perhaps the most bizarre and disturbing development. Even before the bombing of Libya began there was very little information reported about exactly who the rebels are. Michael Scheuer, former head of the CIA’s Bin Laden unit, explained in a recent article that there is plausible reason to believe the rebels are current or former Islamist mujahedin, eager to engage in jihad. During his despotic reign, Gaddafi fought to suppress Libyan Islamists, who dominate the eastern provinces of the nation that are now in rebellion. Some of these some folks fought Americans in Iraq!

Whether or not the Libyan rebellion is dominated by al Qaeda, Islamists or any other terrorist or anti-American group is not the point. The point is that the United States does not know. Once again our ignorance of local conditions in a foreign nation, particularly the Middle East, hasn’t deterred American politicians from making stupid decisions about policy. And so – once again — American diplomatic ignorance and hubris will make enemies, sow chaos and discord, and result in the death of innocent people.

R. Lee Wrights is a longtime libertarian writer, political activist, a lifetime member of the Libertarian Party, and a past vice chair of the Libertarian National Committee. He is considering seeking the presidential nomination because he is determined that the Libertarian message in 2012 be a loud, clear and unequivocal call to stop all war. Wrights has pledged that 10 percent of all donations to his campaign will go toward ballot access so that the stop all war message can be heard in all 50 states. Wrights, 52, is the co-founder and editor of the free speech online magazine Liberty For All. He was born in Winston Salem, N.C. and now lives in Texas.

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9 thoughts on “Lee Wrights: Lies, damn lies and presidential statements

  1. AroundtheblockAFT

    My Obama supporting colleagues are twisted in knots trying to justify this war as compared to Bush’s Iraq war. One did admit that her support is contingent on there being no body bags arriving at Dover AFB. Apparently, it is o.k. to kill some innocent brown people in order to protect some other innnocent brown people, but let’s no lose one who obeys the orders of the warmonger in charge.

  2. John Jay Myers

    You guys just don’t get it, we are not trying to kill Gadhafi, we are just making sure that he does not have the power to kill those who are trying to kill him.

    See… now it makes perfect sense.

    (Another great article Lee)

  3. Steve

    Arming Islamist rebels? That’s a great idea, I can’t imagine something like that ever coming back to hurt us. All the Reagan Libertarians need to rally behind this Reaganesque idea!

    🙂

  4. George Phillies

    “use such massive firepower without having someone on the ground to direct it”

    Why do you think we don’t? The CIA etc budgte lets us spend $10 per person on spying on everyone in the world.

  5. Steven R Linnabary

    Lockerbie. Remember?

    Remember what happened a quarter century ago? Why?

    But since you brought it up, yeah, I remember Reagan’s illegal war against Libya. Shooting down Libyan aircraft, sinking 5 Libyan Naval vessels in Libyan waters, and then to take America’s mind off tax day, the massive bombing of Tripoli and Benghazi in 1988 (killing Khaddafy’s adopted daughter).

    You might want to remember that when you go to war with someone, YOU might get some retaliation. Obama’s plan to shore up his popularity with neo-cons and to distract Americans from his fiscal policies is sure to bring more retaliation.

    PEACE

  6. Luke

    @2 lol. How many people did we kill to make sure he would survive?

    @6 I didn’t sign up for this non war yet I might reap the consequences. Where do I turn in my earth citizenship?

  7. Tom Blanton

    Wrights is even more right than he imagined when he wrote this piece. Obama is a lying sack of shit.

    Now it has come to be known that the CIA has been in Libya for weeks and that Gaddafi has been pushing for nationalization of the oil industry since 2009. Was he getting ready to move on this?

    It is reminiscent of Mosaddeq in 1953 when he was trying to nationalize Iran’s industry and the MI6 and CIA pulled a regime change.

    Another interesting item in the news is that the Fed bailed out a Libyan bank partially owned by the Libyan government. This bank has now been exempted from sanctions.

  8. TinFoilCap & JockeyShorts to Match

    “The president has forgotten, or maybe he doesn’t believe, that his first and most important legal and moral duty as commander-in-chief is to protect the lives of Americans.”

    Obama is, has been, and will continue to be a puppet. Plain and simple he is a script reader (see videos below)! This middle east uproar is instigated and has been planned for decades (see chess board article below). The Globalist are cleaning up all the final resistance to their world plan. This guy like the Egyptian guy and Saddam earlier, didn’t go along with their gameplan. A gameplan that included forced abortions (planned parenthood?!) in a broader population control (eugenics) for the entire region!

    Does it not seem strange that the first major thing these “rebels” do before they even win is set up a “Central Bank”? LOL the banksters don’t even hide it from us anymore. We are the dumbass masses that will continue to PAY (in money, blood, and future freedoms) for their greedy march to global rule!

    “To defend the New World Order, U.S. soldiers will have to kill and die.” – Arthur Schlesinger , Jr.

    ROCKEFELLER EVIL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxC7imP8di8&NR=1

    Obama and Rockefeller 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6C24GpgQTQ&feature=related

    Obama and Rockefeller 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8vFSqYXJ8U&feature=related

    The final minute roughly of this vid is scary stuff!
    Zbigniew Brzezinski on your future: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKzEpQc-yo8

    Are We All Just Pawns on the Grand Chess Board? – http://constitutionpartyoftennessee.com/2011/03/07/are-we-all-just-pawns-on-the-grand-chess-board/

    Don’t doubt for a milli-second this isn’t in the works for the U.S. also…
    “The technetronic era involves the gradual appearance of a more controlled society. Such a society would be dominated by an elite, unrestrained by traditional values. Soon it will be possible to assert almost continuous surveillance over every citizen and maintain up-to-date complete files containing even the most personal information about the citizen. These files will be subject to instantaneous retrieval by the authorities.” – Zbigniew Brzezinski

    Old “Ike” warned the people fifty years ago, but no one stopped them!

    “In the counsels of Government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the Military Industrial Complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals so that security and liberty may prosper together.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower…in his farewell speech to the nation as POTUS, January 1961…

    STOP ALL WARS !
    ‘peace in our time’

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