Drunkblogging Obama’s Libya Speech


A time-limited, vermouth-limited overserved kinetic martini-action cocktail operation.
March 28, 2011 – by Stephen Green

4:14PM Reporters reportedly chuckled when they were told that the White House wouldn’t make war decisions based on “consistency or precedent.”

Me, I started drinking.

Actually, that’s not true — I waited nearly minutes after taking of Number One Son’s carpool.

4:18PM Shep Smith on Fox just finished savaging the Administration. That’s like having your Border Collie turn on you. This isn’t going to be pretty.

4:21PM “I’m not afraid of planes!” Gaddafi is shouting from the rooftops. Good thing, too — since he’ll probably need to board one for Monaco if he wants to live.

4:24PM Still on Fox. Reagan — what a cowboy. Talking to Congress before launching a war against a tiny country where we have no vital interests. Such nerve.

4:25PM Just switched to CNN. John King is a welcome relief from all that bombast on Fox. And also from charisma.

4:29PM David Gergen is telling us we’re going to be involved for a long time no matter what happens.

Thanks goodness we’re having this debate now, more than a week after initiating hostilities.

4:32PM I’m confused, and it isn’t just the very large vodka-rocks I’m enjoying seconds of.

It’s a major address, but it’s not in prime-time for most of the nation. It’s a war, but the President isn’t addressing Congress. It looks like a press conference, where Obama might announce a worthwhile American initiative. What’s the context here?

4:32PM Gravitas is lacking. This is a war speech, but his speech is fast and his voice is lacking its usual resonance. Message: This is not all that important.

4:33PM OK, so a general war update. Great troops — I love this stuff.

4:33PM We have a unique role! Which we’re turning over to a Canadian general!

4:34PM “Libya sits directly between Tunisia and Egypt.” It is also quite flat. And often hot.

4:35PM “Last month, Gaddafi’s grip of fear seemed to weaken — but I did nothing for a couple weeks. But it’s vital now, I promise you.”

I might have done some paraphrasing.

4:35PM “Gaddafi had lost confidence and legitimacy.” And he had them… when?

4:36PM Now we’re at the laundry list of Gaddafi atrocities — and they are atrocities. You can’t make light of that.

4:37PM Also, Obama has found his groove. But still, this is the kind of thing presidents usually say from behind the Resolute desk or in front of Congress. It’s just jarring in its wrongness.

4:38PM We faced a choice: I was going to quote something here, but I still haven’t heard the choice.

4:39PM Benghazi, a city the size of Charlotte. Props to my homies in the SC! That was just a weird line.

4:40PM “We have stopped Gaddafi’s deadly advance.” Actually, the rebels have made nice advances today, all thanks to our No Fly Zone, and direct attacks on ground targets. To mention that would be bragging?

4:41PM In just one months we’ve done everything but get permission and money from your elected representatives.

Obama bragging about diplomatic and military speed. Dare we call it… a rush to war?

Stephen Green writes, broadcasts, and enjoys the occasional lovely adult beverage at the home he shares with his wife and sons in Monument, Colorado.

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