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As Obama’s Hangover Subsides, WH Reportedly Decides to Take Governor Palin’s Advice on Libya

By Stacy Drake

Friday evening, Allah Pundit posted a piece stating that the Obama administration is asking for a contingency plan regarding the implementation of a no-fly zone over Libya, in the wake of the recent unrest.

He writes:

Just a blurb on Twitter, but Jackson Diehl’s a longtime WaPo columnist with plenty of contacts, no doubt:

I hear Obama administration has asked for contingency planning on a no-fly zone for #Libya

Let’s hope so, because the White House’s new plan to impose sanctions is so palpably lame as to operate as an admission that they’re not planning to do anything to stop protesters from getting shot. […]

As for the no-fly zone, if they’re going to do it, it has to begin immediately. Rebels beat back an attempt by Qaddafi’s forces to retake the areas around Tripoli, and in Benghazi they’re vowing to march to the capital and take Qaddafi’s palace.

The final standoff is coming, so if President Present wants to make a difference, he needs to give an order ASAP. Just one question: Has Qaddafi already lost control of his air assets? The Guardian claims that rebels have taken Mitiga air base near Tripoli, which means…

If Mitiga air base near Tripoli is confirmed as having gone over to the Libyan popular uprising it would be a serious blow for the regime close to the heart of the capital. The military base is adjacent to a civilian airport used for domestic and some short-haul international flights.

Mitiga has figured before at dramatic moments in Libyan history. It was a primary target of the US bombing in 1986 — retaliation for Libyan involvement in alleged terrorist attacks on US servicemen in Europe. Soviet personnel were based the during the cold war. Until shortly after Gaddafi’s 1969 revolution June 1970, the US air force used the facility, then known as Wheelus air base.

So even the no-fly zone may come too late, days after it might have prevented demonstrators from being strafed by Libyan jets.

I was wondering what was taking the administration so long to take serious steps in dealing with the threat Gaddafi poses to his own people. Then, remembering the president’s priorities, I recalled that Obama had indeed been focused on what is truly important to him.

AP reports:

White House jams to the Motown sound

The White House reverberated like a long-ago basement sound studio in Detroit as the likes of John Legend, Seal, Jamie Foxx, Nick Jonas and Sheryl Crow channeled their inner Motown before Michelle and Barack Obama.

So, I’m not surprised that Obama was, in all likelihood, nursing a little hangover after the event. He must have felt the need to blow off some steam Thursday, after his gallant effort to get 300 US citizens out of harms way in Libya, and on to a ferry… At least, out of the way of the stray bullets being fired from Gaddafi’s mercenaries. The passengers aboard the US-chartered boat were actually stuck off the coast of Tripoli for more than two days, due to weather.

There is said to be over 6,000 Americans registered at the US Embassy in Libya. I know the administration is doing everything they have thought to do, but perhaps they should give China a call to see exactly how they managed to get 12,000 of their nationals out of Libya, up to this point.

I will give credit where credit is due, and some credit is due to whoever on Obama’s team reportedly decided to take Governor Palin’s advice. Even though she offered it last Tuesday. She wrote:

Now is the time to speak out. Speak out for the long-suffering Libyan people. Speak out for the victims of Gaddafi’s terror. NATO and our allies should look at establishing a no-fly zone so Libyan air forces cannot continue slaughtering the Libyan people.

While reportedly taking her advice on the no-fly zone, Obama hasn’t really spoken out so much for the people of Libya as he has tip-toed around the issue for days.

Brad Wilmouth at Newsbusters reported on Friday, that the Libyans who are standing up to Gaddafi in protest, are seeking a “strong message” from the president:

On Friday’s NBC Nightly News, during a report which focused on a group of Libyans helping to organize protests against dictator Muammar Qadhafi, correspondent Richard Engel gave viewers a glimpse into oppressed people looking to America for support as he concluded his report by relating that these protesters “have been waiting for a strong message from Washington.” He also recounted that he had seen graffiti at the rebel headquarters calling on President Obama to “choose between the Libyan people or Qadhafi.”

I wouldn’t hold my breath, for anything “strong” from this administration.

Outside of the snarky tone of most of this post, I want people to understand the seriousness of the situation in Libya. Muammar Gaddafi has a big arsenal, including a large stockpile of mustard gas. He has shown a willingness to slaughter his enemies throughout history, and in recent days, his own citizens. Setting up a no-fly zone would disable Gaddafi’s ability to gas the people of Libya, and perhaps save thousands of lives.

Time is crucial, but the Obama administration has been behaving as though they have all the time in the world to deal with this problem. They don’t. Throughout the last two years, they have proven themselves to be incompetent on all things regarding foreign policy. Now is the time for this administration to take the training-wheels off, grow up, and act like world leaders… If not for the sake of this nation, then perhaps for the people of Libya.

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Is the Gulf Oil Disaster Obama’s Katrina?

Anchor handling tugs battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon. A Coast Guard MH-65C dolphin rescue helicopter and crew document the fire aboard the mobile offshore drilling unit Deepwater Horizon, while searching for survivors. Multiple Coast Guard helicopters, planes and cutters responded to rescue the Deepwater Horizon’s 126 person crew.

By Stacy Drake

The left was quick to point their finger at George Bush following the devastation in Mississippi and Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. Initially, I was reluctant to lay any blame on the Obama administration after the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf and the current oil leak situation they are dealing with even as I write this. I didn’t want to point my finger in the wrong direction and simply hadn’t had enough information to make any judgments. However, it’s starting to become apparent that the Obama Administration has been just as effective in dealing with this situation as they are maintaining good relations with our allies.

Ron Gouget, the former manager for Louisiana’s oil response team told a local Alabama news service that federal officials had missed “a narrow window of opportunity to gain control of the spill by burning last week, before the spill spread hundreds of miles across the Gulf, and before winds began blowing toward shore.” Gouget was a member of the group that created the plan in 1994 designed to ensure that federal responders can begin burning oil as soon as a major leak happens and without being slowed down by a bureaucratic approval process. He said:

“They had pre-approval. The whole reason the plan was created was so we could pull the trigger right away instead of waiting ten days to get permission. If you read the pre-approval plan, it speaks about Grand Isle, where the spill is. When the wind is blowing offshore out of the north, you have preapproval to burn in that region. If the wind is coming onshore, like it is now, you can’t burn at Grand Isle. They waited to do the test burn until the wind started coming onshore.”

When they asked Gouget why federal officials had waited a whole week before conducting a test burn, he said, “Good question. Maybe complacency was the biggest issue. They probably didn’t have the materials on hand to conduct the burn, which is unconscionable.”

He also points out that the Lousiana Unified Command Center “know how to respond to spills, and know burning should have started as soon as possible after the initial release was detected.” Gouget said “they may have been overruled.” He goes on:

It may have been a political issue. The burn would make a big big plume and lots of soot. Like Valdez, the decisions to get the resources mobilized may not have occurred until it was too late. This whole thing has been a daily strip tease. At first they thought it was just the diesel, then they said the well wasn’t leaking. It’s unfortunate they didn’t get the burning going right away. They could have gotten 90 percent of the oil before it spread.”

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“I keep reading that burning will only get a small portion of the oil. Not true. This one is a continuing release,” … “bright, fresh oil that should burn fairly easily.”

“The bottom line, the limiting factor on burning is can you get it to burn. If it gets too thin, like a sheen, it won’t burn because you don’t have a fuel,”

“Generally, it’s got to be thick enough, and it can’t be too weathered. This stuff is weathering immediately coming out of the pipe, losing the volatiles that burn most easily. They’ve got to get to it right away.”

So, according to Mr. Gouget it is very likely that officials who were trained and prepared to deal with this situation where probably overruled by others, no doubt focused on the political ramifications of taking drastic action to get this under control. As with most things the federal government gets involved with, it may have made a big mess, massive. Time will tell and I just hope any investigations into this disaster are done fairly and without providing cover for those who may have stepped in the way with detrimental results.

Meanwhile, the talking heads and chattering class are discussing oil drilling as an issue, some even calling it the “death knell” Of “drill baby drill.” I think that is a ridiculous, knee-jerk reaction to a horrible disaster. To steal a phrase from Obama, “like it or not” oil is the lifeblood of this country, as it is with any industrialized nation. Without it, we are a shell of what we are with it. As Governor Palin points out so often, oil is directly linked to so many important issues that directly effect all of us. It is tied to security and prosperity, in a way no other resource ever could be.

In the Facebook statement she posted on this matter last week, she continued to stand strong in support of domestic drilling. She said:

“No human endeavor is ever without risk – whether it’s sending a man to the moon or extracting the necessary resources to fuel our civilization. I repeat the slogan “drill here, drill now” not out of naiveté or disregard for the tragic consequences of oil spills – my family and my state and I know firsthand those consequences. How could I still believe in drilling America’s domestic supply of energy after having seen the devastation of the Exxon-Valdez spill? I continue to believe in it because increased domestic oil production will make us a more secure, prosperous, and peaceful nation.”

If we let this change our priorities and continue the cycle of foreign dependence, we will have have turned a terrible event into a long lasting tribute to bad decisions.

This disaster has been horrific to watch and I have a very bad feeling that things are going to get much worse before they get better. Nothing has been proven yet to implicate the Obama Administration actions directly effected the outcome of the series of events that followed the initial explosion on the rig. If Mr. Gouget is right, people must be held accountable and changes must be made to ensure that this never happens again. We will see how this all pans out, but this could very well be Obama’s own Katrina.

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