Our president has such a beautiful speaking voice. Unfortunately, he actually uses it to say nothing. I’m going to go ahead and say it: Bush was a better speaker. He might have flubbed words but at least you knew what the hell he was talking about. Actual Obama statement:
And we will continue to support the efforts to protect the Libyan people, but we will not be in the lead. That’s what the transition that I discussed has always been designed to do. We have unique capabilities. We came in, up front, fairly readily, fairly substantially, and at considerable risk to our military personnel. And when this transition takes place, it is not going to be our planes that are maintaining the no-fly zone. It is not going to be our ships that are necessarily involved in enforcing the arms embargo. That’s precisely what the other coalition partners are going to do.
And that’s why building this international coalition has been so important because it means that the United States is not bearing all the cost. It means that we have confidence that we are not going in alone, and it is our military that is being volunteered by others to carry out missions that are important not only to us, but are important internationally. And we will accomplish that in a relatively short period of time.
I honestly don’t understand what most of this means. Fairly readily, fairly substantially, what the hell is he saying? And our military is “being volunteered by others”? What does that mean? It’s not going to be our ships which are “necessarily involved”? Is this a serious person speaking? Could this really be our president?
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