I don’t have a problem with Obama filling out his March Madness bracket (except for him choosing all #1 seeds to reach the final four. That’s a very sorority girl thing to do). I do, however, have a problem with the President of the United States obviously being more knowledgeable about college basketball than anything that pertains to the job of President of the United States. He was on ESPN and explained clearly and thoughtfully why he made the picks he did. When it comes to Libya, he’s given scattered, contradictory, and hypocritical statements with no coherent plan or goal. I’m not asking for him not to have hobbies, I just wish he could explain our military’s mission as well as he can explain why Kansas will win it all.
Obama apparently took a long time for thoughtful deliberation, to consider every possible option (as an American citizen, isn’t that what you’d want him to do?) Then after days and days of bracket filled debate, he did what everyone had been telling him to do the whole time. If Obama had gone to congress to approve a no-fly-zone as soon as Kuhdoffee started slaughtering his citizens, there wouldn’t be all the ruckus about the constitutionality of the mission, many fewer civilians would have been killed, and Qadofy wouldn’t have been able to reverse the rebel’s momentum. Now, however, there is no congressional approval, many civilians have been killed, Khodaffi’s forces have the momentum, and our bombing is much more extensive now that we’re trying to turn the tide of the war.
Also, if he would have established the no-fly-zone right away, he could have simply stated our mission as, “We are not going to allow Quhahdoffi to use his air force against his citizens.” Boom, clear objective, clear victory. What is going to define victory now that Obama has repeatedly contradicted himself?
I’d also be curious to know if at any time in Obama’s deliberation, the question of “do these rebels suck?” came up. Even if involvement in Libya is the right thing to do, he’s acting stupidly.
Poor Obama, March is suppose to be the one month that he knows what he’s talking about.