“Now, let me be clear – I suffer no illusions about Saddam Hussein,” said Obama in his speech. “He is a brutal man. A ruthless man. A man who butchers his own people to secure his own power. He has repeatedly defied U.N. resolutions, thwarted U.N. inspection teams, developed chemical and biological weapons, and coveted nuclear capacity. He’s a bad guy. The world, and the Iraqi people, would be better off without him.”
“… After September 11th, after witnessing the carnage and destruction, the dust and the tears, I supported this administration’s pledge to hunt down and root out those who would slaughter innocents in the name of intolerance, and I would willingly take up arms myself to prevent such tragedy from happening again,” said Obama. “I don’t oppose all wars. … What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war. What I am opposed to is the cynical attempt by Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz and other armchair, weekend warriors in this administration to shove their own ideological agendas down our throats, irrespective of the costs in lives lost and in hardships borne.”
now i suppose there is a good reason why Obama, who has been silent in public on his reasoning and authority to committ the US to another war in the Middle East, has now decided, in the face of pressure to address the nation.
The most obvious reason, ie the latest tap on the knee, is the simple and powerful essay by Peggy Noonan, whose insights are no more earthshattering than usual, but simply recounts the historical precedent that in a democratic republic the President MUST explain himself to the people (even if he has sidestepped their Congress)
How many untapped knees yet remain?!
- he didnt act at first in Libya, except to mouth platitudes, until forced to do so by shame
- he finally acted, but without explaining it to anyone
- he didnt own the situation, but hoped it would just blow over
- he came home early from the ineffectual party in Rio
- he would rather be watching the ballgame
- he wants to be President but not Presidential
- Democrats Have No Principles (kylesmithonline.com)
- Knee-jerk meets policy (kansasreflections.wordpress.com)
- Lloyd Marcus – “Please consider the validity of what I am about to say rather than having a knee jerk reaction dismissing it as being “over the top.” Folks, we have an irresponsible egocentric evil man occupying the Oval Office. ” (via ~ The GUNNY “G” BLO (madashelland.wordpress.com)
- The Winds Of The Universe Do Not Discriminate (thebluesock.com)
- EURO GOVT-Bunds erase gains, turn briefly negative (reuters.com)
- The knee jerk reaction of meat eaters (ratherfriendlyskeptic.wordpress.com)
- Senators Want to Yank Checkpoint-Dodging Apps (newser.com)
- Obama is Absolutely Right and in Synch with the Middle East – Associated Content from Yahoo! – associatedcontent.com (stephencrose.wordpress.com)
- Peggy Noonan Officially Goes All Wobbly On Us (firedoglake.com)
- Senators To Apple: Pull iPhone DUI-Check Alerts (apple.slashdot.org)
- One Mentally Deranged Shooter Is No Reason To Throw Out The First Amendment (techdirt.com)
- Chris Wysocki: Yes, Republicans can suffer the ravages of Knee Jerk Syndrome too! (maaadddog.wordpress.com)
- “Obama orders inspection of nuclear power plants” and related posts (reclinercommentaries.com)
- Michael Moore Shreds Obama’s Libya Policy with Shock and Awe Twitter Bombardment (mediaite.com)
- ECB talks rate hikes, braces as Portugal crisis deepens (reuters.com)
this is the very definition of a knee-jerk reaction. What does our Libyan policy havein common with a knee-jerk?
- it’s autonomic: without conscious thought or reasoning
- it’s an uncontrolled spasm
- it could trigger an uncontrolled, uncontrollable series of equally uncomcious responses
- it’s unconnected to a strategy, a plan, a vision of the future
- it’s a response to outside unplanned stimuli
- it’s entirely predictable
- it will happen again in the same way if there is no change to the central nervous system
take your pick:
- we either will or wont insert ground troops
- the fighting will be over in either days weeks or months
- NATO will or wont lead the coalition
- the US will or wont lead
thanks for clearing that up
- Nato takes over Libya no-fly zone (bbc.co.uk)
- Nato takes over Libya no-fly zone – BBC News (news.google.com)
- Sarkozy: UAE to join Libya no-fly zone operation (DPA) – Ha’aretz (news.google.com)
- Libya no-fly zone leadership squabbles continue within Nato (guardian.co.uk)
- NATO Poised to Take Over in Libya (newser.com)
- NATO reaches agreement on Libya military command (nationalpost.com)
- NATO Will Take Command of Libya Operation, After Days of Discussion (news.firedoglake.com)
- NATO reaches agreement on Libya command (nationalpost.com)
- NATO to Enforce No-Fly Zone Over Libya – Wall Street Journal (news.google.com)
Enjoy the spectacle of the dissolution of the West, a political, military, economic, cultural alliance that was held to gether through constant attention and nurtured/cared for by professionals. How fraghile was it? Fragile enough that a couple years of Berkeley inspired radicals with no business being entrusted with the keys to the car have brought it crumbling down.
This is what you elected: Rio beachwalkers and amateurs
- Tensions with Britain as Gates rebukes UK government over suggestion Gaddafi could be assassinated
- French propose a new political ‘committee’ to oversee operations
- Germany pulls equipment out of NATO coalition over disagreement over campaign’s direction
- Italians accuse French of backing NATO in exchange for oil contracts
- No-fly zone called into question after first wave of strikes ‘neutralises’ Libyan military machine
- U.K. ministers say war could last ’30 years’
- Italy to ‘take back control’ of bases used by allies unless NATO leadership put in charge of the mission
- Russians tell U.S. to stop bombing in order to protect civilians – calls bombing a ‘crusade’
Deep divisions between allied forces currently bombing Libya worsened today as the German military announced it was pulling forces out of NATO over continued disagreement on who will lead the campaign.
A German military spokesman said it was recalling two frigates and AWACS surveillance plane crews from the Mediterranean, after fears they would be drawn into the conflict if NATO takes over control from the U.S.
The infighting comes as a heated meeting of NATO ambassadors yesterday failed to resolve whether the 28-nation alliance should run the operation to enforce a U.N.-mandated no-fly zone, diplomats said.
Yesterday a war of words erupted between the U.S. and Britain after the U.K. government claimed Muammar Gaddafi is a legitimate target for assassination.
U.K. government officials said killing the Libyan leader would be legal if it prevented civilian deaths as laid out in a U.N. resolution.
But U.S. defence secretary Robert Gates hit back at the suggestion, saying it would be ‘unwise’ to target the Libyan leader adding cryptically that the bombing campaign should stick to the ‘U.N. mandate’.
undeclared war against Libya, without seeking Congressional approval, while having enough time to seek UN approval: check
encouraging Brazil to develop their off shore oil drilling economy with US loans, so we can buy their oil, while our energy industry is under a moratorium: check
at least there are Democrats that are objecting to the usurpation of power, for which I commend them. Would like to see more honest leadership like that from Republicans when they have the White House
my take on the internal/external elements of AQAL as it connects to our role in higher education, is that we have an obligation to be a critical mirror for our students
we engage with them to mutually learn critical thinking skills, and we give them feedback from deep in our own experience and research.
at its best this is a discourse, a real dialogue that can be dangerous because it is unscripted and open, an act of creation
if you believe your students are whole people with depth and breadth, and who’s full life is yet to be written, waiting to be discovered, then the act of mutual education cannot be reduced to s simple formula and neat maps; there is some element of wildness and chaos that will not be penned it. its the wild west at the frontier of knowledge;
otherwise we are just painting by the numbers
at times you find undergrads who have glimpses of this high country of the mind and its an exciting moment to come across an authentic thinker, who is capable of great and surprising things, who is willing to risk a free exchange of ideas
- Critical Thinking and Ethics (socyberty.com)
- Core Competency / US : SkillsInfo’s Book Summary : Academically Adrift (skillsinfo.wordpress.com)
- Teaching Logic & Critical Thinking to Grade School Kids (douggeivett.wordpress.com)
- We Can’t Teach Critical Thinking Until We Learn How to Assess It (downes.ca)
- So, Students Don’t Learn — Now What? (downes.ca)
- Critical Thinking (kopful.com)
- WA students lobby against cuts to higher education (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Report says college students do not learn enough (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- International Baccalaureate: ‘My students walk the road less travelled’ (independent.co.uk)
- The state of play (ambassadorofplay.wordpress.com)