Mark Davis is guest-hosting for Rush... On the motives behind a muscular American foreign policy...
I'm sick to death of "Oh we can't go in and look like we're trying to impose an American solution. We can't look, oh you know heavy-handed. We can't look, you know, colonial." Did we make Iraq the 51st state? Did I miss something? Hasn't that lie been told? Hasn't that myth been exploded? You know we tried to get Afghanistan to apply as a protectorate of the United States... we are not trying to take these countries, we're not trying to take their oil, we're not trying to run their lives. We're trying to level the playing field, we've gotta level a lot of things before we level that playing field, we're trying to literally level the landscape that contains Al Qaeda, the Taliban, or whoever else we're trying to get rid of. We have to actually kill people and break things. It's a war. It's a war. And we have to do that. Our goal is to set up a resulting landscape in which the surviving population – hopefully the vast majority of them – can look around and go, "Wow, now our future is our own. Now we can actually create for ourselves, the country where we can elect our own leaders, draft our own constitution, have our own laws." And hopefully enjoying those freedoms creates populations that are less likely to want to kill us.
On Obama's lack of a coherent military strategy in Libya...
Whatever happens in Libya – whatever happens – Obama's either gonna claim success, or deny responsibility. Whatever happens. That's why they're all over the board here. "Oh yeah he can stay/no he doesn't have to stay, he can go/Doesn't have to/he's got to go/no he can stay/well– al Qaeda in there?/Yeah, changes it a little bit, we don't know/We'll have to wait and see."
On the President's failure to explain to the country why we are fighting in Libya.
I'd like to know – I'd like to know Obama's analysis of the "kinetic sports action" that's taking place here. He's just so damn good at this. He's so damn good at it. Obama spoke for almost ten minutes with ESPN on his picks, before he went on vacation. We're not even going to get a five minute speech from Obama on why we are sending our finest into harm's way in Libya. We're not gonna get that speech. We didn't get a preparation speech, we're not getting an update speech – think about it. The President of the United States devotes more time to explaining his NCAA basketball brackets to the country than he has explaining his reasons for bombing Libya.
On the implications of Obama's conduct of the Libyan war.
Now, Obama is setting in place a new precedent, all of a sudden respecting our foreign policy and our military. And I don't mean, he respects them. He's setting a new place – new terms, if you will. All roads first go through the UN... All roads go through the UN, NATO, what have you. Look for more of this. And then you turn the operations over to another coalition. What Obama is doing here is multitasking. He is undoing our sovereignty, while at the same time setting the table to take personal credit for the eventual overthrow of . Never forget, never forget folks, Barack Obama has always held himself out as a global citizen, bigger, than the mere boundaries of our own country.
Mark Steyn is guest-hosting for Rush... On the reason the United States is in Libya...
What is at stake, for the United States, in this war? This war is like Kosovo, this is liberal war-mongering. War to the modern liberal progressive – you never go to war in your national interest, because it's vulgar, it's simply vulgar for nations to have a national interest. An advanced western nation should only go in for multi-lateral, compassionate humanitarian war-mongering, like we did in Kosovo. Nobody remembers who the good guys in Kosovo were – the answer by the way is Neither of the Above. Nobody remembers what the hell the point of it was, nobody remembers why we went in there, and oddly enough, the fact that there was no rationale for it, was the rationale.