OVER THERE(S)  7:29 pm March 28, 2011

Liveblogging President Obama’s Announcement of Total War On Africa

by Jack Stuef

Haaaappy talk, keep talking, happy talkTonight, the president of the United States addresses the nation on Libya. Have we invaded yet? Is Poland sending three or four guys to help us out? Will Obama have to trade jobs with Gaddafi according to a weird cease-fire settlement the White House took pains to stay out of planning? Though this war has gone on for more than a week now, Obama finally feels pressured to tell the American people about it. But it’s still not a serious serious war speech. He’s not doing this from his desk, and he’s just bumping Wheel of Fortune and America’s precious Two and a Half Men reruns at this hour, so he’s still trying to keep this war mellow and chill and no big deal and whatever. Or maybe that’s just a trick to sneak up on Gaddafi and invade all of Africa?! We shall soon find out!

7:29 PM — What Barbary War are we on now? Third? Fourth? Ninth?
7:29 PM — Joe Biden has sat down. The journalists can be let out of the “free-speech closet” now.
7:30 PM — A blue curtain! Obama is giving us a blue curtain. Is that his message? What does it mean? (THAT WAS A GREAT SPEECH!)
7:30 PM — Oh, there he is.
7:31 PM — A blood-red tie. Haven’t seen this one. Michelle must have bought him a special new war tie.
7:33 PM — The U.S. is reluctant to go to war? Joe Lieberman must be readying a Republican Response to this.
7:34 PM — Oh, the Libyans on the street have Hope. That’s where Obama put it.
7:34 PM — “A serious of Swiss steps”? Are those Sound of Music lyrics?
7:35 PM — “Mosques were destroyed.” OH YEAH, HIGH FIVE, G-daffi!
7:37 PM — “Benghazi, a city nearly the size of Charlotte”—oh, good place to put the next Democratic convention!
7:39 PM — “Tonight, I can report we have stopped Gaddafi’s deadly advance.” Thanks for the breaking update. That was in the New York Times days ago though, bro.
7:40 PM — Obama’s bragging that it only took a month to get the international community to go to war here. Wow, that Internet sure makes things quick! A month! Like one transatlantic Mayflower journey!
7:42 PM — What’s this about communications jam? Sounds delicious. Selling that should be able to pay for this war, easy.
7:43 PM — What’s this about giving the Libyan people Gaddafi money we took from him? Do you want to keep Amtrak funded or no, Obama?
7:45 PM — “America should not be expected to police the world.” Oh, we like this section of the speech! Wait, never mind. He’s criticizing that.
7:47 PM — It “would have been a betrayal of who we are” to not go into Libya. He’s right. Invading and getting stuck running other countries is pretty much what we’re known for these days.
7:48 PM — Not acting on this would have “crippled” the ability of the UN to call itself a peacekeeper. Yeah, that would have done it. Wouldn’t want to have people start questioning the capability of the UN.
7:49 PM — “Blah blah, I don’t feel like looking at mass graves when they’re in this particular bloody country, blah blah.”
7:50 PM — “We will deny the regime arms.” Oooh! That will save all those people from dying Obama seems so concerned about suddenly!
7:51 PM — PRO TIP: Don’t follow up 10 minutes about how evil and murderous this dictator is by saying you’re not going to take out the dictator, just going to wait and hope he falls.
7:54 PM — Everybody who decided to go to war with Libya should pay their fair share, Obama says. So how do you judge that? How big the country is, or how warmongery it was? What do you do when France skips out on the check? Bomb them? Oh, right, “leadership” … “leadership” will fix everything.
7:55 PM — “We can make a difference.” Wow, that must be inspiring to the Libyan rebels. This war is going to be waged with the same effort and purpose as switching to energy-efficient light bulbs.
7:56 PM — What’s with this guy and this dumb “North Star” metaphor these days? Who took the man who was good at speeches?
7:59 PM — So that was twenty-seven minutes of confused logic, tired, repurposed rah-rah rhetoric, and—never mind, let’s make fun of Chuck Todd’s dumb face. What a dumb face! That face looks like it was a canned good.

 

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CookieGuggleman March 28, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Rumor has it Barry and Gwyneth Paltrow will be doing a duet!

Serfville March 28, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Does a "Barbary War" include pirates? Yeah!!!!!

nounverb911 March 28, 2011 at 8:00 pm
教授 Zoom March 28, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Toby: It's from the one about duty.
Leo: They're all about duty.

mourningnmerica March 28, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Fuck yeah!!! Fixed.

undeterredbyreality March 28, 2011 at 7:35 pm

"For the first time, we finally have hope" say the Libyans. That's what we said about 2 1/2 years ago here. Hope it works out for them.

PocketsTheClown March 28, 2011 at 8:50 pm

We can help them get some amendments, coupla bills of rights for passengers or something, pat 'em on the butt, off they go.

Come here a minute March 28, 2011 at 7:35 pm

We're invading Poland? It must be true that once you taste blood, you can't stop.

nounverb911 March 28, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Better get ready for a kielbasa shortage.

KenLayIsAlive March 29, 2011 at 1:03 am

You know who else… ah, fuck it.

DustBowlBlues March 28, 2011 at 7:36 pm

WTF? I've been a fucking Best Buy all day waiting for my new, overpriced but cool Imac to be done up and the war has gone on without me.

BTW–The guy playing on the computer next to this one is the only person who knows my true identity. Shit.

So, is Barry knockin' 'em dead?

TsunamiAli March 28, 2011 at 8:52 pm

I am afraid that Wonkette anonymity demands the luckless soul sitting next to you must be eliminated.

HistoriCat March 28, 2011 at 9:26 pm

Nah – we'll just rendition the shit out of his ass and park him in Guantanamo forever.

KenLayIsAlive March 29, 2011 at 1:02 am

"So, is Barry knockin' 'em dead?"

Yeah, sounds like we've killed quite a few Libyans already.

OkieDokieDog March 28, 2011 at 7:36 pm

I hope he finds either WMD or Bin Laden. Or my car keys.

J Rbt. Oppenheiner March 28, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Mosques destroyed? Public water supplies destroyed? So then Ghadaffi = .. teabaggers.

NorthStarSpanx March 28, 2011 at 7:38 pm

Send Joe the Plumber, Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee and Michele Bachmann in, they've been dying to show the world how tough they are.

Worthly[♬♪♬♪♫♪♬]Skum March 28, 2011 at 7:39 pm

This is all just a cover operation for his true purpose – destroying his Libyan birth certificate!

SayItWithWookies March 28, 2011 at 7:39 pm

"Behgnazi — a city nearly the size of Charlotte…"

Well at least we didn't save Charlotte.

nounverb911 March 28, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Didn't General Sherman burn it a few times?

Dudleydidwrong March 28, 2011 at 9:31 pm

Charlotte who? How did she get involved?

There once was a lady named Charlotte
Whom the guys all said was a harlot…

Aw, fugeddaboudit. I hate limericks. Is Barry into limericks?

not that Dewey March 28, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Charlotte Anne, I do understand.

MistaEko March 28, 2011 at 7:40 pm

He forgot Poland.

Lost_Teabaggers March 29, 2011 at 12:42 am

Yes, what's funny about that quote is that msn or somebody stupid decided they'd go into the urban legends of political quotes to show us the real quote, dagnabbit. The real quote actually looks even worse in context: a smug bush after John Kerry ridiculed his ridiculous "coalition" corrected him on not mentioning Poland…but the way he did it suggests even dumbass knew his "coalition of the willing" was a pile of shit.

That's more so…"coalition of the willing"…why didn't they just say "countries who ain't pussies" as smug of a name as that is. It was as if anyone who disagreed with Bush's war plans didn't have viable reasons, they were just pussies (when reality really showed those reasons weren't just correct, but Bush was a fucking grade of liar above Reagan or even Nixon). No wonder after eight years of smug neocon fuck yous to anyone who was CORRECT about their nonsense that Barry had to go around the world and issue mea culpa's to try and smooth things over…and these dumbass neocons had the nerve to be upset he was doing this! the fucking unmitigated gall of these assholes!…anyway, just thought I'd share, carry on.

Lost_Teabaggers March 29, 2011 at 12:45 am

I think I'm just going to have to start saying "I fucking hate wingnuts" for every post until you guys banhammer me to put me out of my misery…fair warning but with these teabagger shitbag, asswipe Governors, the day is nigh….

SayItWithWookies March 28, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Whoah — naming names in the coalition — I thought coalition partners were all supposed to be weak, ineffective and anonymous. Where's Micronesia Barry?

nounverb911 March 28, 2011 at 7:55 pm

It sank during the fictitious global warming.

CookieGuggleman March 28, 2011 at 7:43 pm

Mission accomplished, motherfuckers!

Come here a minute March 28, 2011 at 7:43 pm

7:37 PM — “Benghazi, a city nearly the size of Charlotte”—oh, good place to put the next Democratic convention!

I hear they have great ribs!

Graham Cracker March 28, 2011 at 8:43 pm

As a child I heard that they had a great Web.

Serfville March 28, 2011 at 7:43 pm
Troubledog March 28, 2011 at 7:45 pm

Oh my. What will The Joe's think about this?

undeterredbyreality March 28, 2011 at 7:45 pm

"Much of the debate in Washington has put forth a false choice." Who'd a thunk it?

JoeBiteme March 28, 2011 at 7:46 pm

This is all fine, and I'm sure we'll all sleep better tonight, but how come we never get to be part of Italy or Turkey's fucking coalition? Why do we always have to pick the fucking restaurant?

Radiotherapy March 28, 2011 at 9:10 pm

You said Turkey fucking. hehe.

KenLayIsAlive March 29, 2011 at 12:58 am

No one wants to be in a Turkey fucking coalition. Least of all the turkey.

CalamityJames March 28, 2011 at 9:50 pm

Eh, it makes sense that we choose location, what with picking up the check and all.

HateMachine March 28, 2011 at 11:09 pm

Yeah, and then Germany always bitches about how they don't like the soup there. DON'T FUCKING ORDER ANY, THEN.

SayItWithWookies March 28, 2011 at 7:46 pm

"40 years of tyranny has left Libya fractured and without strong institutions."

Well wait — we ostracized, embargoed and bombed Iraq for ten years and nothing bad happened to it — why can't we adapt our brilliant plan there to Libya? Why is Obama snubbing Bush by not using his genius to help humanity?

jdoleman March 28, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Does the Mission Accomplished banner drop down at the end?

nounverb911 March 28, 2011 at 7:55 pm

With balloons!

Come here a minute March 28, 2011 at 7:47 pm

A month may equal one transatlantic Mayflower journey, but it's only one sixth of an FU.

SkinnyNerd March 28, 2011 at 7:48 pm

As President, I refuse to wait for the images of slaughter and mass graves before taking action.

Um, dude, Bahrain, Ivory Coast?

J Rbt. Oppenheiner March 28, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Oh, we ain't ever taking action there.

Jim89048 March 28, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Needz moar oil.

SayItWithWookies March 28, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Oh, the UN could've lost credibility. Mercifully we've saved that institution.

ApplesauceRobot March 28, 2011 at 8:39 pm

Or perhaps Obama saw an opportunity to, I don't know, improve the UN's credibilty? No, we've collectively decided that he's a DINO so no more benefit of the doubt.

deanbooth March 28, 2011 at 7:49 pm

"we have stopped Gaddafi’s deadly Ad Sense.” Will Wonkette load faster now?

SayItWithWookies March 28, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Addressing the Bill Kristol criticism — if half a war is so great, why not a whole one? Uh — 'cause that wouldn't be legal or helpful Bill. Not that he would find that a reasonable argument. Oh, and more Americans would die. Oh, and he mentioned Iraq. Now he's jabbing Dubya.

friendlyskies March 28, 2011 at 7:51 pm

This is so totally why I voted for Obama, so we could pay for three (3) Middle Eastern wars feeding a nightmarish neocon agenda while transferring the wealth from the working class to military-industrial complex executives and bankers! Hope, change, stuff.

rp_mo March 28, 2011 at 8:42 pm

I don't think that's a remotely accurate description of the Obama presidency, but hey, at least you're getting upvotes!!! You guys sound like a bunch of fucking babies on here. WTF happened to Wonkette?

PuckStopsHere March 29, 2011 at 12:43 am

WORD.

GunToting[Redacted] March 29, 2011 at 10:08 am

The frightening issue here is that we are in the best case scenario. If Mumbles and Shrieky got elected, we'd also be in a shooting war with Russia, North Korea, and, uh, Hawaii.

friendlyskies March 29, 2011 at 10:21 am

Indeed, I do take comfort in watching the Neocon Defense League, including McCain and BFF Leiberman, support Obama's Brave New War; having voted McPain would not have changed a thang. Still, can you blame my bitterness? Having the wool sheared from my eyes by the guy I thought would invest a few dollars here at home…. I haz a sad. And an embarrassed. And a general feeling of helpless betrayal that not even the sparkling illusion of democratic elections will be able to sooth. In short, I'm going emo.

SayItWithWookies March 28, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Here it comes — the general statement that everybody's going to start calling the Obama Doctrine. What will it be? "There will be times when our safety is not directly threatened, but our interests and values are…responding to natural disasters, keeping the peace…maintaining the flow of commerce…" Obama wants to be a nation builder! Here comes the screaming…

Jim89048 March 28, 2011 at 8:26 pm

As horrible as it may be, it still beats dubya's "sometimes profits trump peace".

教授 Zoom March 28, 2011 at 7:53 pm

I just want to point out that the Kenyan Usurper didn't once invoke the name of Our Lord, Jesus Christ.

I weep for our once-great nation.

Jim89048 March 28, 2011 at 8:27 pm

I missed it, did he at least give haysoos's daddy a shout-out at the end?

教授 Zoom March 28, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Yes, but we know he didn't mean it.

Jim89048 March 28, 2011 at 8:42 pm

In English, or the preferred Arabic?

undeterredbyreality March 28, 2011 at 7:54 pm

"…natural disasters, preventing genocide, preserving peace and, oh yeah MAINTAINING THE FLOW OF COMMERCE…"

Glad to see he got that last one in there as an important national interest. "Last, but not least" as they say.

JustPixelz March 28, 2011 at 7:54 pm

"…sometimes our interests are at stake…"

Repubicans and TP'ers can't hear the nuance! Repeat after me: "nuke 'em from space, it's the only way to be sure."

SayItWithWookies March 28, 2011 at 7:54 pm

ABC panned the audience and it's almost all military officers. If you're gonna speak to people about a difficult topic, do it in front of folks who are required to applaud.

Chet Kincaid March 28, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Should one need a textbook definition of "Nihilism", one need only consult this sterling commentary from Stuef. In mere days, automated academic plagiarism-busting software will be flagging this post like a motherfucker.

教授 Zoom March 28, 2011 at 7:56 pm

Nihilists! Fuck me! Say what you will about the tenets of National Socialism, Dude, at least it's an ethos.

Limeylizzie March 28, 2011 at 8:02 pm

Wonkette is becoming like the love child of Daily Kos and Jane Hamsher.

Chet Kincaid March 28, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Kos and Hamsher: Couple least likely to be imagined rutting disgracefully.

Limeylizzie March 28, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Rachel Maddow is praising the speech and I have great faith in her bona fides as a voice of reason and progressivism.

Limeylizzie March 28, 2011 at 8:22 pm

Anthony Weiner is also all in favour.

ApplesauceRobot March 28, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Amen. Ken and Jack have jumped the huffingtonshark.

imissopus March 28, 2011 at 8:32 pm

Shoveling shit against the tide around here these days, Chet.

EDIT: I mean, apparently because we haven't prevented disaster in Bahrain or Syria or the Ivory Coast, we shouldn't be preventing it in Libya, or something? Even when the country's ruler has called out the tanks and warplanes to bomb the civilian population like it's Europe in World War II, I guess? And at the very least we shouldn't do anything until Barry talks Congress into raising taxes and fixing schools and generally saving the middle class? Perhaps the Libyans could just hang on until all that happens?

Limeylizzie March 28, 2011 at 8:38 pm

As someone who grew up listening to my Grandmother talk about being bombed on a daily basis , in the East End of London, I appreciate the prevention of a possible holocaust.

vulpes82 March 28, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Eeek! I just accidentally downfisted you and your lovely Grandmother, Lizzie! I'm so sorry! I don't mean to imply I'm all for the bombing of British grannies. Please to forgive.

natoslug March 28, 2011 at 8:49 pm

Don't worry, I fisted her up a bit for you, even though I have not yet had enough to drink for the joy to seep back into my day.

Limeylizzie March 28, 2011 at 8:50 pm

That's ok darling, she was my meaner of the two Grannies, now if you had downfisted my other Granny you would have been in trouble.

教授 Zoom March 28, 2011 at 9:02 pm

I, for one, would be delighted to get bombed with Lizzie. And her grandmother, if they're into that sort of thing.

HateMachine March 28, 2011 at 11:40 pm

It is seriously beginning to feel like I am just copy/pasting this in every Libya related comment thread, but it honest to god confuses the shit out of me that apparently I am supposed to hate us intervening in Libya if I want to be a good liberal.

Steverino247 March 28, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Do they have a marmot and do they threaten to cut off Johnsons?

教授 Zoom March 28, 2011 at 9:04 pm

The word itself makes some men uncomfortable. Vagina… they don't like hearing it and find it difficult to say whereas without batting an eye a man will refer to his dick or his rod or his Johnson.

Cicada March 28, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Sometimes visiting Wonkette is like going to a party full of earnest 20 year-old poli-sci majors wearing their cynicism like an ill-fitting new hat.

I think I've beaten that simile into submission. Off to drink more booze!

教授 Zoom March 28, 2011 at 9:11 pm

Oh, yeah, I was at one of those parties in 1984. I was informed that my failure to drink only Nicaraguan collective-grown coffee put me on the same moral level as Augusto Pinochet, the Contras, and Ferdinand Marcos. Possibly worse since, as someone who claimed to be a liberal, I should have known better.

Cicada March 28, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Sell out!

教授 Zoom March 28, 2011 at 9:54 pm

It really didn't help that I started calling the guy a dupe and a fellow-traveler. Poor boy was excessively earnest, and no doubt has a thoroughly unreadable organic goat-husbandry blog today. That, or he became a commodities trader.

Blendergoathead March 28, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Why can't Hopey do something refreshing, like fucking admit it's about oil? Teatard heads would explode.

nounverb911 March 28, 2011 at 8:03 pm

That would be a good thing.

HateMachine March 28, 2011 at 11:30 pm

Why would he say that, when it's not? I defer here to my bro Professor Juan Cole:

"Another argument is that the no-fly zone (and the no-drive zone) aimed at overthrowing Qaddafi not to protect his people from him but to open the way for US, British and French dominance of Libya’s oil wealth. This argument is bizarre. The US declined to do oil business with Libya in the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s, when it could have, because it had placed the country under boycott. It didn’t want access to that oil market, which was repeatedly proffered to Washington by Qaddafi then. After Qaddafi came back in from the cold in the late 1990s (for the European Union) and after 2003 (for the US), sanctions were lifted and Western oil companies flocked into the country. US companies were well represented, along with BP and the Italian firm ENI. BP signed an expensive exploration contract with Qaddafi and cannot possibly have wanted its validity put into doubt by a revolution. There is no advantage to the oil sector of removing Qaddafi. Indeed, a new government may be more difficult to deal with and may not honor Qaddafi’s commitments. There is no prospect of Western companies being allowed to own Libyan petroleum fields, which were nationalized long ago. Finally, it is not always in the interests of Big Oil to have more petroleum on the market, since that reduces the price and, potentially, company profits. A war on Libya to get more and better contracts so as to lower the world price of petroleum makes no sense in a world where the bids were already being freely let, and where high prices were producing record profits. I haven’t seen the war-for-oil argument made for Libya in a manner that makes any sense at all."

The whole spiel is here, 2500 words of talking sense to you guys: http://www.juancole.com/2011/03/an-open-letter-to

fuflans March 28, 2011 at 7:57 pm

oh barry i appreciate your effort at subtlety in foreign policy and attempt to explain complicated times to us, but this is america. here, it is black and white and you, alas are the former and will never be respected by far too many of the latter.

shit. i just made myself sad.

Pres[ $ rm -r * ] March 28, 2011 at 8:35 pm

It's easy.

When St. Ronnie does it, it's a sign of American resolve.
When Barry does it, it's a sign that his administration is weak on foreign policy and without direction.

SayItWithWookies March 28, 2011 at 7:58 pm

"Our strength abroad is anchored in our strength at home." So we're going to be cutting everyone's jobs and asking for Nicolas Sarkozy's birth certificate?

SkinnyNerd March 28, 2011 at 7:58 pm

And now the Democratic rebuttal by Dennis Kucinich.

undeterredbyreality March 28, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Is "may God Bless the United States of America" required by the constitution?

friendlyskies March 28, 2011 at 8:00 pm

I'm pretty sure it's unconstitutional, separation of church and state and all that. It might be required by the Patriot Act, though.

Pres[ $ rm -r * ] March 28, 2011 at 8:33 pm

It's in the same clause that requires Preznits to wear Flag Lapel Pins at all times…

Dudleydidwrong March 28, 2011 at 9:41 pm

Was watching a documentary the other day on the integration of the U of Alabama during JFK's too-short term. When Kennedy addressed the nation on the matter he ended his address with "Thank you and good evening." No mention of deities or blessings. JFK probably would be dragged from the White House and burned by the Reflecting Pool or something if he were president today and had used the short ending. How far we have fallen…

undeterredbyreality March 28, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Or, considering his Catholicism, he would be burned at the stake for invoking the papish (antichrist) god.

Chet Kincaid March 29, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Given that he got shot in the head for the stuff he did back then, there is not much more appalling that could happen to him today.

Come here a minute March 28, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Don’t follow up ten minutes about how evil and murderous this dictator is by saying you’re not going to take out the dictator, just going to wait and hope he falls.

At least Obama said he would cut off Qaddafi's arms.

nounverb911 March 28, 2011 at 8:05 pm

King Arthur vs the Black Knight
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eMkth8FWno

pinkocommi March 28, 2011 at 7:59 pm

"My reasoning for US strategy in Libya is that we will do just enough to save the rebels from immediate slaughter, but not enough to help them win. So the rebels will now be free to fight to the bitter end and THEN they will all be slaughtered, but our conscience will be clear." – Barry Hussein Obama, 3/28/11

MinAgain March 28, 2011 at 8:00 pm

It sounds like the new jobs plan is to increase the need for military personnel.

rocktonsam March 28, 2011 at 8:02 pm

"For over 2 years we have been cleaning up each and every mess Jr. Bush had made during his presidency, not to mention Wall St. and have watched the middle class approach extinction also."

Jim89048 March 28, 2011 at 8:34 pm

This one's reagan's mess…

rocktonsam March 28, 2011 at 9:42 pm

Gadaffy got out of Bush's doghouse after her got rid of the nuclear thingys. Stayed in Power also. It started with R-squared and continues.

Serfville March 28, 2011 at 8:03 pm

"7:56 PM — What’s with this guy and this dumb “North Star” metaphor these days? Who took the man who was good at speeches?"
Probably went the way of Axlerod & Emanuel & Clinton,jumping from a sinking ship.
I know, 1,000 points of wrong.

Schmegeg March 28, 2011 at 8:06 pm

How soon until he invades Kenya? I have a ticket for that speech.

SkinnyNerd March 28, 2011 at 8:06 pm

I am sorry, but I am watching the C-SPAN feed, and is it really that hard to properly pronounce the name of a country with four letters in it? It's ee-rock, not eye-rack.

教授 Zoom March 28, 2011 at 8:22 pm

That's the MUSLIM pronunciation, of course.

Gunner Asch March 29, 2011 at 2:10 am

Eye-rack is the NASCAR pronunciation

Come here a minute March 28, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Chuck Todd's head is like a fucking orange.

/rickygervais

user-of-owls March 28, 2011 at 8:06 pm

About fucking time we declared war on that country. One down and six or so to go. Personally, I can't wait until we bomb the living bejeesus out of those filthy terrorist penguins in Antarctica. Black and white living together? Give me a fucking break. Like that could ever work. Learned Hand, si. Beaked Craw? No lo quiero.

Oldskool_ March 28, 2011 at 8:09 pm

He didn't blame cable tv and it's all their fault. If they'd cover other kinds of things, we'd go to other places. No big deal, this little skirmish everyone has their drawers in a bind about is saving his party's chances next year, among other things. Like garnering a little goodwill from that part of the planet for once.

SkinnyNerd March 28, 2011 at 8:11 pm

So who are we bombing next? Oh, and God bless America.

GuyClinch March 28, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Before the speech, I was ambivalent, willing to be convinced. After the speech, I'm a little less ambivalent, and just hoping for the best.

user-of-owls March 28, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Not acting on this would have “crippled” the ability of the UN to call itself a peacekeeper.

Well that is hardly transcendent. Clearly he should have said it would have "differently abled" the ability of the UN to call itself a peacekeeper.

Jim89048 March 28, 2011 at 8:37 pm

The Peacekeeper is AZ's new state gun, right?

GuyClinch March 28, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Fucking Walnuts on CNN, making me hate him all over again. Fuck you and your terrible Palin-spawn, asshole.

fuflans March 28, 2011 at 8:15 pm

has sarah twatted anything yet?

undeterredbyreality March 28, 2011 at 8:16 pm

I watch this on JustinTV and the jackass forgot to turn it back on after the speech. So: Chuck Todd's head? What happened to him, anyway? That morning show with Savannah Guthrie has gotten to him. Did he forget he used to do news?

El Pinche March 28, 2011 at 8:20 pm

The half-time commercials are the best thing about wars.

Extemporanus March 28, 2011 at 8:35 pm

The fact that there never seems to be a halftime is the worst thing about wars.

Well that, and the dumb fucking cheerleaders.

Jim89048 March 28, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Half-life, sure…

user-of-owls March 28, 2011 at 9:11 pm

Brilliant!

GuyClinch March 28, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Meanwhile, on MSNBC, Kucinich is manfully clenching his jaw while listening to Rep. Weiner. That, or his olive-pit tooth is all ouchie again.

Limeylizzie March 28, 2011 at 8:25 pm

I can't stand that little turd, the goy not Weiner.

Extemporanus March 28, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Has my humanitarian intervention in this comment thread come too late, or too soon?

gef05 March 28, 2011 at 8:26 pm

No it's not too late, it's pretty lubed up and ready at this point.

user-of-owls March 28, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Premature Extemporation.

Radiotherapy March 28, 2011 at 9:35 pm

And God Bless Wonkette.

El Pinche March 28, 2011 at 8:25 pm

How I long for another Palin fuckup or repug scandal. This war shit blows camel balls.

教授 Zoom March 28, 2011 at 8:31 pm

I see the Downfist Fairy is here again. Keep on fighting your lonely crusade, you magnificent human being! I hope you know that we're all just quaking in our Birkenstocks in fear of you. I'm so upset that I may even spill a little white wine on my brie.

Limeylizzie March 28, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Oh Darling, I may be a proud liberal/commie but you wouldn't catch me dead in a pair of Brkenstocks.

Jim89048 March 28, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Tivas ftw!

Limeylizzie March 28, 2011 at 8:49 pm

I'm more 'Kickers” by day and some nose-bleed inducing heels by night.

教授 Zoom March 28, 2011 at 8:58 pm

What, you didn't like "Liberal Stereotypes–the Retro Edition"?

Pres[ $ rm -r * ] March 28, 2011 at 8:32 pm

Fuck this missile shit. Time to issue some letters of marque and reprisal.

教授 Zoom March 28, 2011 at 8:33 pm

Arrrrrrrrrr.

Gnatsum March 28, 2011 at 8:39 pm

God I feel old. Remember when the comments on this blog were funny?

vulpes82 March 28, 2011 at 8:44 pm

I think it's gotten to the point where we can't even laugh through the pain anymore, just gently weep on our keyboards as the world implodes. We don't even have the strength to chooch, just silently sob.

TRUCKNUTZ!

user-of-owls March 28, 2011 at 9:15 pm

God I feel old. Remember when the comments on this blog were funny?

Do you read them? Seriously, do you? The sharper the knife, the keener the cut and we've been pretty spectacular bleeders of late.

vulpes82 March 28, 2011 at 9:19 pm

In the interests of funny, Wonkette's very own Sara Benincasa saves America: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsQtE5tI0jg&fe

vulpes82 March 28, 2011 at 8:45 pm

It was an okay speech. I was conflicted before and am conflicted now, but at least Barry's soothing tones made me feel better for a nanosecond.

donner_froh March 28, 2011 at 8:47 pm

The Obama Doctrine = Permanent Humanitarian Intervention/Imperialism.

ApplesauceRobot March 28, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Oh for fucks sake. CNN and Co are saying we need to consider the cost of jet fuel we're using in this operation.

Double standard doesn't even, even, even… oh for fucks sake.

yyyaz March 28, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Nobody ever told them that if you have ask how many mpg it gets, you can't afford it.

HistoriCat March 28, 2011 at 9:37 pm

You are fucking kidding me. How much does each wedding party in Afghanistan cost us to blow up? How much do the interminable Iraq parliamentary negotiations cost? Oh wait – those are Republican wars so that's OK.

user-of-owls March 28, 2011 at 11:09 pm

Well this is at least the second time today that Immense Debate has been a cunt and not allowed me to comment on some posts while allowing me to do so on others. So forgive this misplaced response to your despairing post in the previous post.

Just wanted to say I concur completely with the sentiment and the assertion that being a liberal in Arkansas takes just a wee bit more gumption than being one in California, or Mass, or nearly anywhere. I will never forget my first semester here when I spontaneously joined a march against the first fucking Iraq War. Marching silently through the downtown square I was shattered to see one of my grad students…grad students screaming the most vulgar epithets I'd heard since my days in a foundry, red-faced and vein-popping. A few days later, there he was in class, I no more than a vague abstraction of the "enemy within."

So yeah, Russelville or Conway or somesuch, we know the trenches. In a perverse sense, it makes the struggle that much sweeter. Hang tough, amigo, hang tough.

cheaphits March 29, 2011 at 10:12 am

I have to take issue with that. From the 1950's and the advent of television the U.S.A. has become more and more homoplastic. Cally has more than it's share of rednecks and MA a quota of Tea Partiers. I've lived in Arkansas different times for a total of 10 or 12 years. Lots of old yellow dog democrats and Clintonistas. Plenty of conservatives, sure, but even they tend to be nice friendly folks. And with students who knows, they change, that same guy is probably somewhere today protesting the war in Libya.

I've lived in Conway, Hot Springs, F'ville and Eureka Springs – traveled the whole state from the Delta, to the timberland of the southwestern part of the state, rice country, The Rock, The Ozarks and the rolling hills around Jonesboro – I've also lived in San Francisco, Florida, Baghdad, Quito, London and now Toronto. The world is pretty much the same all over. Sometimes it's heaven, sometimes it's hell…and sometimes I don't even know.

Arkansas is no tougher on us libs than anywhere else, L.A. no more accepting. It's a pretty level playing field…the point is we have to begin to win the fuckin' game.

PublicLuxury March 28, 2011 at 8:59 pm

One time I was as wasted as Hopey. I thought I was gonna die the next day from the hangover. I just didn't know I had started another war, removed a dictator and got a tattoo. Stay away from the Tequila man.

PublicLuxury March 28, 2011 at 9:00 pm

I'm gonna kick Chuck Toad in the nutz when I get old enough to get away with it.

ttommyunger March 29, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Gotta find 'em first, that will not be easy with that little twat.

Radiotherapy March 28, 2011 at 9:10 pm

I'll bet it sounded more impressive and so much more presidential on a 80 inch, high def, Mitsubishi, surround sound, Bose, home theater.

weejee March 28, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Barry shoulda mentioned that he has special ops on the ground who are going to short sheet Guhdaffy's bunk and put Atomic Balm in his codpiece. That'll show 'em more than any silly UN can of Raid making a no flies zone.

Guppy06 March 28, 2011 at 9:23 pm

We've always been at war with West Libya.

EDIT: In fact, I can see this turning into a 50-year Korean-style DMZ thing.

Jim89048 March 28, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Wait 'til the wingers start blasting those admiralty flags–illegitimate preznit, illegitimate war!

BarackMyWorld March 28, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Meh.

Nopantsmcgee March 29, 2011 at 12:31 pm

I doubt that I have disagreed with Wonkette more strongly than now.

ttommyunger March 29, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Was that "Flight of the Valkyries" playing softly in the background?

HateMachine March 28, 2011 at 11:14 pm

My money is on commodities trader, and good fucking lord does it ever feel like safe money.

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