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Liberal Dems Attack Obama Over Libya No-Fly Zone

Tasbeeh Herwees |
March 21, 2011 | 10:56 a.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich (OH) and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader both called President Barack Obama’s decision to launch air strikes against Libya on Saturday “impeachable”. 

The streets of Libya after attacks (from Al-Jazeera English's live blog)
The streets of Libya after attacks (from Al-Jazeera English's live blog)

The U.S. offense against Libya was in accordance with U.N. Resolution 1973, which was passed by the Security Council on Thursday. President Obama asserted that the United States’ involvement in Libya was taken in humanitarian interest. 

Kucinich, however, called Obama’s decision “an act of war”.

“The president made statements which attempt to minimize U.S. action,” he said in a statement to Congressional leaders Saturday, “but U.S. planes may drop U.S. bombs and U.S. missiles may be involved in striking another sovereign nation. War from the air is still war.”

In an interview with Democracy Now!, Nader made similar statements regarding the nature of Obama’s decision to take military action in Libya. 

Why don't we say what's on the minds of many legal experts, that the Obama administration is committing war crimes and if Bush should have been impeached, Obama should be impeached,” said Nader. 

Outspoken documentary filmmaker Michael Moore joined in on the chorus of voices opposing U.S. involvement in Libya. In a series of tweets Saturday, he condemned Obama’s actions and suggested that a “50-mile evacuation zone” be implemented around Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize.

“Too little, too late. So NOW we try 2 help the Libyans after Khaddafy has retaken most of country? Really just a big show, isn’t it?” tweeted Moore on Saturday. 

Moore questioned the U.S.’s intentions in intervening in in Libya, citing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

“So knock off ‘it’s our moral obligation 2 defend ppl of Libya.’” he wrote, “After Iraq & Afghan & support of dictators, we have no moral standing.”

Even Republican senator and former presidential candidate John McCain, who advocated for a No-Fly Zone early on as the events in Libya unfolded, found something to criticize: he told CNN it’s “too late” for a no-fly zone. 

He waited too long, there is no doubt in my mind about it, “ he said, “But it is what it is. And we need, now, to support him…and I regret we didn't act much more quickly, and we could have."

Republican senator Lindsey Graham, also in support of a no-fly zone, told Fox News Sunday that Obama treats his position as president like it’s a “nuisance”. 

“I don’t know what finally got the president to act, but I am very worried that we are taking a backseat rather than a leadership role,” she said, “He needs to relish leading the free world... Now, it’s almost like leading the free world is an inconvenience.”


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