So, some questions:
1. Do you support the military action? Why or why not?
2. What should be the ultimate goal of the action?
3. How long should the US be involved?
4. Did we act too late? Too soon?
5. Do you support the notion that Obama should return his Nobel over this?
6. How do you rate Obama's communication/explanation of the action?
7. Does the President need Congressional authority to launch an attack?
8. What do you think the political consequences of this action will be for Obama?
1. I do. Libya is in a critical region of the world. Gross instability threatens our national security due to Libya's oil reserves. Gaddafi is also using his military against his own people. He has been oppressing his people for 40 years and supported terrorism in the past. This time he has gone to far. I think that getting the Arab league on board initially not to mention the rather strong UN resolution was the way to go.
2. I believe we should enforce the NFZ along with our partners and stop military attacks on the rebel strongholds. I do not believe we should target Gaddafi directly.
3. Not long at all, unless somehow things escalate requiring a broader action. I would like to see other Arab countries and European allies take over.
4. I believe we acted too late. In the least, we did not explain the delay very well. Obama came off as dithering.
5. He never should have received it to begin with, but no. Using the military against a brutal dictator slaughtering his own people with tanks, artillery and aircraft is the right thing to do.
6. I think he gets a straight-up F here. He never should have gone to Latin America. He should have addressed the nation and stood up to Gaddafi with words first. He should have prepared the nation. Upon starting the action, he should have given a short prime time speech outlining the purposes, goals, etc. He did none of that. He went to Brazil instead. Car-ni-val!!!!
7. No. And this guy's a moron. The President has full authority to use the US Military pursuant to the US Constitution as Commander-in-Chief and the War Powers Resolution/Act. Despite the latter's language about deploying the armed forces overseas in the absence a serious threat (which vague and subjective, obviously), nearly all Presidents since the 1973 act have done so.
8. Well right now, the Republicans are saying they support it now that's it's happened but action was taken too late. The Dems seem to be going apoplectic . Interesting indeed. If Obama loses liberal Dems, he's done. Conservatives and moderates have already abandoned him (or were never with him). Liberals are the last nail in the coffin, so to speak. If he loses liberals, he may was well not seek a second term. His approval will be in the 20s.