Monday, March 21, 2011

Randi Rhodes: Target: Libya

Over this weekend, President Obama had to oversee military actions against Libya while on a diplomatic and trade mission to South America. It’s times like this when you’re glad we have a president who can multi-task. Imagine if John McCain was president? John McCain can’t even uni-task. If John McCain were president, we would have accidentally bombed Brazil and signed a trade agreement for Brazil nuts with Gadhafi.

Speaker John Boehner warned that “the Administration must do a better job of communicating to the American people and to Congress about our mission.” Oh, you mean the way George Bush communicated about our mission in Iraq? If President Obama was communicating with the American people about this action the way Bush communicated about his war in Iraq, Obama would have spent the last few months trying to connect Gadhafi to the attacks on 9/11 and insinuating that Libya had nuclear weapons.

Meanwhile, the talking point at Fox News is that, on his visit to Brazil, President Obama has “gone to Rio.” Over the past few days the commentators at Fox News have used the phrase “go to Rio” more times than Peter Allen did during his entire career. On Fox News, Washington Times columnist Charles Hurt said “President Obama has absolutely abdicated his role as leader of the free world.” Hello. He’s in trade talks. He’s not dancing on a carnival float with a bunch of women wearing nothing but several strings of beads. Video below.

What’s Fox’s idea of how a president should act? Donald Trump has been bragging to Fox News that he screwed Muammar Gadhafi in a business deal. Really! Donald Trump thinks we should be impressed that he ripped Gadhafi off. If that’s all we’re looking for, maybe we should make Bernie Madoff president. Trump said he swindled Gadhafi in a deal to rent some land. Of course, he didn’t do that because Gadhafi is a bad guy. I’m sure Donald Trump would have made the same deal with Nelson Mandela. Donald, you’re not a hero because you screwed Gadhafi in a business deal, any more than the person who sold Muammar Gadhafi those outfits he wears is a hero. What are you going to do next? Go to North Korea and get Kim Jong Il to invest in some Florida swampland?

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