First there was Egypt, where Obama supported Mubarak, the didn't, then did, then didn't. Then Tunisia, and Obama said nothing. Next Bahrain, when he said, well, something memorable. Now we have Libya.
Gadhafi has been the thuggish dictator of Libya for decades. Now the Libyan people, inspired by the other freedom efforts in North Africa and elsewhere in the region, are demonstrating and calling for more rights. Gadhafi has had his security forces shooting unarmed civilians in the streets, hundreds have been killed, and he actually ordered two of his air force jets to bomb the protesters (the pilots, to their credit, refused and defected to Malta).
And what does the leader of the most powerful nation in the world have to say about the actions of this murderous thug in Libya? Why, Obama called on this dictator who is killing people in the streets to respect those people's rights. And Obama's Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, warned that we are watching events in Libya.
The guy ordered his air force to bomb the protesters, people are being gunned down in the streets, and Obama tells him that he really ought to respect his people's rights, and then sternly says that we are watching?!!!
This is pathetic weakness on the part of Obama. It would be comical if it weren't so dangerous to the U.S. Thugs and dictators, such as those in Iran and North Korea who are trying to build nuclear weapons, see weakness as an opportunity.