“(t)he president does not have the power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.”However, President Obama did something totally different:
Straightaway after entering office, he expanded drone attacks against Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen. He increased troop strength in Afghanistan after pledging to end war by yearend 2009.And as Mr. Lendman notes:
America wasn’t attacked, nor other NATO countries. Gaddafi threatened no one, including his own people. The longer war raged, the more popular he became. Libyans rallied around him for safety and security – hoping he’d be able to restore peace and stability.The result is that Libya is now a failed state. There is no central government, and the resulting power vacuum has allowed ISIS to gain a foothold there which it would not have done otherwise. Gaddafi was a dictator who did not respect human rights. However, the fact that we facilitated regime change there simply sends the wrong message to other countries -- it doesn't matter if you resist the US or comply with their demands -- they will invade and overthrow you anyway if that is their whim.
The Obama Administration has not learned from its own mistakes or the failures of previous administration. Back in 1920, commentators routinely predicted that the fledgling USSR would topple in a matter of several months. However, they ignored the forces at work which held them together. The threat of foreign imperialism allowed their dictators to keep their people in line. The same thing happened with Cuba -- Fidel Castro, for 50+ years, was able to use the threat of a US invasion or a CIA assassination plot to keep his people in line. Even if people do not particularly like a certain leader, they are much more likely to dig their heels in if they believe that foreign powers are trying to tell them what to do. The same thing is happening with Russia today. President Obama, in the belief that he can control events from the White House, has imposed sanctions on Russia along with NATO and the EU in the belief that he can control President Putin's behavior in Ukraine. However, in reality, Putin is now enjoying 85% popularity levels as he is able to rally his nation against the threat of the foreign aggressor. There are routine predictions in the press about Putin's imminent overthrow, which are just as groundless. It is no different than here in the US; if you live in Missouri, you likely wouldn't appreciate it if politicians from Kansas tried to tell you how to do things. And any attempt by the UN to send troops to this country to demand that we respect their version of international law would be done over our dead bodies.
The reason that Communism in Eastern Europe collapsed was because of the will of the people there, along with the moral authority of Pope John Paul II, not because of anything that the Reagan Administration did. The people themselves have to demand a regime change, and they must implement it.
The more we get involved in these foreign entanglements, the more difficult it becomes to build roads and bridges and prepare for the climate change that is already taking place around the world. We have to think of our own well-being first before we go around telling other countries how to govern.