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Right Crisis, Wrong President

And so we learn that Libyan “leader,” as the press calls him, Maummar Gadaffi has resorted to unleashing the hellfire of his war planes on the Libyan citizens that are clamoring to be free of his 42 years of “leadership.”

That’s what despots do, turn their armies on their people. That’s why they have them. Take Cuba, for example. The regime has a disproportionately huge army and para-military security apparatus. For what? Hurricanes? Sharks? The US? If the US wanted to liberate Cuba, the length of the war would be measured in hours, not days. No, the [c]astro’s military might exists to subjugate and intimidate the Cuban people so that if they ever try to pull an Egypt or a Libya they can be easily crushed into submission like Gadaffi is trying to do in the streets of Tripoli.

Back when the Egyptians were in the streets demanding that Mubarak leave, President Obama was very quick to get in front of the cameras and eagerly throw an important ally under the hopeanchange express. But now that the "Jasmine Revolution" has spread to US nemesis Libya, no statement from the President in support of the citizens that are getting slaughtered.

Really. I want to hear the president take names and kick butt; call evil by its name. Too often he reserves his ire for his political enemies and for the business community. I want him to warn that a genocide will not be tolerated and that those responsible will be prosecuted for war crimes.

And what I really want is for the president to state unequivocally to the despot 90 miles away that if by some miracle, the “Jasmine Revolution,” should spread to Cuba that under no circumstances will the US allow the Cuban regime to sick its military on the Cuban citizens and that if they did, the US would take all necessary measures to ensure the safety of the Cuban citizens.

Such a statement would put the [c]astro regime on notice and might give the burgeoning Cuban dissident movement the cover and impetus it needs to finally rise up and rid itself of the [c]astro’s totalitarian jackboot.  Such a declaration might just provide the spark needed to ignite the torch of freedom in Cuba. But sometimes the right crisis is wasted on the wrong president.

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