Libya, Gadhafi. Iraq, Saddam. Two dastardly dictators toppled. One covertly, the other overtly. Obama and Bush. The right-wing is mad as hell that Gadhafi was taken down by President Obama’s slick cooperation with NATO- allowing NATO to run the attacks that led to the toppling of the dictator. The right-wing cannot stomach these types of victories, especially after the killing of bin Laden under Obama’s watch.
They were highly critical of the president all throughout this campaign, first for getting involved there and then for not leading the assault on Libya and then for spending our tax dollars on such ‘an insignificant’ target. Grumpf! They like to bitch and complain, but have few positive ideas about most things.
I think that they are so bitter over this because their man, GW Bush, botched his attempt to get rid of his ‘evil’ dictator. Not only did he botch the Saddam affair, but he failed to kill or capture bin Laden. The black man did it! GW Bush’s preemptive war on Iraq set a precedent in American war history; never before had our nation attacked first. This act will remain a blemish on our nation’s history for years . And it was botched. Completely mismanaged and highly propagandized- even lying to The People about the ‘imminent danger’ that this two-bit dictator posed for our nation.
The right-wing bitched about the wasted tax dollars spent on Libya, counting up to a billion. Pocket change, of course, when compared with Iraq. And not a single American military man or woman injured or dead. Not one! And the U.S. did this as an integral part of a well-established union of member states, NATO. Compare that with the rag-tag of the so-called ‘coalition of the willing’ – nations that most Americans never even knew existed.
The hate for President Obama among the right-wing is monstrous. Of course, primarily, it is his skin color. Yet, I suspect that a deeper hate lies in the fact that they see this president doing all of the things that they hoped GW Bush would have done during his presidency. I suspect, in my Psychology 101, that many of them never left their adolescent stage of personality development and are therefore stuck in that awful place that we fully-mature adults gladly left behind long ago. The result is that, like a teen, they often cannot move forward and rise above the fray; they remain mired in that highly-charged, irrational mental state so common in the teen years.
When I visit right-wing blogs ‘teen-talk’ is quite common. Machismo boils over. I was challenged to a pistol duel just yesterday. A few days ago, one of them demanded my address so that he could ‘teach me a few lessons, personally.’ I have no knowledge whether the adolescence that I have observed on the dozen or so right-wing blogs I have sampled is common throughout the country, but I suspect that it is. I am sure, however, that the hate for President Obama is a common thread, not only for his race, but for being all that GW Bush was not.
‘Winning from behind’ is a paraphrase of the right-wing slur, ‘leading from behind’, a common phrase in the right-wing, meant to degrade Obama’s leadership. Now that Gadhafi is gone, you might expect the right-wing to eat crow. Don’t hold your breath because, like adolescents, they never want to ‘lose.’ I’ll be reporting their sour grapes as the days after Gadhafi roll on.