Obama on Libya: pathetic and dangerously incompetent

Posted by: Phineas on February 26, 2011 at 7:09 pm

**Posted by Phineas

When I vented my disgust at the administration renting a ferry to get Americans out of Libya, instead of sending in the Marines, I had missed part of the story, the instructions given to Americans desperate to get out:

In a notice sent to U.S. citizens in Libya, the department said Americans wishing to leave Libya should report to the As-shahab port in the capital of Tripoli with their passports starting at 9 a.m. local time on Wednesday. The ferry will depart for the Mediterranean island of Malta no later than 3 p.m. local time.

It said boarding the vessel would be on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to those with medical emergencies or severe medical conditions. Travelers will be allowed one suitcase and one small carry-on item, the notice said, adding that pets would be allowed on the ferry but that they must meet European Union requirements.

Those who want be evacuated should be prepared to wait several hours and bring food, water and other necessities to the pier, which is on the sea road across from the Radisson Blu Mahari Hotel in Tripoli.

Those who take the ferry will be expected to reimburse the government for the cost, estimated to be equivalent to the one-way commercial ferry crossing of the distance from Tripoli to the Maltese capital of Valletta, it said. Any onward travel from Malta must be paid for by the passengers, the notice said.

Immediate family members of U.S. citizens who are not themselves citizens will be able to board provided they have travel documents valid for their final destination.

So, American citizens would have to pay to get out of country torn by civil war, and the non-American wife and in-laws would be extra? Gee, why not make them sign over their life savings, too?

Oh, but the best part of this extravaganza of incompetence is highlighted above: evacuees were told to wait on a pier, in the open, water on three sides, like sitting ducks with no protection in case Qaddafi’s goons showed up for a bit of hostage-taking… or other revenge. My God, we are lucky there wasn’t a massacre.

But the British could send in the SAS to get their people out.

Pardon me, I need to go find a wall to beat my head against.

h/t Pundit and Pundette via Truth and Commonsense

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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15 Responses to “Obama on Libya: pathetic and dangerously incompetent”


  1. Carlos says:

    Elections have consequences. The result of the 2008 presidential election, full of flowery promises and arrogant dismissal of history, training and ability is now bearing fruit, for all the numbskulls who voted for this jackass.

    Hopefully, he will go down not only as America’s worst president but also a president who lost any semblance of power by the end of the first quarter of his third year flailing around at the helm of the ship of state.

  2. Dale says:

    The US Embassy website is now urging US Citizens to contact foreign nations for passage out of the country. The state department evacuated 167 citizens by ferry and 32 by aircraft. 199 out of several thousands. Way to go, Obama.

  3. Farm Girl says:

    What if the headline were reversed?

    “Libya on Obama: pathetic and dangerously incompetent”

  4. CA Mom says:

    Talk about the pot calling the kettle black…

  5. Mary says:

    Sister, if you really want to feel disgust for the leaders of this country who placed our citzens stranded in Libya in danger, go to
    a site that tell how the RAF rescued oil workers and others.

  6. Tex says:

    If Bush was still President all those Americans trapped in Libya would have been back home in the U.S. a week ago instead of trying to hide anywhere they can hide in Libya and pray for a miracle to keep them alive.

  7. Chris in NC says:

    Wow, I can’t believe I’m writing this but here goes. Why shouldn’t they compensate those who rescued them. If it had been USAIR or Delta, they would expect payment. The government is not a charity, I’d expect them to be paid for their services like any other company.

    Gosh I feel dirty for agreeing with the admin on that…

  8. Carlos says:

    You really should feel dirty, Chris, for rolling around in the sty with that bunch of pigs. You’re right, of course, but still…

    The question would never have come up had the Porker-in-Chief been doing his job, of course. But while he’s out makin’ bacon on the taxpayers, how could one expect him to be doing what any other affirmative action prez would do? ‘Specially with a Motown concert to get ready for and attend?

  9. Chris in NC says:

    yeah, I know. I’ll just chalk it up to the broken clock being right twice a day or the blind squirrel finding a nut.

    As for the motown show, could you imagine the press if Bush had attended a country music concert last week? The bleating from the press would have been intolerable.

  10. Glenn Bergen says:

    It kind of puts a shiver down your spine…, the underlying assumption HAS always been.. no American left behind. Brrr, it’s getting cold in here.

  11. Carlos says:

    Now it’s “No American worth saving, no put-down on America not worth repeating. And repeating. And repeating…

  12. PACNW_Righty says:

    This completely blows my mind. How can one adminisration be so stupid and yet our “dear leader’ is still is in the running for a second term. It did not take long for America to discover Carter was an idiot, yet for some strange reason, this guy has almost 45% of Americans thinking he is presidential material. Good God, 2012 cannot get here soon enough

  13. Phineas says:

    @ PACNW_Righty:

    Actually, the parallel between Obama and Carter is even stronger. As late as mid-1980, Jimmy held a lead over Reagan in national polls, and most showed them even just days before the election. It’s stunning in retrospect, but the landslide that actually occurred I think has obscured that in a lot of people’s memories. There’s a good article on it in Time’s archives.