Lt. Col. Oliver North contends that President Barack Obama, in effect, has ceded the title of “leader of the Free World” to French President Nicholas Sarkozy by not outlining a defined mission for the United States in its Libyan intervention.
|Lt. Col. Oliver North
“What you now have is very clearly an effort now to support the rebel movement in a civil war to get to Tripoli and unseat Moammar Gadhafi — this brutal despot — who has ruled the country for 40 years and killed thousands of people,” North told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Monday.
“Nicolas Sarkozy has no doubt about the mission — he is now the leader of the free world.
“It doesn’t bother him what [Russian Prime Minister Vladimir] Putin says or anybody else for that matter. In fact, I’m told that the message he delivered, very straightforward, was: We’re going with you or without you,” North said.
“And that forced Obama’s hand. And Obama then sent [Secretary of State] Hillary Clinton off to try to do what she could in Paris to salvage it,” he continued. “At that point you already had on the ground, in Benghazi, French and British commandos, to control the airstrikes that saved Benghazi.”
North said the bottom line is that Obama tries to please everyone.
“He’s done nothing but apologize for America, literally since he’s been in office. And now, he’s in a position where he has to be the commander-in-chief — and it is just beyond him,” North said.
“If you try to please everyone, you will end up pleasing no one.”
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