Now that those Mid-East strongmen are on the ropes, the blame-game has begun on the right. Mythmaker Stephen Moore was back to work on FOX News the other day, appearing on Sean Hannity’s show in order to spin some new history for FOX News viewers, namely that Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi has received support for decades from American liberals.
Getting a nice lead-in from straight man Sean Hannity, comedian Moore said,
“You know Sean what’s really despicable about this is that for years and decades the left has sort of apologized for Gaddafi.”
And he asked,
“Where is our national indignation against these acts? I think we should be standing up for these peace protesters.”
What’s interesting is that yes, Ronald Reagan tried to kill Gaddafi by dropping bombs on him but by current Republican standards, Reagan wasn’t even a real Republican. And it was Bush who kissed and made up with Gaddafi, not President Obama, who gets all the blame for every Isalmic dictator who ever lived, just like he gets blamed for 9/11 and the war in Afghanistan that Bush began.
Let’s look at some real, non-invented facts. Remember how Libya and Gaddafi were supposed to be proof that the “Bush Doctrine” worked? That shaking a big old stick of American wood at a dictator could reform him?:
Time Magazine, May 16, 2006
When I called on Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi in his Bedouin tent last year, he was at pains to explain how he and President Bush were on the same wavelength. In all his years as a bad boy in the eyes of the West, he said, Libya was simply doing what Bush did when he invaded Iraq. “Bush is saying that America is fighting for the triumph of freedom,” Gaddafi said between sips of tea. “When we were supporting liberation movements in the world, we were arguing that it was for the victory of freedom. We both agree. We were fighting for the cause of freedom.”
At the time, it may have sounded like the typical ramblings of the Libyan leader. But now, a year later, Gaddafi and Bush do apparently see eye to eye. On Monday, Gaddafi accomplished one of history’s great diplomatic turnarounds when Secretary of State Condeleezza Rice announced that the U.S. was restoring full diplomatic relations with Libya and held up the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya as “a model” for others to follow.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
President Bush called Libya’s Moammar Gaddafi yesterday — apparently the first time any president has spoken to the African leader — to voice his satisfaction that Libya had settled a long-standing dispute over terrorist attacks, including the bombing of a Pan Am jet over Scotland, the White House said.
In their conversation, Bush and Gaddafi “discussed that this agreement should help to bring a painful chapter in the history between our two countries closer to closure,” White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe said in a statement.
Imagine if you will if this had been President Obama and not President Bush engaging in this happy-snuggly-warm moment with a brutal Mid-East dictator. It apparently is President Obama doing these things back in 2006 and 2008 before he became President. See how easy it is to re-write history when you work for FOX News!
In fact, Moore offered no evidence to support his claim that it is the “left” that has been Gaddafi’s apologists or his primary supporters in this country. But it’s useful at this point for the Republicans to quickly present this claim as fact; it is, after all, on President Obama’s watch that the strongmen are tumbling. While they can blame him for 9/11, which took place on Bush’s watch before he became president, or the War in Afghanistan, which Bush started before Barack Obama became president, they can’t let him have any credit for anything positive which might happen while he is actually president.
Can’t have that. Nossir, can’t have facts. Can’t have ‘em, can’t work with ‘em.
And Mr. Moore, we might have more enthusiastic support for the democratic protesters in Libya if we weren’t so busy fighting for our own democratic rights in this country, facing down some would-be Republican strongmen.