Jon Stewart to GOP re Qaddafi: “Are you that small?”

Via Waylon Lewis
on Oct 21, 2011
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“What the f**k is wrong with you people? Honestly, what’s wrong with you? Are you that small? Are you that, you know what else we really got to give credit to the Chinese. Without the invention of gunpowder…”

Qaddafi is dead. Libya Celebrates. GOP, which criticized President Obama every step of the way (including for leading from behind, saving money and lives—now they congratulate the British and French for leading)—is unconsolable.

“Is there no one? Is there no Republican that can be gracious and statesmanlike in this situation? We removed a dictator in six months, losing no American soldiers, spending like a billion dollars rather than a trillion dollars, and engendering what appears to be good will to people who now have a prideful story of their own independence to tell..!”


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Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat.” Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword’s Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by “Greatist”, Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: “the mindful life” beyond the choir & to all those who didn’t know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


7 Responses to “Jon Stewart to GOP re Qaddafi: “Are you that small?””

  1. elephantjournal says:

    Broderick Isom Should the us not be $$$ reimbursed
    16 hours ago · LikeUnlike
    Amy Hagerstrom What Obama did was illegal and immoral. It's time that America stop interfering with other nations and mind our own business. The rebels that we helped in this civil war are associated with al Qaeda, you know that terrorist organization that we are bombing in what, 5 other countries? Also, all of our bombing killed a hell of a lot of Libyan people. What about them???


  2. elephantjournal says: Amy, that's your opinion, and it's a great one. What "Obama did" he was joined in with many other nations, he removed a man responsible for torture and terrorism, and did so without loss of American life. I know it's hard to give credit in an imperfect world, and it's easy to sit back and judge. Here's another paragraph from the news you may enjoy more: ~ W.
    16 hours ago · LikeUnlike · 1 personLoading…
    # ‎"WASHINGTON — President Obama said Friday that the last American soldier would leave Iraq by the end of the year, bringing to an end a nearly nine-year military engagement that cost the lives of 4,400 troops and more than $1 trillion, divided the American public, and came to define America’s role in the world…"
    U.S. Troops to Leave Iraq by Year’s End, Obama Says
    President Obama has decided to withdraw all American troops from Iraq by the end… of the year, after failing to reach a deal with the Iraqi government that would have left a significant force of military trainers in the country.See More
    16 hours ago · LikeUnlike ·
    Broderick Isom We can't sit back being the most "powerful"nation on earth and watch people get killed and beat….
    Its the responsibility factor
    And yes served so ..yes I was one of the ones being sent to protect the rights of others
    16 hours ago · LikeUnlike
    Amy Hagerstrom I believe it was none of our business, and our founders warned us not to interfere with other nations. We've gotten really far away from the notion of what America was supposed to be. That's great that American troops didn't die, but WE bombed them, not the other way around. We had no idea who the rebels were or what awaits the Libyan people. I will give no credit where credit is not due. What we don't hear about this horrible man is all of the really great things he did for his people and for Africa.
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    Amy Hagerstrom When you signed up for the military, you took an oath to protect and defend the constitution against all enemies… You didn't sign up to protect and defend the whole world.
    15 hours ago · LikeUnlike · 1 personLoading…
    # I agree with that, Amy. That said, might be worthwhile to read up on Gaddafi's torture, rape, theft, suppression of freedoms:
    Muammar Gaddafi – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Muammar Muhammad Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi[1] (Arabic: مُعَمَّر القَذَّافِي‎ Muʿamma…r al-Qaḏḏāfī audio (help·info);[variations] June 1942 – 20 October 2011), commonly known as Muammar Gaddafi /ˈmoʊ.əmɑr ɡəˈdɑːfi/ or Colonel Gaddafi, was the autocratic ruler[2][3] of Libya from 1969, when he seized pow…See More
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    Broderick Isom Often times our ememeis hide in our shadows
    15 hours ago · LikeUnlike
    Kelly Wiley Was hitler non of our business? A lotta innocents were killed bringing down that person too and we have veterans that fought all over to defend more than just us.

  3. elephantjournal says:

    Tom Frascone ‎ Really, ele? You're trying to prove your argument by citing Wikipedia? Have fun trying that in an academic setting. LOL. Stop trying to argue politics and international affairs – stick with yoga, it's what you know.

    Let's pump the brakes here. There are plenty of rumors about the "dictators" that we don't like in other parts of the world. Some of these rumors may be true, but often times they're false. We live in a system where we must first demonize our enemies in order to justify our actions.

    Let's look at a few facts:

    Gaddafi wanted to united Africa under a the Gold Dinar – a threat to the US dollar. He planned to sell oil for gold, not Dollars. In 2000, Saddam announced something similar, that he was dumping the US Dollar (converting Iraq's accounts held in Dollars to Euros), and began to phase out the Dollar as the unit of currency in its oil sales. And we all know what Happened with Iraq…

    Gaddafi Planned Gold Dinar, Now Under Attack
    The Invasion of Iraq: Dollar vs Euro

    "Qaddafi made a similarly bold move: he initiated a movement to refuse the dollar and the euro, and called on Arab and African nations to use a new currency instead, the gold dinar. Qaddafi suggested establishing a united African continent, with its 200 million people using this single currency. […] The initiative was viewed negatively by the USA and the European Union, with French president Nicolas Sarkozy calling Libya a threat to the financial security of mankind; but Qaddafi continued his push for the creation of a united Africa.

  4. elephantjournal says:

    One seldom mentioned fact by western politicians and media pundits: the Central Bank of Libya is 100% State Owned. Currently, the Libyan government creates its own money, the Libyan Dinar, through the facilities of its own central bank. Few can argue that Libya is a sovereign nation with its own great resources, able to sustain its own economic destiny. One major problem for globalist banking cartels is that in order to do business with Libya, they must go through the Libyan Central Bank and its national currency, a place where they have absolutely zero dominion or power-broking ability."

    The Libyan War, American Power and the Decline of
    the Petrodollar Syste

    Additionanlly, Gaddafi also built the Great Man Made River Project. In case you are unaware, it's the largest man-made irrigation project in the world. It provided millions of people with clean, fresh water, and it was helping to "green" the desert of Libya. Clean, fresh water was free for the Libyan people. It was built without international loans, and without the help of US banks or corporations. This means the west had no control over Libya's country-wide water system, that brought life to the desert.

    "Libya had oil money to pay for the project, but it did not have the technical or engineering expertise for such a massive undertaking. […] 'The water changed lives. For the first time in our history, there was water in the tap for washing, shaving and showering,' he told the BBC World Service's Discovery programme. 'The quality of life is better now, and it's impacting on the whole country.' […] With fossil water available in most of Libya's coastal cities, the government is now beginning to use its water for agriculture. Over the country as a whole, 130,000 hectares of land will be irrigated for new farms. Some land will be given to small farmers who will grow produce for the domestic market. Large farms, run at first with foreign help, will concentrate on the crops that Libya currently has to import: wheat, oats, corn and barley."

    GMR (Great Man-made River) Water Supply Project
    Libya's thirst for 'fossil water'

    In July of this year, NATO bombed the main water supply lines that feed the Great Man Made River Project. This is a war crime under international law. They also bombed the factories that produce the massive water pipelines, making immediate repairs impossible.

    NATO bombs the Great Man-Made River

    This created a major Humanitarian crisis, leaving millions without access to water. UNICEF was forced to import millions of liters of bottled water from it's stockpiles in the region in an attempt to prevent mass deaths from the water cut-off.

    UNICEF responds to the emerging water crisis in Tripoli

    As Amy pointed out earlier in this thread, the "rebels" (as our media likes to call them) are little more than paid mercenaries. NATO and western forces have supplied these "rebels" (in Libya the public calls them "terrorists") with weapons, money, and intelligence. "Former U.S. Congressman Walter Fauntroy, who recently returned from a self-sanctioned peace mission to Libya, said he went into hiding for about a month in Libya after witnessing horrifying events in Libya's bloody civil war — a war that Fauntroy claims is backed by European forces. […] "'Contrary to what is being reported in the press, from what I heard and observed, more than 90 percent of the Libyan people love Gaddafi,' Fauntroy said. 'We believe the true mission of the attacks on Gaddafi is to prevent all efforts by African leaders to stop the recolonization of Africa.'"

    Former US Congressmen, Feared Dead in Libya, Returns Home—Guess Who He Saw Doing the Killing….

    "NATO has ignored calls for investigations into other alleged incidents of killing civilians, of which there have been a few. NATO has admitted to at least one occasion in which a NATO strike hit a civilian home in Tripoli, killing a number of civilians, including infants. The numbers of those killed by NATO strikes in Sirte, one of the most intensely attacked cities of the war, are much higher that the Majar incident, going into the hundreds."

  5. elephantjournal says:

    NATO Refuses to Investigate Libyan Civilian

    So please, ele, stick to yoga, and let's keep Wikipedia out of this. Now to address your Obama/Iraq comment…
    12 hours ago · LikeUnlike
    Tom Frascone RE: comment claming Obama is "getting troops out of Iraq".

    You're kidding right – you think Obama is ending the Iraq War and bringing our boys (and girls) home? This is why our government gets away with so much: because people believe whatever they are told.

    Apparently you don't understand how our government does things, and you can't even properly recall recent history.

    “Let me say this as plainly as I can. By August 31, 2010, our combat mission in Iraq will end,” – Obama, Feb. 27th, 2009.

    Obama: U.S. to withdraw most Iraq troops by August 201 0

    By the time August of 2010 rolled around…

    "You could be forgiven if you thought there were no more U.S. combat brigades in Iraq since there was so much news media coverage earlier in the week about the 'last combat brigade' exiting the Arab nation. But as it turns out, there actually are still combat brigades there. They've just been renamed. As journalists at NPR and elsewhere have repeatedly noted, there still are thousands of U.S. combat troops in Iraq. Not only combat troops, however, but combat brigades. They've just gone under something of an Orwellian name change."

    Combat Brigades Still In Iraq, Just Renamed

    Yes, some troops have left Iraq, but that doesn't mean they've all come home: many of them have been redeployed to other conflicts.

    And guess who has filled the spots of those who have left: mercenaries & private security firms. Anyone remember the backlash against the Bush administration for Blackwater?

    "As the U.S. military continues to draw down its forces in Iraq later this month and complete a full exit by the end of next year, analysts say the withdrawal will be a boon for the private security industry, whose employees will likely undertake more quasi-military functions such as defusing explosives and providing armed response teams. […] An influx of mercenaries will become especially important for the State Department, as the military leaves and as Iraqi security forces—while much improved—remain unable to provide the necessary security for what Patrick Kennedy, the undersecretary of state for management, calls “a major expansion” of the department’s postwar presence."

    Mercenaries to Fill Void Left By U.S. Army: As American troops leave Iraq, private security contractors will take over many of their tasks.

    At present the US has constructed one of the largest, permanent military bases in the world, in Iraq. It's so large it's often described as a self-sufficient town. Guess what: it's not going anywhere. It will still be there, continue to be maintained, continue to house US troops/ weapons/etc., and serve as a stepping stone in the region.

    Biggest Base in Iraq Has Small-Town Feel

    Just because they pull some troops out of Iraq, it doesn't mean that they won't be sending them elsewhere. The US is actively involved in a number of conflicts and occupations: let's stop pretending that Iraq & Afghanistan are the only two. Yes, Obama went on TV and said he's pulling troops out of Iraq, but why hasn't anyone told this to the military?

    "While we have all seen the president's announcement, we have not received any official guidance," said Col. Lee Quintas, the 3rd Infantry's chief of staff. "We're still prepared to go and we'll standby until we hear differently."

    I can make a guess: because they're being deployed somewhere else! Wasn't it in 2008 that Obama said he wanted to move troops from Iraq to Afghanistan? I wonder if that's still part of the plan. I'm sure some of them will certain find themselves in Afghanistan, come next year.

    End to Iraq war halts Fort Stewart deployment
    Barack Obama: Redeploy troops to Afghanistan from Iraq

    Obama is no different than Bush: warmongering puppets owned by international banks and the military-industrial complex.

    So again, please stay away from politics and international affairs, ele, you're much better off writing about yoga and the mindful lifestyle.

  6. elephantjournal says:

    Condescension aside, thanks for taking the time to add such well-sourced comments, Tom! Tom, democracy requires the involvement of all of us. If indeed I/we are wrong/ill-informed, discussing and sharing the news (sourced above) is a great way to become better informed through friends such as yourself, perhaps, though I know you have a precisely framed opinion on all this. Much better that we try and discuss and learn than that we don't get involved at all.

  7. […] Icing on the cake of a good news day for all of us, and most especially President Obama. […]

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