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FLASHBACK: Mainstream Media Silent When Obama Called Libya a “S***” Show

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If something or someplace is awful you should be able to say that it’s awful.

Can you imagine if someone got called a racist for saying that they didn’t like the movies or a certain actor or that a certain restaurant? It is out and out lunacy what liberals are trying to do right now.

The point is, the Democratic Party has realized that they cannot go after President Trump with conventional weapons anymore because he has better defenses for that kind of thing than any of them put together. So they drop their nuclear bomb. They say he’s a racist.

It was the expletive heard round the world: President Trump’s alleged decision to call certain nations “s***hole countries” — including Haiti and Guatemala — during a bipartisan Oval Office conference on immigration reform.

It didn’t take long for the liberal media to pounce.

“This is CNN Tonight, I’m Don Lemon. The president of the United States is racist,” the least trusted anchor at the most trusted name in news began his show Friday. “A lot of us already knew that.”

Believe it or not, some other liberal stalwarts were less subtle. “‘What he said was basically a form of eugenics’: a professor on Trump’s ‘s**thole countries’ remarks” read Vox’s headline on the matter. Lorella Praeli, the ACLU’s director of immigration policy and campaigns, was even less delicate when it came to her ad hom: “President Trump has been consistently honest about the white nationalism behind his immigration policies.”

Pretty damning invective there. However, it’s worth pointing out that all three of these institutions, from the venerable to Vox, were around two years ago.

I point that out because that’s exactly when former President Obama said something involving almost the same expletive that Trump used to describe an African nation in chaos — one which the Obama administration likely wasn’t totally jazzed about letting immigrants in from.

The nation was Libya, which came up during a 2016 interview with The Atlantic. The former president was talking about how the whole thing had gone to pot after Gadhafi had been deposed.

“So we actually executed this plan as well as I could have expected: We got a UN mandate, we built a coalition, it cost us $1 billion — which, when it comes to military operations, is very cheap,” Obama said during the interview.

“We averted large-scale civilian casualties, we prevented what almost surely would have been a prolonged and bloody civil conflict. And despite all that, Libya is a mess.

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“Mess is the president’s diplomatic term; privately, he calls Libya a ‘s*** show,’ in part because it’s subsequently become an ISIS haven — one that he has already targeted with air strikes,” The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg noted.

“It became a s*** show, Obama believes, for reasons that had less to do with American incompetence than with the passivity of America’s allies and with the obdurate power of tribalism.”

This isn’t to criticize Obama for his choice of words, although his strategy in North African country left something to be desired. Libya, as a polity, was a s*** show, and the president duly acknowledged this fact. This deserves a rare plaudit for our former commander in chief.

As for what Trump said, we can only ascertain that his remarks involved Haiti, El Salvador and other unspecified African nations. In each of those cases, you may disagree with the expletive. If you’re a liberal, you may think this somehow makes Trump a racist. However, at least in the two countries we can identify, you’re unlikely to book your next vacation to these feces-burrows, and not without reason.

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