Highlights from the AP fact check of last night’s speech reveal Obama’s proclivity for exaggeration and self-aggrandizement:
OBAMA: We are turning the operation over to NATO.
FACT: The US is NATO, so we are turning the operation back over to ourselves.
OBAMA: “Our military mission is narrowly focused on saving lives.”
FACT: The operation is expanding militarily in an effort to unseat Gadhafi.
OBAMA: Seeking to justify the operation, he asserted this mission was vital to the national interest of the US.
FACT: Obama contradicted his own defense secretary, Robert Gates, who said the crisis “was not a vital national interest to the United States.”
OBAMA: “And tonight, I can report that we have stopped Gadhafi’s deadly advance.”
FACT: The regime continues to push back the rebels.
OBAMA: “Some nations may be able to turn a blind eye to atrocities in other countries. The United States of America is different.”
FACT: Obama turned a blind eye to the uprising in Iran, the killings of Jewish innocents, and the genocide in Darfur.
Maybe you can explain the strategy behind Obama’s lies. Let us know if you have figured it out. Read more at the AP fact check.