Ghadafi has kicked most of the the teeth out of the Libyan rebellion, and will soon have his dictatorship back in order. Obama's relative silence on the Libyan matter during the last few days has been deafening. I for one, find his ambivalence about freedom around the world very troubling:
When the Iranians voters were being clubbed into submission for daring to protest the rigged election that kept Ahmadinejad in power, he was silent.
When the recent chain of revolutions spreading across the Middle East reached Egypt, he cheered them on, calling for the youth to rise up, and demand freedom from tyranny, which all peoples have a right to enjoy.
When the Libyans sought to get in on the freedom rally however, and fought bravely to attain their freedom against the unbalanced despot ruling them with an iron hand, Obama had neither words of support for them, nor chastisement for Ghadafi.
Only now that the UN has finally taken action, has he issued an "ultimatum" to Ghadafi. (I'm not sure if the word "ultimatum" is really accurate when you temper it with assurances to the other party that you don't intend to actually do anything if they don't comply. But I'm certain the harshness of his tone will both strike fear into Ghadafi's heart, and give hope to the grieving family members of the slain freedom fighters.
I think Obama's silence says far more about him than all his empty words ever could.