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This morning the WSJ reported that Gadhafi’s forces took the town Ajdabiya which is about an hour’s drive south of Benghazi, the rebels’ capital. His fighter jets bombed the center of Ajdabiya to ruins. Civilians are fleeing the city heading north towards Benghazi. The rebels retreated to the outskirts of Ajdabiya trying to regroup near the highway leading north.

Benghazi will be next. It is reported that the streets in Benghazi are empty after many residents have left the city with the intention of fleeing to Egypt on a desert highway.

The rebels have no chance against Gadhafi’s airstrikes, rocket launchers and artillery. It is only a matter of time until Benghazi will be conquered and that will spell the end of the rebels in Libya.

Is this tragic outcome really unavoidable? It seems so. Why? Haven’t France and the Arab League called for a no-fly zone? Hasn’t President Obama said: “Colonel Gadhafi needs to step down from power and leave. That is good for his country. It is good for his people. It is the right thing to do.”

But these are just words.  There will be more words today when the United Nations Security Council discusses the draft of a no-fly zone paragraph by paragraph – as if they had all the time in the world to decide. From the White House we hear that the President hasn’t made up his mind yet if military action should be supported or not. In all likelihood he will come to the conclusion to support military action once it is safe to decide. And it is safe to decide after the rebels will have been crushed.

Clearly and tragically, the President of the United States lacks the will to assist the rebels in their attempt to defeat Gadhafi. Not long ago it seemed that Gadhafi was finished – and he would have been if at that time the US would have led the way by providing military and humanitarian assistance and by imposing a no-fly zone.

But he didn’t lead the way. Who knows why – and at this point who even cares why. Lack of courage?  Or caught in the narrow-mindedness of his ideological belief that the United States should not be anything special or in any way stand out?

If he wanted to he could still lead the way. Max Boot writes in the WSJ today: “The job could probably be performed with just one American ship – the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, now in the Red Sea, which has 34 F/A-18F Super Hornets and 10 F/A-18C Hornets along with a full complement of electronic warfare aircraft. The Enterprise strike group could also unleash a devastating array of Tomahawk cruise missiles.”

But he won’t. We all know it – unless we believe in miracles and overnight personality transformations. The rebels by now must know it too. During their last days before being slaughtered they will ask themselves whom they despise more:  Gadhafi and his minions – or the West, not led by the US and not coming to their help.

Mohammed Abdallah, a rebel commander near Ajdabiya, said: “The hands of the international community are covered in blood… Gadhafi will keep on bombing and killing us without fear of anyone stopping him.”

The President of the United States heralded hope and change. Plenty of change he brought – change that wreaks havoc and spreads fear around the globe.

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a host, Outreach Director with overseeing its outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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