Mar
22
2011

I don’t know *what* my opinion is on the Libya situation.

You want to know why?  It’s because I don’t know what the heck it is that we’re doing in Libya right now.  Are we toppling the government? Are we setting up an effective partition of the country?  Are we acting? Reacting?  Is there an actual plan, or are we just making this up as we go along?  And not only do I not know: neither does anybody else.  Including, apparently, the President’s own party leadership, which is just as much in the dark as the rest of us.  It’s not helpful that there isn’t a consistent message coming out from the administration, either.  The President is playing soccer in Brazil; the Secretary of Defense is being embarrassed by the Russians; and the Secretary of State is… making surreptitious calls to her old leadership PAC, probably.  You tell me who’s minding the store right now.

I admit it: I was spoiled by the previous administration… actually, no.  I was spoiled by the previous four administrations.  Whether I agreed with the various military interventions or not of those administrations, at least we were told about them ahead of time.  We had a basic idea of what the goal was, who was in charge, and what we were going to be doing.  The plan didn’t always work, but there was a plan.  If there’s a plan now, it’d be great if more than three people know what it is.

‘Three’ is me being optimistic, by the way.

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  • Beej says:

    “It’s because I don’t know what the heck it is that we’re doing in Libya right now. ”

    My intuition tells me we’re rescuing the Muslim Brotherhood’s fighters who were trapped in Benghazi. Why else would the left ever do this. The “humanitarian effort” story is a typical leftist cover story for the useful idiots.

  • Roger says:

    As a former military attorney, I can tell you that your opinion would be easy to reach if you start at the beginning, which is this is a patently illegal war. The president did not even seek, much less gain, approval from Congress, and there is NO statutory or other legal authority for his use of force against a country that poses no imminent threat to the U.S. This is a violation of our Constitution, of Federal statutes, and international law. The real question is WHERE IN THE HELL ARE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE SUPPOSED TO BE A CHECK ON A ROGUE PRESIDENT????

  • JJC says:

    Myth
    –noun
    1. a traditional or legendary story, usually concerning some being or hero or event, with or without a determinable basis of fact or a natural explanation, especially one that is concerned with deities or demigods and explains some practice, rite, or phenomenon of nature.
    2. stories or matter of this kind: realm of myth.
    3. any invented story, idea, or concept: His account of the event is pure myth.
    4. an imaginary or fictitious thing or person.
    5. an unproved or false collective belief that is used to justify a social institution.

    —Can be confused:   fable, legend, myth (see synonym note at legend).
    —Synonyms See legend. 3. fiction, fantasy, tall-tale, bull shit and/or bull shit artist.

    A list of things that are myths and reside only in the realm of fantasy or fiction:

    • Trolls
    • Unicorns
    • Elves
    • Leprechauns
    • Fairies
    • Atlantis
    • Big Foot
    • Elvis
    • National self interest for bombing Libya

    I think he wanted to show himself to be decisive world leader, and not some “Carteresque” milquetoast.

    But Libya?

    Oh brother.

  • Neo says:

    After the Iraq War began, we had a number of Democrats who tried to back out of their votes claiming that they thought Bush would use the threat of war with Iraq, once they had the resolution to go to war, as leverage, not as an actual green light to start a war.
    Frankly, since Pres**ent Obama has been the biggest wuss since before President Monroe, the whole idea of using the threat (something that Bush manage to use on Libya in regard to their nuclear program) was a none starter.
    If the threat of war had been on the table, we might have been able to handle this whole matter on the cheap, but this is the price for wimpiness.

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