OMG! The White House Spins Libyan Intervention
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If you are at all shocked by this, you obviously have not been paying attention.
The Washington Examiner examines the action that isn't exactly war in Libya:
In the last few days, Obama administration officials have frequently faced the question: Is the fighting in Libya a war? From military officers to White House spokesmen up to the president himself, the answer is no. But that leaves the question: What is it?
In a briefing on board Air Force One Wednesday, deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes took a crack at an answer. "I think what we are doing is enforcing a resolution that has a very clear set of goals, which is protecting the Libyan people, averting a humanitarian crisis, and setting up a no-fly zone," Rhodes said. "Obviously that involves kinetic military action, particularly on the front end."
I guess kinetic military action doesn't require a quick pow-wow with Congress like an actual war might and to be fair to Obama, he hasn't gone on the teevee to say mission accomplished yet so maybe it isn't a war after all.
I find it sort of entertaining that the media is so baffled by Obama's behavior. First he doesn't say anything at all about Libya and then he goes and gets all kinetic action on their asses. Why is this shocking? He's not a professional politician and, unlike his predecessor, doesn't have anyone skilled at the game on his team.
Charles Krauthammer writes via the Washington Post:
And how about NATO? Let’s see. As of this writing, Britain wanted the operation to be led by NATO. France adamantly disagreed, citing Arab sensibilities. Germany wanted no part of anything, going so far as to pull four of its ships from NATO command in the Mediterranean. Italy hinted it might deny the allies the use of its air bases if NATO can’t get its act together. France and Germany walked out of a NATO meeting on Monday, while Norway had planes in Crete ready to go but refused to let them fly until it had some idea who the hell is running the operation. And Turkey, whose prime minister four months ago proudly accepted the Gaddafi International Prize for Human Rights, has been particularly resistant to the Libya operation from the beginning.
And as for the United States, who knows what American policy is. Administration officials insist we are not trying to bring down Gaddafi, even as the president insists that he must go. Although on Tuesday Obama did add “unless he changes his approach.” Approach, mind you.
In any case, for Obama, military objectives take a back seat to diplomatic appearances. The president is obsessed with pretending that we are not running the operation — a dismaying expression of Obama’s view that his country is so tainted by its various sins that it lacks the moral legitimacy to . . . what? Save Third World people from massacre?
As long as he looks good while he's doing whatever he's doing, does it matter? I mean it's not like we're talking about people's lives here.
What happened to the alien invasion they were supposed to manufacture to take our attention away from the ever-rotting and terminally fucked economic mess before us?