Libya flipside.

Sunday, March 20th, 2011 @ 7:04 pm | Politics

Been reading Andrew Sullivan going apeshit over Libya and considering how much I got right in my previous post.

To me, Obama displayed patience and waited for the UN to take the lead. We are now contributing forces to an international effort to prevent a murderous tyrant from wiping out a rebellion. We’ve been promised that it will be a limited effort that involves no troops.

Andrew’s primary concern seems to this: what if we fail? Is President Obama actually prepared to stop without a spectacular victory?

Well, doing a gut check, I don’t know. Obama can let a motherfucker down at times, and has only intermittently showed courage against the warmongers. One would think that he understands that a faction on the right will demand nothing less that war, war, and more war. These are people who essentially desire turning the entire Middle East into a U.S. territory. Yet Obama’s been unable to resist much of their rhetoric on rendition, surveillance, endless detention, etc. So yes, he may screw it up.

But he hasn’t yet. It seems too quick to pass judgment on Obama while he is mostly doing the right thing because he might not do the right thing later, despite promising restraint.

That said, the Arab league already backing out after one day and bitching about collateral damage is one nasty little omen. Hillary Clinton’s going to need some aloe vera for that burn…

-hw

4 Responses to “Libya flipside.”

  1. hank kelly Says:

    In complete agreement with you. I know there’s no comparison between this and the invasion of Iraq. At that time, it was all about God and country with the right and Fox news. It looks like they want Obama to fail and already questioning the financial costs. Real patriots!

  2. Henry Whistler Says:

    Unfortunately, I think the rebels have already lost. I can only hope Obama realizes this and finds a way to step back and say we gave it a shot but it was out of our hands. Maybe we can prevent a slaughter, ala protecting the Kurds from Saddam. But like Iraq, it may just prolong a problem. The Middle East is a tar baby. Obama did good on Iraq, but there’s still troops there and he got himself stuck deeper yet in Afghanistan. Even Republicans are starting to sniff the advantages of campaigning on getting out of Afghanistan. Anybody think they give a fuck about the past? If they think Obama is definitely staying, they’ll do it. Even though everybody will know it means an extension til 2019 at least.

  3. Common Sense Political Thought Says:

    Did Obama get pwned?…

    One of us said that, if the United States was going to engage in action in Libya, it should have begin three weeks earlier than it did, with the establishment of the no-fly zone; had it been done then, the Qaddafi government would have been in a far we…

  4. mike g Says:

    Dana’s link trolling. It was Republican Robert Gates who advised against a no-fly zone.

    And are we really supposed to believe that Dana Pico is truly concerned about our adherence to UN rules and regulations?