America is undertaking an undeclared war in Libya against someone that has not done anything to harm the US in 20 years or more. It would be like attacking Cambodia today for the Mayaguez Incident. It’s all trumped up, and the ostensible purpose in advancing human rights issues, cut both ways.
Andy McCarthy delivers a real tour de force analysis of this whole stupid campaign, from its false pretenses, to the contributions of congressional cowardice, to its shifting and dishonest rationale. I particularly like his point that Obama has this notion of “staying on course with history” but that, in the process, he risks arming the same kind of people we once armed in Afghanistan, only to find them turn against us. Indeed, there is substantial evidence the Libyan opposition is Islamist and aligned with al Qaeda.
Obama convinced himself that Qaddafi was about to fall. This misimpression was compounded by European pressure (driven by the continent’s dependency on Libyan oil reserves) and by what Victor Davis Hanson sagely diagnosedas a desire to avoid being seen as once again trailing rather than leading events, as in the case of Egypt. All this together induced a lethal flip-turn, and the president announced that it was time for Qaddafi to go.
Yet, Obama’s unprovoked military offensive, in conjunction with NATO, is ostensibly divorced from this stated American goal. We began attacking Qaddafi’s forces and his compound while disavowing any intention to oust him. We are there only to protect civilians, administration officials maintain. Meanwhile, attacks against Qaddafi intensify, “rebel” atrocities against black Africans are ignored, and intervention hawks like Sen. John McCain (until recently a supporter of the U.S. embrace of Qaddafi) advocate that the rebels be armed and trained, notwithstanding their known terrorism ties.
McCain’s response only reminds me that if he were president we’d have a dozen similar campaigns on our hands, including perhaps one in the Caucuses that could lead to WWIII with Russia. I’m glad for this reason alone that he is not president, but the great danger he posted to world peace does not take away from the various errors and evils of the Obama administration.