Do you know? Does anybody know?
OMG THIS WHITE HOUSE DELIBERATES FOREVER ON THINGS AND THEN STILL DOESN’T GET A POLICY IN PLACE.
Sorry, I get a little excited when we get into wars without CLEAR OBJECTIVES.
Like in Afghanistan, where, after months of meetings, the the Obamafolk came up with the objective of slowing the Taliban’s momentum.
I MEAN WHAT DOES THAT MEAN??
I got no idea.
And now in Libya, we are apparently bombing the place just to protect the Libyan population from Qaddafi. It’s not to get rid of Qaddafi, though that was the goal President Obama announced at the beginning of the crisis a couple weeks back.
Joint Chiefs Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen yesterday gave the state of play on what must be an evolving policy – “this campaign right now” – saying we’re not trying to get Qaddafi. Here’s what he said:
Certainly the goals of this campaign right now, again, are limited, and it isn’t about seeing him go.
But here’s what Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday:
The overwhelming vote by the Security Council, I think, reflects a broad understanding that, number one, stop the violence, and number two, we do believe that a final result of any negotiations would have to be the decision by Colonel Qadhafi to leave.
Uh, oh. Left hand, please contact right hand, immediately.
This president wants to dip his toe in stuff but is so afraid of getting wet. He can’t commit to specific goals, because that would mean being responsible for specific outcomes. And we all know George W. Bush is responsible for everything.
So Obama decides to ramp up involvement in Afghanistan – not to win it, but for some nebulous goal he can claim was achieved no matter what happens. And we’re in Libya, but not exactly to get rid of Qaddafi, but we kinda hope he’ll get out of town, in which case we can say that’s what we wanted all along.
And we’re not really responsible for the Libya fight for the long haul, just for a few days before we “hand it off” to whomever.
But who exactly is operationally in charge of the war right now? NATO? Obama? Sarkozy? Kim Kardashian? My cats?
Here are my cats. They are running the Libya operation.
And what are the criteria for “handing it off?” Is the trigger going to be the success of the mission, or the number of days we’ve been in it? Who are we handing off to? What is their level of commitment? Do we get it “handed back” if things aren’t going well? How long do the allies keep the No Fly/No Drive zone in place? If not the removal of Qaddafi, what is the landmark that signals we can back off militarily?
THAT IS, WHEN DOES THIS THING END???
If we do not remove Qaddafi, who has a history of taking revenge, then impeachment proceedings really should begin. We cannot attack a leader in this manner and then not kill him. Qaddafi has already promised he will attack us, and on this point I am sure he is thoroughly lucid.
WE CANNOT BE HALFWAY IN A WAR.
Sorry, I get excited.