This is what President Obama said yesterday about the most disorganized and changeable American military action since Ponce de Leon went looking for the Fountain of Youth in Florida. And he was working for Spain.
My relatives also went looking for the Fountain of Youth in Florida, but this was much later.
Anyhoo, this is what Obama said:
As long as Qadhafi remains in power — unless he changes his approach provides the Libyan people the opportunity to express themselves freely and there are significant reforms by the Libyan government, and he steps down — there’s still going to be a potential threat to the Libyan people . . . We will continue to support the efforts to protect the Libyan people, but we will not be in the lead.
As far as we’ve heard, the intent of the mission is to protect the Libyan people from Qaddafi, but emphatically NOT to overthrow him.
Now, let’s work the logic here from this statement. If there is “still going to be a potential threat to the Libyan people” as long as Qaddafi is in power, and the mission is to protect the Libyan people, then the mission now becomes to GET QADDAFI OUT OF POWER.
So far, he’s holding up pretty well under the air assault. Gosh, might need, um, ground troops.
IF OBAMA HAD IMPOSED A NO FLY ZONE A MONTH AGO LIKE I SAID WE WOULDN’T BE IN THIS FINE MESS, STANLEY