The war in Libya, a bad idea from the beginning, is turning out to be a cluster just after the first few days.
Who’s in charge?
That has been the question from the beginning. Even though President Obama and many in the media have proclaimed that the US is not in charge, it’s ridiculous to think otherwise.
The numbers just do not support that claim. As of this writing, the United States has shot off 162 Tomahawk missiles and Great Britain has shot 12. And don’t expect much more British support in this area as the Daily Telegraph reports that the Navy has already used up 20% of its stockpile of tomahawks and there are fears of them running out.
The French, who according to NBC News Pentagon reporter, Jim Miklaszewski, US military officials said the French insisted they go first in the attack, however they haven’t seen hide nor hair of the French since that first day.
Mr. Obama says the US will have a quick-exit from the frontlines but has yet to garner any significant support and participation from the Arab States. Obama also believes a NATO military alliance will take over the operations, but as we’ve seen, that means the United States.
And then there is Turkey, a member of NATO, that opposes the strikes and do not want NATO to run this.
Clearly we are in charge and it could be a long, drawn out battle. Even British Armed Forces Minister Nick Harvey says there is no exit strategy in Libya. When asked how long Britain would be involved in this military action, Harvey replied, “How long is a piece of string? We don’t know how long this is going to go on for.”
In an AP report by Robert Burns, President Obama said he believes the American public is supportive of the Libyan mission.
In a Rasmussen survey just a few weeks ago, a full two-thirds of Americans (67%) polled say the United States should leave the situation in the Arab countries alone.
And more recently, three major polls all show majority opposition for this intervention:
A CNN/Opinion Research poll finds 74% believe the United States should “leave it to others” to resolve the situation in Libya.
A Pew Research survey finds 65% think the United States doesn’t have the responsibility to do something about the fighting in Libya.
A Fox News poll finds 65% oppose the U.S. military getting involved.
To continue with my bizarre world analogy, in the same piece it is reported that Mr. Obama said that “despite the cost, this is something that we can build into our budget.”
What planet is this guy on and those that support this intervention? How much have we spent thus far? I’m sure no one can put an accurate price tag on it but it must be between $250-500 million in just a few short days.
I asked the question, “Where is Code Pink?” and others who rightly opposed to our intervention in Iraq, and where are they now? Now in the same vein, there is Bizarro Howard Dean, one of the harshest critics of the Bush war policy, coming out in total favor of Obama’s intervention in Libya on this morning’s episode of Morning Joe.
You would think some of this was from the pages of MAD Magazine, full of shenanigans and Tom Foolery, but it’s not a joke and it’s all too tragic.
It is so unfortunate that Obama and others in Washington refuse the founder’s warning to “avoid entangling alliances”.