President Barack Obama said he was setting clear and unmistakable terms for the U.S. role in Libya: It would be limited, lasting days, not weeks, and its purpose was to protect Libyan citizens. But that’s not the way it’s turned out. Less than a week later, the mission has been clouded by confusion and questions about who’s in charge and who’s doing what — all while the killing of civilians is going on. The Pentagon claims success in establishing an effective no-fly zone over much of Libya that has grounded Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s aging air force. But Gadhafi’s tanks and troops are still targeting civilians on the ground.
Obama should just get on the deck of an aircraft carrier in front of a banner that declares ‘Mission Sort of Accomplished’ and claim victory. That’s the way American policy is done these days.
Meanwhile, the only thing that’s being accomplished is that there’s no solution to the Libyan crisis and the country is in the grips of a civil war that we are now also entangled in. Lack of foresight and insight are the evil twins of policy making in Washington.
- Analysis: Libya mission is clouded by confusion (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Obama struggles to contain Libya backlash – msnbc.com (news.google.com)