• Third War's the Charm

    Oh, have you heard? You may not have, with with everybody in the Country being so busy discussing, complaining about and re-listening to that song about getting down on Friday. But, over the weekend, the United States entered into its third concurrent Middle Eastern war.

    I'm sure there's a lot of people wondering if it's a wise decision to start another war before one of the other two has ended. But, hey, if we did that, we'd be waiting forever (probably literally)

    As the air assault continued for a second day in Libya, Mr. Obama sought to project an air of normalcy and play down the role of the United States. He continued his visit to South America without altering his schedule, and barely mentioned, in a televised speech from Brazil, that allied forces were engaged in another military intervention in a Muslim world.

    Oh, good! Obama has opted to "play down" the significance of this undertaking. Last thing any of us would want is a president who was gonna, like, act like bombing raids in a whole new country without Congressional consent was a big deal. By all means, don't anybody readjust the president's day planner for something miniscule like this.

    On the plus side, though. At least Democrats and Republicans are in agreement about how unsettling this whole thing is. Kind of…

    But some Republicans suggested that Mr. Obama had waited too long to protect the rebels against Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, had been too reluctant to employ American power and had not clearly explained the objectives of the action. Their comments maintained a pattern of attacking Mr. Obama as a weak leader at home and abroad.

    "I don't know what finally got the president to act, but I’m very worried that we’re taking the back seat rather than a leadership role," Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, said on "Fox News Sunday."

    Yes, very worrying, indeed.

    Tags: Barack Obama, House of Representatives, Libya, Military, Muammar Qaddafi, Senate


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