War is never funny. Small wars, medium wars, it all ends up with a bunch of people dead and a fresh new stack of debt in your treasury. But… It has been truly hilarious to see Obama and his troupe deal with Libya and Saddam, I mean, Gadhafi.
And what you have here is failure to communicate. Or to be more accurate, an unwillingness to clearly communicate. According to the White House spokesman, Libya is a “a time-limited, scope-limited military action, in concert with our international partners, with the objective of protecting civilian life in Libya from Moammar Gadhafi and his forces.” Seriously dude…
It is obvious to anyone with half of a brain that what we are doing in Libya is an act of war. It is even more obvious that we are doing that because Libya is a strategically important country for the US and Europe (especially to Europe) and finally, that strategic importance includes the fact that there is a bunch of oil in that ground. Not the only reason, but an important one.
But since Obama could not use a weapons of mass destruction line here, he had to use the ‘avoiding a massacre’ line. Both are true by the way: The same way Saddam told us that he had WMDs, Gadhafi did say he would destroy Benghazi. It is also true that both are valid reasons to get us involved in wars. Again, not the only reasons but an important part of the decision process.
The same way that Iraq didn’t become unnecessary after we found out that WMDs were not what we thought, to say that we are in Libya just to ‘save civilians’ is absurd. First of all, we are and will kill civilians too. The rebels are killing pro-Gadhafi civilians. When you throw bombs you are never 100% accurate. We might end up saving more than what we kill, but that cannot be your only reason to go to war because it is simply an impossible goal to begin with.
At the end of the day, the main difference between Bush and Obama here is that Bush was willing to admit what he was doing. He was going to war to remove a dictator we really didn’t like for a variety of reasons. What Obama is doing however, is an incredible dancing around the truth act because one of his campaign issues was that we should not have been involved in Iraq – a war of choice, remember that?
Well Mr.Obama, let me tell you something: Libya is another war of choice. And even though it is a much smaller mess at this point, it could become another Iraq. What happens if Gadhafi refuses to leave? Are we going to just keep giving these Rebels larger and larger weapons? What happens when the fighting becomes an urban guerrilla style battle? Do we just sit back and watch? Will the carnage be that much smaller by then? What if Gadhafi still wins?
Bush might have messed up in the execution of the Iraq war but at least he knew that just bombing people doesn’t do much of anything.
Obama is making this huge and risky bet that Gadhafi will simply give up. Well, Bush 41 made a similar bet in 1991 and his son ended up paying the debt. Let’s just hope that Obama is more lucky. One thing is for sure: He is not being honest about what he is doing.