The President never mentioned Libya. That was the last time he attempted to wage a war on the spur of the moment, getting into it, at first, as a rescue mission to prevent a predicted massacre, then escalating fast and hard—but remaining always in the air—in support of rebel ground forces whom we barely knew, and whom we understood even less, with no clear end but total regime change, and with no commitment whatever beyond the first rush of the revolution. That war then spilled over into Mali, and turned inward in Libya, so that today the country is an absolute catastrophe—far worse off than when NATO joined its troubles, with Tripoli in the hands of forces much like ISIS.
Friday, September 12, 2014
Obama Widens Endless War
Maybe best thing I've read on Obama's speech, by Philip Gourevitch at The New Yorker--captures all the contradictions. Can't help feeling that he was taunted into battle, as a child might succumb. Just one bit, on forgotten war (I've tried to raise it at Twitter) that few mention:
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