The Madman of the Middle East, Muammar Gaddafi, sent a love letter to President Obama. (See below, it appears his letter didn’t stop the US from launchings its first missiles in Libya.)
Trying to strike a personal note, Gaddafi prefaced his letter saying, “To our son, his excellency, Mr Barack Hussein Obama. I have said to you before, that even if Libya and the United States of America enter into a war, god forbid, you will always remain a son. Your picture will not be changed.”
In related news, Ann Althouse points out how silly the feminists who always tell us “women need to rule the world to end war” sound.
- So far, the only firm commitments are a naval blockade, AWACS for air traffic control, and signal-jamming aircraft. U.S. officials said that it would probably take several days for a full operation to be undertaken and that President Obama had not yet approved the use of U.S. military assets. Will he? Will the U.S. be using military force against Libya?
- If establishing a no-fly zone in Libya is so vital to U.S. national security, why did the Administration waste a week getting approval from the U.N.?
- Imposing a no-fly zone entails substantial costs for U.S. armed forces and risks diverting scarce U.S. military and intelligence assets. Will the vital missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, and the Horn of Africa suffer?
- Are the rebels free of terrorist elements, and what precautions will we require them to take to ensure that weapons we supply are not sold or diverted to other groups?
- Will we rule out supplying arms (“Stinger” anti-aircraft missiles, for example) that could pose a potent threat to U.S. forces if they end up in the hands of terrorists?
We don’t know the answers because Obama’s partying in Brazil and Biden’s been busy fundraising and calling Republicans names.
But, without Congressional approval, it looks like we’re all in.
American, European and Arab leaders on Saturday began the largest international military intervention in the Arab world since the invasion of Iraq in an effort to stop Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s war on the Libyan opposition.
Leaders meeting in Paris on Saturday afternoon announced that air operations to enforce a no-fly zone and protect civilians had begun over Libya, as approved by the United Nations Security Council on Thursday. The French military announced that a Rafale jet fighter had destroyed a government tank near the de facto rebel capital, Benghazi, in eastern Libya.
Apparently, there is disagreement about how to move forward, and the US is not taking the lead. Let’s hope that two years from now, after the rest of the world is long gone, we won’t be fighting yet another protracted war in an Arab country.
Addendum: Fox News just reported live that the US has fired its first missiles in Libya. I wonder if Obama was simultaneously hitting the beach with his family down in Rio.
Update: The Other McCain linked – thanks. By now you’ve probably heard about how Michael Moore Farrakhan are quite upset with Dear Leader for this war he entered illegally without the consent of Congress. I wonder if that’s why he’s hiding out down in Rio, trying to remain above the fray. There is something seriously wrong with a President who will enter into an armed conflict with another country and then run away and hide. Like so many other things, it’s unprecedented.