Donald Lambro

This week, Vice President Biden was sent out to defend the president's actions, denying that the U.S. military withdrawal had weakened NATO's air campaign and undermined the rebel cause. "It is bizarre to suggest that NATO and the rest of the world lacks the capacity to deal with Libya -- it does not," Biden told the Financial Times.

"Occasionally other countries lack the will, but this is not about capacity," he said. "This is about our strategic interest and it is not based upon a situation of what can the traffic bear politically at home," he said. Sure.

Nevertheless, the latest polls here showed that a large number of Americans were not happy with the way Obama "is handling the situation in Libya."

A Washington Post survey found that 49 percent now disapprove of his handling of the Libyan conflict, up sharply from 34 percent in March.

Significantly, 56 percent said they supported "the participation of U.S. military aircraft" in the NATO air campaign offensive, while 40 percent opposed it.

Still, Obama shows no sign of getting further involved in the Libyan conflict, even to help arm the rebels against Gadhafi's army, which now seems poised to defeat a ragtag rebellion seeking to liberate the country from tyranny.

He has bigger things on his political plate. Like a weak economy, high unemployment and $4-a-gallon gasoline, with 57 percent of Americans disapproving of the way he is handling the situation. And there is the growing battle in Congress over cutting spending levels, which have propelled this year's deficit over the trillion-dollar mark for the third year in a row, this time to more than $1.6 trillion.

But in the age of terrorism this is still a dangerous world, and the revolutions that have torn across the Middle East and North Africa are to a large degree part of the war against terrorist regimes -- a war that America should wholeheartedly support.

Not with U.S. ground forces, but with military aid and weapons to help the Libyan rebels fight for their country and their own freedom.

Qatar, one of the Arab countries joining in the NATO air campaign, is believed to be providing military weapons to the Libyan rebels. No doubt they would be happy to deliver U.S. weapons into the rebels' arms as well. It is a cause worth supporting.


Donald Lambro

Donald Lambro is chief political correspondent for The Washington Times.