Then what is this war about? On Friday, Obama, in announcing our military intervention, cited as justifications that Gadhafi might kill "thousands," "the region could be destabilized" and "the democratic values that we stand for would be overrun." But he also wants to be "clear about what we will not be doing. The United States is not going to deploy ground troops. ... We are not going to use force to go beyond a well-defined goal -- specifically, the protection of civilians in Libya."
Moreover, no sooner had Obama identified the importance of the Arab League support for the operation (as he understandably did not want to start a third war in a Muslim country without strong Muslim support) than did the head of the Arab League, Amr Moussa, criticize the international strikes on Libya, saying they caused civilian deaths and went "beyond what the Arab League backed."
And how does Obama's concern about democracy relate to support from the Arab League, which can't claim a membership blessed with the instinct for democracy, with the possible exception of Iraq -- which we currently militarily occupy. (Members: Egypt, Sudan, Algeria, Morocco, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Syria, Tunisia, Somalia, Libya, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Palestinian territories, Kuwait, Mauritania, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Djibouti and Comoros.)
The president cited the danger that "the region could be destabilized." But both in his Cairo speech and in his policy last month in Egypt, he rejected regional stability as a justification for regime support or opposition. The president called for a policy that forcibly removes the Gadhafi regime because it threatens to kill its own people, but supports regimes that do the same thing (Bahrain, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, China, Iran, etc.).
The president's policy goals, based on his public words, both contradict themselves and would seem not to be realizable with the self-imposed limitations on methods and length of commitment.
Of course, with our airmen, sailors and perhaps others in harm's way, I hope for the best, appreciate their courage, pray for their safety and look forward to the terrorist Gadhafi's early demise -- by the hands of a just God or otherwise.
Blankley, who had been suffering from stomach cancer, died Saturday night at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, his wife, Lynda Davis, said Sunday.
In his long career as a political operative and pundit, his most visible role was as a spokesman for and adviser to Gingrich from 1990 to 1997. Gingrich became House Speaker when Republicans took control of the U.S. House of Representatives following the 1994 midterm elections.
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