Hard to say … all I know is it won’t be us, in days not weeks. Right? Last night Newt Gingrich told Sean he thinks this entire Libyan campaign has been botched as bad as any and so far it’s hard to argue with that?
Why even the lefty press and many Democrats are confused, and worried about mission creep. I suspect the worry is well founded simply because no one seems sure what the end game is. Chaos?
UPDATE: Ed at Hot Air just posted this … pointing to a Washington Post article.
The Libyan military’s attacks and the mounting civilian deaths call into question whether the internationally imposed no-fly zone can achieve its goal of protecting civilians, let alone help loosen Gaddafi’s grip on power. It seemed unlikely that the coalition, which has argued in recent days over the scope and leadership of the allied mission, would countenance a significant escalation.
Ed then writes this:
The weeks of dithering allowed Gaddafi to seize the initiative and the window of opportunity for an air war success to close. By the time that the UN, the Arab League, and Obama finally all decided to act, it was at least almost too late. The coalition can no longer keep Gaddafi out of Benghazi and Misurata, because his forces are already there and are too close to the civilian populations to attack directly. The only safe targets are Gaddafi’s fixed military installations and his lines of communication to Benghazi and Misurata, which looks a lot more like a traditional multinational war than a humanitarian intervention.
This was not a winning strategy from the get go. Newt is right. It must be chaos at the WH.