Well, as anybody not in the White House or the upper floors of the State Department could have foretold, our Most Excellent Adventure in Libya is going from bad to worse. We have pulled out our aircraft, and have left the Euros dangling. With their little Toy Town military forces they can't handle it. The crybaby, lefty, anti-US Guardian is reporting--SURPRISE!--that without US aircraft the Euros can't do it. In addition, it seems the French are holding back resources from NATO--guess they need'em to bomb Ivory Coast.
Now, I know, there is a perverse satisfaction in seeing this happen. After all, the Libya mess endangered no US national interests, and we apparently jumped into the middle of it for the Europeans. Now, after giving conflicting signals, which we have discussed in various postings below, it seems Obama is cutting out.
We, indeed, went hunting to wound the bear, not kill it. Big mistake.
As we have noted before, you might not have any interests when you jump into a mess, but you develop them once you're there. If the USA commits its forces to a project, it must be seen as "winning." Not to win, encourages the bad guys to strike you, and they might just do it where it counts. Don't forget, Bin Ladin and Saddam were emboldened by President Clinton's disastrous handling of the Somalia "Blackhawk Down" intervention.