Douthat on Last Night’s Speech

Once again, I think Ross Douthat has it about right.

“It would be a happy thing if a brief air campaign were sufficient to midwife both regime change and a stable aftermath in Libya. But American policy cannot be based on best-case scenarios, and going halfway to war and then stepping back and hoping for a rosy outcome is something no American president can afford to do… By choosing war in Libya, [Obama] probably committed America far more completely than last night’s speech was willing to admit.”

One Comment

  • Donald Johnson

    The latest news is that the rebels got pushed out of Sirte, as they asked for air support and did not get it. It looks like the US is getting a divided Libya with the dividing line policed by NATO. For all the world, this looks like another case of forever war.

    Being involved in 3 protracted conflicts is NOT what the US needs.

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