Thursday, December 06, 2012

Headline of the Day on Libya

I present the following New York Times (!) headline without comment:
"U.S.-Approved Arms for Libya Rebels Fell Into Jihadis’ Hands"

1 comment:

Eric said...

Money quote: "The Qatari assistance to fighters viewed as hostile by the United States demonstrates the Obama administration’s continuing struggles in dealing with the Arab Spring uprisings, as it tries to support popular protest movements while avoiding American military entanglements. Relying on surrogates allows the United States to keep its fingerprints off operations, but also means they may play out in ways that conflict with American interests."

The elephant in the room that pundits are studiously ignoring is that current events justify Bush's methods. Bush merely applied the logical means necessary to achieve a liberal foreign policy, while Obama's histrionic rejection of Bush's methods (except for drone assassinations) has invited failure in our foreign affairs. It seems the current administration believes that a relatively cheap failure and defeat of America on the world stage is preferable to a deeply invested commitment to victory and success.