The word enabling conjures up images of Al-Anon meetings with lukewarm coffee in styrofoam cups and reminders not to help addicts continue on their self-destructive paths. Maybe Obama should have used the word, “assisting” instead.
But forget word choice. His statement slowed my spinny head to 33.
“American leadership is essential, but that does not mean acting alone — it means shaping the conditions for the international community to act together,” he said.
Even more explicitly: “We will provide the unique capabilities that we can bring to bear to stop the violence against civilians, including enabling our European allies and Arab partners to effectively enforce a no-fly zone.” He seemed to verbally underline the word “enabling,” to emphasize the U.S. support role.
If it turns out this way, thank God. Let me be happy for 30 seconds, k? Gates had warned that to enforce a no-fly zone would mean attacking the Libyan air defenses first. Since we’re supposed to be just “enabling,” the UK, French, and Egypt (maybe?) can do most of the work. See picture of UK fighter jets. The last thing we need is another war with our troops going in to fight on the ground. Enabling the allies needs to be Obama’s mantra.
Will Congress give its blessing? Since the GOP rules the House, I’m sure they will. Hell, they’ll probably throw money at it. It is war after all. As I’ve said in the past, if you want to get legislation through and need GOP votes to do it, rename it “war bill.” Then, just watch it fly fast and free…..even in a no-fly zone.