The speech was great. It would have been a lot more comforting 9 days ago. But better late than never, I guess.
This whole Libya situation is one big confusing nightmare. He started out by saying that we would support the UK and France. Less than 24 hours later, we took over. After a hundred or so Tomahawk missles and some B-2 bombers, we’re transferring control to NATO. On Wednesday. Should I be happy now or expect the worst so I won’t be disappointed again?
When NATO takes over, Obama said, “the United States will play a supporting role – including intelligence, logistical support, search and rescue assistance, and capabilities to jam regime communications.” Along with other countries, we will also help provide food for the people and medical care for the wounded. We have also frozen his assets so the money he stole from his people can be used to rebuild Libya.
That really does sound like a supportive role, but I am still extremely hesitant to break out the Moët. Will we hear another speech a few months down the road that we need to take control again? Or worse, since the transfer will be on Wednesday, will we hear, “just kidding” on Thursday? Not that inconceivable considering that’s exactly what happened at the beginning – Pre-Operation Odyssey Dawn.
I hope Qathafi and sons meet their way past due deaths soon, which I believe will end the conflict more quickly. Then, we can help Libya rebuild. Rebuilding what we blew up. Again. Ugh.