You want to know why? It’s because I don’t know what the heck it is that we’re doing in Libya right now. Are we toppling the government? Are we setting up an effective partition of the country? Are we acting? Reacting? Is there an actual plan, or are we just making this up as we go along? And not only do I not know: neither does anybody else. Including, apparently, the President’s own party leadership, which is just as much in the dark as the rest of us. It’s not helpful that there isn’t a consistent message coming out from the administration, either. The President is playing soccer in Brazil; the Secretary of Defense is being embarrassed by the Russians; and the Secretary of State is… making surreptitious calls to her old leadership PAC, probably. You tell me who’s minding the store right now.
I admit it: I was spoiled by the previous administration… actually, no. I was spoiled by the previous four administrations. Whether I agreed with the various military interventions or not of those administrations, at least we were told about them ahead of time. We had a basic idea of what the goal was, who was in charge, and what we were going to be doing. The plan didn’t always work, but there was a plan. If there’s a plan now, it’d be great if more than three people know what it is.
‘Three’ is me being optimistic, by the way.
Moe Lane (crosspost)