Friday, September 12, 2014

Give That Man A Nobel Prize!

Obama Widens Endless War
Via Greg Mitchell, Philip Gourevitch has a lengthy reaction to Obama's ISIS speech at the New Yorker.  At least he remembers Libya (beyond Benghazi!!1!) and how great that has turned out.
The President never mentioned Libya. That was the last time he attempted to wage a war on the spur of the moment, getting into it, at first, as a rescue mission to prevent a predicted massacre, then escalating fast and hard—but remaining always in the air—in support of rebel ground forces whom we barely knew, and whom we understood even less, with no clear end but total regime change, and with no commitment whatever beyond the first rush of the revolution. That war then spilled over into Mali, and turned inward in Libya, so that today the country is an absolute catastrophe—far worse off than when NATO joined its troubles, with Tripoli in the hands of forces much like ISIS.
We never seem to be short of money for bombs or training killers.  Why are schools, trains, and sewers so hard to pay for?

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