April 18, 2011
Hope is not a StrategyBy Ed Timperlake
President Obama is now hearing thunder from his left. On April 15 2011, Jason Ditz, writing in the blog antiwar.com, took on directly the President's Libyan folly:
"Obama Admits Libyan War a ‘Stalemate' Says He Expects War Will 'Eventually' Succeed"
I actually agree on his point about a stalemate, and then the writer goes on to predict, playing off President Obama's words, that the duration of the Afghan war might be a precursor to the duration of the Libyan War.
"My expectation is that if we continue to apply pressure and continue to protect civilians, which NATO is doing very carefully, (with an occasional oopsie -- "Botched NATO bomb raid on Brega leaves 13 Libyan rebels dead after jets blast wrong convoy" - UK Daily Mail) then over the long term Gaddafi will go and we will be successful" noted Obama. He gave no indication of what he meant by "long term," but with officials terming a prospective exit after a decade in Afghanistan "hasty" it could be an extremely long time.
In linking the Libyan War with the Afghan war, the author Jason Ditz has made an important connection. America and NATO are bogged down in an "no end game" -- "end game" in Afghanistan, and now the Three Amigos, Secretary Clinton, NSC Samantha Power and Ambassador Rice, have given Obama in his reported words a "turd sandwich" of a war in Libya.
Currently, it is highly likely that the pernicious and insidious strategy by the MSM will be to simply turn a blind eye as the Libyan War turns messy and unpredictable-thus not holding those responsible accountable
Understanding with the Libyan War leaving the front page---events may conspire for a way ahead of getting out of both wars. If NATO is prepared negotiate a settlement to end the Libyan War why can't they concurrently negotiate an end to the Afghan War.
Antiwar Jason Ditz meet American Conservative Daniel Larison, who makes a very insightful point about the current American way of going to war. Both men have made excellent points. Larrison:
So now with the left and right finding the famous common ground always looked for in American political debates both wars can be ended. But first President Obama must stop channeling his inner Chancy Gardner from the great movie Being There.
Platitudes, bromides, spin, TOTUS, and tweets will not hack it.
The fundamental point is get motivated and seize the moment. America is finally facing up to the painful political reality that we are broke. As a nation we all will be tested on how effective we can be to stop Government spending before we have our credit card cut in half and thrown away.
In this debate there will be many voices heard for saving whatever the individual or group deems important. It is possible to lose focus in this cacophony of requests that the number one focus of the US Government is to guarantee their never-ending responsibility of protecting National Security.
We can actually go broke (figuratively in reality) and still not lose the fabric of what it means to live in America; however if we lose a major war or take a series of nuke strikes (literally) all bets are off on the quality of our way of life.
Without the forces necessary to protect our national sovereignty we will ultimately over time have nothing.
One can argue that the rise of the PRC is for this new Century the single biggest threat to America. The stark evidence is their rapidly modernizing capabilities and often stated intentions against the US. So one way ahead is to immediately negotiate an end to both the Libyan War and the Afghanistan War right now AT the same time.
This visionary action will then allow resources to flow to 21st Century military systems that can effectively deter the PRC until that regime crumbles from within.
Ed Timperlake assisted the late John P. Wheeler in his quest to build a Memorial in Arlington Cemetery for the innocent victims of the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing.