Famous military expert and national defense guru Bill Daley is miffed at those calling for a no fly zone over Libya to prevent Gaddafi from bombing his own people. The Washington Times:
President Obama's chief of staff on Sunday said that many of those calling for the U.S. to enforce a "no-fly zone" over Libya "have no idea what they're talking about" when it comes to the burdens of such an undertaking.
Days after Mr. Obama said he is considering a full range of both military and nonmilitary options to thwart leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi's violent crackdown on rebels, William Daley pushed back against intensifying calls for a no-fly zone, suggesting that some advocates don't grasp the seriousness of such an operation.
"Lots of people throw around phrases of ‘no-fly zone' - they talk about it as though it's just [EnLeader] a video game or something," Mr. Daley said on NBC's "Meet the Press" program. "When people comment on military action, most of them have no idea what they're talking about."
Among those calling for a no-fly zone are the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, Sen. John Kerry, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, and the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain, ranking Republican on the Armed Services Committee.
Both are decorated Vietnam veterans, and Mr. McCain was a Navy aviator.
Daley, of course, was schooled in the finer points of military strategy while serving as a political operative and "Mr. Fixit" for his brother, the mayor of Chicago. He then finished his education in all things military as Commerce Secretary to Bill Clinton and head of Al Gore's 2000 run for the White House.
No doubt raising money for politicians and hobnobbing with fat cat Democrats all day has well prepared Mr. Daley to advise our president on national security matters.
Besides, you ever try to be a politician in Chicago? The similarity between getting elected and winning a war is uncanny.