Isn't this sort of like "jobs saved" by the stim bill? Politico:
Here's the narrative that Obama officials are selling in advance of the address: European and Arab-world allies begged America to get involved to prevent the slaughter of Libyan rebels; ignoring Qadhafi would embolden other despots to quash opponents by force; the United Nations and NATO are on board and the military and intelligence capabilities of the United States were crucial to setting up a "no-fly" zone. On top of that, even though Obama wants Qadhafi ousted, the American role will be wrapped up without an invasion, the officials say.
Or, as Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) put it to POLITICO on Sunday: "It was a bunch of bullies against a group of people who weren't equipped to arm themselves, defend themselves. ... We stepped in and made it more of a fair fight. We could have just watched passively, but that is not who we are."
House Speaker John Boehner's camp said the public needs specifics, not platitudes.
"The American people need to hear the president outline a clear explanation of the scope and goal of our mission in Libya, the role America and our allies will play and what he regards as benchmarks for success," Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said.
Sorry, Barry, it won't wash. While American planes are bombing Gaddafi, a couple of hundred miles in each direction we have Yemeni soldiers killing civilians and Syrian military murdering protestors. Other despots don't need Gaddafi's example to become "emboldened." All they have to know is that the US and UN won't come after them because they're bogged down in Libya.
And did someone tell Jim Moran (no relation, thank God), that we are making it more of a "fair fight" by helping al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood?
I don't think the American people are buying it this time. They will support the mission as long as our men and women are in harm's way but after that - or if Obama can't extricate himself from this mess - there is going to be hell to pay for the administration.