Germans pull forces out of NATO...
Allies in disarray...
DER SPIEGEL: Coalition of the Unwilling...
OBAMA: No ground troops, no matter what happens...
Redefines 'exit strategy'...
French PM: 'We are not at war'...
Costs, mission unclear...
Also backing the rebels -- al Qaeda...
March 20 — U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the Pentagon expects to turn control of the Libya military mission over to a coalition – led either by the French and British or by NATO – “in a matter of days.”
Since Jan. 20, 2009 I have strongly opposed young Americans enlisting in any of the military’s combat arms professions. I have encouraged parents of young men and women to insist that their sons and daughters wait until they can have a Commander-in-Chief worthy of their patriotism, service and their potential sacrifice.
At this very moment he’s sending our best and brightest in harm’s way, to be used by the French military which wants the Brits to take over operational control of the air strikes on Libyan strongman Gaddafi in hopes the Eurotrash will take the fall for an AWOL American president.
This is the world without the forceful, focused leadership of the United States.
This second-guessing waste of skin, this third-rate South Side Chicago political hack, this fifth-columnist, is not worthy to breathe America’s air, let alone send my young comrades to their deaths for no perceptible gains in an ill-defined mission, lead by incompetent, micro-managers placed in those roles for nothing more than political reasons.
Yet US air strikes were finally approved “only after [Secretary of State] Mrs. Clinton joined Samantha Power, a senior aide at the National Security Council, and Susan Rice, Mr. Obama’s ambassador to the United Nations, who had pressed the case for military action.”
Rush observed Tuesday that Obama’s three advisers had “talked him into using force” against Gaddafi, while his male advisers had opposed the move: “We’re talking about male liberals! Of course they opposed it. They’re the new castrati … they’re sissies! And here’s the leader of the club, and he’s sitting in the Oval Orifice.”
The NYT’s Maureen Dowd called this Gyno-American War Department…”the Amazon Warriors, the Lady Hawks, the Valkyries.”
So, Mom, Dad, Grandpa… this limp-wristed, metro sexual punk theoretically responsible for two shooting wars has now handed over full strategic military leadership to female social workers inside Mordor-on-the-Potomac bunkers.
The commander-in-chief doesn’t want to take the heat for anything… he just wants to resume his vacation as soon as possible with liberal time off for the 2012 campaign.
Navy chief: We’re not sure what the next stage is in Libya is
So… what about your young sailor, airman, soldier or Marine, Mom and Dad?
You raised them for this… the middle ring in a Chicago-style, three-ring circus designed, organized and directed by unelected female politicians?
And to think LBJ still gets crap for personally hand-picking bombing targets in North Vietnam; at least he was the President and CnC.
So what’s the personal bottom line in all this? And by personal I mean the great young service members who will pay the price one way or another while politicians cash a hefty paycheck for sending them to their deaths, yet escape any earthly judgement.
Dodging a bullet:
Using two AV/8B Harriers, two MV-22 Ospreys and two CH-53E Super Stallions carrying a quick reaction force, Marine air crewmen rescued an F-15E Strike Eagle pilot who crashed while flying in support of Operation Odyssey.
The Harriers dropped two 500-lb bombs on a convoy of Libyan vehicles that they judged were a threat to the downed pilot, who had parachuted to safety. The Harriers also carried out strafing runs.
Our troops are in danger of capture and we’ve signed on to a horse designed by a domestic coalition of idiots.
Afternoon, GA. It ain’t a horse we’ve signed onto–it’s a jackass.
Sadly so, sadly so.
Eric Erickson picked up on this too:
[…] we are going into Libya because the women at the White House brow beat the President of the United States into doing it. If only George Clooney knew he could get Hillary, Susan, and Samantha to tell Barry how to drive the car and where, we’d have been in Darfur in February 2009.