“The U.S.- and NATO-led intervention in Libya’s civil war provides a blueprint for future uses of American military force, the top House Armed Services Committee Democrat said Friday. Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) on Friday called the operation, which led to the ouster and death of Moammar Gadhafi, ‘the biggest’ American foreign policy success during his eight terms in Congress.”Adam Smith is my congressional representative. He's pretty good on gun issues, and pretty solid on defense--until now. Now, I think he's had a little too much of the kool-ade. Granted that he may, probably does, know stuff I don't know, I don't see how he can claim that the way His Imperial Majesty handled, or didn't handle, things in Libya should serve as a "model for future missions". Bluntly, that "leading from behind" crap will be interpreted variously as un-involvement, weakness, stealthy imperialism, playing puppet-master, or weakness. (yes, I said it twice on purpose.)
I mean, it's not like there has been a clear-cut good result from this, especially after all the chest-thumping about how great it was that Obama and Hilary jumped into to Libya and personally whacked Qadaffy, and then then deploring the fact that he was shot out of hand without having his Miranda Rights read and a formal trial in a court of law.
And, really, the "‘the biggest’ American foreign policy success" in 15 years? Bad news, Adam: A lot of your constituents were directly involved in things like liberating Iraq and Afghanistan, and capturing Saddam Hussein; as badly as those victories have been bungled, I doubt they're gonna be happy having you claim that His Imperial Majesty's goat-rope in the Central Mediterranean was some magnificent coup.
I just hope the GOP in the 9
Come to think of it, that might be an improvement after all...
(Actually, I think "Karmic Flyer" was the dude's party affiliation. The Rosary Guy was definitely GOP, though.)