The President last Friday, before the bombs started falling:
“Muammar Qaddafi has a choice,” Obama said. “The resolution that passed lays out very clear conditions that must be met. The United States, the United Kingdom, France and Arab states agree that a cease-fire must be implemented immediately. That means all attacks against civilians must stop. Qaddafi must stop his troops from advancing on Benghazi; pull them back from Adjadbiya, Misrata and Zawiya; and establish water, electricity and gas supplies to all areas. Humanitarian assistance must be allowed to reach the people of Libya.”
That’s pretty emphatic.
As of a few hours ago, the Washington Post ran a piece with this inevitable headline:
Allied strikes pummel Libya’s air force but do little to stop attacks on civilians
From said story:
The Libyan military’s attacks and the mounting civilian deaths call into question whether the internationally imposed no-fly zone can achieve its goal of protecting civilians, let alone help loosen Gaddafi’s grip on power. It seemed unlikely that the coalition, which has argued in recent days over the scope and leadership of the allied mission, would countenance a significant escalation.
President Obama was clear in what the
original mission was for his Libyan adventure–the protection of civilians and a cease-fire. Now we read that the stated goal is not being achieved with the no-fly zone these targeted air strikes.
So now what? Marines wading onto the shores of Tripoli? Really? I’m hoping that this is over and done with as soon as possible, because the longer this goes on, the more the likelihood that the Obama plan is not working and then things will really start to get ugly.