Despite his stated desire to offer "change we can believe in" here is President Barack Obama lauching a shock and awe attack on a Muslim country while stating "our cause is just." It is Mr. Obama's first war to start and puts the USA in its third Mideast conflict, although the President repeatedly has insisted no US troops will land on Libyan soil.
I talked to a variety of folks while working yesterday, ranging from Army soldiers just back or on their way to the region and local working folks who know the meaning of the phrase "deja vu."
There is no rah-rah feeling on this. No desire to help the plucky freedom fighters rising up against Muamar Khadaffy, whom the US had made its peace with in a Faustian bargain to go along and get along in this oil-rich region.
The opening salvo had 114 cruise missiles launched...What are they a million bucks each ? Where is that money coming from ? How many more of these excursions can we afford ?
As one teacher sipping a Captain Morgan and Coke said. "I am becoming more of an isolationist every day." For a lot of Americans this action is not about "supporting the troops"....it's about pulling the covers over your head and hoping the morning brings better news.
NationalJournal.com - Obama's First New War - Saturday, March 19, 2011