Dumbo Lost, Barack Obama clueless, from Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal :
It all seems rather mad, doesn’t it? The decision to become involved militarily in the Libyan civil war couldn’t take place within a less hospitable context. The U.S. is reeling from spending and deficits, we’re already in two wars, our military has been stretched to the limit, we’re restive at home, and no one, really, sees President Obama as the kind of leader you’d follow over the top. “This way, men!” “No, I think I’ll stay in my trench.” People didn’t hire him to start battles but to end them. They didn’t expect him to open new fronts. Did he not know this?
President often have to change course after they are elected. Dubya didn’t run to become a war president, but when he did, he explained why he did. Where Obama, who was hailed during the campaign as great orator, has now become tongue tied.
Dumbo channels B.J. Clinton, B.J. Clinton was most noted for parsing the meaning of the word “is.” The Obami attempt to emulate B.J. by parsing the word war, from Byron York, Washington Examiner :
In the last few days, Obama administration officials have frequently faced the question: Is the fighting in Libya a war? From military officers to White House spokesmen up to the president himself, the answer is no. But that leaves the question: What is it?
In a briefing on board Air Force One Wednesday, deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes took a crack at an answer. “I think what we are doing is enforcing a resolution that has a very clear set of goals, which is protecting the Libyan people, averting a humanitarian crisis, and setting up a no-fly zone,” Rhodes said. “Obviously that involves kinetic military action, particularly on the front end.”
Reax from Ed Morrissey, Hot Air ““:
[T]he Pentagon uses the term “kinetic” to differentiate between violent action and other military operations, such as cyberwarfare or roles strictly relating to logistics and support. They don’t use it as a euphemism for war, but suddenly the Obama administration has adopted it for that very purpose.
It’s not the first euphemism for war that the White House has introduced, either. Almost two years ago, the administration announced that they would abandon the phrase “global war on terror” and replace it with “overseas contingency operations.” Unfortunately, not all terrorist attacks happened overseas, as the Fort Hood shooting, the attempt to blow up Times Square, and the Underwear Bomber proved. In case that term didn’t prove elastic enough, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano introduced “man-caused disasters” to replace “terrorist attack.”
Strother Martin explains Dumbo’s Libyan problem, video:
Sure, Elizabeth Taylor is not dead. Rather she has merely experienced a non-temporary cessation life functions.
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