US Prepares to Hand Over ‘Operation Odyssey Dawn’
March 22, 2011
(ChattahBox World News)— The air strikes over Libya led by coalition forces continues today, but the United States is about to declare mission accomplished and hand over the mess to someone else. President Obama and the Pentagon have no desire to become entangled in another endless war and nation building effort in another Arab country. And the contentious political climate, is no picnic either. Right-wing neo-cons shrieked and squawked for Obama to intervene militarily in Libya. And once he did, under the authority of a U.N. resolution supporting a no-fly zone, the neo-cons still aren’t happy, because Obama is not beating his chest letting France and the UK know who is the boss. Many Democrats are opposed to our involvement, as well, with Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) calling for Obama’s impeachment.
President Obama is trying to thread a fine needle by narrowing our military objectives in Libya to prevent a humanitarian crisis, while separating out his stated political goal that Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi must go.
The New York Times writes:
“An American-led military campaign to destroy Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s air defenses and establish a no-fly zone over Libya has nearly accomplished its initial objectives, and the United States is moving swiftly to hand command to allies in Europe, American officials said Monday.” [...]
“Pentagon officials are eager to extract the United States from a third armed conflict in a Muslim country as quickly as possible. But confusion broke out on Monday among the allies in Europe over who exactly would carry the military operation forward once the United States stepped back, and from where.”
If all goes according to plan, and that’s a big if, “Operation Odyssey Dawn” will be handed over to someone, anyone else. And with the distinct possibility, when all is said and done, Gaddafi will still remain in power, Obama will continue to fend off the neo-cons calling for a regime change using military force.
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