US to pull jets from Odyssey Dawn?

posted at 1:30 pm on April 1, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

As a show of strength, the latest from the US on the military mission in Libya falls a wee bit short of convincing.  Yesterday, NATO finally accepted operational command of Odyssey Dawn, the air war against Moammar Gaddafi’s armed forces that have not yet stopped the dictator from pushing the rebels into panicked retreats.  Today, the US went further and said it would stop flying sorties over Libya after today — unless NATO requested more:

Libyan rebels called for a cease- fire as forces loyal to Muammar Qaddafi drove them back for a third day after sandstorms and clouds hindered NATO air strikes and the U.S. said it’s withdrawing all warplanes.

Qaddafi’s fighters must retreat from cities and nearby areas for any cease-fire deal, Mustafa Abdel Jalil, head of the rebel Interim National Council, said in a news conference televised today from their stronghold of Benghazi. He said rebel demands for freedoms must also be met. There was no immediate response to the offer from Qaddafi officials.

The rebels’ move comes one day after Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said U.S. jets won’t be flying with NATO forces over Libya after April 2. Mullen said planes would be made available only if requested by NATO. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates told Congress the U.S. will “significantly ramp down our commitment” to Libya except for electronic warfare, aerial refueling and surveillance.

Rebels have retreated as Qaddafi’s troops regain the initiative after almost two weeks of allied air strikes against them. This week’s recapture of the oil port Ras Lanuf by Qaddafi forces underscored the military weakness of his opponents. Intensive fighting continues around another oil port, Brega, Sky News television reported, adding that rebel and government lines are keeping out of range of each other’s weapons and are 10 to 20 kilometers (16 to 32 miles) apart.

John McCain warns about learning a “bitter lesson” from defeat here, but it almost seems as though we’re already predicting it.  Success has a thousand fathers while failure is an orphan, and it looks like we’re about to dispute the paternity for Odyssey Dawn.

The demand for a cease-fire on the part of the rebels will certainly go unheeded by Gaddafi, who finally has the upper hand across the board.  We’re belatedly discovering that the rebellion more closely resembles an insurgency that is completely unsuited to fight against a trained, professional military.  The only hope this had of succeeding was if it triggered massive defections within the military to oppose Gaddafi, and the window for that closed when Gaddafi broke out of Tripoli weeks ago.

Besides, this declaration sounds more aimed at PR and spin than anything else.   US warplanes are almost certainly going nowhere.  The White House wants to put an arm’s length between the results in Libya and the President, and the best way to do that is to dump the whole problem on NATO.  Given the amount of resources at NATO’s disposal for the mission without the US, expect the requests for American sorties to arrive as early as tonight.  The only difference will be that Obama can now hang the failure to topple Gaddafi on NATO rather than shouldering the blame himself, or at least he thinks he can.


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Is it November 2012 yet?
The weather here sure feels like it

Iblis on April 1, 2011 at 1:35 PM

Weeks, not days. Or do I have that backwards.

Electrongod on April 1, 2011 at 1:36 PM


The only difference will be that Obama can now hang the failure to topple Gaddafi on NATO rather than shouldering the blame himself, or at least he thinks he can.

Haha I read this as … The only difference will be that Obama can now hang the failure to topple Gaddafi on NATO rather than shouldering the blame himself, or at least he thinks he can.

Tony737 on April 1, 2011 at 1:36 PM

The only difference will be that Obama can now hang the failure to topple Gaddafi on NATO rather than shouldering the blame himself, or at least he thinks he can.

Operation media odyssey spin.

the_nile on April 1, 2011 at 1:37 PM

After you light the match, set the fire and poor gasoline on it, it’s a bad idea to stick around.

Buddahpundit on April 1, 2011 at 1:37 PM

Sorry Barry you own this one…

sandee on April 1, 2011 at 1:38 PM

unless NATO requested more

Yeah, like they WON’T?

As for Barry, he’s already executed HIS exit strategy. He won’t be back, unless it’s to claim credit.

GarandFan on April 1, 2011 at 1:39 PM

Gaddafi must go…Gaddafi must go…er…hang on a sec.

Gaddafi ain’t so bad….the Rebels are Al Q….Gaddafi aint’ so bad…

/your favorite messaging experts

DrW on April 1, 2011 at 1:41 PM

The only difference will be that Obama can now hang the failure to topple Gaddafi on NATO rather than shouldering the blame himself, or at least he thinks he can.

He still needs to get Congressional approval for what he’s doing, otherwise the whole effort will get defunded at the least and possibly result in proceedings for the “I” word at worst.

teke184 on April 1, 2011 at 1:42 PM

Mission Accomplished! SNAFU’d!

pilamaye on April 1, 2011 at 1:43 PM

The West is weak. Lesson learned. Expect it to bear fruit in the next weeks and months.

WitchDoctor on April 1, 2011 at 1:44 PM

That’s leadership in the Age of Obama for you. He’s voting present, again…

changer1701 on April 1, 2011 at 1:46 PM

The only difference will be that Obama can now hang the failure to topple Gaddafi on NATO rather than shouldering the blame himself, or at least he thinks he can.

Real Libya endgame the dissolution of NATO?

Daveyardbird on April 1, 2011 at 1:46 PM

Symbols over substance, it is the way of the Left.

Cindy Munford on April 1, 2011 at 1:47 PM

Operation Odd.

tinkerthinker on April 1, 2011 at 1:47 PM

The only difference will be that Obama can now hang the failure to topple Gaddafi on NATO rather than shouldering the blame himself, or at least he thinks he can.

The moment he said Gaddafi had to go and then started bombing Libya without even asking Congress first, he owned the outcome of this “kinetic military action”. He can’t blame Congress. He can’t blame the GOP. He can’t blame Bush. And even he doesn’t have the sack to try to point the finger at the rest of the coalition.

Doughboy on April 1, 2011 at 1:49 PM

The stunning thing about this turd of a move on Obama’s part thanks to the Stygian Witches of US foreign policy; Hillary, Power and Rice, is that they just saw the same thing happen in Egypt. The uprising in Egypt was going nowhere until the leadership of the entire military refused to fire on civilians. Mostly because the civilians were not attacking the soldiers. If they had Egypt would have been even nastier than Syria, etc. But in Libya the “protesters” were burning down government buildings, killing soldiers and seizing weapons and territory from day one. Why would anyone have ever believed the military in Libya would side with the rebels on a large scale?

Rocks on April 1, 2011 at 1:51 PM

Operation Odd.

tinkerthinker on April 1, 2011 at 1:47 PM

Some media types would say that we are just too dumb to grasp the brilliance…

mjbrooks3 on April 1, 2011 at 1:51 PM

Was that the best $600 million spent bombing Libya or what?
Smart Power, yah, yah, yah.

Hillary going soon…?

albill on April 1, 2011 at 1:52 PM

Weasel Zippers is reporting that Calypso Louis finally understands Obama’s opposition to Lou’s good buddy Khaddafy: Obama’s possessed by demons!

pilamaye on April 1, 2011 at 1:53 PM

The only difference will be that Obama can now hang the failure to topple Gaddafi on NATO rather than shouldering the blame himself, or at least he thinks he can.

this is 3rd grade playground antics.

ted c on April 1, 2011 at 1:54 PM

Can’t Hide Failure he’s already exposed himself …

wheels on April 1, 2011 at 1:56 PM

The West is weak. Lesson learned. Expect it to bear fruit in the next weeks and months.

WitchDoctor on April 1, 2011 at 1:44 PM

Yep, Øbama’s weakness emboldens foreign enemies. Between the union thugs and the foreign terrorists, it’s likely to be a very hot summer.

petefrt on April 1, 2011 at 1:56 PM

possibly result in proceedings for the “I” word at worst.
 
teke184 on April 1, 2011 at 1:42 PM

 
“That’s my favorite pronoun! Wait, what?”
 
- President Barack H. Obama

rogerb on April 1, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Intensive fighting continues around another oil port, Brega, Sky News television reported, adding that rebel and government lines are keeping out of range of each other’s weapons and are 10 to 20 kilometers (16 to 32 miles) apart.

Will somebody please give Sky News a math lesson? A mile is about 1.6 km, but a kilometer is not 1.6 miles! Ten to 20 km is roughly 6.2 to 12.4 miles.

Given the amount of resources at NATO’s disposal for the mission without the US, expect the requests for American sorties to arrive as early as tonight. The only difference will be that Obama can now hang the failure to topple Gaddafi on NATO rather than shouldering the blame himself, or at least he thinks he can.

Sarkozy to Obama: Sorties, s’il vous plait?

If NATO had established a no-fly zone when Sarkozy wanted it (when the rebels were at the gates of Tripoli), it might have worked. It’s all a question of timing.

But Obama putted while Benghazi burned, and now it’s time to let the French fry fly.

Steve Z on April 1, 2011 at 2:00 PM

speaking of Odyssey, me and the kiddos are going to watch 2001: A Space Odyssey this weekend. It’ll probably make more sense than this current Odyssey Down, er Dawn.

ted c on April 1, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Yep, Øbama’s weakness emboldens foreign enemies. – Pete

True dat, Pete, especially with jihadists, nothing stirs their pot more than a (conceived) defeat of the U.S. military.

Tony737 on April 1, 2011 at 2:00 PM

the best way to do that is to dump the whole problem on NATO

To paraphrase Jon Stewart, “I feel sorry for whoever heads up NATO…. Oh, wait! That’s US!”

taznar on April 1, 2011 at 2:01 PM

NATO is the U.S., much as the Eunuch in Chief will try to disown it.

and it looks like we’re about to dispute the paternity for Odyssey Dawn.

Hillary and John McCain, but ultimately Obama.

Schadenfreude on April 1, 2011 at 2:01 PM

Weasel Zippers is reporting that Calypso Louis finally understands Obama’s opposition to Lou’s good buddy Khaddafy: Obama’s possessed by demons!

pilamaye on April 1, 2011 at 1:53 PM

Kinetic!

Del Dolemonte on April 1, 2011 at 2:02 PM

Out: Operation Odyssey Dawn
In: Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR

To be clear – as of today, NATO is responsible for Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR.

Brat on April 1, 2011 at 2:02 PM

After you light the match, set the fire and poor gasoline on it, it’s a bad idea to stick around.

Buddahpundit on April 1, 2011 at 1:37 PM

The Libya argument aside, it’s usually too late to run away if you have already poored gasoline on the match.

Count to 10 on April 1, 2011 at 2:03 PM

The moment he said Gaddafi had to go and then started bombing Libya without even asking Congress first, he owned the outcome of this “kinetic military action”. He can’t blame Congress. He can’t blame the GOP. He can’t blame Bush. And even he doesn’t have the sack to try to point the finger at the rest of the coalition.

Doughboy on April 1, 2011 at 1:49 PM

But wait!!! He can blame Hillary! Hillary made him do it!

Steve Z on April 1, 2011 at 2:03 PM

Wondering how they will blame this on Bush.

Cause you know they will.

gophergirl on April 1, 2011 at 2:03 PM

speaking of Odyssey, me and the kiddos are going to watch 2001: A Space Odyssey this weekend. It’ll probably make more sense than this current Odyssey Down, er Dawn.

ted c on April 1, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Hey now, that movie makes perfect sense. The Star Child is Dave Bowman after the next phase of evolution(courtesy of the monolith). Granted, it helps if you’re on acid while watching it, but that’s the gist of the plot.

Doughboy on April 1, 2011 at 2:03 PM

The Libya argument aside, it’s usually too late to run away if you have already poored gasoline on the match.

Count to 10 on April 1, 2011 at 2:03 PM

Good point. It’s usually safer to throw the match on the gasoline while running away.

But in Libya, Obama’s buddies were out-matched.

Steve Z on April 1, 2011 at 2:05 PM

He still needs to get Congressional approval for what he’s doing, otherwise the whole effort will get defunded at the least and possibly result in proceedings for the “I” word at worst.

teke184 on April 1, 2011 at 1:42 PM

No chance. He’s happy with the precedent he’s set. The U.N. can direct our military into any country it deems at risk of humanitarian crisis. Now think ahead. Imagine French, British, Italian, or even U.S. planes strafing and firing missles at Des Moines, Phoenix, or Little Rock, while blue helmets from the UAE, Turkey, and Morroco, establish roadblock check points on I-80. Anywhere, but Madison, WI. Congress has no say in the matter.

a capella on April 1, 2011 at 2:06 PM

“… and it looks like we’re about to dispute the paternity for Odyssey Dawn.”

Congratulations Mr. Soetoro…

… it’s a quagmire!

Seven Percent Solution on April 1, 2011 at 2:06 PM

This is Mr. Obama’s war, period. No Congressional action, solely Executive. The way he is prosecuting it will almost certainly end either in failure or to escalation with American troops on the ground. Either way, it makes Mr. Obama look either dickless, foolish or both.

Mason on April 1, 2011 at 2:07 PM

I can’t wait to see the spin form this debacle.

I could almost laugh at Barry’s incompetence, except I remember all too well how Slick Willie’s incompetence in Somolia affected us in the years to follow.

reaganaut on April 1, 2011 at 2:08 PM

and it looks like we’re about to dispute the paternity for Odyssey Dawn.

 
It’s a ploy!

rogerb on April 1, 2011 at 2:08 PM

But wait!!! He can blame Hillary! Hillary made him do it!

Steve Z on April 1, 2011 at 2:03 PM

Sadly that might be his only recourse. Throw Gates, Hillary, and Rice under the bus. Hoo boy, I don’t wanna imagine what the Clintons will attempt in 2012 if Barry tries to pin this on Hillary.

Doughboy on April 1, 2011 at 2:08 PM

Wondering how they will blame this on Bush.

Cause you know they will. – gophergirl

By saying he shouldn’t have started this whole middle east ”Democracy” thing by liberating all those muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan! Now ALL those people want to be free too! HOW DARE THEY?

Tony737 on April 1, 2011 at 2:09 PM

Somolia

Somalia, too.

reaganaut on April 1, 2011 at 2:09 PM

Obama, Clinton, Powers, Rice……can’t blame this uh, war* on testosterone.

*Smart-limited, planning-limited military action.

cartooner on April 1, 2011 at 2:09 PM

If I was a suspicious and cynical man I would think this entire debacle was intended to fail as far as Obama is concerned. I think he wants a disaster for American foreign policy.

sharrukin on April 1, 2011 at 2:11 PM

Meanwhile, back on the camel …

“We are not at war,” a veteran who served in the Army for eight years told me Wednesday in Maryland. “Only some of us are.” I wasn’t initially sure how to feel about that statement. The painful events of the next 48 hours showed that he was on to something.

maverick muse on April 1, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Oh, it’s all making sense now. Hillary drug Obama kicking and screaming into a war that he didn’t wanna go to and I’ll be damned if he didn’t go. Now, he’s trying to get this booger off his finger and it won’t go nowhere and Hillary will be laughing cackling all the way to the 2012 Democratic nomination. Now that’s Smart Powah(TM)

ted c on April 1, 2011 at 2:14 PM

… Slick Willie’s incompetence in Somolia affected us in the years to follow. – Reaganaut

Yup, we kill over 1,000 bad guys but we lose 18 men, so Klinton pulls out, leading obama … oooops, I mean osama, to think we’re a paper tiger, then comes the Co1e attack, then of course 9/11.

Tony737 on April 1, 2011 at 2:15 PM

Count it!

-crr6

PS: Obama is awesome. Halliburton. Fox News.

mankai on April 1, 2011 at 2:15 PM

Maury Povich… Barack… You ARE the father!

mankai on April 1, 2011 at 2:16 PM

Did we just enter a war and lose it with in two weeks? Ummmm…. wow. That has to be some sort of record.

bitsy on April 1, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Operation Odyssey Dawn, aka The Beginning of a Long Journey, has morphed into NATO’s Operation Unified Protector (OUP).

It’s life has already been extinguished and the OUP might stand for Operation Undetermined Project.

Name one people who are free, due to Obama (not the Black Panthers).

Schadenfreude on April 1, 2011 at 2:25 PM

Not only does Barry own Libya, he owns every other conflict we refuse to get involved in! The massacres that are certainly coming in Syria et al, will fall on Barry. When the conditions arise in other countries the citizens will demand that Barry respond in kind.

This is what happens when you send a community organizer to do a man’s job!

csdeven on April 1, 2011 at 2:25 PM

The most immediate victims in this will be Libyan civilians- at least twice as many will die than before- and American credibility.

michaelo on April 1, 2011 at 2:26 PM

“It’s life has already been extinguished” s/b “Its life has…”

Schadenfreude on April 1, 2011 at 2:28 PM

Tony737 on April 1, 2011 at 2:15 PM

Indeed. I wish the next POTUS would be a have a Masters in History insted of a law degree.

We had an opportunity in Somalia, now it’s still a cesspool that produces poverty, misery and pirates.

The rebels will lose unless NATO seriously escalates their presence. They may have already lost, really.

The only NATO country that would send enough troops to make a difference is the US, and I would think that there would be some serious opposition in Congress and the Pentagon for doing something that foolish.

Shock and Awe has been replaced by Aw Shucks. The left and the moderates won’t notice anything, especially with a Royal Wedding and all…

Our enemies will notice. Again.

reaganaut on April 1, 2011 at 2:30 PM

ted c on April 1, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Chickenhawk Down

Christien on April 1, 2011 at 2:35 PM

We’re belatedly discovering that the rebellion more closely resembles an insurgency that is completely unsuited to fight against a trained, professional military.

Given that the Libyan military is barely trained, hardly professional, and mostly not involved that isn’t what we’re discovering. Even in its heyday the Libyan military’s main function was to make other Arab militaries actually look good compared to someone else.

What we are seeing is that dedicated mercinaries with a willingness to fight and a warrior tradition can beat an armed mob with an “Allah wills it” attitude any day. As I understand it Qaddafi is hiring the same Tibetsi tribesman from northern Chad who won him a couple wars in Chad and then threw out Qaddafi’s “trained, professional” military when he overreached.

jarodea on April 1, 2011 at 2:36 PM

Did we just enter a war and lose it with in two weeks? Ummmm…. wow. That has to be some sort of record.

bitsy on April 1, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Hey it was a time-limited, scope-limited military operation. Both time and scope are running out so it’s a victory. Well Obama probably doesn’t like that word except in politics or when it’s muslims fighting, hmmm. Well, it’s something and that something isn’t a loss :P.

jarodea on April 1, 2011 at 2:38 PM

Who in hell is in charge of that goat rope?

rplat on April 1, 2011 at 2:40 PM

Out: Operation Odyssey Dawn
In: Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR

To be clear – as of today, NATO is responsible for Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR.

Brat on April 1, 2011 at 2:02 PM

LOL. Obama’s protecting Al-Q fighters.

Key West Reader on April 1, 2011 at 2:41 PM

They’re neither “unified” nor are they “protecting” anything, but a ragtag gang of 1000 wild ones, some of whom have flags, most of whom are so dumb that they shoot the little ammo they possess…into the air.

Schadenfreude on April 1, 2011 at 2:48 PM

OBAMA: from self-imPOtent to self-IMpotent.

ziggyville on April 1, 2011 at 2:51 PM

U.S. Military not happy over Libya…but why would those who fight matter? Obama is a fool or a charlatan. A genius he certainly hasn’t been proven yet.

Schadenfreude on April 1, 2011 at 2:56 PM

We have aircraft that are capable hitting targets even in sand storms. GPS guided bombs can hit targets in sand, rain, fog, etc. So I don’t buy that excuse. Moreover, this would be a fine time to test out those F-22′s we have sitting around. Let’s put some combat mileage on those things.

jonezee on April 1, 2011 at 2:58 PM

If I was a suspicious and cynical man I would think this entire debacle was intended to fail as far as Obama is concerned. I think he wants a disaster for American foreign policy.

sharrukin on April 1, 2011 at 2:11 PM

I see an advanced stage, type 1 ODS. Yes, and for his next act, PBHO is going to arrange to have the personnel one of embassies taken hostage by a jihadi revolutionary coup.

No chance. He’s happy with the precedent he’s set. The U.N. can direct our military into any country it deems at risk of humanitarian crisis. Now think ahead. Imagine French, British, Italian, or even U.S. planes strafing and firing missles at Des Moines, Phoenix, or Little Rock, while blue helmets from the UAE, Turkey, and Morroco, establish roadblock check points on I-80. Anywhere, but Madison, WI. Congress has no say in the matter.

a capella on April 1, 2011 at 2:06 PM

OK, I’ve read a lot of silly, paranoid, loony sh1t on this site, but you have taken the cake and swallowed it whole. You took sharrukin’s ODS to an entirely new plane. Congratulations. The UN cannot direct US troops unless the CINC directs them to follow UN orders. And US troops may not be deployed against a domestic population (see posse comitatus).

What is in the water that you meatheads are drinking?

MJBrutus on April 1, 2011 at 3:09 PM

NATO = us, Clinton, Rice & Powers = Ø chosen staff. No Congressional approval. –>No way out for Ø

He can blame the women for strongly voicing lib dogma – hmmm. Blame NATO when Ø did backflips to get NATO to take over? Who else is there – he could blame France and/or Sarkozy, Britain and/or Cameron, & the UN. Though he doesn’t give a rat’s patooty about allies, that would be to emphasize Ø’s weak position in the whole thing. Plus in his speech, as usual he said “I, I, I” and claimed humanitarian credit for the whole thing.

Ø may never have believed in or experienced ‘the buck stops here’, but there is no way out of his Libya mess, barring a miracle.

jodetoad on April 1, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Where’s Professor Powell to warn us that if we break it, we own it? Being vewy vewy quiet these days?

slickwillie2001 on April 1, 2011 at 3:14 PM

U.S. Military not happy over Libya…but why would those who fight matter? Obama is a fool or a charlatan. A genius he certainly hasn’t been proven yet.

Schadenfreude on April 1, 2011 at 2:56 PM

They go where they’re told, part of service to your country.

We have aircraft that are capable hitting targets even in sand storms. GPS guided bombs can hit targets in sand, rain, fog, etc. So I don’t buy that excuse. Moreover, this would be a fine time to test out those F-22′s we have sitting around. Let’s put some combat mileage on those things.

jonezee on April 1, 2011 at 2:58 PM

No reason to and several not to. They’re built to go into heavily defended airspace and take out air defenses and take down any enemy aircraft that get in the way. That’s nto needed here.

Reasons not to include, they’re expensive, they can only carry a small load of 2 500lb bombs at the moment, they’re not built to operate with NATO allies (or rather NATO allies have yet again not kept up with technology), no need to possibly tip off potential adversaries to its systems and capabilities, and we’d have lots of trouble in the off chance one is loss.

Where’s Professor Powell to warn us that if we break it, we own it? Being vewy vewy quiet these days?

slickwillie2001 on April 1, 2011 at 3:14 PM

Not to mention I seem to recall everyone in Washington and on the left worshipping recently at the feet of the “only use force when you devote overwhelming force” Powell Doctrine.

jarodea on April 1, 2011 at 3:23 PM

operation wtf, snafu, bohica, soon they will run out of possible names.

anikol on April 1, 2011 at 3:43 PM

“Ladies and gentlemen, the Velvet Lounge is happy to announce tonight’s return to the Golden Pole of Fame, one of our favorite dancers. She’s just back from a tour that included Bayonne, Braintree and Fort Kent and we could not be happier to have her with us tonight. So without further introduction, the one and only….. Odyssey Dawn!!!!!!!!!”

Hening on April 1, 2011 at 4:54 PM

This is actually really funny. I kept saying over and over that its not our fight, and so many people on here kept chiding Obozo to go in. Now that he has? Now you’re bagging on him for going in! Lol!! Too funny!!

KMC1 on April 1, 2011 at 8:11 PM

This is exactly what I predicted the day the attacks began: That just as inexplicably, in a few days they would just stop. I was off by about six days, but that’s a triviality. The end of US participation will be as meaningless as its beginning.

Not that any of it is truly inexplicable or due to incompetence, as many (dangerously) seem to think. While the turn of events was opportunistic, this Libyan adventure has nevertheless been part of Obama’s ongoing strategy to “re-make” America, to signal to the world that it is no longer a leader, and should not to be thought of as anything more significant than, say, Belgium or Indonesia. “Odyssey Dawn” stands as a palpable symbol for everything Obama wishes the US to be at every level–economic, military, and diplomatic: Unexceptional. And each day this grim dream increasingly becomes your and my hopeless reality.

Blacklake on April 1, 2011 at 8:42 PM

What a shocker, the international community can’t win a war. Who would have seen that coming?

Honestly, if we wanted Ghadafi gone we should have just gone the Saddam Hussein route. Have the US lead a march straight into Tripoli, obliterate everything in our path, and at the end of it have two american servicemen grab Ghadafi out of a hole and haul him off to the International Criminal Court.

Instead we have the impotent, clueless leaders of NATO wasting American resources after a committee meeting. Ghadafi has already figured out all he has to do is wait for the airstikes to pass, then send his ground forces in.

Honestly, Moammar Freaking Ghadafi is embarrasing these guys. That’s just pathetic.

BKennedy on April 1, 2011 at 11:01 PM

Gaddafi must go…Gaddafi must go…
DrW on April 1, 2011 at 1:41 PM

BO: “Let me make one thing perfectly clear. …When I said “Gaddafi must go” I was referring to the bathroom, “Gaddafi must go to the bathroom”

Now nnananananan now “Let me say this and make it perfectly clear…………….

S/

DSchoen on April 2, 2011 at 5:02 AM

“Ladies and gentlemen, the Velvet Lounge is happy to announce tonight’s return to the Golden Pole of Fame, one of our favorite dancers. She’s just back from a tour that included Bayonne, Braintree and Fort Kent and we could not be happier to have her with us tonight. So without further introduction, the one and only….. Odyssey Dawn!!!!!!!!!”

Hening on April 1, 2011 at 4:54 PM

My thought exactly. A Bimbo name from Guys and Dolls

Clueless or a Diss? Hard to tell with the linguine crowd at the WH. I think it was a Diss. Probably made a few thighs tingle thinking about full generals forced to address their mil actions with a wuss vocabulary. Not quite as fulfilling as making them say ‘pretty please’ but beggars cant be choosers

I first thought they were trying to link the action to the meanderings of Odysseus, but it was Jason who sought the Golden Fleece, and Golden Fleece is the true name of this venture.

entagor on April 2, 2011 at 5:11 AM