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Leave War To The Warmongers

Nobody is a bigger fan of dropping bombs on unelected wog dictators and their vile henchmen than me, but I do not think I am alone in wondering just what in the wide wide world of sports we are doing in Libya. Our military has been engaged in “time-limited, scope-limited” kinetic action (but not a war, surely not no) for a solid 90 days with little to show for it but some bad PR, raising the stature of a still defiant wog dictator, depleted PGM stocks and a double handful of dead civilians.

No matter what thread you tug at, the story unravels into pure farce.

We have stated no clear political goals for this action. Our dependent allies have been exposed as comically unable to sustain a meaningful sortie tempo beyond their boarders against a fourth rate IADS. The faction we have backed is increasingly revealed to be unsavory in racially ironic ways.

As Clausewitz explained hundreds of years ago, and Mahan more recently, war is not about the means, but the ends. We do not send our forces to clash with our opposition for the sake of destroying their men and equipment, but to force a political correction on the enemy via that destruction. In the absence of a declared, required change in our enemy’s political condition, war is obscene, pointless murder and the futile risk of our servicemen and equipment.

Military action in Libya may or may not advance our Nation’s interests, and our Commander in Chief ought to express an opinion one way or another. Instead, we are presented with the puzzling declaration that “We are not engaged in militarily-driven regime change.”. How, then, shall we to enforce our will? By destroying the dictator’s forces and materiel? What is to prevent him from obtaining more? Do we really think he will run out of soldiers, camels and AKs before we run out of JDAMs? What does this telegraph to our other current and future enemies?

If the situation in Libya presents enough risk to our national security to justify the use of force, then the President should articulate these reasons, seek Congressional approval and direct his subordinates to decisively prosecute the operation in the most efficient manner possible. I don’t see how this procedure is at all controversial and is probably the least worst way for a Republic to wage war, but instead, this administration has mumble mouthed and prevaricated about the reasons for engagement, dodged its statutory requirements to Congress and engaged the enemy in a timid, irresolute manner that only serves to maximize both the risk to our forces and the unintended consequences on the ground by needlessly prolonging the hostilities.

This is what happens when you let hippies run a war, folks.

{ 8 } Comments

  1. Jake | June 21, 2011 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    Well said, sir!

  2. Mr Evilwrench | June 21, 2011 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    My cynical view: Much as this administration has been running guns to Mexican terrorists in order to discredit our rights, they’re engaging in this “kinetic action” for reasons no rational Western mind would conceive. They hate our second amendment rights; they also hate our military. So, they screw this action up systematically, both to discredit our military and its capability, as well as to deplete our stores of materiel. This is the kind of thing that happens when you elect the enemy president.

  3. STW | June 21, 2011 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    Unfortunately, the folks in charge couldn’t tell the difference between Alfred Mahan and Larry Mahan on a bet. Wait, that’s just stupid of me. Having never heard of either one they wouldn’t know the difference matters.

  4. Laughingdog | June 21, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    “what in the wide wide world of sports we are doing in Libya”

    Nice Blazing Saddles reference there.

  5. Brian Dunbar | June 21, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    There is no conspiracy, Mr. Evilwrench.

    This is how people from our President’s culture think wars are run.

    It is a sad commentary on our nation’s elite that one can find better strategic and tactical thinkers at any comic book shop’s game lounge on Saturday afternoon.

  6. Mr Evilwrench | June 21, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    Didn’t say it was a conspiracy as such; they’re not trying too hard to hide. Just that there’s a bunch of them doing things wrong on purpose for reasons that are bad for us.

  7. aczarnowski | June 23, 2011 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    Have anything been done well since the War Department switched to Defense?

  8. aczarnowski | June 23, 2011 at 8:37 am | Permalink

    Has. Has anything been done…

    Stupid on the fly edits.

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