Odyssey Dawn, what’s that flower you have on?

What in the wide world of sports are we doing in Libya?   If my pre-Hope history is correct, in 2007, then-Illinois Senator Barack Obama was of the opinion that “the president does not have the power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.”  I suppose one’s opinions may change when you’re the one making the decisions, but Obama’s failure to secure congressional support for this action is not a matter to be taken lightly.

Apparently, the reason the Administration agreed to join in Libya’s fracas was because the “Arab world supported action in Libya.”  Now we learn…. well, maybe, not so much.  According to the Arab League Secretary-General, leadership supported a no-fly zone, not tactical air strikes which could cause civilian casualities.   The question that no one is really considering is:  who is really in this from the Arab World?  Qatar is providing military support and the United Arab Emirates is offering humanitarian aid.  That’s it.  Qatar and the UAE are not necessarily the Arabian version of the Super Friends (that’s a little cartoon reference for those of you who grew up in the 70’s).

Further, President Obama has suggested that this action barely qualifies as a war.  Just like the wealthy girl who gets an invitation to the party because she gives the best presents, the US was apparently included in the Libyan Target Practice E-vite because we had some “unique capabilities.”  Uh,… unique capabilities for starting a war with a Muslim country – which we seem to be pretty good at lately. (I think we are now up to three in the last decade.)  Adm. Mike Mullen has stated, “[We are] leading it now. We’re looking to hand off that leadership in the next few days.”   That’s like playing Old Maid with two other players and you are only holding one card.  At that point, all three players know who is getting stuck with the Old Maid.

So now we have a new operation to fund, “Odyssey Dawn.”  Did they come up with that via some kind of web-based, military operation, random name generator?  What the hell does Odyssey Dawn even mean or convey?   Certainly, it is no more menacing than Operation Delightful Sunrise.  And just to be even-handed, who coined George Bush’s magnum opus, Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Wouldn’t that have been more precisely named, Operation Kill My Father’s Potential Assassinator?

Either way, this is not what an already fractured Congress needs this Spring.

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4 Responses to “Odyssey Dawn, what’s that flower you have on?”

  1. mjp Says:

    Just checking–what is the blog-master’s party affiliation?

  2. Mrs. Earl Gray Says:

    This is great kick-off to the horseshoe category – what could be better for an opening commentary than an illegal war of ill-defined dimensions and weak, disengenuous rationale. A sophisticated way to say “Impeach!!!”

  3. Spounder Says:

    Enterprise Dusk is next in line when invade Iran, Chad, or the United Arab Emerites.

  4. lolamouse Says:

    While I hate to agree with you on anything of a political nature, I must admit that I do agree with you on this one (oh, it hurts to say that!) What better way to show that we don’t hate ALL Muslims than to bomb innocent civilians! Ever notice that when someone speaks of a person’s “unique capabilities,” it usually means that the person being referred to is mentally deficient? Just sayin’.

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