The above will have to suffice for an anti-war slogan in the Obama era:
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.”
Rhodes’ words echoed a description by national security adviser Tom Donilon in a briefing with reporters two weeks ago as the administration contemplated action in Libya. “Military steps — and they can be kinetic and non-kinetic, obviously the full range — are not the only method by which we and the international community are pressuring Gadhafi,” Donilon said.
Sources tell me that if the situation in Libya escalates, it will then be referred to as “kinetic military action with kung-fu grip.”
Incidentally, this particular kinetic military action has the lowest approval of any Gallup-polled kinetic military action ever. It might have something to do with the absence of an entrance strategy let alone an exit strategy and the fact that Obama said Kaddafi had to go one day, then he could stay the next. Decisiveness? You bet.
There’s a new movie coming out revolving around this topic — might be interesting: