Friday, August 28, 2015

Remember When Libya Was The Good War?

I was talking about this with a friend who knows a bit about such things (I mostly don't) yesterday. There was a time when we had to do something in Libya, and doing something of course meant bombing the shit out of someone because what else do we know how to do. Eventheliberals were saying 1) bomb 2)???? 3) humanitarian miracles!!!. Nobody talks about Libya anymore. I guess we just got bored? Bombing wasn't as much fun as we thought it would be? Everybody remembered that humanitarian relief isn't actually on our agenda, except maybe painting schools over and over again? I don't even know. But this is pretty hilarious, four years later.
WASHINGTON — It would be premature to call the war in Libya a complete success for United States interests. But the arrival of victorious rebels on the shores of Tripoli last week gave President Obama’s senior advisers a chance to claim a key victory for an Obama doctrine for the Middle East that had been roundly criticized in recent months as leading from behind.

Victorious rebels! I bet they were moderates, too. All the good rebels are moderate rebels.