With the United States economy tanking and vital programs being cut for lack of money on both the federal and state levels, President Barack Obama has already spent over $600 million in just six days in the Libyan war. The U.S. is now actively fighting the war on the side of the rebels — an intervention in a civil war that has been embraced by liberals like Nancy Pelosi.
We have already fired 191 Tomahawk cruise missiles from their arsenals to the tune of $268.8 million and dropped 455 precision guided bombs costing millions more.
The Administration is now saying that it does not know how long it will be engaged in Libya. Obama’s defense of the war last night was full of questionable factual assertions, shifting rationales, and undefined goals.
Barbara Boxer and Pelosi have shown how relative politics can be. With an intervention in a civil war by a Democrat, they are heralding the move as positively courageous. It is part of our personality driven politics. As with the Republicans under Bush, Democrats are discarding core values to support Obama — even in the face of an undeclared war. Liberals are now publicly referring to the oil in Libya as a vital national interest in explaining our lack of intervention in places like Syria. It is a Faustian bargain for liberals that will prove as disastrous for Democrats as it was for Republicans. We have a political system that is now entirely devoid of principle. The only thing remaining is blind allegiance to personalities. It is no longer the war that matters but the man who ordered it.