Well, it now appears we are at war for regime change after all. President Barack Obama joined British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy in a rare article appearing in International Herald Tribune, Le Figaro, and Times of London to say that they will not accept anything less than changing the government in Libya. We are now officially parties in a civil war to overthrow a government — without a declaration of war from Congress.
The leaders stated that “it would be an unconscionable betrayal” not to force an outcome in the Libyan civil war. The betrayal for civil libertarians is Obama’s entering a third war in violation of the U.S. Constitution and adding to our already crushing debt to dictate who will lead another country.
We have now gone from preventing a massacre to enforcing a no fly zone to close combat support to regime change. Yet, the silence is deafening from Democratic leaders and most of the liberal base. It appears that an undeclared war by Bush is a intolerable outrage while an undeclared war by Obama is a pragmatic necessity.