Are We Winning In Libya?


Marc Lynch nearly declares victory:

[T]he sudden burst of attention to Libya should be an opportunity for the public to take a fresh look at what is actually happening in Libya. This is a good time to realize that the war in Libya was very much worth fighting and that it is moving in a positive direction.  A massacre was averted, all the trends favor the rebels, the emerging National Transitional Council is an unusually impressive government in waiting, and a positive endgame is in sight.  This is a war of which the administration should be proud, not one to be hidden away from public or Congressional view.

Whatever its outcome, and I sure hope Marc is right, the manner in which it was launched and is now being defended is deeply troubling. Check out Conor on how not to call a war a war. But it's equally fair to note that the administration – unlike Harry Reid – never promised this would be over quickly and has asked for patience. The right way to have done that would have been to go to Congress and get authorization for such patience. But nah. This is an imperial presidency – and if Obama has acquiesced to its temptations, then it is the regime that outlasts any administration.

Meanwhile, Rob Sheridan reports that Qaddafi is running out of both money and oil, and China has taken the highly unusual step of meeting with the rebel leaders. Know hope.

(Photo: A demonstrator waves an Egyptian, Syrian and Libyan flag in Tahrir Square on May 27, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt. The ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces said that there would be no use of violence against protests dubbed 'the Second Revolution of Anger' taking place in Cairo and other cities in Egypt. By Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images.)