What does he say? He takes us through the recent events in Libya, and he boasts that he saved the rebels, and prevented a huge refugee crisis that would have shaken Egypt and Tunisia. Perhaps; we’re not at the end of the Libyan thing, after all, and the Italians will tell you that they are dreading the North African boat people. But let’s say it’s true. And let’s agree with him when he says:
“To brush aside America’s responsibility as a leader and — more profoundly — our responsibilities to our fellow human beings under such circumstances would have been a betrayal of who we are.”
To which the clear and obvious response is:
Are not Syrians and Iranians our fellow human beings? Yet you have done nothing for them in circumstances that do not require military assault. And are not our soldiers, sailors, pilots and Marines also our fellow human beings? Yet you apologize to their killers instead of aiding the oppressed peoples.
Disgusting. Get first things first. If we can get regime change in Damascus and Tehran — missions worthy of America and its president — then the things we face in Libya, as in Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, yes, Israel, and, still, Egypt and Tunisia, will get much easier. Because if you defeat your enemies, your friends will be braver, and your enemies’ friends will suddenly discover the virtues of prudence.
One last thing: just how vigorous are we prepared to be with the Libyan thing? What if it drags on? Are we and NATO ready to take the next steps? Because if we somehow find ourselves losing…
So it’s not that the Libyan thing is a bad thing. It’s that it’s not the main thing. We still are not even beginning to talk about the main thing.