In April of this year, it was already apparent that the Libyan War of 2011 had become a curious war of military, economic and political attrition. That was cruel news then, and remains so today.
All war is cruel. Long, indecisive wars are just plain sadistic. If President Obama had led from the front, instead of from his behind, this thing would have been over — and won — in days, not weeks or months. No war is waged perfectly, but this war is barely being waged at all.
Anyway, Austin was — and remains — more enthusiastic and hopeful than I was about this whole misadventure. But do read the whole thing.