It’s not a war, it’s a ‘kinetic military action’ UPDATED: No more!

A what? A ‘kinetic military action’

In a briefing on board Air Force One Wednesday, deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes took a crack at an answer.  “I think what we are doing is enforcing a resolution that has a very clear set of goals, which is protecting the Libyan people, averting a humanitarian crisis, and setting up a no-fly zone,” Rhodes said.  “Obviously that involves kinetic military action, particularly on the front end.”

You could have fooled me.

Who’s in Charge Here?
On Libya, there’s confusion over both goals and authority.

Why am I against the Libya “kinetic military action”? Let us count the ways. A sample,

Aims and ObjectivesFact: We are now and then bombing Libyan ground targets in order to enhance the chances of rebel success in removing or killing Qaddafi. Fiction: We are not offering ground support but only establishing a no-fly zone, and have no desire to force by military means Qaddafi to leave. Questions: Is our aim, then, a reformed Qaddafi? A permanently revolutionary landscape? A partitioned, bisected nation? What is the model? Afghanistan? Mogadishu? The 12-year no-fly-zone in Iraq? A Mubarak-like forced exile? Who are the rebels? Westernized reformers? Muslim Brotherhood types? A mix? Who knows? Who cares?

As for “no boots on the ground”, think again. It’s all “contingency planning.” 400 Marines now, 2,200 later.

Kinetic, indeed.

As of 3:05PM Eastern, Kinetic Military Action No More

“Kinetic military action” is out and  “a time-limited, scope-limited military action” is in.

Well, that ought to ease everybody’s mind!


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