Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Listen to the CINC - or look at the numbers

For a non-engineer, I sure like me some numbers. Facts are powerful things. We liberal arts types can talk a mile - but, a pithy technical guy can shut us up pretty fast if anyone will listen to them.

Case in point via
In an effort to satisfy those arguing he needs to seek congressional authorization to continue US military activity in accordance with the War Powers Resolution, President Obama wrote a letter to congressional leaders this afternoon suggesting that the role is now so “limited” he does not need to seek congressional approval.

“Since April 4,” the president wrote, “U.S. participation has consisted of: (1) non-kinetic support to the NATO-led operation, including intelligence, logistical support, and search and rescue assistance; (2) aircraft that have assisted in the suppression and destruction of air defenses in support of the no-fly zone; and (3) since April 23, precision strikes by unmanned aerial vehicles against a limited set of clearly defined targets in support of the NATO-led coalition's efforts.”

A senior administration official told ABC News that the letter is intended to describe “a narrow US effort that is intermittent and principally an effort to support to support the ongoing NATO-led and UN-authorized civilian support mission and no fly zone.”

“The US role is one of support,” the official said, “and the kinetic pieces of that are intermittent.”
Well, as usual I have to go to the UK press to get actual journalism on the USA. Eeek, from The Guardian of all places this time. Read it all, it has some good hard truth about the Arab contribution - and a quirky note about our Viking friends finding their inner-battleaxe.

As for backing up what the Obama Administration has to say - I'll just let the graphic speak for itself; click the pic for larger - or go here for the fine details.

Just like the post below, one simple request; can we please act like adults and speak honestly with each other? This is just insulting.
UPDATE: The Senate is moving - but again, it just emphasized the complete lack of c
Linkandor on Libya. Remember when this had nothing to do with removing Gadaffi?
Top Senate Democrats and Republicans agreed Monday on a resolution backing limited U.S. involvement in the NATO-led military campaign against Libya, days after the expiration of the legal deadline for President Barack Obama to seek full-blown congressional authorization.

Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry, D-Mass., and Sen. John McCain, the top Republican on the Armed Services Committee, introduced the non-binding resolution along with five other Republicans and Democrats.

The measure supports the limited use of military force and concurs with Obama that the stated goal of U.S. policy "is to achieve the departure from power of Moammar Gadhafi and his family, including through the use of non-military means, so that a peaceful transition can begin to an inclusive government that ensures freedom, opportunity and justice for the people of Libya."
That in response to the President's letter,
"While we are no longer in the lead, U.S. support for the NATO-based coalition remains crucial to assuring the success of international efforts to protect civilians from the actions of the Gadhafi regime," Obama wrote. "Congressional action in support of the mission would underline the U.S. commitment to this remarkable international effort. Such a resolution is also important in the context of our constitutional framework, as it would demonstrate a unity of purpose among the political branches on this important national security matter."
Better late than never, I guess.

In this case, I am in full alignment with Sen. Lugar, (R-IN).
Lugar argued that the administration's inability to engage with Congress "has left the American people without a clear understanding of the U.S. interests at stake in Libya and how they relate to the other important challenges we currently face as a country. Nor do the American people understand what costs they will be asked to bear in connection with our Libya operations, and what other priorities will have to be sacrificed to support these operations."
It's not asking for much.

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