Many — on both sides of the political aisle — faulted then-President George W. Bush and his administration for failing to anticipate the “insurgency” which followed our speedy liberation of Iraq in 2003. The same criticisms could be leveled against the incumbent and his team for failing to anticipate the difficulty of ousting Libya’s Moammar Gaddafi. On Friday, blogger Robert Stacy McCain asked if we were losing in Libya:
Scarcely three weeks after the U.S. military launched Operation Odyssey Dawn, the war in Libya is beginning to look like President Obama’s worst failure to date. While official Washington and the political press have been focused on budget negotiations and the prospect of a federal government shutdown, a foreign-policy disaster has been slowly unfolding in the deserts of the North African nation that Col. Moammar Gaddafi has ruled for more than four decades.
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Offering criticisms similar to those this other McCain delineates, George Will wonders at the administration’s “mission meander” in North Africa, “At about this point in foreign policy misadventures, the usual question is: What is Plan B? Today’s question is: What was Plan A?”
It seems almost as if the president believed he didn’t need a plan, but could lead by his presence alone.