Monday, May 23, 2011
Remember when Barack Obama started lobbing cruise missiles into Libya, but assured everyone that his good-natured horseplay would last "days, not weeks?" Well, that was two months ago, and the president is now refusing to ask for congressional approval (which is required by the War Powers Act after 60 days) by denying that blowing buildings, machinery, and human beings to tiny bits is actually war-like.
Even Bill Clinton, who parsed words so carefully that he "did not have sexual relations" with a woman who used his DNA for toothpaste, would be embarrassed to use the tortured language coming out of the Whitehouse.
For instance, Congress doesn't need to approve a war because the president says "US participation has consisted of non-kinetic support"...that is, except for the "kinetic pieces that are intermittent." Which is sort of like saying that it's okay if Al Qaeda flies jets into our skyscrapers as long as they don't do it every day.
Among these non-kinetic activities are "the suppression and destruction of air defenses." Frankly, Hope n' Change isn't quite sure how you destroy air defenses in a non-kinetic way, other than unionizing the enemy forces and hoping they either go on strike or have such lax hiring standards that the people can't figure out how to do their jobs.
The president also says, in an "oh, by the way" fashion, that the US is executing "precision strikes by unmanned aerial vehicles against a limited set of clearly defined targets." Which sounds pretty damn kinetic to us, since those "unmanned aerial vehicles" are more likely to drop Hellfire missiles than leaflets.
But noOOOooo. This isn't "war," it's just a jolly hobby for Obama...much the same way his wife raises yams. And from the left-leaning media, we hear not a peep. Not about Obama, not about Libya, not about America's open-ended commitment to an undeclared war.
But it isn't like the media is engaged in a cover-up. They're just practicing non-kinetic reporting.