Are we seeking to depose Qaddafi, who, we are informed by various American officials, has "lost his legitimacy" to rule (as if he didn't lose it when, for instance, he blew up Pam Am 103) because we just hate him more than run-of-the-mill dictators? Is it because he has committed crimes that are so unique? He's a satanic figure, of course, but he has never committed atrocities on the scale of, say Saddam Hussein, or Hafez al-Assad. Are we offended because he has launched aerial attacks against his own citizens? Of course we are, but is this really so unusual in the Middle East?
And another question: Is the goal to remove Qaddafi from power? To limit his running room? How long will the West be engaged militarily in Libya? What is the strategy here? Is there a strategy?
There is no strategy and no coherence. This is Clinton's war, launched on entirely emotional and irrational grounds.
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