I haven’t opined on the latest Libya situation largely because I don’t have anything particularly insightful to add. The whole point of blogging (to me at least) is to say something that hasn’t yet been said. When I notice that everyone’s on the same page, I get bored and go looking for other things to read.
The Libyan situation is particularly murky – no one knows what is really going on. In this sense, it reminds me of the early reporting on the Selfridge Airshow wing-walker accident. Initial press accounts said that the wind was high, that the announcer had warned, the wing-walker Scott Green and that he failed his first two attempts before making a final – and ultimately fatal – third attempt. Subsequently we learned that none of that was actually true: the announcer was reading from a script and the first two attempts are always “failures” because that heightens the suspense.
The point is that press accounts are almost always wrong. Indeed, the closer to the event, the less accurate the story will be. Gaddafi may fight on for years, may go into exile, or may even make a comeback – assuming he lives out the week. What is certain is that the Obama Administration’s decision-making skills are consistently terrible. The president can be relied on to get it wrong, not matter what the circumstance.
AND THAT INCLUDES OPTICS: The fact that the Virginia earthquake made him miss a putt distills things perfectly.