Libya is yet another Obama-era replay of the 1990s. Just as Bill Clinton had his confused humanitarian intervention, Obama now has his. The Libyan War is Kosovo II: a military action from the air with no congressional authorization; little engagement from the president; tenuous public support; contention among the allies over means, ends, and rationales; and de facto proxy forces on the ground who won’t meet our civilized standards of warfare.
Yet we prevailed all the same against Slobodan Milosevic, who, like Qaddafi, was a miserable tin-pot dictator with a tin-pot military extremely vulnerable to us. Otto von Bismarck’s putdown of the British army — if it invaded Germany, he’d have it arrested — applies with much more force to Qaddafi’s ramshackle force that has proven adept only at facing down even more ramshackle rebels.
Rich Lowry, NRO