On Thursday, March 17, 2011, acting under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, which provides for the use of force if deemed to be needed by the UNSC, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted Resolution 1973.
President Obama promptly gave the orders for American forces in the region to begin attacking Mu’ammar Qaddafi’s loyalists in Libya.
This is not a course of action that, at first pass, makes a great deal of sense to me. It makes even less sense to me when I look back to the start of Obama’s campaign for the Presidency of America.
It’s time to admit that no amount of American lives can resolve the political disagreement that lies at the heart of someone else’s civil war.
Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL)
Candidacy Announcement, February 10, 2007
This is not like Obama’s reversing his decisions about Gitmo and Military Commissions; that was bowing with some small grace to necessity. Having his regime’s UNSC delegate vote in favor of Resolution 1973 was an unforced act.
So what, if anything, changed? Why has Obama committed our forces to a type of war that he previously stated he believed could not be won?
I think Americans require an answer to that question before we get too much further into the 2012 Election season.