The Obama Administration is insisting today that it is moving toward a ‘support role’ in the Libyan War, not long after NATO assumed formal command of the conflict. The pledge comes as Congressmen are expressing increasing disquiet about the war.
The idea appears to be leaving the French and British carrying much of the combat load, and to try to put as much public distance as possible between the NATO-led, nominally UN mandated war and the US.
Which of course, ignores that US dominance of both NATO and the UN Security Council. There is likely some political value in the pretense of the US “supporting” an international war in Libya instead of leading an unpopular war that was started largely at the Obama Administration’s behest, but the reality is that no matter who is dropping the bombs, it is America’s war, and US officials will be calling the shots.