So last night President Obama spoke to the nation. I thought he was going to make everything clearer. He didn’t. I think I’m just as confused as the next guy:
Mr. Obama sought to add coherence to a month of mixed messages on Libya. He has said Mr. Gadhafi must go, but isn’t personally a military target. The mission first was to establish a no-fly zone, but escalated to heavy bombardment of ground forces. It ostensibly was humanitarian, but the Libyan government says the U.S. has killed civilians. Obama promised the mission was restricted to preventing Gadhafi from killing rebels, and hasn’t provided arms to the rebels to use against Gadhafi. Although the president said NATO will take over no-fly zone and other military operations this week, the U.S. will continue in supportive roles.