But the War Party (Krauthammer, Kristol, Wolfowitz, et al) are a hardened target, and they are accustomed to rolling over Presidents, Congressional 'leaders', and ordinary US citizens with minimal effort.
The fun part is how he makes it clear that the War Party has......ahhhhh........a severe case of Confusion-About-Principles:
Fresh from getting bogged down in what is fast approaching a decade-long failed military occupation in Afghanistan, approaching the eight-year mark in the failed military occupation of Iraq, the Obama administration has now revealed its submission to the insane neocon foreign policy of its predecessor by preparing for military strikes on Libya.
Let us be clear about this: There is no more national security interest at stake in Libya than there was in Afghanistan or Iraq. The rationalizations being cited could just as easily be used to justify an invasion of Bahrain, Yemen, North Korea or even China. What is the difference, after all, between Gaddafi's mercenaries marching on Benghazi and Yemeni snipers picking off 52 protesters in Sanaa? At least the Libyan rebels are armed. And does anyone believe that Libya would have been justified in bombing the United States over the federal slaughter of 76 Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas?I would quibble a bit: there is LESS National Security interest in Libya than there was in Iraq. The 'stan? Probably not as significant as Iraq.
(Iraq gets a nod because it is proximate to a significant security-interest: Saudi Arabia. The 'stan gets a zero because goat herds have been grown domestically with no trouble at all.)
The argument is made that "the US must be the leader in ......ahhh......well........DOING stuff" to Bad Guys, or something. As Vox makes clear, Bad Guys abound. How does Obama select Gadafy? By spinning a bottle?
But the US budget does not "abound." In fact, pushing ~$100 million of Tomahawks across a large sandbox in 3 hours or so is a good way to "abound" the ChiComs' Treasury securities, and little else.
UPDATE: Sullivan spots the real reason for intervention: emotions.
Oh, well, then, it's all good. /sarcasm