John Kerry Goes to War.
Late comment from the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the US ought consider a no-fly zone and consider bombing Libyan airfields and airports.
Earlier in the day, the White House Chief of Staff, Bill Daley, remarked that those who called for a NFZ “don’t know what they’re talking about.”
The war of posturing in the Obama administration will likely include POTUS as the GOP turns to calling for action in Libya. The price of oil, and the corresponding gasoline spike in the US, drives the political ops to distraction — and complaining about a NFZ is a way to appear to be acting in a forthright fashion.
The options for POTUS are to use the Strategic Oil Reserve (a taboo); to cut Federal taxes on gasoline; to jaw jaw about off-shore drilling; to jaw jaw about green. Guess? POTUS may duck all questions. POTUS does not like the media since he got burned in 2010. Does John Kerry speak for POTUS? Who can tell, but my guess is yes.
SecDef Gates pushed NFZ off the table last Wednesday 2; POTUS returned on Thursday 3 to say it was back on — and David Sanger pushed me to say that it was back on the table.
How to explain Daley saying, “no,” and then Kerry saying, “yes”?
The Obama team is undisciplined, fickle, competitive, inert; and Kerry’s remarks were designed to balance out the GOP hawk voices with a Democratic hawk.
The sitrep in Libya is one-sided. The so-called rebels cannot last; the so-called rebels are a scattering of overheated goofs (below) and their fair-weather friends; and the Qaddafi forces are inevitable.
Look to the video below and consider these amateurs are as effective as paint-ballers. Libya is a mess of tribal conflicts; it always was a mess; and it is not soon welcome to become an American mess.
– From John’s blog for the nightly, syndicated John Batchelor Show.