Why are so many conservatives against the new war in Libya, liberals are asking, their assumption being that conservatives like war. Well, one thing that bothers those who believe in following the Constitution is that President Obama has gone to war at the behest of the United Nations. But he has not so much as asked Congress, which the Constitution explicitly gives the authority to declare war (even though presidents lately of both parties have flouted that Constitutional requirement). Are we ruled by the UN now?
Meanwhile, it appears that the coalition enforcing the no fly zone by attacking flying objects such as tanks and infantry columns, is also unraveling. NO ONE wants to lead the operation. President Obama specifically said he didn’t want the United States to lead it. The other countries say NATO should run it. NATO says it doesn’t want to. How we can prosecute a war without operational or political leadership is beyond me.
Another issue is “mission creep,” as people are trying to change the goal from preventing Libyan aircraft from flying (a goal pretty much accomplished) to helping the rebels, to killing Gaddafi, to building Libya into a democracy.