The Obama administration says it is not responsible for the outcome of its intervention in Libya:
Mr. Obama’s administration, however, has clearly tried to avoid the debate over a strategy beyond that by shifting the burden of enforcing the United Nations Security Council resolution authorizing force on to France, Britain and other allies, including Arab nations like Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, which on Thursday said that it would contribute warplanes to the effort. In other words, the American exit strategy is not necessarily the coalition’s exit strategy.
“We didn’t want to get sucked into an operation with uncertainty at the end,” the senior administration official said. “In some ways, how it turns out is not on our shoulders.”
If we aren’t committed to what we’re doing (whatever that is), it’s hard to see how we can succeed. We outmatch the enemy so badly that we might nevertheless back into success (whatever that means), but it doesn’t seem likely.
(Via the Corner.)