As the comic documents, Barack has proven he is the Son of a Bush. Many of us suspected it but he has provided the entire world with proof.
"Is US Intervention Justified in Libya" (Lance Selfa, ZNet):
Likewise, Middle East expert Juan Cole added his voice to the chorus in support of the UN-sponsored "no-fly zone" over Libya with an "Open Letter to the Left on Libya" on March 27. It begins:
As I expected, now that Qaddafi's advantage in armor and heavy weapons is being neutralized by the UN allies' air campaign, the liberation movement is regaining lost territory...I am unabashedly cheering the liberation movement on, and glad that the UNSC-authorized intervention has saved them from being crushed.
Achcar and Cole have made the case for Western intervention in Libya, however limited, for "humanitarian" aims, and they criticize those on the left who oppose it. But their arguments ignore the context in which the attack on Qaddafi's forces took place--as well as the long and sordid record of such military actions in the past.
The U.S. and its European allies began the year with the Qaddafi regime as an ally in the "war on terror" and Libya a fertile ground for Western investment. Until this month, they were prepared to accept Qaddafi's continued rule in Libya, even at the cost of the rebellion against him being crushed. Only when the threat to regional stability and oil supplies became alarming to the West did they act.
The excuse for intervention has been the call by Qaddafi's opponents--one call, carefully selected from among others that were rejected by the U.S. and its allies--for a no-fly zone and other military action.
But even if the intervention plays some role in Qaddafi's downfall--which is by no means certain--any regime that comes to power in Libya will be compromised from the start by its dependence on Western powers that aren't concerned at all about democracy and justice, but about maintaining stability and reasserting their dominance in a region that has seen two victorious revolutions against U.S.-backed dictators, and the possibility of more to come.
Watching these disgraceful people like Juan Cole justify the Libyan War has really been something. But you don't know someone's true colors on war until someone of their own party is in the White House and starting the wars.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):