The Dish quotes reasonable people, to help channel college freshman who loves Chomsky

David Frum cuts through Obama’s spin:

[T]he U.S. mission is aimed at the overthrow of Qaddafi. The U.S. is engaged in sophisticated propaganda operations urging Qaddafi’s troops to turn on him. And it’s reported that the U.S. is negotiating with Qaddafi about a secure exit from Libya.

In fact, the U.S. mission is as deeply concerned with European energy security as with the humanitarian crisis. Critics correctly point out that the US has managed to ignore many other humanitarian crises – and is in fact ignoring one right now in the Ivory Coast.

The Ivory Coast currently has the world community, and specifically the leadership of most of the African nations, trying to get the ruler to relinquish power. Western military intervention wouldn’t be helpful there. Frum has slipped up. The rest of the piece makes OK observations.

This particular crisis is occurring in a country from which NATO ally Italy buys more than one-fifth of all its net oil imports and in which Britain has a very large investment. We are not going to war for oil. But we very rarely go to war without oil.

Alex Massie nods. I sigh.

Did you hear that, people? Andrew Sullivan sighed. (Important enough to re-tweet?)

I wonder what Americans would say if told they were intervening in Libya to protect Italy’s oil supplies and BP’s investments. How many Americans should die for BP?

Americans might say, “Well, if that were exactly true, then why didn’t Italy, Britain and the United States just let Qaddafi trounce the opposition and keep doing oil business with him?”

Yeah, I’m not surprised that Obama didn’t put it quite like that.

Yeah, he’s not Chomsky or anything.

Or am I missing the point? Is the Dish accusing the Obama administration of a “bait-and-switch” or dishonesty or something?

For the record, Massie cites Frum but not about anything relating to an oil or energy motivation for intervention. Massie does not “nod” to what the Dish says he does.


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