I know that its customary to address the nation before you go on the offensive in a country, but could presidents get a new script. President Obama addressed the nation yesterday to talk about Libya. Almost every word was vaguely similar to President George W. Bush’s Iraq speech and George H.W. Bush’s Desert Storm speech. ”Just cause,” “Coordinated Efforts,” and “Intense Deliberation” all appear either paraphrased or directly quoted somehow in these speeches.
Diplomacy is the name of the game. I would be dumbfounded if a president came out and announced “I took this decision lightly and decided to just do the damn mission ourselves.” Yet, the reassurance should not sound the same with every new conflict. A little originality would be nice.
It has begun. France has officially fired on a Libyan military vehicle after Gadhafi’s forces, who initially agreed to a cease fire, continued to bombard the rebels. The Associated Press reports:
A French fighter jet fired Saturday on a Libyan military vehicle, the first reported offensive action in a international military operation against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s forces, a French defense official said.
The strike came less than two hours after top officials from the United States, Europe and the Arab world agreed in Paris to launch a risky military operation to protect civilians from attacks by Gadhafi’s forces.
It also came after Libyan government troops forces attacked Benghazi earlier Saturday, apparently ignoring a proclaimed cease-fire.