Spiegel . US President Barack Obama has struck a new tone. It’s one that would have been unthinkable back when he was still a presidential candidate — the candidate of peace, who rejected his predecessor’s wars and wanted to have as little to do with them as possible. But now he is president and commander-in-chief. And now he has the first war of his own making.
On Friday afternoon, Obama entered the East Room of the White House, to make one of the shortest but toughest speeches of his presidency. It was not an open declaration of war — the word was not mentioned once. But the speech was the culmination of a week in which the pacifist turned into a warrior. At the end of that week, Obama himself committed American troops to a new, distant front for the first time. He did so reluctantly, but it was clear to him that the decision was inevitable.
It was one of the most decisive moments in Obama’s still young presidency.
Salon . An emphatic part of the White House messaging about the bombing in Libya is that the operation is truly international in character.
But it’s quickly becoming clear that the bombing campaign — at least so far — is almost entirely an American operation, albeit one that has been packaged to give it an international look. It’s a dissonance that brings back memories of George W. Bush’s much-mocked « coalition of the willing. »
Economist . THE FIRST stage of the “multiphase” Operation Odyssey Dawn may already be over. At 19.00 GMT on Saturday evening, American and British naval vessels launched a co-ordinated Tomahawk cruise missile attack on Libyan air-defence systems. At least 110 missiles struck at 20 command and control sites that had been targeted earlier in the week by satellites and aerial-surveillance missions conducted by American and British aircraft. There were also unconfirmed reports of American B-2 “stealth” bombers hitting a major Libyan airfield.