When the war in Libya began, the U.S. government convinced a large
number of war supporters that we were there to achieve the very limited
goal of creating a no-fly zone in Benghazi to protect civilians from air
attacks, while President Obama specifically vowed
that "broadening our military mission to include regime change would be
This no-fly zone was created in the first week, yet now, almost three months later, the war drags on without any end in sight, and NATO is no longer even hiding what has long been obvious: that its real goal is exactly the one Obama vowed would not be pursued -- regime change through the use of military force. We're in Libya to forcibly remove Gaddafi from power and replace him with a regime that we like better, i.e., one that is more accommodating to the interests of the West. That's not even a debatable proposition at this point.