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The High Cost of Cheap Wars

John Ennis makes a good (and depressing) point:

It seems that al Qaeda is moving into Libya. Their flag is flying in Benghazi. With no American boots on the ground, they should have training camps set up by the end of the year. Part One of the Libyan War is over. Part Two: Attack of the Drones should be coming to theaters next spring!

Obama fans have been talking up the Libya campaign as if the president had discovered the perpetual motion machine of warfare: low-cost regime change without risk or accountability. Add to the al-Qaeda develop the following report: “Hamas recently managed to smuggle relatively advanced Russian missiles, which were looted from Libyan military warehouses, into the Gaza Strip.”

Qaddafi needed to go and America needed to do the job. But wading into the shallow end with our water wings on wasn’t the way to get it done. There’s no such thing as a cheap victory.