I must say I don't get this fretting about an exit strategy. The US's military action here is essentially firing cruise missiles. Exit strategy: stop firing cruise missiles.
If only it were as simple as that.
Today we're getting news reports that President Obama -- pressured by the French and some of his own advisers -- is considering whether to send weapons to the Libyan rebels, because even with air support, they're not winning. If we send weapons, White House sources say, we'll have to send an unknown number of "military advisers" for an indefinite period to teach the rebels how to use the weapons.
Step one: Air strikes against Libya that Obama said would "last days, not weeks." That was two weeks ago and counting.
Step two: Not satisfied with air strikes, we plan to send in U.S. weapons and military. Members of the U.S. armed forces will be standing there on the sand against Qadaffi.
Meanwhile, we don't know who the hell these rebels are -- some of them have been identified by U.S. intelligence as having ties to Al Qaeda and other Islamic extremists -- and we don't know what sort of a country they would run, whether it would be any better on human rights and democracy than the current regime -- and we're not sure how far we'll personally go to topple Qadaffi.
is why -- before you drop the first friggin' bomb -- you need to have an end goal and an exit strategy. Obama let himself get talked into a potential quagmire.