In an attempt to distract the American people from the administration's epic fail and coverup of the Libya debacle and provide some chest pounding material in the last weeks of the election, President Obama is reportedly considering a high profile retaliatory strike in Libya:
Administration officials say the White House has put special operations strike forces on standby and moved drones into the skies above Africa, ready to hit militant targets from Libya to Mali, if U.S. investigators can find the al-Qaeda-linked group responsible for the death of the U.S. ambassador in Libya.
But the officials say the administration also is weighing whether the short-term payoff of being able to claim retribution against al-Qaida is worth the risk that such strikes would be ineffective and rile governments in the region.
Details were provided by three current and one former administration official, as well as an analyst who was approached by the White House for help. All four spoke only on condition of anonymity.
The president's solution? Let's distract everybody by blowing a few things up in Libya, just so it looks like we're doing something. It will likely alienate any friends we have there because of the collateral damage aspect, and will make the current provisional government look like tools. But that's nothing compared to getting this scandal off the front pages while this president mouths some platitudes about 'bringing the killers to justice' and preens for the photographers and friendly media outlets.
Of course, it would be far better fro America's interests in this case to take some time and work with the provisional Libyan government to try and track down some of the ringleaders, but hey! Where's the benefit to the Obama Campaign?