All of the sudden we’ve seen an explosion of American pundits criticizing their President over his handling of Libya. Most of these detractors are conservative hawks who cannot stand how Obama has dealt with this situation. He engaged the rest of the world, and he carefully considered many options before embarking on military action.
These hawks loved the George W. Bush approach: shoot first and ask questions later. Of course at the time they labeled as traitors those who dared to criticize a president in the time of war.
But desperate times require desperate measures. Now that we have a president who actually governs as if war is undesirable, they must not miss this opportunity to influence America’s voters. They would like to convince America to tolerate nothing less than shooting first and asking questions later. If they can manage to convince voters, then they can ensure that the Republican Party will do well in the next election.