As predictable as dogwoods in springtime, "American intelligence" is saying Moammar Gadhafi is on the ropes. It's enough to make one worry things aren't going as well as it looks for the rebels.
The report came from CNN, which quoted an anonymous intelligence official saying there were indications that the "morale of Gadhafi forces is on the decline." Along the same lines, President Obama declared in his speech Monday night that "we have stopped Gadhafi's advance."
One can only hope. But stopping Gadhafi's advance and crushing his regime are not the same thing. In any event, much the same was said of Osama Bin Laden and -- who could forget? -- Iraq, the Taliban and, going back a long way, the North Vietnamese. They were always on the ropes, except when they weren't.
Having said that, isn't it time for the Lilliputians in the media and Congress to s-t-f-u? Why is it they need Obama to spell out exactly what U.S. and NATO are doing in Libya? It should be as clear as the hands shaking over their heads: We're stopping Gadhafi from annihilating his people. With a little help from us here and there, the rest is up to them.
Obama to you: It ain't gonna be Baghdad all over again.