The White House was clearly relieved to announce that at 6 a.m. GMT NATO took over the ball for running the military operation on Libya.
Not a minute too soon for members of Congress concerned that the United States could get bogged down in another war. “I sincerely hope that this is not the start of a third elongated conflict,” House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard McKeon said.
Republicans and Democrats say they want to play ball to prevent a government shutdown, but so far have not reached agreement on spending cuts.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said congressional leaders do not want a government shutdown and the public does not want to see spitball fights (we’d like to see polling on that).
Perhaps the two teams on Capitol Hill need to work it out on the ball field, like the “cricket diplomacy” being exercised by India and Pakistan.