Libya is starting to look like another tangled web woven
Our nation’s involvement in invading Libya is really starting to look like a boneheaded move on the part of the Obama administration. Today, after the so called coalition has supposedly given Gadhafi’s forces a good beat down with a weeks worth of bombs and missiles, his forces overwhelmingly repel rebel gains and send them scurrying for cover. Apparently the rebels lack not only the weapons but also training in military tactics, organization and backbone. This means even supplying them with weapons isn’t going to be especially helpful. The same applies to coalition air support. As far as I can see, there even isn’t a Hamid Karzai like figure that can be propped up and made to appear to be legitimate. Unfortunately, this thing is going to require US and coalition boots on the ground and that means an expansion of the conflict beyond just “protecting civilians”. In recognition of this, there are reports that Obama has signed off on covert assistance to the rebels.
There is simply no way this attack on Libya can be justified. It’s a waste of lives and money over something that is not at all in the vital interest of our nation. Moreover, it’s a certainty that any broad based poll would reveal the lack of support of the American people generally behind this entire affair (and that’s probably why we’ve not seen such a poll). As far as I’m concerned, the vital interests of this nation’s citizens ,without exception, resides right here in the United States, so I’ve always rejected the notion that they lie in some other nation. In the case of Libya, the remotest connection with our vital interests can’t even be established mainly because Libyan oil mainly goes to Europe (again, I reject the idea of our national interests being at stake even if the oil was coming here and I’ll have to get into why I believe that later). Basically, what’s happening here is that the US military and our tax money is being used to defend the interests of others. That’s just another outrage that can go on the growing pile of outrages that have been heaped onto the American people over the last few years.
I have to be consistent and this is why I must temper getting too caught up in the liberal/conservative/democrat/republican dialectic. When it comes to foreign policy the only difference between the current administration and the prior one is the difference between getting slapped upside the head with a rough hewned hand versus one enclosed in a velvet glove. Either one is going to hurt and I take little comfort in a joint consensus among nations versus a go it alone attitude when either decision is dead wrong. The result from either is people dead and the rise of the sort of resentment that winds up placing a bulls eye on the back of each American citizen as retribution is sought.
I’m against incessant meddling in the affairs of other nations and the wars that arise from that. Not in my name.
A quick update to this post today, April 1. There’s a story in yahoo news that I’m reading now that suggests that the opposition is setting terms for a ceasefire. This is after getting routed by Ghadhafi only two days ago, and yet they believe they can set terms for a cease fire? This is nothing more than press manipulation of this war. Again, this is supposed to be a UN action, yet there’s the need to shape the public’s perceptions around this story. There’s far more here than meets the eye.