We’re pushing two weeks now in the US involvement in Libya. I’ve tried to resist from commenting on the situation because I really wanted to make sure my opinion was more my thoughts and feelings rather than a partisan message surrounding Obama.
I’m not going to get into the constitutionality of what took place. I’m convinced that either:
- It IS constitutional
- It doesn’t matter if it isn’t
Either way, we’re over there and involved. For better or for worse.
So, I’ve always been confused as to the qualifier for US involvement of dictators abusing their own citizens. We straddle that fence and it’s pretty clear we’re doing that here too. Yes, the actions of Gaddafi are horrible. Yes they are going to continue and yes they are probably worse than we know. But certainly this is neither new nor isolated. The horrors taking place in Yemen are surly as offensive.
With that said, I find there no reason to be upset that we’re in Libya. I think that when we can we should work to increase the Liberty of a people; of a nation. Do we need to wage war in place of those people [think Iraq]? Maybe not. However, when an organized force of people is acting in reasonable revolt of an oppressive regime, we should act in the interests of those people.
However, I do feel that we should be open and honest about that involvement. If we are sending assistance to help rebels overthrow their government, then claim that. If we are sending assistance to simply enact a no fly zone, than admit that as well. And more importantly, do just that. Enact a No Fly Zone.
And nothing else.
What we’re doing in Libya is clearly more than just preventing Gaddafi from flying airplanes. We’re taking out artillery installations. We bombing tanks. We targeting targets that have nothing to do with airplanes; flying or not flying.
And that is upsetting. Further, it damages our standing in the world and marks us a nation that lacks will and vision. And that is bad bad news.
For that, I DO blame Obama. He is a man without a shred of leadership experience or know how. So the fact that he isn’t leading should not be surprising.