Saturday, April 02, 2011

Why I Don't Support Anything Beyond a No Fly Zone in Libya?

This other blogger does a great job of listing some ideas on Libya and how we can or should act. Gadafi is a tyrant who was behind the Lockerbie bombing and has supported terrorism for years. The unfortunate thing is President Obama has waffled with what the objectives are and most importantly, we do not know who the rebels are or how big of a force they are. They sound more and more like a small band of fighters with limited support that have ties with Al Qaeda. A no fly zone can be administered and handled in a multinational way (the Brits sent 1 submarine, hahahaha), but what we are doing now is beyond a No Fly Zone as we bomb ground forces and cities (which could kill innocent civilians, the horror). Russia has commented on this mission creep, as this could set up an odd precedent.

Syria has had protests and is gunning down civilians yet Sec of State Clinton said that we will not intervene. So killing civilians with helicopters is worthy of intervention but using just machine guns is within a sovereign nation's right? The Ivory Coast has a civil war type conflict, slaughtered civilians, and calls for the leader to step down. Will we intervene? Most likely no. No oil in Syria or the Ivory Coast. This is the slippery slope one slides down when the rationale for war is flimsy, when objectives are ill defined and when you have a half hearted effort for a commander in chief who does not sound like his heart is in this. Obama's half hearted efforts in so many things are extremely dangerous when war is involved. This is where his squishy inability to stand up even for things he was supposedly voted into office to do or his base desires with strong support (public option, taxing the top 1%, pulling out of Afganistan) really hurts us as a nation. He also hurts himself with his non-stop chatter in useless ways, like when he said the fighting would be 'days not weeks'. Never overpromise and underdeliver, wait that is his entire career.

A problem with Libya is that the rebels have limited weapons and limited money. They are dependent on outside aid. Heck, they sound like they do not like fighting. France was smart to recognize them and set up an embassy to start covert aid. That should be the funnel for aid, money and weaponry. The rebels are going up against an oil wealthy dictator with over 100 tons of gold. Gadafi's gold wealth could keep a fight going for years. I was surprised when it looked like Gadafi would be overthrown so quickly, and am depressed to think that I had a better view of how Gadafi would fight back than our Sec of State and President. Our military has grown too powerful and awesome for the civilians in charge of it. This statement applies to the last 15 years of our republic.

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