There are many reasons to be worried about the bridge-leap the Obama Administration has just undertaken in its war with Muammar Gaddafi. How it will all end is just one of them.
Particularly concerning is the prospect that what we might call the Gaddafi Precedent will be used in the not-too-distant future to justify and threaten the use of U.S. military forces against an American ally: ISRAEL.
Palin – She had lunch in New Delhi on Saturday and dinner in Jerusalem on Monday. And on Wednesday, she was in Naples …
(CNN) — A critique of the U.S. involvement in the military intervention in Libya that will no doubt be common in coming days is that the Obama administration is making a large error by embarking on a war with a third Muslim country, as if reversing Moammar Gadhafi’s momentum against the rebels will be a rerun of the debacle of the war against Saddam Hussein.
A further element of this view is that — whatever the outcome of the Libyan intervention — the United States’ standing in the Islamic world will once again be severely damaged by an attack on a Muslim nation.
But the military intervention that President Obama authorized against Libya on Saturday — eight years to the day after President George W. Bush announced the commencement of “Operation Iraqi Freedom” — is a quite different operation than the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Beyond the obvious difference that Obama has not authorized the use of U.S. ground forces in Libya, there are several other differences to consider:
First, the Obama administration was handed a gift by the Arab League, which in its more than six-decade history has garnered a well-earned reputation as a feckless talking shop, but unusually took a stand one week ago by endorsing a no-fly zone over Libya.
That endorsement put the Arab League way out in front of the Obama administration, which was then dithering about whether to do anything of substance to help the rebels fighting Gadhafi.
The unexpected action by the Arab League gave the administration the impetus and diplomatic cover to then go to the United Nations Security Council to secure a broad resolution endorsing not only a no-fly zone, but also allowing member states to “take all necessary measures” to protect civilians in Libya.
And the fact that both the Arab League and the United Nations have endorsed a military action against Gadhafi strongly suggests that the Libyan intervention will not generate a renewed wave of anti-Americanism in the Muslim world.
Instead, it underlines a striking feature of the protests that have roiled the Middle East in the past several weeks: Strikingly absent from those protests has been the ritualized burning of American flags, something that hitherto was largely pro forma in that part of the world. That’s because Arabs have finally been able to express publicly that their biggest enemy is not the United States, but their own rulers.
“ . . . the Obama administration, which was then dithering about whether to do anything of substance to help the rebels fighting Gadhafi.”
PERSONAL OPINION: I strongly disagree the Obama administration was ‘dithering’ on Libya; but instead was working, unlike GW Bush, to first gain the backing of the Arab League, and then garner a strong U.N. resolution WITHOUT lying about WMD’s.
btw: THANK GOD, McCAIN isn’t the President of the United States!
CAIRO — The Arab League asked the United Nations Security Council on Saturday to impose a no-flight zone over Libya in hopes of halting Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s attacks on his own people, providing the rebels a tincture of hope even as they were driven back from a long stretch of road and towns they had captured in the three-week war.
Opinion: If the Arab League wants to help the anti Qaddafi forces well fine, there are OTHER WAYS besides the U.S. being the main player (no-flight zone).
THEY can do something themselves; i.e. ARM the REBELS!
EGYPT is ranked is ranked 17th in the world
SAUDI ARABIA is ranked 25th in the world
And, if Egypt and K.S.A. isn’t enough, Sarkozy and Cameron can do ‘something’ besides talk, talk, and talk.
As of today, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have cost the lives of 5,502 Americans, and over $1TRILLION; enough already!
Bottom-line: to everyone who wants to drag the U.S. into a THIRD WAR, FCUK YOU!
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