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On The United States' Possible Intervention In Libya



Some good discussion yesterday on Morning Joe. I completely agree with Joe Scarborough regarding the outlandish comments that Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann has been spouting on cable news and Sunday morning talk-shows of late.

But there was another part of the discussion that I found very interesting: the 'no-fly zone' over Libyan airspace.

This is the extremely rare occasion that I find myself in agreement with... wait for it... Pat Buchanan:
You do a no-fly zone, you bomb the airfields, you bomb the radar sites, the anti-aircraft sites, you take out their planes, that's an act of war by the United States against Libya, against it's present government Qaddafi. .... And do we really have such a vital interest in there that we're going to go in and fight this war for the rebels and win it -- I'll tell you one of the first things that will happen, just like those nine kids dead on that hillside in Afghanistan, you will see collateral damage, children and women, it'll be on Al Jazeera, and all over the middle east it's "here come the Americans bombing and killing Muslims in the country where they want the oil".
Run-on sentences aside, Buchanan is absolutely right.

While I sympathize with the plight of those in Libya, after our incursions in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan -- have we learned nothing? Why would we even consider getting involved in yet another country's internal issues.

Hell, 63% of Americans say we should stay out of Libya. And I don't blame them!

Even worse, politicians are suggesting that we invade/get involved/impose a no-fly zone for reasons that make no sense. Greg Scoblete:
What's remarkable about most of the arguments that U.S. lawmakers are putting forward about an intervention in Libya is that none of them hinge on America's national security interests. ... Senator Kerry's case hinges exclusively on how the U.S. looks or is perceived. He's even scornful of public "reticence" - as if it were a bad thing! There is no indication, or argument, that the lives of Americans or core interests are in danger.
Okay, okay. I am definitely not a foreign policy expert. I've never sat across the table from the leader of a nation-state.

What I can tell you is that I firmly believe that we need to worry about America's problems right now. As I said, I sympathize with Libyans. I sympathize with Egyptians. I sympathize with any people who want their country to be better. Stronger. More democratic and less despotic.

That said, America needs some attention right now. We are in an economic recession and the idea that our leaders would consider spending even more taxpayer dollars to fund a no-fly zone over Libya drives me crazy.

We need those resources here.