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Where Is The Breaking Point In Our Support In #Libya?

Andrew Sullivan is in shock (and awe?):
[T]here is still part of me that simply cannot believe that president Obama has already ordered covert action in Libya on one side in a civil war, and is now actively discussing whether to arm that side in another chaotic Muslim country, committing the United States to yet another war against yet another tyranny simply because we can.

It's so surreal, so discordant with what the president has told the American people, so fantastically contrary to everything he campaigned on, that I will simply wait for more confirmation than this before commenting further. I simply cannot believe it. I know the president is not against all wars - just dumb ones. But could any war be dumber than this - in a place with no potential for civil society, wrecked by totalitarianism, riven by tribalism, in defense of rebels we do not know and who are clearly insufficient to the task?

By all means keep the no-fly zone to protect unarmed civilians from brute military force. But that must be the total sum of the commitment.
My emphasis.

Yes Andrew, this war/conflict/skirmish/engagment/whatever-you-want-to-call-it is stupid indeed. While I do agree with you much of the time, I must take issue with your last two sentences here. "By all means keep the no-fly zone to protect unarmed civilians from brute military force. But that must be the total sum of the commitment." Really? By all means? Keep the no-fly zone?

Ummm. No.

Has Libya attacked the United States? No. Is there any proof/intelligence to suggest that Libya was planning to attack the United States? Nothing that I have heard about. Is it unfortunate that Muammar Qaddafi wants to hurt his own citizens? Absolutely. But, is it a reason to commit military resources (human, technological AND monetary)? No, I don't think so.

What troubles me (and I've mentioned it before) is that if this was China or North Korea, President Obama would have been laughed out of office for suggesting a no-fly zone, let alone covert operations to oust a dictator/leader. What happened in the Sudan? Where was the international community while millions of people were being slaughtered? If the President and his supporters are going to use the excuse that "we are on a humanitarian mission" in Libya, they are ALL being hypocritical.

Nearly a month ago, when the idea of involvement in Libya still seemed like an idea and not an eventuality, 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.
... and I'm still going crazy over here.

We need to get out of Libya the middle east, and get out fast.

If America is going to continue to be the chaperone at this dance, very soon we will not be able to afford to buy new dancing shoes, let alone used ones.

Oh, and in case you missed it, the anti-Qadaffi rebels are over there in the corner making out with al Qaeda... what happens when we replace Qaddafi with another ruling party who is on record saying 'death to America'?

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