Lucky for Muammar Qaddafi he has been an anti American tyrant for all of these years. Had he been pro-American, Obama would have been using all the forces at his disposal to achieve regime change.
As it is, Obama is sitting back, “studying” the situation. Fortunately, though by accident, Obama is getting one right.
The Europeans and the Arab league have proposed a no-fly zone. There is even discussion of intervention. Everyone making these proposals is assuming the lead actor in any of these actions will be the United States.
Fortunately, Obama is dithering on this.
The word fortunately keeps appearing for one good reason. As we say in the south, “we don’t have a dog in this fight.” Libyan rebels what to over throw Qaddafi and probably have him dance at the end of a rope. Surely Qaddafi rates near the top of the modern tyrants who needs to spend his last moments on the gallows. However, it is not our fight.
Fortunately, spring is coming so Obama needs to work on his golf game some more. When he is on the greens, he generally can’t screw anything up, worse than his chip shot.
America has no vested interest in Libya. America is however, in the middle of the worst economic downturn since the great depression. In fact, thanks to Obama, Pelosi and Reid, this may end up being the second great depression. We cannot afford another intervention.
Later this year, we will mark our tenth year at war. War is often an unfortunate necessity. When we are attacked, as we were on 9/11, we must fight back. Libya was not involved in that or any other recent attack on America. We have troops tied up in Iraq and now more troops in Afghanistan. A sizable part of the navy is going to be tied up with relief operations in Japan for the next few months.
Going to war is an expensive proposition. It costs men, money and equipment. We have lost a lot of all of that in the last ten years. Those wars may have been necessary but they were costly. We have a military that is stretched to the breaking point, that desperately needs new equipment and supplies and we have a regime that is desperately trying to gut the military. The last thing we need is a third war going on.
If Libya attacked America, that would be different. Libya has not. If the Arab League wants a no-fly zone, let them enforce it with pilots and planes from the Arab League. If the Europeans want to intervene, use European wealth and firepower.
Under the theory even a blind squirrel occasionally get an acorn, Obama has gotten this one right by not committing the US military to any action in Libya. He did not do it for love of country. He did not it for any of the right reasons. But the American military is not involved in Libya today and that is a good thing.
America has no dog in this fight.
And why would you want that, Danno? I smell a liberal outthinking himself again. For what reason would we even entertain such a hair brained idea? Do you think the rebels would pay homage to us? Hell no, they hate us as much as Qadaffi hates us. Sure, rebels want our help, but once that's done do you really think they are going to feel indebted to us? Nope, at the end of the day, they still hate us and want to destroy us............
Unless we have a good mole or puppet in Libya ready to take over, wouldn't it be best (and cheapest) to simply sit back while the revolutionaries and Qaddafi's forces kill each other and use up all the resources they can in the doing?
Whichever side wins the Libyan civil war (win what?), in the short-term anyway, what could possibly be left of any benefit to the USA after the fires burn out?
How typical of the Obama Administration. Be deliberate and get it wrong or procrastinate and we get leadership by the roll of the dice. For once it wasn't snake eyes. From craps to the crapper, it's an Obama world after all.