Indeed I believe President Obama's decision to limit our actions in the Libyian intervention was a wise one. It is past time for the European Powers to take some responsibility for disorder in their own neighborhood, and the limited aspect of their intervention, so far appears to have yielded good results, without undue entanglements (yet).
It is past time for Europeans to carry their weight when it comes to defending themselves and their interests...not to mention the interests of the West, but the US has happily enabled them live for today
Now they don't have the military capabilities to be left on their own, particularly if there are any actual US interests at stake.
When the US invaded a Middle Eastern nation beset by a vicious dictator who had proven time and again he was ready willing and able to murder his own people it was described by both internal and external critics as a shameful effort to serve the energy interests of America. Fast forward a few years and another US president has gone to war in another Middle Eastern nation beset by another vicious, murdering dictator. This time, however, the fury of the critics (both internal and external) has been muted; when the only difference I can find is that now the shameless effort is to serve European
energy interests rather than those of America.
I suspect the most impactful result of the war in Libya (at least for the West) will be the eventual use of Kaddafi’s arsenals against Western civilians and interests.
If I'm correct, the stench of irony will enough to choke a long dead Rod Serling.
There's so much in this article that you have to love:
Last week, the U.N. chief weapons watchdog said Libya's remaining chemical weapon stockpiles are believed to be secure.
No problem with acknowledging this
vicious dictators stockpile of WMDs, because we didn't invade his country to find them. The reason this time was, of course, to prevent him from slaughtering thousands of civilians in Benghazi.
In any case, thank Goodness the U.N. chief weapons watchdog assures us the really nasty stuff is "believed to be secure." What with that stalwart a sentinel on duty I, for one, can sleep soundly at night.
“Matching up a terrorist with a shoulder-fired missile, that's our worst nightmare,” Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., told ABCNews.com.
That's our worst nightmare? Not matching up a terrorist with chemical or biological weapons, nor opening a cupboard of nuclear material to one?
Well if anyone should know it must be Barbara Boxer because she's the expert,
(just look at her committee assignments) and that's the classic line of an expert, or at least the ones crafted by Hollywood screenwriters.
"Our" of course referring to all the experts in the field. You know, Boxer and that general she dressed down because he called her ma'am.
"We experts know all of the scary things that can happen in the world and so if it's our
worst nightmare...you better look out!"
What a laugh. Boxer's worse nightmare is walking through the Capital Building and everyone calling out to her "Hey lady."
If our going to war with Libya saved thousands of Benghazi civilians from being slaughtered by Kaddafi’s forces that's good thing, but then there was never really any reason to believe, in the first place, that he was going to level the city and exterminate its inhabitants. Although President Obama agreed that going around the world and saving thousands of people was a good thing he made it clear that we couldn't keep doing such a thing because it made us feel good, it had to also serve the interests of our country and its allies. Of course he stopped short of telling us why saving Benghazi lives was in our national interest, but I'm sure he had a good reason.
If there ever was a legitimate America national interest at stake it was security and the risk of Kaddafi’s arsenals getting into the wrong hands. The Pentagon and the CIA knew what weapons Libya had (remember these were his guys not the boot licking stooges of GWB - they could be trusted), and even the UN chief weapons watchdog knew he had a stockpile of chemical weapons.
Obama's guys at the Pentagon and CIA also knew that there was a lot we didn't know about just who the Rebels are. They know there is good reason to believe that Islamists have either infiltrated the Rebel movement or established a faction within it. The Jihadi are no dopes, if they can't hijack the Rebellion, they can find out if and where weapons stockpiles are vulnerable to misappropriation.
But no we couldn't protect that national interest by keeping track of destroying weapon caches because to do so would have meant sending armed me in, and the word was spread very quickly: No Boots On The Ground!
Not even ones covering the feet of Special Forces experts.
I can appreciate why Obama might have been extremely reluctant to mention weapons of any kind as a reason to invade another Middle Eastern country.
(He's one of the guys who worked so hard to make sure it can't be used by any president for another 20 years at least!)
Hell, he used the saving innocent civilians line to cover helping the Europeans try and resolve their Libyan oil headache, surely it would not have been such a big deal to open the door for a squad or two of SEALs to just track the damned weapons.
Instead we lead from the rear and followed a strategy that guaranteed a fair degree of chaos on the ground during which 20,000 heat seeking missiles (Our worst nightmare for God's sake!) could be spirited away.
Here's some more irony. There's a darn good chance that if we hadn't gone to war in Libya, Khadafi would have ultimately defeated the rebels and these heat seeking missiles that are missing would have remained safely within the government's arsenal. The Iraq War had already convinced the Colonel to give up any remaining plans on using weapons against the West, and if NATO hadn't attacked and the rebels were defeated, Kaddafi would have no reason to be pissed at the West and reconsider his post-Iraq stand own from terrorism.
One last irony: There are Obama stooges who actually claim that the Libyan Kinetic Military Action and leading from the rear has been one of his most successful achievements.
God forbid Barbara Boxer's worst nightmare comes true and one of these missing missiles brings down a Western airliner; killing hundred of passengers, what do you think the chance will be that the Media connects the dots between that tragedy and why we went to war in Libya?