Thursday, March 3, 2011

Intervention in Libya

Words to ponder as the U.S. moves warships closer to Libya to ramp up pressure on 'delusional' Gadhafi:

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Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

Three points. First, we don't have the capacity to pull off a serious intervention in Libya. Our military is depleted after the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. We simply don't have the ability to occupy another country. The best we could do is a series of Kosovo-style strikes, designed to knock out the existing government's forces. But we can't fix the country afterward. We don't have the capacity.

Second, as the stories you link to indicate,it doesn't appear that the Libyan people want us to intervene in their country. No surprise there. There is little worse to national pride than to have to be occupied by an outside power in order to be liberated from a tyrant.

Third, the strongest force we could deploy in the Arab world is the power of example, to be a "shining city on a hill," inspiring people in other countries by our own example of liberty. Not by military coercion, but by the power of our example.

2:55 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Agreed on all points, especially the third.

8:39 PM  
Blogger said...

Why not invade Bahrain and Oman? The people in those countries also hate their rulers. The words and deeds of the US government hypocrisy seems deliberately designed to fuel terrorism and anti-Americanism.

5:51 AM  

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