Whether or not you see the wisdom in the U.S. being in Libya, the point is we are there. Is it a good idea is something being debated all over the nation and by those in government.
President Obama has been receiving criticizes from both the left and the right, so in this case, he can’t make any one happy by his actions in Libya.
Should we have gone to Libya to save thousands of people being massacred by a cruel leader? Well, we are really the only nation that could do it. We are the only nation that has the capability of stopping Qaddafi’s planes and tanks onslaught. That’s why the pressure was put on us to do the dirty dead.
Some people are saying that Secretary Clinton was duped and then she duped the President into going to the United Nations and joining forces to enter Libya. If true, that Obama was duped, then he is in a whole lot of trouble right now. They are talking impeachment . . . not necessarily coming from the right but most strongly from the left.
Personally, I don’t see how we could stand by and watch that evil man Qaddafi, massacre his people. Could you? We all knew that going into Libya meant an act of war. Even the Arab League was asking us to do a “No Fly Zone”.
It appears the biggest complaint of our actions in Libya is not the “No Fly Zone” but the bombing of other targets as well. France seems to have their own idea of how to fight Qaddafi. They have their own agenda because of previous dealings with Qaddafi, so they have their own ax to grind.
Great Britain and other NATO nations have their own agendas as well. Because of these variations in agendas, there has been a great deal of speculation and criticism of our actions in Libya. The Arab League is having second thoughts about working with the UN on this mission.
As of now, it appears that these nations have all gotten on the same page and have decided on a plan that they can all agree with and support. The U.S. mission is supposed to be carrying out air strikes and other duties that only America can do or at least can do well. This limitations should satisfy U.S. critics, but probably won’t. Other nations should be able to carry out the other duties.
In whatever position we hold personally, time will tell if what we’ve done is the right thing to do. Whether or not there will be future demands on America in Libya, only time will tell. History will be written and only then, will we know how Obama will be seen for his actions in Libya.
The Triumphant of Evil
By Bill O’Reilly for BillOReilly.com
Thursday, March 24, 2011
The opposition to military action in Libya is fascinating. President Obama is taking incoming from both the left and the right as various agendas collide against neutralizing Qaddafi in Libya. The dissent is all over the place, so let’s try to simplify the situation.
We begin with a quote from Edmond Burke: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
That’s true. We have seen it time and again throughout history. When evil is not confronted, it can win, often with devastating results.
There is no question that Qaddafi was on the verge of slaughtering his opposition. His mercenaries and highly paid military were closing in on the rebel strongholds and amnesty would be not be forthcoming, as the colonel himself publicly proclaimed. So, finally, the U.N. acted, and a no fly zone was approved. After waffling around for weeks, President Obama then swung into action, ordering U.S. planes and missiles into the skies. Then he went to Brazil
Immediately, the far-left erupted. Ralph Nader is calling for impeachment. Michael Moore suggests that Obama give back the Nobel Peace Prize, and Congressman Dennis Kuchinch wants to cut off funding for any military action against Libya.
On the right, Pat Buchanan banged the isolationist drum: “Why is the United States, all the way across the ocean, got to go in and stop Arabs from killing Arabs … why are we in there?”
To prevent a massacre? I believe that’s the reason, Mr. Buchanan.
Congressman Ron Paul was equally blunt: “What are we doing? We are in this crisis and they decide to spend all this money. It makes no sense at all.”
So here’s my question for Mr. Paul. Would you be comfortable, Congressman, watching thousands of human beings being slaughtered by a terrorist dictator when you know that your country has the power to prevent that?
In fact, the no fly zone was up and running in hours, and Qaddafi’s forces have been badly damaged. Now the rebels have a chance to eventually overthrow the terrorist dictator, and mass murder has been avoided, at least for the time being.
This is not a complicated issue. If America is, indeed, a noble country, it should act to save lives when it can. That doesn’t mean we get bogged down in quagmires like Iraq, Afghanistan, and Vietnam again, but when quick, decisive action can defeat evil, it should be taken.
I believe in the basic nobility of America. I also believe few other nations have the motivation and power to confront evil as this country does. If it’s only all about us, if all we think about is our own sacrifice, then American exceptionalism disappears.
We did the right thing in Libya.
What are your thoughts on the U.S. and NATO position? We would be interested in hearing from you on this topic.