Monday, March 28, 2011

Libya: Well, that was fast...

Obama To Declare Mission Accomplished In Libya War Tonight
(By JACK STUEF 10:45 AM MARCH 28, 2011)

From the article:
So our Nobel peace laureate will simultaneously pretend he doesn’t care if Gaddafi stays as dictator, sell the lie that we won’t be in Libya for a long time, and convince America this war is in its interest while the guy in charge of its military says it isn’t. Good thing he’s so good at talking and such!

You know, I really do not have much of an opinion one way or the other on Libya.  Just as long as U.S. involvment does not deepen.  Help the rebels, hope for the best.  It is interesting to me, though, how clearly our intervention here as opposed to our mild support elsewhere clearly illustrates that U.S. interest is largely determined by a nation's oil reserves.

As an added bonus, we had the support of the Arab League on this one to prove that U.S. military action in Muslim countries is not universally evil.  See, it's okay that we are in Iraq and Afghanistan.

However they try to sell it, oil is clearly the key it seems.  And history.  A history of attacks that lead to dead Americans?  Afghanistan and Libya.  Oil?  Libya and Iraq.  Libya is a double winner here.  

Syria?  Not so much...

Clinton Says U.S. Won't Intervene in Syria, Sees Progress in Libya Fight (By Nicole Gaouette and Gopal Ratnam - Mar 27, 2011 9:01 PM PT)

From the article:

Clinton said the elements that led to intervention in Libya -- international condemnation, an Arab
League call for action, a United Nations Security Council resolution -- are “not going to happen” with Syria, in part because members of the U.S. Congress from both parties say they believe Assad is “a reformer.”

“What’s been happening there the last few weeks is deeply concerning, but there’s a difference between calling out aircraft and indiscriminately strafing and bombing your own cities,” Clinton said, referring to Qaddafi’s attacks on the Libyan people, “than police actions which, frankly, have exceeded the use of force that any of us would want to see.”
The Daily Show had a good bit on determining the level of America's involvement in these situations...

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