After months of unsuccessfully trying to channel Ronald Reagan, today when announcing the Libyan no-fly zone President Obama tried to channel George Bush. He closed his remarks today by saying, “I’ve taken this decision with the confidence that action is necessary, and that we will not be acting alone. Our goal is focused. Our cause is just. And our coalition is strong.” In 2001 when President Bush announced that U.S. forces were launching military strikes in Afghanistan, he said “To all the men and women in our military
Obama also said “The United States did not seek this outcome. Our decisions have been driven by Qaddafi’s refusal to respect the rights of his people and the potential for mass murder of innocent civilians. In 2001 Bush said something familiar. “We did not ask for this mission, but we will fulfill it. … We defend not only our precious freedoms, but also the freedom of people everywhere to live and raise their children free from fear.”
I hate to bring this up, but if Obama’s real goal is simply to minimize civilian suffering maybe we should hasten Qaddafi’s victory. A quick win by the tyrant will kill fewer Libyans (and Americans) than if there was a long civil war.
What if Quaddafi heeds Obama’s threats and stops and the rebels want some on the ground protection, will the UN provide a peacekeeping force? Will the US be part of that force?
What if the rebels attack Quadafi’s forces do we provided them cover? What if the insurgents start attacking civilians who are loyal to the despot, do we protect citizens by attacking the rebels? After all our goal is to protect citizens.
President Obama has committed American forces and possible our blood to go on a mission with vague goals not understanding the unintended consequences. It is immoral to commit human lives to battle on those half-assed terms and until thinks this action through– Congress should refuse to allow any fund to be spent to fund this action.