Saturday, March 26, 2011

Libya: Just stay the fxxx out of this one

We still have yet to hear a cohesive vision from any of our elected representatives about what the goal is in Libya, and its reaching a point where its just too shady. I understand that Pres. O's advisors are trying to find him his very own Iraq war in order to appeal to the more right-leaning swing voters out there, but this is the equivalent of a Hail Mary into the 50 yard line grand stands. At least with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, there was a definitive difference between the good guys and bad guys (Afghanistan: Taliban and Al Qaeda bad, Northern Alliance good. Iraq: Saddam bad, coalition good). That is not the case in Libya today.

 On one hand, you have Muammar Qaddafi, who has been a vocal opponent of the United States for the better part of 40 years.The idea of coming to the rescue of one of the few people who has made no secret of his distaste for every single thing the US stands for is distasteful to the utmost extreme. If NATO and/or the United Nations decide to send in peace keepers or whatever else that's their business, but for the United States to contribute military personnel would be like Superman coming to the aide of Lex Luthor. Fuck that shit.
On the other side you have the Libyan rebels, who according to latest reports are being supported by none other than AL QAEDA (link). If I really have to explain why that's a disgusting proposition, then you obviously haven't been paying attention to the headlines for the last decade. Did anyone miss the part where these assholes are our sworn enemies, hate everything about us and have been actively trying to kill us ever since they beat the Soviet Union out of Afghanistan?

The short version here is that there is no greener side of the fence here. Both options end up with us allying ourselves to people who have hated us with the utmost intensity for a quarter century or more. If we commit troops to this fight, chances are that both sides will settle their differences for no better reason than to kill Americans. Is that really the kind of peace keeping mission we want to devote our men and material to?

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