This is an especially challenging issue that does not leave us with any acceptable choice. It's Sophie's Choice. Maybe instead of wondering why we are reacting in Libya we should look at the long term policies that bring people such as Gaddafi into power. When we are complacent or make deals with "the devil" in foreign policy we are going to deal with "blowback" in some form or another. Whether we are attached or we are doing the attaching, there is always some type of perverted management going on in these situations. If we become more proactive rather than reactive we may find that we can manage our foreign policy issues more effectively by focusing on establishing the four basic human rights that FDR talked about:
If the President used a stinky bathroom in the middle of the city we wouldn't blame him as if he made the stinky bathroom. The stinky bathroom is there and we need to focus on cleaning it up rather than blaming those who can't hold it any more and have no choice. This was not a situation of choice in my opinion. There are deeply entrenched systems at work that will take real courage to dismantle. This is the reason why we are exploring this 3rd party option.
I agree! I wonder how much $ our country spends on defense? The scarry part is that If you look at every war we have fought since Vietnam, the US has been very uneffective in eliminating the threats. Our country must go back to picking and choosing its wars, and when we do go to war, we must fight to eliminate the threat completelly and swiftlly!
For those that can't be "happy" unless they are fighting, killing and dieing in foreign lands, let's establish the "American Foreign Legion" and help Our Economy by renting it out to fight in other nation's struggles. Hopefully, We would be Wise and Good enough to only aid "worthy" causes with this fighting force.
Also, this "Legion" could be shock troops to buy Our Defense Forces some re-action time, if We are attacked here.
Yes, what I dont understand is NATO was established to keep the peace around the world...so, why is the US invloved with all these struggles. Let NATO do it's job and if any one threatens the US directlly, then send the boys to kick their butts!!!