What prompts me to write these blog posts about the latest in the conservative news? Usually it’s when I hear something so preposterous that I just can’t let it go by without commenting in the best mass media outlet available to me, the Commonsense Conservative. Such was the case this morning while watching FOX News, and wondering just whose business we are taking care of this time. With Senator McCain in Libya, Speaker Boehner in Pakistan, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, plus Senators Shelby, Boxer, Durbin, Enzi, Schumer, Lautenberg, Isakson, Merkley and Bennet, their wives and girlfriends, all spending Easter week in China, only the Good Lord knows what they are up to now!
The guest on Fox and Friends, Jeremiah O’Keefe, was introduced as “a former White House advisor on Iraq.” They didn’t say which White House administration he served, so I Googled him. There were several Jeremiah O’Keefes available, ranging from an insurance mogul in Biloxi, MS to a wedding counselor in Atlanta, but not the one I was looking for. Therefore, at that point I could only speculate as to which president he had served.
The topic being discussed in the conservative news was what we could be doing to assist the revolutionary uprising in Syria, where 79+ persons have already been killed during what Mr. O’Keefe calls the “Arab Spring.” Sounds sorta’ inspiring, unless, of course, you are one of the 79.
The question raised was if we are intervening in Libya on behalf of those seeking to overthrow the government of Moammar Gadhafi, then why shouldn’t we be similarly supportive of the revolutionaries in Syria? What’s the difference?
Mr. O’Keefe’s response was rather shocking. He cited Secretary of Defense Gates’ recent appearance at West Point at which he quoted General Douglas McArthur’s testimony before Congress: “Any president that would take us into another war should have his head examined.” His observation wasn’t that we shouldn’t have intruded into Libyan affairs, but that President Obama came in too little, too late (his usual posture), which prompted the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mullen, to admit that we are at a stalemate in Libya; an obvious defeat, so far, in our effort at championing the cause of the Libyan rebels. So we are now bombing thousands and killing hundreds on both sides of the Libyan conflict, when a better solution would have been to have just knocked off Libyan President Gaddafi in the first place and avoided all the bloodshed.
His recommendation is that Congress should now overturn President Ford’s Executive Order outlawing further assignation of foreign heads of state by the United States of America.
Let’s see. That tactic, illegal though it may have been, has already brought peace to the gentle people of Iraq, so I guess from that we can determine which administration Mr. O’Keefe counseled, and why he was not so identified on FOX News.
Without such restraint, we could have simply wiped out Mubarak, Gaddafi, Syrian president Assad, and maybe even Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, or whomever else we didn’t like at the moment. We could have brought peace and tranquility to a troubled world without all the cost and inconvenience of armed conflicts.
Maybe, but what do we do about our troubled consciences?