This conservative views with no satisfaction the increasing chaos in the Libyan coalition! Sunday, the The Arab League secretary general, Amr Moussa, “deplored” the braod scope of bombing and said he would seek a meeting to re-consider the approval given by the Arab League. Russia and China, no surprise, are also decrying the Libyan action. Germany is uneasy with the bombing and Italy is threatening to withdraw permission to use its bases unless there is a NATo command. Norway has not sent the jets it promised, and Turkey is now calling for only limited NATO involvement.
You know, this whole debacle highlights the problems with liberal philosophy. It looks good on paper but seldom survives in the real world. it is great to talk about the US being “just one of many nations” and all that blather. But when the time comes to put the chips on the table, or pay the bills, or TAKE THE LEAD where are our “willinig partners”? The whole coalition is now playing “hot potato” with the whole “leadership” thing. They all want Ghaddafi to go down, but none of them want their fingerprints on the knife in his back!
Meanwhile, we continue spending upwards of 100 million dollars per day and we have no idea when that will end. Who will we “hand over” command to if no one will take it? And what is our rational for this whole operation? What is victory and who defines it? Going forward, does this mean wherever and whenever there is a shooting war in the world where innocents are in danger of getting hurt, we are going to be the cop on the block? If not, how do we justify this action? And why is the “innocent” American taxpayer being mugged to pay for this police action?
Bottom line. We have the most inexperienced President in our lifetime with the possible exception of Jimmy Carter. We have entered a war – regardless of what they want us to call it – in all the wrong ways. No defined mission, no withdrawal plan, no national interest at stake.
I warned you the day the shelling started that this was a mess, a war of choice we made hastily and in an ill considered way. And who knows what price we will ultimately pay? This conservative views this as possibly a bigger mistake than the trillion dollar “stimulus” plan. And that is saying a whole lot!