Thursday, March 17, 2011

Will Libya Be Our Next Vietnam?

Today the UN approved a no fly zone over Libya. They also "authorized U.N. member states to take 'all necessary measures ... to protect civilians and civilian populated areas under threat of attack in the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, including Benghazi, while excluding a foreign occupation force of any form on any part of Libyan territory.'"

My heart goes out to the Libyans fighting to topple Gaddafi, it really does. But I loathe seeing our intervention there. Will we be dragged into another multi-year campaign by the UN, like Korea, Vietnam, or the Balkans? I predict that we will. Do any of you care to make predictions on how long we will be engaged in Libya?

We cannot be the world's police force any more. It is time to close the spigot on that idea. We have neither the financial wherewithal nor the moral authority to do so. At least this terrible idea was undertaken during a democrat presidency instead of a republican. I wonder if this will hurt Obama with his far left supporters come election time.


Anonymous said...

If we commit, I'd like to see it at the same level as the British and French.

If they send 2000 troops, we send 1999, and let them lead.

Anonymous said...

I too would rather see a more conservative approach on our part.

Lets see what Britain, France, Germany, Australia, and others commit to.

If our specialty their is Air power, let the other countries commit the ground forces.


Dave said...

I spent a year in Vietnam, and Libya doesn't look anything like it.

This will be more like ground troops. Frankly, I'd rather we stayed out of it. Our interests aren't threatened like they were in Iraq or Afghanistan.

BOSMAN said...

I sure hope not.