MARCH 19, 2011 OBAMA: 'Today we are part of a broad coalition. We are answering the calls of a threatened people. And we are acting in the interests of the United States and the world'...
Sound familiar? Here's a memory jog.
MARCH 19, 2003 BUSH: 'American and coalition forces are in the early stages of military operations to disarm Iraq, to free its people and to defend the world from grave danger...
This is going to be bad. Anybody that tells you otherwise is lying. We are getting ourselves blindly involved in a conflict that has no benefit to our involvement. We cannot afford another war when we are still submerged in Iraq and Afghanistan. Every time you see a missile being launched into Tripoli from one of our ships that is $1 million dollars of US taxpayer money being thrown away. So far they've launched 120 of them. Do the math.
Secondly we are overthrowing Gaddafi, who while a dictator and an arguably insane man has no interest in bothering us. The man has a residence in freaking New Jersey and up to this point has been pretty diplomatic and friendly to the current administration. This guy is also secular. So I really don't have much of a problem with Obama's hesitancy to get involved here. After we take Gaddafi and his secular dictatorship down what do you think is going to take power?
Can I get "Radical Religious Regimes in History" for $400?
The United States should not be in the business of starting wars. We should be in the business of finishing them and/or avoiding them. The UN could handle this situation on its own yet here we are making the same mistake we did several years ago. If you don't learn from history you are doomed to repeat it and in the current economic state of this country--repercussions will be astronomical.
There are two possibilities.
(1.) The Pentagon is telling the truth and this truly will be a quick multi-phase war effort for the United States. This means that we will be in and out within a matter of days (weeks at the longest)and have absolutely nothing to worry about. If this is indeed the case we can all rest assured that at the present time the American people have already put a $100 million down-payment on replacing the Gaddafi dictatorship with a more radical religious regime. This regime will for sure be planning on attacking us or aiding in terrorist plots against our embassies and/or people. We'll also be paying at least $200 a barrel for oil.
(2.) The Pentagon is lying through their teeth and have absolutely no idea how long we're going to be stuck in Libya. I'm leaning with this possibility as every statement reeks nostalgia of the Bush administration circa 2003. Without our occupation and consistent military involvement that country will erupt into civil war and inevitably be dominated by one Islamic sect or another. There's no other option. You can't change thousands of years of primal sectarian hatred with democracy. It doesn't work. Democracy and Islamic rule are totally incompatible. Water and oil. Oh yeah and we'll also be paying at least $200 a barrel for oil.
So here I am watching CNN and pounding my head into the table repeatedly. Maybe I should just go out and buy myself a conical hat while I can still afford to and get a head start on Chinese. At this rate the United States will be done in a couple years at most.