Get Our Military Forces Out of Libya Now!
Why are United States armed forces involved in Libya? I think many Americans want to know the same thing. POTUS is supposed to explain his thinking to us on Monday night and I’m torn between not wanting to hear anything he has to say and wanting to hear his rationale, if there is any, for engaging in this constitutionally unauthorized military incursion.
Administration says ". . .no vital interest. . ."
The Secretary of Defense has said that Libya is, “of no vital interest” to the U.S. The Secretary of State has said the same thing. Admittedly, they, the President and his administration have waffled on the issue which leaves us, as well as the rest of the world wondering what the administration is thinking.
Will Gaddafi's Libya Continue the Status Quo?
If Gaddafi stays in power Libya continues its status quo—maybe. If he is dethroned presumably someone else will rise to power—but who? That is the question on the government’s lips, no doubt. The Muslim Brotherhood stands in the forefront of contenders, it seems. If they do succeed the dictatorship, it hardly seems likely they will be a friend to the U.S. but Gaddafi wasn’t either.
Another Waste of National Resources
Assuming the worst, a government entity antagonistic to the United States ultimately being in control in Libya may mean that once again we have spent billions we don’t have to build up an enemy that may have as their goal to harm us.
Turning Over the Reins to NATO
POTUS has indicated that he will depute leadership in the Med to NATO as though that will absolve the U.S. of any further involvement or responsibility.
But according to the Congressional Research Service, the United States contributes somewhere between 22% and 25% of its per capita gross national income to NATO’s civil and military budgets or $84.1 million and $430 million respectively, according to Dave Schuler of Outsidethebeltway.com.
POTUS Prepares His Own Pardon
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Given that level of investment in NATO, why is the President willing to give up all leadership in NATO’s involvement in Libya? I think the answer is obvious: if something goes wrong as it is almost certain to he can simply say he had very little or nothing to do with it.