Monday, March 28, 2011

Why are we in Libya?

Does anybody know why we are in Libya or even care? Let me summarize what I know. Correct me if I’m wrong. Seemingly inspired by the grassroots push for democracy displayed by the Egyptians, the people of Libya became revved up and decided to kick over Gadhafi’s hornet’s nest and demand independence from his regime. When Gadhafi made it clear that was not an option then proceeded to start punishing the rebels, we had to step in because these rebels had no way of actually defending themselves. Am I right so far? Now the US is leading a ‘Coalition’ of countries towards the objective of overthrowing this ruthless dictator? By the way, when you hear Obama use the word coalition in regards to war, that means we do all the fighting, foot the entire bill, and France and England give us a big thumbs up from the safety of their own countries.

Now Obama is on TV trying to explain our role in Libya’s quest to liberate their citizens from this terrible, oppressive Gadhafi character, and quite frankly, I don’t really care. Of course I feel horrible for any people of the world who live a torturous lifestyle, devoid of basic human freedoms. But I just don’t understand why we have to go there. Is Obama trying to use Gadhafi to stay in office the same way Bush used Saddam Hussein? One major flaw with that reelection plan: Nobody cares about Gadhafi. He’s one of 1,000 other ruthless dictators around the world. Before last week, I bet 85% of Americans couldn’t pick Gadhafi out of a lineup if he was next to Lindsey Lohan and Homer Simpson. Is this occupation of Libya about the oil? Does Libya even have oil? If it’s about oil, I wish Obama would stop doing that thing where he says it’s about human rights and free elections, and just say, ‘Look, it’s about oil.’ At least then I would understand.

But for now our increasingly irrelevant president is going to hide behind words like freedom and patriotism and thank the men and women in uniform around the world. But the truth is we are never going to accomplish a thing in Libya. Free elections? A democracy? Are you joking? This is a 3rd-world nation, oppressed, cave-dwellers basically. They don’t understand democracy. In many ways they’re like animals. America has no business there, the same way we have no business in Afghanistan. I don’t even know what’s going on in Afghanistan either, to be honest. Are we still actually fighting a war over there? Is this still about Osama bin Laden and 9/11? Really? News flash America: YOUR GOVERNMENT MIGHT'VE BEEN BEHIND 9/11. THERE MAY BE NO SUCH THING AS OSAMA BIN LADEN. HE MAY NOT EVEN EXIST. Save all that USA bravado for the tractor pulls, demolition derbies, and Toby Keith songs. We are never going to get out of Afghanistan with a 'victory' against terror. Why? Because there’s no such thing. Now add Libya to the mix.

To be honest, as much as I love this country, our Armed Services haven’t ‘won’ a war in almost 70 years. Right? We’ve been successful in several conflicts, but nothing war-wise since WWII. At this rate though, it may not be too long before we get tested again, WW style. You can only occupy so many places at once before all H-E- double sticks breaks lose. The bible says the world will end by fire in the Middle East. Before all that I have to ask: Is this country still tough enough to fight and win a war like we did in the 1940’s? In our Facebook-15-minutes-of-fame society, does our Army, Navy, etc, still possess the wherewithal to put down an enemy and leave a world territory with undisputed victory? I ask this because we seem so quick as a country to dip our toes into every situation around the globe. But the thing is: Once you’re in a little bit, you’re in all the way. So I say this: If we go to war with anyone, blow ‘em right off the map or don’t go at all. Enough of this good guy, tap-dancing approach to conflict. Just do it or don’t do it.

For all you Americans who’ve lost their home, job, 401K, etc, be glad to know that your country is on the verge of dumping billions into a country you know nothing about to defend its people in a fight they started, with a dictator who looks like a Spanish Howard Stern. And once we take him out of office, create a vacuum of chaos that will force us to stay for the next ten years, we’ll leave Libya without accomplishing anything, and do it again in another country you don’t give a crap about. Like Toby Keith says, “’Cause we’ll put a boot in your ass/It’s the American way.”

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Brian Huba

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