Let’s suppose the so called coalition is successful and removes Muammar Qadhafi, the leader of Libya for the past four decades, what happens next? The country will still be in turmoil as the civil war will continue. Is the United States or any other country prepared to send “boots on the ground” to maintain order. There is little evidence that any of this has been thought out.
And then there is the cost of yet another war. Each one of those missiles/bombs launched at Qadhafi cost well over a million dollars. Instead of fighting battles in the Middle East we should be staying at home and putting our economic house in order. We owe that much to future generations.
In 1966 speaking against the United States involvement in the Vietnam Civil War former Marine Commandant David Shoup blasted not only the war but also the foundations of U.S. foreign policy. "I believe that if we had and would keep our dirty, bloody, dollar-crooked fingers out of the business of these nations so full of depressed, exploited people," he said, "they will arrive at a solution of their own. That they design and want. That they fight and work for. [Not one] crammed down their throats by Americans."
Simply put Shoup was saying the United States cannot and should not intervene in every internal dispute around the world where bad or even evil is on display. Yet here we are decades later and our Country continues to make the same mistake over and over again. When will we learn?