The only Muslim countries that count from our perspective are Saudi Arabia (oil), Egypt (huge, influential and at peace with Israel) and Iran (dangerous and unstable).
It is troubling that the United States was among the nations that pushed the United Nations to authorize a no-fly zone over Libya. Whether the Obama administration did this because it is delusional or fears being labeled “soft on defense” by right-wing warmongers is anyone’s guess.
It amazes and amuses me that the most vociferous war hawks are almost always the chicken hawks who never served in the military. They are always eager to send other people’s children into harm’s way.
With the exception of John Kerry, who actually fired a shot in anger, the pro-interventionists all fall into this category. They make concepts like a no-fly zone sound like a walk in the park where no one would get hurt or killed, a surgical, precise and sanitary activity that they describe by the use of unwarlike terms like “assets” in lieu of flesh-and-blood endowed humans. They said the same things about invading Iraq. One of these misguided zealots is Paul “Jerry” Bremer, the American viceroy in Iraq whose stunning incompetence might be more responsible than anyone for the disaster that became the terminally flawed U.S. occupation of that tragic country. This is not a fellow anyone should heed about anything.
U.S. participation in a no-fly zone over Libya should not have flown. We do not have a horse in this race. Not Col. Moammar Gadhafi, certainly. Not the rebels, whoever they are (we don’t know). The only facts we do know are that the rebels hail from the Benghazi region in Eastern Libya, the very same area that contributed more fighters to al-Qaeda in Iraq than any other country or region.
Active support for the Libyan rebels looks like a repeat of our disastrous policy of supporting the Mujaheddin fighters in Afghanistan against the Soviet Union in the 1980s. That did not turn out so well for us when we belatedly discovered that “our guys” were fanatic Islamists who evolved into the Taliban and al-Qaeda.
We don’t need a third war in the Middle East. Libya means nothing in terms of U.S. interests. Libyan oil goes to Europe, not the United States. The only Muslim countries in the region that count from our perspective are Saudi Arabia (oil), Egypt (huge, influential and at peace with Israel) and Iran (dangerous and unstable). The rest are bit players.
Libya is a misadventure the United States would have done well to sit out.