Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Intervention Price Tag

Have these people ever seen a military action that they didn't like? After all we've heard from the war yahoos, from our decade in Iraq and Afganistan to the desire to open up a third war against Iran, do they have any credibility left? Especially after they've spent years telling us out of the other sides of their mouths that "debt" is killing our future and that the United States is out of money to pay for schools.

What do you think makes the planes go, fellas? Jet fuel costs hard currency, and munitions don't grow on trees. And don't forget, you've got an American population weary of supporting a decade of war with no end in sight. How is getting involved in an Arab civil war going to benefit the USA?

Not to mention the fact that the Libyan rebels seem to be doing an OK job with this.

Pardon me if I don't see President Obama as weak-kneed or indecisive for not rah-rahing our way to another foreign entanglement. We cannot solve all the world's problems and suffer no prestige hit for the President acting prudently in America's own self interest (finally).

I'm sure there is already some behind-the-scenes stuff going on, and this is just political point scoring on the part of Washington politicians and pundits who need something to talk about for the Sunday papers. I'd rather our President not be goaded into cowboying up and charging in with the cavalry for what would amount to a very, very expensive infomercial on American air-power.

We are already at war in two places. We already have troops stationed around the globe. We pay dearly for all of that. If the world - NATO, the Arab League, the Organization of African Unity, or the United Nations wants to get involved, I will have no problem if our President supports their actions. I have no problem with our nation assisting a shared international burden.

But America, unilaterally? Again? We just can't afford it.

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4 comments:

judyb said...

Amen to that. I'm with you on this, despite the fact that the Libyan rebels "appear" to be losing as of March 8th. We are stretched too thin.

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

We can add that the Libyan rebels don't seem to want much help from the Western nations that abandoned them to this madman for the last several decades.

Dante said...

If you think this is bad, just wait until the protests hit Saudi Arabia.

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

Our government, and officials on both sides of the aisle, are down on their knees begging and scraping to beseech the Almighty that nothing like this happens to The Kingdom.