I wonder if the Obama apologists will walk the partisan line on this or if they will denounce this action as vehemently as they denounced Bush's preemptive war in Iraq. As the case with Bush, this American strike was declared by the executive with the war powers ceded it by congress. I consider this a litmus test for hypocrites.
I do not put much faith in the corporate media of the west. After all, nine years ago American media was trumpeting Hussein's weapons of mass destruction and the proven false allegations of the Nigerian Yellow Cake purchase. Russian news outlets have contradicted the stories of Qaddafi's attacks on rebels. I'm not sure who to trust... but my gut tells me that this is all about oil.
I am no fan of Qaddafi's. I deplore authoritarian rule. I believe that the Libyan people should choose what style of governance they wish to live under. I am also against miltary interventionism. America should not try to police the world... nor should western European powers. We have been embroiled in quagmires for two decades and at a time when both Europe and America are facing austerity measures... why do our leaders feel they have the wherewithal to spend more tax payer money this way?
This is not a humanitarian mission. Someone stands to gain this way. Not Libya. Not Obama, Sarkozy, Cameron, nor Von Rumpuy... they have hitched their legends to war chariots at a time when their people are struggling. Not America nor Europe. Hopefully this further illustrates that most western governance is beholden to monied interests and do whatever bidding is asked of them in fealty to their masters.
According to George Galloway... BP has invested £15 billion in Libya's oil.
There is the recent statement from The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control:
"Treasury will continue monitoring the National Oil Corporation’s operations in Libya. Should National Oil Corporation subsidiaries or facilities come under different ownership and control, Treasury may consider authorizing dealings with such entities."
This in regards to Executive Order 13566 that freezes trade with Libya's National Oil Corporation. This seems to be a tell. This is why people like Bill Kristol are championing Obama's decision... and pushing for the ouster of Qaddafi. The intervention is currently costing the American people between $100 - $300 million weekly. Weird how strange bedfellows always tend to find common ground when it comes to using public debt to bankroll private profit.
I don't think its going to be anything like Iraq. First off, the president is not anything like Osama or Saddam Hussein. He can be dealt with. He is more fearful, than we think. He is going to give up his presidency, or flee from the country. He obviously does not want the U.S. military in Libya: WE HAVE THE UPPER HAND. I like the way Obama was blunt and very direct. "stop petrifying your people, or we're coming in ". Libya is not going to be another Iraq. The citizens actually want us involved, unlike Iraq. They need our help, so war is obviously not going to result from this. The only person we want to fix is: Muammar Gaddafi (Libyan President) What he is doing to his own people is just PLAIN WRONG!
There's lots of dictators in the world. To anyone who says it's great getting rid of a dictator, why isn't the U.S. bombing other countries without oil who have dictators? Lets not pretend that this isnt about oil. As for Obama. While I feel that any democrat is better than a republican (to anyone in wisconsin or florida, serves you right for voting in republicans now trying to get rid of your unions), I dont see how this one is too different from the republicans... He shouldn't have gone in. And he needs to stop allowing the republicans to do whatever the hell they want.
I also think it might become like iraq, but, if others like USA do not interfere with other countries, maybe the problem can become a thing of the past. All this is frightening the citizens, many are fleeing, and it could be something internal. It could become a breakout and wear down,or once again, usa might have to send troops. I wish we were like switzerland, not interfering with anyone elses business.
Gadaffi ia a dicatator. very true. but he is more likely to be overthrown from his presidency, by his own people. The people do not fear him as much, as the people of Iraq feared Saddam. The U.S. I think will not enter Libya, because Gadaffi will flee on his own. He knows the U.S. is far more superior, and he also knows that if the US military does come in... They are coming for him personally.
Thank you for all the replies I don't really know who to like more. Btw I am English and I feel the action taken is good but obviously it will have some unintended consequences but it will be worth it. I am just worried that getting rid of Gadaffi will only be the start of the problems like with Iraq.
From what I read....(maybe I got it wrong?) Libya produces 4% of the world's oil export....so, imho, it's the same issue as with Iraq, only this time we're not leading the charge, we're taking the "back seat" and yes, Obama's a tool for jumping in on this.
In what way? That USA will attack Libya too? Or in the way that Kadafi is going to be like Saddam Hussain? Kadafi is another copy of dictator leader and so was Saddam. Whether USA is going to attack Libya, I hope not.
Interesting Question. It might be , All it depends on USA. But i think for the sake of humanity Libya's people shouldn't be deprived from their right.
:( i hope not... I just wish Britain, France and America could just keep out of other countries' businesses... :/
Yes. I do. And I am dreading the oncoming war and conflict.