Vail Daily letter: What are we getting into?
Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stated “The most significant threat to our national security is the debt” in reference to the $13.4 trillion we owe to China, Japan and everyone else who “owns” a piece of America. With a stagnant economy, 8.9 percent unemployment and a projected deficit of $1.4 trillion, one has to wonder what this administration’s priorities are and why it has chosen to intervene in a Muslim-African civil war.
In his most explicit statement of support for rebels challenging Moammar Gadhafi, President Obama said, “Gadhafi must step down from power and leave.” So for anyone to purport that our intervention is “humanitarian” in nature is the ultimate in either naivete or hypocrisy. Our intervention isn’t about a no-fly zone, either. Rather, our intervention, along with that of England, France, the Arab League, etc., is about regime change.
Perhaps David Haas said it best on “Meet the Press” when he likened our nation’s problems to triage on a battlefield; and he’s spot on. In crisis situations, priorities must be established. On a battlefield, if 10 soldiers are wounded and there are limited resources (medics, medicine, bandages, etc.), choices of allocation of these limited resources have to be made. If one soldier is near death but five others have a higher probability of living if they are administered to first, a choice as to the allocation of scarce resources (time and medicine) must be made. Such choices are never easy or pleasant to make, but emergency situations require leadership and decisiveness.
But Pandora’s Box has again been opened; as a result, I hope the administration has answers to the following:
• Similar to Iraq and Afghanistan, Libya is a tribal society; so what justifies the administration’s confidence that it understands Libyan dynamics?
• Now that our F-15s and F-16s have attacked Libyan troops, how do we extricate ourselves without removing Gadhafi?
• Who is the rebel “leadership” that will fill the vacuum if/when Gadhafi leaves?
• Why is the situation in Libya more important to our national interests than what’s occurring in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Egypt?
• And, of course, what specifically is our mission there and what’s the end game?
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