Tuesday, March 1, 2011

We never learn ...

The crux* of the biscuit:


So, both rhetorically and tactically, moves are being made that would lead one to think that military action of some kind [in Libya] is coming. Whether that’s the right thing to do is something nobody seems to be considering.

We have no money. Our military is stretched thin. We're bogged down in Afghanistan.

Considering all that, I can't believe we actually think it might be wise to get involved in yet another Middle East (yes, I know it's North Africa, you know what I mean) conflict**.

Didn't anybody listen to SECDEF's speech the other day?

As he winds down a remarkable Pentagon career – overseeing two long and very costly wars, wrestling with a military-industrial complex resistant to his budget moves aimed at questionable weapons, and shaking up the senior officer corps – Defense Secretary Robert Gates has a message for his successor.

"Any future defense secretary who advises the president to again send a big American land army into Asia or into the Middle East or Africa should 'have his head examined,' as General [Douglas] MacArthur so delicately put it."


The vets who hang around here know how it goes. First we establish a "no-fly zone" (we saw how well that worked in Iraq between wars there). Next, we send in some "advisers" to "help them transition". And as soon as the first boot touches the ground, we'll be there to stay.

Barry and Hillary ought to have their heads examined forthwith. My advice: Leave it to the Europeans. It's in their backyard.

(And just saying, this has AIPAC's fingerprints all over it, for the usual reasons.)

*Link thanks to Sean Paul Kelley.

**And you know, if we asked them, I'd wager a great sum that the Libyan people don't want us there, in any capacity, either.

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