(RON! Not Rand!)
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The use of the U.S. military overseas seems to have become so commonplace that the Obama Administration can bomb a country with no Congressional input and very little media interest at all. Such was the case on Friday, Feb. 19, when the U.S. military killed some 49 people in a bombing run near Tripoli, Libya.
We "had" to bomb Libya, we are told, because Libya has become a hotbed of ISIS activity.
* Hmm... AND HOW EXACTLY DID THAT HAPPEN...
The group has been moving training facilities into the country, taking advantage of the chaos.
Ironically, it was five years ago this week that the “Arab Spring” uprising began in Libya - an uprising that was supported by U.S. military force...
* AT THE URGING OF HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON AND THE COMMAND OF BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA...
...and led to the overthrow of the Libyan government and the murder of its leader, Gaddafi.
* AND, YEAH... BAD GUY OR NOT... HE WAS MURDERED. AND HRC LAUGHED AT IT AT THE TIME. LITERALLY! COMPARE AND CONTRAST TO HOW BUSH DEALT WITH SADDAM HUSSEIN; AT LEAST BUSH OBSERVED THE NICETIES. (AND DID YOU EVER HEAR ANY LIBS COMPLAINING ABOUT HOW WE MURDERED GADDAFI... "OUR" ALLIES, THAT IS...?)
We were told that the U.S. "had" to intervene to overthrow Gaddafi so that democracy and human rights could flourish, yet five years after the U.S.-led intervention no one would argue that the country is better off.
* AND THE ARCHITECT OF THE POLICY - THEN-SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON - IS NOW THE FRONT-RUNNER FOR THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION FOR THE PRESIDENCY OF THE UNITED STATES.
(*JUST SHAKING MY HEAD*)
Instead of bringing Libya democracy, U.S. intervention brought Libya ISIS.
So now... the U.S. has to go back and bomb Libya some more... to take care of ISIS.
(*SNORTING AS I CONTINUE TO SHAKE MY HEAD*)
Will this work?
Logic tells us you cannot do more of what caused a problem and expect it to fix the problem.
As Middle East analyst Hillary Mann Leverett observed after Friday’s U.S. attack on Libya, "the problem is, for each one of these targeted killings, what we have seen in the data that at least two more people sign up to join.”
The United States has made a habit of lecturing other countries about the need to follow the rule of law, yet this seems to be a matter of “do as we say, not as we do.” How else can we explain a U.S. attack overseas with no Congressional input?
Certainly there was no Congressional authorization for Friday’s bombing.
The Administration claimed that its authority came from the 2001 authorization to use military force against al-Qaeda in retaliation for the attacks of 9/11. But ISIS did not even exist on 9/11. How can the 2001 authorization be twisted to include bombing Libya in 2016?
Libya has been in chaos since its 2011 “liberation,” but the country’s interim government strongly objected to Friday’s U.S. bombing, claiming they were not consulted before the U.S. attack. They called U.S. air strikes a violation of Libya’s sovereignty and of international law.
* YA THINK...?!?!
They have a point. But the most important point we must learn from the destruction of Libya – and of Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and so on – is that U.S. interventionism has been a complete failure.
Hundreds of thousands have been killed in the last 15 years, societies have been broken apart, economies have been destroyed, and property has been flattened. There are no success stories.
The neocon plan to remake the Middle East has only succeeded in destroying the Middle East.
* MUCH OF IT, ANYWAY...
* BOTTOM LINE... IN ALL SERIOUSNESS... IF WE THOUGHT THINGS WERE BAD UNDER BUSH... GEEZUS... LOOK AT WHAT THIS FOOL, OBAMA, HAS DONE!
As a consequence, we are far less safe than before the “war on terror” was launched.
ISIS and other terrorist groups have expanded their territory...
...and have even been able to attack in Europe and the [even the] U.S. [mainland].
* SEVERAL TIMES, IN FACT, SINCE OBAMA HAS BEEN PRESIDENT...
* FORT HOOD... FORT HOOD AGAIN... BOSTON... CALIFORNIA...
(*HEADACHE GETTING WORSE*)
Our currency has been debased to pay for the trillions of dollars spent in this no-win war.
The connected elites have gotten rich while the middle class has gotten poorer.
Intervention has failed.
It is time to stand up to the neocons and their liberal interventionist collaborators and say “no more!”