I read that our first week's participation in the Libyan mess will cost the U.S. One-Half Billion Dollars. How is it that we can afford unlimited funds for intervention in other countries' business, but we can't save Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Education, Veterans affairs, etc., etc., etc.?
According to David Gergen, we aren't trying to get rid of Kaddaffi (or however you spell it) or assist the rebels. The U.N. says we are simply trying to save innocent civilians there. After, it's all over, they say, Kaddaffi may still be in power. But, it's not the business of the U.N. to do away with him.
Here at home, it's "Obama should do this", "Obama should do that." "Why hasn't Obama acted before now?" First, what would you have Obama do? Send troops in on the ground in Libya, like we did in Iraq and Afghanistan, bomb them, leaving no infrastructure and no real government, then pull out, leaving rubble and chaos in our wake. Are we going to just work our way around the world like that?
Many other countries have despots for leaders. Should we just go into all those countries with guns blazing, dropping bombs indiscriminately, paying no attention to the desperate problems here at home?
And, then, we have the American media, happy to send correspondents to all other countries, at great expense, to report, 24/7 on them. Makes me wonder what the Republicans in Congress are getting away with while nobody is watching. There are 24 hours in a day, with news channels operating all 24. Surely, there is enough time to report on domestic issues between wars and natural disasters.