Monday, March 21, 2011

Today, Libya, Tomorrow What?

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.


Stay tuned.


Looking to the Stars said...

I agree with you!! We have money for more wars but none to take care of us. Makes me sick!

I say Phooey along with you!

Janie B said...

I am with you, sista friend! Why don't we mind our own business?

Arkansas Patti said...

I am still trying to justify why the US, France and the UK think it is OK to step in and alter the course of a countries war.
Oddly enough,he was actually on the side of the US in the last several years. Guess I'm not smart enough to see the logic.

Margie's Musings said...

The rest of the world has decided that we are the police force for the world. I don't agree. It should be the responsibility of the UN coalition to step up and protect the citizens of the world. As it is, TV was full of photos of citizens that were killed in the bombing raids.

So which citizens are we protecting?

Lucenda Butterfield said...

Your hatred consumes you. How pathetic of a human being can one be? Walking around with that much hatred in your heart makes you a slave to it.

Darlene said...

Do you ever get the feeling that the whole world has gone totally berserk?

Big John said...

Yes, here we go again Betty.

Britain is up to it's eyes in debt, but we can still spend $10 million or more each time we fly a mission over Libya.

Today's newspaper says that it could last for 30 years !!!!