You've heard about the dog who chased cars until he finally caught one, and didn't know what to do with it? That's what the Libyan rebels remind me of. I can't help but feel that we're participating in a giant farce.
We're talking about arming the rebels, but when they get rifles, they don't know how to load them, apparently. And, who are they, anyway? There is no identifiable leader. We don't know that they aren't all Al Qaeda, do we? In face, many of them may well be.
What is our goal in Libya? By "our" I mean Nato's goal, which we share. There have been many statements made by people in our government, claiming that we aren't trying to oust Kaddafi, but simply trying to save Libyan civilians from being killed. So, why did President Obama sign a "secret" document, allowing CIA agents to infiltrate rebel forces? Do we really believe the CIA would be sent in to "train" the rebels, or were they sent in to show them how to assassinate the leader of their country, a leader we have propped up for decades? It wouldn't be the first time,
I think we'll come to regret our involvement in this fiasco. At best, we'll leave the country in disarray, with a leader who may or may not be friendly to our country. At worst, we'll leave it in rubble with no real government and no infrastructure, like we've done in Iraq, and like we're apt to do in Afghanistan.
We have gotten real cagy about what we call our military interference in others' civil wars. It's all semantics. We called Korea a "Police Action" and Vietnam was referred to as an "Escalation." All so we wouldn't have to formally declare war. Now, we're meddling in North Africa and the Middle East. Good grief!
I just don't know how we manage to get ourselves embroiled in these conflicts, when there is so much that needs to be done in our own back yard.