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President Defends Involvement in Libya

If you missed last nights Presidential news conference explaining exactly why we are in Libya here it is in a nut shell.

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Ten years ago when we headed into Iraq to overthrow tyrannical dictator Saddam Hussein it ended up costing our nation close to a trillion dollars.  That is something that President Barack Obama would not like to repeat, as said last night in his Presidential address.   He defended the current action going on in Libya calling it our duty as Americans to defend those people.  He also stated that this responsibility should not be ours alone.  The UN is stepping in to enforce the no fly zone and is imploring diplomatic ways to remove Moammar Gadhafi from power.

To brush aside America’s responsibility as a leader and – more profoundly – our responsibilities to our fellow human beings under such circumstances would have been a betrayal of who we are.

The fact of the matter is that Gadhafi is a crazy person and it would be good for the world if he were taken out of power.  The President said last night that doing so militarily would not be good use of our men and women in uniform, and the risk of losing American lives over the issue is not worth it.  The President purely stated that we are over there to keep the Libyan people safe from harm and enforce the UN mandated no fly zone.

Broadening our military mission to include regime change would be a mistake

Right now it looks like the US will be turning most of the mission over to NATO forces.  He continued to state that the cost of getting involved in another war would devastate us, considering the debt we are already in.  A debt, might I add, that former President George W. Bush left us with after he got us involved in Iraq and left everyone else to clean up the pieces.  I understand why we went in, but I don’t think that something like this needs to be our problem either.  I think that is why President Obama is taking the operation down a notch and turning the power over to the UN and NATO.

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