Is The Libya Conflict Too Much For America? (OPINION)
Matt | On 23, Mar 2011
As events have unfolded over the past few days regarding Libya, I haven’t had too much time to sit back and think about the reality of where our country is right now.
We are in a third damn war in the Middle East!! Take a moment and let that sink in.
Wars cost money, time, resources, and precious lives of the brave men and women who volunteer to serve. This is not a part-time job we picked up in Libya for a few extra hours per week. This is the reality of conflict. It’s ongoing, strategic, and can be very complicated.
I know that this venture is technically a group of allied forces who are standing up to the atrocities of Libya’s dictator, Col. Muammar Gaddafi. He has slaughtered his own people in the past two months. He hates that they want freedom. He is doing everything in his power to stop them from getting information. It is wrong and, yes, it must be addressed.
But, why an American-led response and why now? Other than our immediate allies, aren’t there other countries around the world that see the same Libyan massacre we do? Where is their response?
Our country is financially broke and won’t be out of debt anytime soon. The military is stretched very thin. We already have two unfinished conflicts that we can’t always control in the Middle East. Add natural disasters around the world (Haiti, Chile, and Japan) that we are called to help out with. Don’t let another Hurricane Katrina happen here where National Guard or military intervention is needed. We don’t have the manpower.
Where does this leave us? How can we be of service to Libya (or any nation) if we can’t even serve ourselves?
I sincerely hope that President Obama sticks by his word and pulls the U.S. out of the direct Libyan conflict sooner rather than later. I can no longer sit back and accept the “democracy spreading” or “stopping slaughtering” excuses that U.S. officials use. That’s why we have international law and nearly 200 other countries to choose from to address global concerns.
It’s time to take care of home NOW and with the same sense of urgency we have used to occupy the Middle East for far too long. We are only as strong as our weakest link. And on a lot of levels, America has been weak lately.