“American and coalition forces are in the early stages of military operations to disarm Iraq, to free its people, and to defend the world from grave danger.” – President George W. Bush, March 19, 2003
“Today we are part of a broad coalition. We are answering the calls of a threatened people. And we are acting in the interests of the United States and the world.” – President Barack Obama, March 19, 2011
Military action in Libya may indeed be indicated, though if we were going to do this, seems like it could have been a couple of weeks ago. I’m sure several thousand dead freedom fighters would agree with that assessment.
(This delay is not symptomatic of Obama in way over his head, by the way. This is him carefully considering and moving with the utmost care, as is his tendency as an incredibly intelligent person.)
Look, I’m just not sure how I feel about a U.S. military campaign in Libya, and most of what gives me pause is embodied in the phrase “opening a third front in a predominantly Muslim country.”
I have leftie friends who are loving it, and saying so. I’m not horrified by that, but I do find it rather illustrative, and it’s something I intend to keep in mind when considering how I feel about future events. When you consider recent history, actions in the United Nations, the sociopolitical climate of the world, and so forth, I wonder just how much tortured logic it takes to support this action but denounce the invasion of Iraq. (Mind your hindsight. It’s tempting to look at that night eight years ago through an ex post facto prism.)
I used to play chess with this fellow named Bill who, between games, decried what he called “the Roll Tide mentality.” Ironically, he was mostly a liberal parrot. But I’ve often thought of that expression since, which he applied to supporters of a position just because a loud voice with a (D) or an (R) after his/her name was on board.
I’m not going to make any explicit trouble with my left-of-center friends who think this action against Libya is a good thing. However, I am carrying my observations of their behavior forward as a cautionary tale.
‘Cause I think there might be some “Roll Tide mentality” going on.