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LIBYA: Do we want more Americans to die?

Letter by Russ Cornwell, Tacoma on March 18, 2011 at 1:06 pm with 25 Comments »
March 18, 2011 2:26 pm

Re: “U.N. backs no-fly-zone” (TNT, 3-18).

Here we go again. I’m not saying the Libyan people don’t deserve a helping hand, but the Libyan war is obviously a civil war. Establishing a no-fly zone means taking out anti-aircraft defenses, destroying the Libyan air force and then stopping the ground forces.

Many will die. More young Americans will die.

As usual, a token amount of support will come from England and the rest of Europe. When will the United States ever learn that killing for peace doesn’t work?

Why are we so anxious to create thousands more jihadists? I surely thought being bogged down in two conflicts was enough, but apparently I was wrong.

Leave a comment Comments → 25
  1. BlaineCGarver says:

    Jihadists will exist regardless of what we do. We don’t “make” them.

  2. BGC, we do make them, everyday we attack or occupy a Muslim Country.

  3. villager98 says:

    The U.N. resolution didn’t ask the United States to do anything or even mention American intervention, so why should we assume we need be involved at all? We have spent billions on missles that are supposed to be able to precisely hit a target so we don’t have to use troops to take out targets without injecting troops. We did manage to hit the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade without any ‘boots on the ground’, so knocking out an airfield or two shouldn’t be too difficult. Best, however, that we leave Libya to more efficient and competent people.

  4. the3rdpigshouse says:

    Should only take about one week to clean out Libya’s military!! Then what – I hope we can control who is in charge after the one week?!!

  5. madmike272 says:

    It’s all a day late and a dollar short! The Lybian military doesn’t need to fly, the army will just use BM-21 rocket launchers and artillery to destroy Benghazi and then march in and kill everyone still alive.

  6. ItalianSpring says:


  7. No question about it, 0bama/ Biden have orchestrated this whole thing just to get at Libyan oil.

  8. fbergford says:

    This isn’t about oil! Libyan oil exports go to Europe and hardly any of it comes to our shores! If you are worried about oil all we need to do is tap the oil fields we have in the Western US and we will be fine, but we have enviromentalists not wanting to do that!

  9. In other words, Libya will be a slam dunk, and we will be welcomed as libarators. Now all we need is that it will pay for itself once western oil companies take over Libya’s massive oil reserves and production.

    Fberg your 10:32 comment proves you are clueless and totally uninformed of what has been happening since 9/11.

  10. donjames says:

    fbergford, take it easy pal – think sarcasm:
    sar·casm (särkzm) n.
    A form of wit that is marked by the use of sarcastic language and is intended to make its target the butt of contempt or ridicule.


    xring says:

    “In other words, Libya will be a slam dunk… ”

    Well, we won’t know for sure until 0bama gives his “Mission Accomplished” speech on the deck of the USS Ronald Reagan.

  11. dj – Just hope O/B can find those WMD……wait….that was the last guy right?

  12. D_J, Fberg, and all the other cons out there; lest you forget Bush, Cheney and the rest of their mob parroted the same things about Iraq. And so far none have come true.

    bB, didn’t you know Roncella knows a guy who once rode in a taxi, driven by another guy, who once thought he heard a little bird saying that it thought Libya might by thinking of developing a new wide mouth jar? Well there you have it incontrovertible proof Libya has WMD’s.

  13. hensandducks says:

    I agree 100%. Thank you for sending out this rational message.

  14. 1st: blind their eyes and make them deaf (kill their radar) – then go after most of their aircraft on the ground and their runways (flying will only make for a Frog or Brit to become an ace – our Naval aviators on the USS Reagan must be really mad for being left out of this) . Anything else moving as a threat on the ground will be like shooting fish in a barrel.

    We will support with standoff support like satellite imagery, electronic surveillance, AWACs, Tomahawks, maybe even Predators/Reapers.

    Now we just sit back and watch how good the Brit/Frog/Arabs take care of shooting the fish in the barrel part.

    I don’t expect a single U.S. casualty from what basically is an international form of calling in the police for domestic abuse.

    I can understand some on the right who will complain about anything Obama does – but for liberals to be against this is kind of like not supporting any law enforcement action when there is domestic abuse.

  15. Northsc, spoken like a civilian armchair general.

  16. artiepuy says:

    It seems to me that you don’t need to invade to create a Jihad. You just need to exist, and to believe things that are contrary to their views. Having the audacity to set actually foot on their sacred soil (even to visit) seems to help as well.

    This is not new. When I was a kid, any time I saw any movie with one or more scenes set in the Middle East there was always the same line. “Death to the Infidels!” That of course does not mean that it was or is a universal feeling of all people of the region, but it does tell me that the sentiment is not new.

    No matter what the US does in Libya, it will be considered wrong in someone’s eyes. We will be seen as either heartless or imperial, slow to move or quick to judge.

  17. “There’s plenty good money to be made supplyin’ the Army with the tools of the trade”

    Wars solve unemployment, and create future inflation.

  18. artie – did it occur to you that for over 1000 years someone has been trying to occupy the homelands of these people?

    The United States gets upset over immigration during a 200 year period, much less occupation by another country.

  19. We will be seen as either heartless or imperial, slow to move or quick to judge.

    I think the Brits called that White Man’s Burden during the waning days of empire….

  20. Troubling that the Congress wasn’t consulted on Libya……but that has been the trend for quite some time now.

  21. The Constitution and the War Powers Act give the President the right to commit military forces for up to 60-days without consulting Congress. By the end of the 60-day period the forces either have to be withdrawn, or Congress has to have authorized an extension.

  22. xring – aren’t we all “civilian armchair generals” on this forum. If any of us were actually doing anything productive we wouldn’t have the time – and most not nearly as much as you seem to have – to be posting on this forum.

  23. X_6- The Mexicans never had a “Holy City” in North American that was verifiable in its existence at 3000 years ago.
    Poncho Villa wont cut it at only 95 years.
    It’s not about “immigration”, it”s about “illegal immigration”.
    Mexicans are not a race.

    I agree that the M.I.Complex is its own “drug”

    I’m not sure what you mean by” the last 1000 years” and “these” people.
    Are you referring to Tripoli or Mecca or Jerusalem?
    Are you indicating Shiite, Sunni or Wahhabi?
    Are you pointing to Balfour, the 11th century political / military “Crusades” or the Ottoman Empire?

  24. Northsc, you are right. Some of you are untrained civilian armchair generals.

    I hold down a full time job, and am good at multitasking, as in watching TV and blogging at the sametime.

  25. soapdodger says:

    It’s all about the “O” – Oil that is.

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