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    Re: McCain pushes heavier U.S. involvement in Libya(edited)

    Quote Originally Posted by Joby View Post
    This is debatable. There were mass protests throughout all of Libya, including demonstrations in Tripoli, that were brutally put down by the Libyan army. The line today may read "Misrata is the only rebel city in the west" but when the siege began it was the "last rebel held city in the west."

    To the original point, I am wholly in favor of the current action being taken to protect civilians. For the first time I can remember I was glad that Nato intervened to save Benghazi, indeed perform a military mission that was actually popular among the people it was protecting as well as much of the middle east.

    I think too much is being stated about US involvement here, especially on the right. As long as there are no combat troops whatsoever I have no issue with a couple of predators flying over Libya to maintain air superiority and be there waiting and watching if and when a ceasefire is enacted.
    Libya is a threat to us in what way? I don't see Omar killing Americans

    The US as a nation must have respect for other nation's laws or sovereign integrity.

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    Re: McCain pushes heavier U.S. involvement in Libya(edited)

    Quote Originally Posted by Joby View Post
    Breaking this down into a right and wrong battle isn't progressive in my opinion.

    Assuming it's not right to intervene in the relations of others, and assuming it's not right to massacre thousands of civilians, this puts us in a moral conundrum in matters of one wrong (intervention) and another (genocide/massacre).

    I, for one, choose what I see as the lesser wrong in this situation and have no issue with unmanned predator drones, for example, being used to prevent the greater wrong.
    And what happens if you do all that and there is still the massacre?
    Helping them could cause more harm than good, to the innocents.
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    Re: McCain pushes heavier U.S. involvement in Libya(edited)

    Quote Originally Posted by Joby View Post
    This is debatable. There were mass protests throughout all of Libya, including demonstrations in Tripoli, that were brutally put down by the Libyan army. The line today may read "Misrata is the only rebel city in the west" but when the siege began it was the "last rebel held city in the west."

    To the original point, I am wholly in favor of the current action being taken to protect civilians. For the first time I can remember I was glad that Nato intervened to save Benghazi, indeed perform a military mission that was actually popular among the people it was protecting as well as much of the middle east.

    I think too much is being stated about US involvement here, especially on the right. As long as there are no combat troops whatsoever I have no issue with a couple of predators flying over Libya to maintain air superiority and be there waiting and watching if and when a ceasefire is enacted.
    So, you're totally in favor of wasting millions of tax payer dollars? The current strategy isn't going to do anything.

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    Re: McCain pushes heavier U.S. involvement in Libya(edited)

    Quote Originally Posted by ric27 View Post
    Libya is a threat to us in what way? I don't see Omar killing Americans

    The US as a nation must have respect for other nation's laws or sovereign integrity.
    The US as a nation must work to stop wholesale massacres and genocide when and where it can be effective. Our allies, who are shouldering most of this load, agree.

    And what happens if you do all that and there is still the massacre?
    We know we did what we could. What we won't have to do is add Benghazi to that list of places where we, the west, could have/would have/should have intervened (Rwanda, for example).

    Helping them could cause more harm than good, to the innocents.
    Yes, it could. And I am not an advocate of constant intervention, quite the contrary. The situation in Libya, however, is one in which it is undeniable that without western intervention a ruthless tyrant would have free reign to punish the opposition.

    So, you're totally in favor of wasting millions of tax payer dollars? The current strategy isn't going to do anything.
    I'm in favor of an air campaign that takes out Qaddafi's armor and artillery (predator just destroyed some rocket launchers in the 1st day of use btw) and removes them from the gates of Benghazi, which it did immediately, while allowing the opposition time to organize and the Transitional National Council to meet with western leaders. I am also in favor of sending in advisors to coordinate with the rebels to establish communications between them and Nato.

    So, yes, I am in favor of the current strategy.

    I am not in favor of a brazen, unilateral military intervention that is going to remove Qaddaffi and replace it with...(enter the entire American experience in post-Saddam Iraq here).

    With that being said, I do see your point quite clearly and I understand, and share, your concern though I am more optimistic.
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    Re: McCain in Libya

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    I think it's funny that Michelle Bachmann and other Teabaggers are criticizing Obama for supporting the Libyan rebels because some of them may come from Muslim extremist groups and so may come to power after the rebellion but now I wonder if they will criticize McCain for giving his support for the rebels as well.
    Yea, I think they will jump all over McCain over it. And why would they support McCain in the first place? They think he is a RINO.

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    Re: McCain pushes heavier U.S. involvement in Libya(edited)

    I can't stand looking at Obama but I support the coalition stopping a govt from using it's military to slaughter it's own people. **** liberals who say we have no right to do that. The USA has the moral obligation to protect innocent people, period. I think we should be boots on the ground, take out ducky, and allow the rebels to take over the govt. Then leave. I would support the same in Syria as well. We are the moral leaders of the world. Let's start acting like it.

    The predator drone...unmanned terrorism. To daffy duck from the USA with love. But don't worry. We don't use lead in our paint on the hellfire missiles we send you so no need to worry about lead poisoning.

    And to whoever said they supported the predator to maintain air superiority, they have no air to air capability. They do not provide air superiority.
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    Re: McCain pushes heavier U.S. involvement in Libya(edited)

    Quote Originally Posted by dontworrybehappy View Post
    And to whoever said they supported the predator to maintain air superiority, they have no air to air capability. They do not provide air superiority.
    I'm corrected, however they do offer us capabilities to engage enemy targets with minimal risk to ourselves.
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    Re: McCain pushes heavier U.S. involvement in Libya(edited)

    Quote Originally Posted by Joby View Post
    I'm corrected, however they do offer us capabilities to engage enemy targets with minimal risk to ourselves.
    But, what real effect will they have on the overall strategy?

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