The Big Bill From Libya
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  • WigWag

    “NATO intervened in Libya to stop a predicted but still hypothetical bloodbath and now can only wring its hands as a real slaughter continues in Syria.” (Walter Russell Mead)

    It is true that NATO’s behavior in Libya has encouraged Russia and China to be more recalcitrant than ever at the United Nations. What I don’t understand is why this means that NATO and the United States can only wring their hands about Syria.

    Why exactly should we care what the United Nations thinks? The United States makes a terrible error if it allows the United Nations to determine American policy. I thought that the President and Congress were supposed to do that, not the UN Ambassadors of China and Russia.

    When Clinton decided to intervene in the Balkans (which I think was a mistake) after the Security Council refused to act (because Russia threatened a veto), the United States and its allies acted in spite of the UN.

    It’s time to put the UN in its place.

  • Luke Lea

    Preventing Iran’s acquiring nuclear weapons is a unilateral issue if ever there was one. For Israel it is a vital one and, since she already has experience in this department (first Iraq, more recently Syria), I think the U.S. role should be limited to quietly supplying Israel with any tools she might need. In any case I find it implausible that this is not a doable project — Israel would never have let things progress beyond the point of no return — just as, and for the same reason, I find it implausible that Pakistan actually possesses nuclear weapons. That dog will bark, that dog will bite if necessary. Them Ashkenazis ain’t dumb.

  • Akwhite

    Syria is a nation of more than 20 million people, closer in scale to Iraq (32m) than to relatively small Libya with its 6 million. The notion that we could pull-off a soldier-free, Libya-style NATO intervention in Syria is not rational. Do you have any evidence that we have encouraged Syria’s people to revolt based on the assumption that we would support them with troops and warplanes? You’re not usually inclined to such fact-free pontification.

    Give the Syrians more credit than that. They are inspired by all their fellow Arabs. And spurred to act by the psychotic terror of their government. For anyone to expect the US to engage in yet another war nearly on the scale of Iraq – – sorry, that was out of the question long before the Libya intervention.

    I find your righteous superiority toward the White House a bit ridiculous here. They succeeded in Libya in a big way, give them credit, please.

  • John

    Well, maybe, but you’re not thinking on the margin: not intervening in Libya would have licensed Assad to carry on with his mayhem, too.

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