Strong Show Of Support For Libya Policy

When the United States military can be used for the greater good, and a solid and reasonable policy has been established for its use, then you are going to see this blog in strong support. 

Such is the case with the policy concerning Libya.

The reason we are now engaged with our international partners in Libya is to make sure the historic moment of democratic uprisings is not undone by the  ruthless hand of Kadafi.  It would send a horrible message to the people in the Middle East and northern Africa if America did not put our resolve where out mouth is. 

Our determination over the skies of Libya sends a message that will not be lost on others who would find the slaughter of civilians as a way to contain the natural aspirations of people who wish to breathe freedom.   Having said that, I would hope that in places like Syria there will be an appreciation for the mood of the international community.  There are limits to what will be allowed. 

Libya is proof of that.

While I understand that there is a war-weary frustration in America due to the policies started by President Bush, there is also a need for the public to understand that America has a unique and distinct role concerning international relations.  I never want America to shrink from the duties that come with being a super-power on the world stage. 

What is required, I would argue, is a more informed electorate about the foreign policy goals of the U.S.  There seems to be a disconnect from the foundations of this country on the one hand, and the reluctance to make a real difference for others who wish to remove the face of tyranny.

We must hold candidates more accountable at election time for a deeper examination of what will be needed of this nation.   We did not force the Bush Administration to forge a more inclusive policy with the world community, and instead allowed for a ‘my way or the highway’ approach to international disputes. 

It is due to that manner of conducting foreign policy that we invaded Iraq, which was a colossal mistake.

On the other end of the specturm we have the various players on the international stage, led in large part by France and Britain, that helped to develop the policy that is now taking place over Libya, and is allowing for progress on the ground by the rebels.

I make no apologies for the role we play in the world, or look for ways to minimize it. 

The show of timidity, including from some Democrats, when it comes to the robust nature of what is now taking place in the air over Libya, is embarrassing.

Those who denounce the policy should then explain how they feel when reading that on the ground in Libya there are the signs of success.

The major Sunday newspapers across this nation made that very clear with big headlines.

L.A. Times 2-col. lead: “Kadafi’s forces are in retreat: After punishing allied airstrikes, troops leave a pivotal city that rebels quickly reclaim” … NYT 2-col. lead: “Rebels Retake Libyan City As Airstrikes Clear a Way: First Major Advance Since Bombing Began Captures a Strategic Crossroads.” … WP 2-col. lead: “Airstrikes in Libya help rebels advance: DOOR OPENS TO THE WEST — Obama praises coalition’s collaboration.”

When he construct a policy with our international partners, and have it applied for the best interests of the nation in question, and the larger moral good, than it deserves the backing of all my fellow citizens.

Russia And United States Move Forward On Missile Defense Cooperation

Good news. (WordPress has ‘issues’ so the link that should have been able to be clicked would let you know this came from Bloomberg news.)

Russia agreed to cooperate with NATO on a missile-defense system, expanding cooperation between the former Cold War adversaries as President Barack Obama pushes the U.S. Senate to ratify a nuclear-arms reduction treaty.

“Today we have not only buried ghosts of the past that have haunted us for too long,” said NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen after alliance leaders met today with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev at the end of a two-day summit in Lisbon. “We have made a fresh start.”

NATO is trying to turn the anti-missile system — initially opposed by the Kremlin — into a fulcrum for cooperation with Russia as part of the U.S.-driven “reset” of East-West relations. Russia and the 28-nation North Atlantic Treaty Organization will create a “working group” on missile defense, according to an official Russian fact sheet.