“The odds of repeating another Afghanistan or Iraq — invading, pacifying, and administering a large third-world country — may be low,” Mr. Gates said, but the Army and the rest of the government must focus on capabilities that can “prevent festering problems from growing into full-blown crises which require costly — and controversial — large-scale American military intervention.”
ROBERT M. GATES, the secretary of defense.
addressing West Point Cadets, Friday February 25, 2011
New York Times, February 28, 2011
"U.S. Senators John McCain and Joe Lieberman said they support creating a no-fly zone over Libya and that more should be done to oust Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi.
“Now is the time for action, not just for statements,” Lieberman said on CNN’s “State of the Union” program. Both McCain, the senior Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Lieberman, an independent panel member, said they support sending arms and humanitarian aid to the anti-Qaddafi government and recognizing that government. "
John McCain, February 27, 2011
Meet the Press, and Bloomberg.com
Apparently failed presidential candidate Senator John McCain is not aware that using our air support and presumably our navy, by way of air force carriers from which to fly them, IS a military involvement. Moreover, an involvement which has not been requested by a Libyan opposition government, which has yet to form.
To rush in without invitation, most especially in the areas where there is no active ongoing conflict and where oil production and oil shipping has resumed as of Sunday 2/27/'11, is folly. And that is why McCain and his fellow too eager militant fellow Republicans and Tea Partiers have disastrous notions about U.S. foreign policy generally, and military intervention decisions specifically.
As I read my way through "from Dictatorship to Democracy", which appears to have been the handbook for popular mostly peaceful revolt throughout the middle east in the past weeks, it is clear that author Gene Sharp has some insight into how popular movement are able to avoid the mistake of simply replacing one dictatorship with a different, but equally oppressive (or more so) dictatorship.
There are specific challenges to socieities and governments which have experienced decades of oppression.:
Many countries today are in a state of rapid economic, political, and social change. Although the number of “Free” countries has increased in recent years, there is a great risk that many nations, in the face of such rapid fundamental changes, will move in the opposite direction and experience new forms of dictatorship. Military cliques, ambitious individuals, elected officials, and doctrinal political parties will repeatedly seek to impose their will. Coups d’état are and will remain a common occurrence. Basic human and political rights will continue to be denied to vast numbers of peoples." Gene Sharp, From Dictatorship to Democracy, page 3We made stupid mistakes charging in to Iraq, believing they would love us and become a functional democracy if we only removed Saddam Hussein. We have been equally foolish and naive in our support of corrupt, and weak, incompetent regimes in Afghanistan and Pakistan. McCain and his sidekick, Lieberman, are on their way out. They are old, and they have lost much of their influence; their careers are in their sunset years.
What we do not need is the rest of the right repeating these mistakes, and failing to do their homework before they run their mouths, or automatically believe that force is the right answer. We are fortunate the current man in the White House and our Secretary of State have better sense, along with the man who took on the office of Secretary of Defense who took over the office to clean up after Sec. Def. "Rummy" Rumsfeld.
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