As insane as it might sound, the United States may soon be getting involved in another war in the Middle East. According to White House spokesman Jay Carney, “no options” have been taken off the table when it comes to the situation in Libya. By saying that “all options” are being considered, that is basically a way for the Obama administration to threaten Gadhafi without actually coming right out and threatening him. In recent days, news reports have been appearing all over the mainstream media hyping the possibility that we may have to take military action in Libya. This would not be happening if the White House did not want it to happen. The truth is that Barack Obama is apparently seriously considering U.S. military action in Libya. At first that would probably consist of air strikes and missile attacks, but if the Obama administration decides that it is going to take ground forces to get the job done then we could eventually see the U.S. military actually invade Libya. But the truth is that any military intervention in Libya would be a really, really bad idea. Is it really wise to stick our young men and women into the middle of an incredibly bloody civil war? Do we want to spill even more American blood in order to protect “U.S. interests”? Do we really want to spend young American lives to keep the price of oil low? The truth is that the world hates us enough already. How much more will they hate us if we decide to start bombing Libya into oblivion?
All kinds of justifications are already being floated for potential military action in Libya. Barack Obama is publicly declaring that the killing of civilians in Libya has got to stop. As if the U.S. government cares so much about the deaths of civilians. Millions upon millions of Africans have been slaughtered in Africa over the last couple of decades in numerous civil wars and we have not intervened.
So why now?
Well, because oil is at stake.
If Libya did not produce about 2 percent of the world’s oil nobody in the U.S. government would really care much about what is going on in Libya.
But because Libya is Africa’s largest oil producer suddenly the death of their civilians becomes a matter of “international concern”.
Another reason being floated for taking military action in Libya is the “weapons of mass destruction” that Gadhafi supposedly has.
A recent article in the Wall Street Journal went on and on about how concerned the U.S. government is about the “weapons of mass destruction” that are still under Gadhafi’s control….
The government of Col. Moammar Gadhafi hasn’t destroyed significant stockpiles of mustard gas and other chemical-weapons agents, raising fears in Washington about what could happen to them—and whether they may be used—as Libya slides further into chaos.
The Wall Street Journal article also stated that U.S. officials believe that Gadhafi possesses “1,000 metric tons of uranium yellowcake” which they believe are a serious threat to the international community.
Doesn’t that sound exactly like something we have all been told before?
The truth is that so much of what we are seeing in the mainstream news right now are “trail balloons” that are being floated by the U.S. government.
They want to see how the American people and the rest of the world are going to respond.
Just check out the CBS video news report posted below. The American people are being mentally prepared for potential U.S. military action against Libya….
But what is this really all about?
Are Barack Obama and the U.S. government really that concerned about the deaths of a few thousand protesters?
The truth is that they are concerned about Libya’s oil fields.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst Sabine Schels recently told Reuters the following….
“We expect Libyan production to be shut down completely and we might lose sweet crudes from Libya for a prolonged period of time.”
That is what this is all about – keeping the flow of oil going around the world.
But the media is trying to pull on our heart strings by highlighting the plight of the protesters.
A recent CNN report quoted Navi Pillay, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, as saying the following about the escalating violence of Libya….
“Although reports are still patchy and hard to verify, one thing is painfully clear: in (a) brazen and continuing breach of international law, the crackdown in Libya of peaceful demonstrations is escalating alarmingly with reported mass killings, arbitrary arrests, detention and torture of protesters.”
So the United States, the “police of the world”, have to step in and save those poor people, right?
Oh, and if the first thing we do is to secure “key infrastructure” such as the oil fields that will be okay too, right?
We live in an insane world.
If the international community wants to take action against Libya, shouldn’t this go through the United Nations?
Well, apparently the United Nations Security Council is going to discuss a draft resolution that would impose economic sanctions on Libya, but that isn’t going to mean much to Gadhafi at this point.
If the United States and NATO want to take military action, they are going to have to do it on their own because both Russia and China would likely block the approval of military force by the United Nations.
But wasn’t Obama supposed to be a peacemaker?
Well, that is what he wanted you to believe.
Not only has Obama greatly escalated the war in Afghanistan, now it looks like Obama is laying the groundwork for another war in the Middle East.
In a recent article entitled “Analysts: More Libyan bloodshed could prompt U.S., NATO intervention“, Michael Martinez of CNN noted that the White House has publicly acknowledged that Barack Obama is discussing how to “immediately respond” to the crisis in Libya with other world leaders….
In separate phone conversations with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and British Prime Minister David Cameron, Obama “expressed his deep concern with the Libyan government’s use of violence, which violates international norms and every standard of human decency, and discussed appropriate and effective ways for the international community to immediately respond,” the White House statement said.
So what would a “response” by the United States look like? Well, apparently a whole “range of options” is being considered….
“The leaders discussed the range of options that both the United States and European countries are preparing to hold the Libyan government accountable for its actions, as well as planning for humanitarian assistance,” the White House statement said.
So does this “range of options” include military action?
On Thursday, U.S. State Department spokesman Philip Crowley commented on the ongoing discussions inside the Obama administration about the situation in Libya and admitted that “the military is fully involved in these discussions and doing its own thinking about options that can be presented to the president.”
As the violence in Libya escalates there are some troubling signs that the U.S. is getting ready to do something. The U.S. embassy in Libya has been closed and U.S. personnel have been pulled out of the country.
If Gadhafi makes a “wrong move” we could potentially see military action within days.
Ynetnews.com says that an anonymous “European official” is claiming that the U.S. and NATO have already been very busy making plans for military action against Libya….
The source said NATO and US warplanes stationed in Italy may be ordered to take down Libyan planes, and that electronic warfare against them may already have been implemented.
The source told al-Quds al-Arabi that NATO forces may launch an aerial attack on Libya or fire missiles from warships positioned in international waters near Tripoli. Libyan army weapons caches may also be targeted, the source said.
The rest of the world is not amused by all of this.
For example, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is urging the United States and NATO to stay out of what is going on in Libya….
“Give them the opportunity to determine their own fate through natural means and not with any kind of outside interference.”
There is a lot of wisdom in what Putin is saying there. This is a fight for the Libyan people. It should be up to them to decide the destiny of their own nation. If the United States intervenes now, it will no longer be a “revolution of the people”.
The truth is that Libya is not a place we want to be sending U.S. troops. Libya is a deeply divided nation made up of a large number of tribal factions. Many of the tribal factions seriously dislike one another. That is not something you want to step into the middle of.
Not only that, but the people of Libya are not too fond of the United States. Any U.S. military intervention, no matter how “benevolent”, would be deeply resented. Our soldiers would rapidly become targets just like they are in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The U.S. government certainly cannot afford any more wars. We have spent over a trillion dollars on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan combined. We are in debt up to our eyeballs and we cannot afford another war that is going to cost us hundreds of billions more dollars.
Not only that, but when the U.S. military gets into a country they almost never leave.
Today, the U.S. military has a total of over 700 foreign military bases and is in 130 different countries around the world. We never left Germany after World War 2. We never left Japan after World War 2. We never left South Korea after the Korean War. It looks like we will not be leaving Iraq or Afghanistan for quite a long time to come.
Can we really afford to be the police of the world? Can we really afford to have troops in almost every nation on earth?
Hopefully Barack Obama will come to his senses and will not order military action against Libya. This is a Libyan revolution and this is a fight for the Libyan people to decide.
Any intervention by the United States would be absolutely disastrous.