It’s been a while, huh guys? I now know what it is to work a 50-hour week (work and school) and you know what? It’s been good for me; however, it does mean that I’ll be posting once a weekend, and again on a monday or a wednesday. My job is going well; I just scored a B+ on a midterm in my math class, and my new Introduction to Cinema Studies class seems to be an enjoyable new staple of my week.
Sadly, the United States of America has few friends internationally; and what’s more regrettable is the fact that we’ve made no new ones since the end of the Cold War, when we became the world’s only Superpower. Our enemies have been (and still are) abundant, particularly Kim Jung Il, Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, and Saddam Hussein. Still, in a post-Hussein Middle East, a victorious Qaddafi is a worst-case scenario, one with long-term ramifications; if he wins, he will be emboldened to retaliate against his detractors past and present. Muammar Qaddafi is clinically insane, no questioning that; he is treacherous and bloodthirsty and his military is ransacking it’s own country. The Rebels themselves may not be ideal Heads-of-State, and a classic Bautista-for-Castro scenario may be in the making here, but preventing a conflict with them will be much easier than preventing one with Muammar himself. The last thing the world needs is this agitator abroad harassing Israel, funding Terrorist Organizations, and staging coup’s across the Middle East and North Africa.
Most Americans have a negative opinion of France’s practices in the last few decades, myself one of them; but I think that the initiative that they have taken in this conflict is pleasantly surprising. Finally, another nation has jumped in the water first to defend innocent civilians, and to overthrow a Dictator. Personally, I’d prefer Qaddafi’s compound bombed directly, and the problem nipped at the bud; but all good things come to those who wait, and with the Arab League, the United Nations, and the United States on the same page, Muammar Qaddafi needs to see the writing on the wall. Still, why is Obama being berated for approving action by my fellow Republicans? He hasn’t ordered the landing of troops, we’re not engaging in all-out war again; we’re strategically striking against Qaddafi’s aerial installations to enable the Rebels to win the conflict themselves. Conservatives need to peel back the harsh casing that has been constructed for the President; do not like him and do not vote for him as you please, but have the dignity and respect to appreciate and approve of his actions when he does something correct.
That being said, I am concerned that the President and the Pentagon may get ‘trigger-happy’ here. Obama needs to keep United States involvement militarily short and sweet; hit them fast, hit them hard, and be done with it. I think that our involvement in the conflict lasting more than, say, a month or two will become a financial liability, and another complication in the Budget Battle. If we need to deploy Green Beret’s and Navy SEAL’s in Tripoli to seize Qaddafi himself and deliver him to an international court, so be it. That would be a neat operation with a quick payoff – the same kind that Republicans have insisted upon with Hugo Chavez and several others. I encourage our national leaders to keep our involvement brief, and therefore less expensive than otherwise, and I encourage my fellow Republicans to save the lambasting for his oncoming battle with Paul Ryan’s budget – a battle that will see my defense of the President come to a skidding halt.