After a delay of several weeks, the United Nations has authorized military intervention to help the rebels and unarmed civilians in Libya. Prime Minister David Cameron says NATO planes will be in the air in a matter of hours. Canada is sending six CF-18s - last in action in 1999 in Serbia. Also we are sending 200 air personnel.
But is it already too late?
Col. Gadhafi is shelling and strafing the last of the tattered rebels in Tobruk and Bhengazi. In fact I don’t think we even know who these rebels are – are they friend or foe.
No wonder President Obama is taking a hands-off approach and taking a lot of heat for it. Some Republicans charge he can’t make up his mind about Libya. But he has made up his mind. He has decided to stay out. U.S. wars in two other Muslim states are enough.
Fox news reports that Hillary Clinton is so upset with Obama’s dithering that she is pulling her hair out and is thinking about resigning.
Meanwhile Obama and his family are jetting off to Rio for a little R&R. Is that politically dumb?
What’s the bottom line here. What do you wager that after the no-fly zone has come and gone. the mad Col. Gadhafi will still be in power in Tripoli?
Should Canada be sending planes and manpower? Why? What strategic interest do we have over there?
Should the United States stay out?
Is there any chance at this late stage that Libya can be helped? If not it’s a fool’s errand.
Can Libya be helped?
What do you think?