Tuesday, March 29, 2011


We are headed to Vegas on Thursday to help our daughter move to her new place.  There are some things we promised to bring over so I spent an hour or two loading the truck.  The hardest part is tying everything so it won't get bounced around.  The second hardest part is crawling around in the back of the truck on my hands and knees!  Let me tell you, knees aren't made for crawling after sixty. 

President Obama finally came out and talked about Libya.  He is being criticized for it being an incomplete plan and I'm reasonably certain he'd rather have a better plan as well.  He is certainly painstakingly thorough when he has the time.  I've read that the Brits helped make up his mind to participate in the no-fly attacks.  In this case I guess I'm ok with the attack.  Having a U.N. resolution behind the action makes me a LOT happier than going off on our own as we did under GWB. 

Politico.com had this to say:  (His careful response)" is part of his DNA — a response to the grand strategic hopes that accompanied the Iraq invasion and, indeed, a return to his first foray into foreign policy: his little-noticed, later crucial, 2002 opposition to the Iraq war. “I am not opposed to all wars. I’m opposed to dumb wars,” he said at the time, and he and his aides Monday sought to make the case that in a careful analysis, the war over Libya is worth it."

“I’ve made it clear that I will never hesitate to use our military swiftly, decisively, and unilaterally when necessary to defend our people, our homeland, our allies and our core interests,” he said. If there is any semblance of an Obama doctrine, it is that a president who clearly sees force as a last resort will nonetheless use it, but only after deep reflection and only under circumstances that he feels give him no other choice; it is a doctrine that makes sure above all that one size never fits all.

One of the things that isn't being emphasized enough in the press is that the Arab League supported intervention in Libya.  I cannot tell you how important that is to me and I hope to the world.  As an atheist I dislike and fear all religions.  Magnificent things have been done in the name of religion but so have awful things.  There are plenty of examples in the past but you hardly have to go there.  Just look in your newspaper; if Israel or Palestine is mentioned there is probably a death or deaths being reported.  What do you think the war in Iraq is all about?  (Aside from greed and stupidity!)

If I believed in anything or anyone, I'd be praying for a swift end to all this; including Iraq and Afghanistan(!) but I've no one to turn to except my fellow human beings.  But I think we are unpredictable and unreliable, especially when money ("oil that is, Texas Tea") in involved. 

Here's to peace; it's not just for holidays.

1 comment:

JoeinVegas said...

I agree with the religion part - too many bad things because of people's 'faith'.

But I don't see an end to Libya - that guy will not give up, and the military is much better organized than the rebels.