Bob Barr: Military action against Qaddafi rests on shaky ground

Bob Barr at the Barr Code blog:

When President Ronald Reagan ordered American F-111 fighter-bombers, assisted by F-18 and A-6E fighters, to strike at Libyan targets in April 1986, he did so based on strong and clear evidence that Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi’s government had directly ordered the bombing 10 days earlier of a night club in Berlin in which U.S. servicemen were killed. In other words, it was a surgical strike against government installations in a country linked directly to contemporaneous terrorist action against American personnel. It was a successful military operation, even though Qaddafi had been warned of the impending strike by one of his diplomatic supporters, and was able personally to escape the bombs by a matter of minutes.

Now, almost precisely a quarter century later, another American president apparently is contemplating military action of sorts against the very same foreign leader. This time, however, the reason for military action is far more vague — amorphous, even — and …

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2 thoughts on “Bob Barr: Military action against Qaddafi rests on shaky ground

  1. Don Lake, FYI, not necessarily a unilateral endorcement

    [Lake: Here we go again!]

    Go to War in Libya
    Jeremy C. Young | March 11, 2011 at 12:07 PM | Categories: Uncategorized | URL:

    Freeing Arab people from the clutches of a brutal dictator — by helping an existing revolution and then getting out of the way — would give us enormous credibility in the Middle East.

    It would show young potential Jihadis that Americans care about their well-being. [Lake: Yeah, right, sure]

    Additionally, here are some reasons a war in Libya should be an easy choice politically for President Obama:

    – Gaddafi is an anti-American. His Libya is a state sponsor of terror.

    He has personally sponsored terrorist attacks on U.S. citizens (the bombing of Pan Am 103 in Lockerbie); his palace portico sports a bronze statue of a fist smashing a U.S. fighter plane. I don’t care a bit whether he’s anti-American, but it should make the political calculus easier for Obama.

    An intervention in Libya would help U.S. oil markets. I don’t care a bit for U.S. oil markets, but it should make the political calculus easier for Obama.

    We could go to war under the aegis of the UN ———— if we just pressed Russia. I confess I do care about the U.N., but more importantly it should make the political calculus easier for Obama.

    I think this country has spent so long fighting immoral and ill-advised wars that we have forgotten what a noble and justified war looks like ………

    [Lake: and may be we don’t!]

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