Our reluctant hero story of the day, and the politics of this. Here’s a quick snap shot.
Today I read a headline called “Obama Authorized Secret Support for Libyan Rebels” via The Huffington Post in New York.
In very secret order coded wording (that reads like a Hollywood movies scripting), The Post quotes Reuters writing, “President Barack Obama has signed a secret order [called a Presidential finding] authorizing covert U.S. government support for rebel forces seeking to oust Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, government officials told Reuters on Wednesday. [The findings] are used to authorize secret operations by the Central Intelligence Agency.
It’s only been an entire month, since it was noted that the Libyan Rebels were wearing distressed denim jeans, of a quality that is only made in Los Angeles. Of course, Obama was supporting these rebels! Truckloads of jeans left the USA of designer quality. The jeans were not made in China. Are the Huffington Post blind? Don’t know their jeans?
Libya is an oil and gold rich nation. “Findings” always occur around such nations. “Findings” (Presidentially signed or not) still do not excuse the USA from acting from a position of being fossil fuels addicted (using more oil, coal etc – then any nation should be disproportionately to other nations living more modestly), yet, often America gets involved in nations that are oil or minerals rich. That’s been the pattern of most military deployments of any kind from the US.
Reuters goes on to say, “The United States is part of a coalition, with NATO members and some Arab states, which is conducting air strikes on Libyan government forces under a U.N. mandate aimed at protecting civilians opposing Gaddafi.” That part is the good part. Many nations have committed to this part of the mission too. Now where do the ‘spoils’ of war’s ‘flow’ go to, and are the Libyan people managing these for their own peoples best interests. Raping people of their own resources with a democratic face of what they themselves are the stewards of, is not democracy. There needs to be strong evidence that Libya is about Libyans being emancipated for their own strategic interests. Otherwise, we did Libya little to no favors – and we certainly were not their friend. Read the rest of this entry »