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Morning Bell: Five Questions Obama Has Not Answered on Libya
Posted By Conn Carroll On March 18, 2011 @ 9:09 am In Ongoing Priorities | Comments Disabled
Yesterday the United Nations Security Council voted 10–0, with five abstentions, to authorize military action in Libya. Specifically, the resolution  “authorizes member states … to take all necessary measures … to protect civilians and civilian populated areas under threat of attack.” Celebrations erupted across Benghazi after news of the vote reached rebels. A 17-year-old rebel told The Wall Street Journal : “I give Qadhafi a maximum of two days.” If only.
In reality the U.N. resolution is nothing more than a “feel-good” palliative measure that is not likely to decisively affect the fighting on the ground in Libya. As Secretary of Defense Robert Gates testified  last week: “Let’s just call a spade a spade. A no-fly zone begins with an attack on Libya to destroy the air defenses. That’s the way you do a no-fly zone. And then you can fly planes around the country and not worry about our guys being shot down. But that’s the way it starts.” But is that what the Obama Administration is planning? Even if the Administration has a plan on Libya, it certainly has not communicated it to the American people. Here are just some of the fundamental questions the Administration has failed to answer as our military stands on the brink of a new and costly commitment:
Until these questions are answered, it is impossible to endorse proposals for the use of force based solely on a U.N. resolution. Circumstances could change. The use of military force in Libya could be justified. But what is of great concern here is the fog of confusion the Obama Administration is emitting on Libya. After the U.N. resolution passed, France said that military strikes could come “within hours.”  They haven’t. What did come was the heavy bombardment of the rebel held town of Mistrata by loyalist forces. President Obama should be working hard to identify a legitimate opposition to Qaddafi that is not Islamist and can be given U.S. and European support with conditions that protect against the transfer of weapons to terrorists.
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 the resolution: http://www.innercitypress.com/unscLibya142.pdf
 The Wall Street Journal: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704608504576207933347949412.html?mod=WSJ_hp_LEFTTopStories
 testified: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/07/world/middleeast/07nofly.html
 “within hours.”: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/03/18/3168059.htm
 no radiation: http://www.usatoday.com/money/media/2011-03-18-iodine18_ST_N.htm
 the power to set aside government union contracts: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704360404576206603444375580.html?mod=WSJ_hp_MIDDLENexttoWhatsNewsThird
 block federal funding: http://www.politico.com/blogs/onmedia/0311/House_passes_bill_to_defund_NPR.html
 Gallup: http://www.gallup.com/poll/146687/Union-Workers-Score-Lower-Work-Environment-Index.aspx
 balance the budget in five years: http://blogs.abcnews.com/thenote/2011/03/sen-paul-unveils-5-year-budget-plan-eliminates-four-federal-agencies.html
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