There are many terms used to justify war, even when the final decision is made “to declare war” is never used anymore. We do not dare “declare war” for the consequences are momentous, self-destructive, and at best incompetent if utilized for the wrong political and economic reasons. We have wars of liberation, combating terrorism, wars to protect our vital interests and many others.
Libya is essentially a civil war, a war in which the people are trying to oust a dictator, Muammar Qadhafi. It is interesting how the western nations, Europe and the U.S. decided to get involved. The U.S. encouraged the European nations to assist the rebels because we wanted a short presence in the conflict. The president has over the recent past been using unmanned weapon systems to aid the Europeans in the Libyan conflict, ultimately aiding the rebels in their overthrow of their government. According to President Obama this not an armed conflict because of the use of unmanned aircraft.
Any and all use of military force by any definition is armed conflict. But, remember we have always used selective terminology to define our conflicts so the American public is brought along for the ride.
Desert Storm was a justified short-term war to liberate Kuwait from Iraq. It was quick, decisive, and goal achieving.
In September 2001, America changed, we were deeply effected by the events that took place in NYC. George Bush, President of the United States, and the American people wanted revenge. We were now going to fight a new war, a war of revenge.
Afghanistan would be the country requiring our immediate attention. We managed to remove a repressive theocracy type dictatorship and actually make a difference in dealing with Al Qaeda, the terrorist organization. This effectiveness only lasted until the president lost track of the stated goal and mission. It has been 10, almost fruitless, years in Afghanistan. At this time in history we are sorely behind schedule in accomplishing our mission in Afghanistan. It will turn out to be a negotiated settlement because we put our resources in Iraq, the Karzai Government is weak and corrupt, and the significant failure of our diplomats to really understand the nuances of the culture and religious variables at play. We once again addressed a problem from our historical and moral perspective even though we initially began or involvement with revenge. There will be no winners. We can only attempt to participate in the development of a form of a republic. The emphasis must be on the development of a republic with clearly defined rights. The immense task of aiding in creating a working government will require long,tedious and testy discussions. It is essential that we leave in a timely manner once a government is fashioned to the agreement of all parties.
Iraq was essentially George Bush’s war. The shift from Afghanistan allowed the strengthening of Al Quida in the area. It should also be noted that there is a significant value placed on Iraq, oil. Iraq was considered vital to our national interests because of oil. Politically it may have been a way to remove Saddam Hussein under false pretenses. Of course we are still there with fewer troops, but the terrorism is still an everyday occurrence. The formation of a government is still not complete.
This era has changed us and because of terrorism, we are fighting a new type of war, revenge Let us not do it for revenge in the future it will destroy us. Let us do so because of our need to preserve our way of life.
It has been a long 10 years costly to those who serve, but not shared across the country. If you are wondering about that last sentence, here’s what it means. Our troops and their family’s are brave, heroic, sometimes stoic. They are American Soldiers, Marines, Airman, and Naval Personnel who gallantly serve. But, there is a segment of the population who does not serve and they should. All Americans have a duty to this country not just the select few who qualify. A draft should be in place for 2 years for high school graduates. All men and women should participate at least 2 years.
Many of the young I deal with really do not understand the sacrifice, responsibility, or the commitment it takes to protect and preserve a republic such as ours.