James C. Banks

The Forgettable War

In Uncategorized on July 7, 2011 at 1:27 am

Whatever happened to Libya?  In case anyone has been wondering that question recently (as I have) the non-war in Libya is still very much on the table and Al-Qaddafi is showing no signs of acquiescing to NATO power.  Apparently, he thinks that he can go on the offensive as well, though this is probably so much idle talk.

The president assures that we are not at “war” because the time commitment is limited (though the White House has set fewer limiting restrictions on this conflict than it has on the very real War in Afghanistan and we have been operating in Libya since March.

It is not totally absurd to argue that intervention in Libya is not a “war” per se.  The United States and allies had instituted a no-fly zone in Iraq for years before the conflict which we commonly know as the “War in Iraq.”  But the civil war is much more intense and visible than the violence in Iraq (which was far more one-sided) during the final years of Hussein’s autocracy.

Only a slight majority of Americans supported intervention in America, and today most would probably be against it if they recall that it is happening.  It is a war that, regardless of the outcome, will probably be more or less easily forgotten.  With the increasing posturing of the Muslim Brotherhood across the border, it is becoming increasingly unclear why the NATO conflict, which will be easily forgotten, should have occurred at all.

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