Wednesday, April 6, 2011

US INVOLVEMENT IN LIBIA: Yes or No?

Should we be involved in what is clearly a civil war in Libia?

Even when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor there was not total agreement on declaring war against them.  The House of Representatives voted 388 to 1 for declaring war.

I must say I have more respect for the one female congress person who voted against it than I do for the 11 who didn't vote either way.  After Pearl Harbor, Germany declared war on the US.  The House voted 393 to 0 for war against Germany.

Considering that no one has claimed that Libia was in any way a threat to the US, one would certainly expect that there would be opposition to our involvement.

COUNT ME AMONG THAT NUMBER.
USS THEORORE ROOSEVELT
Now, I am any thing but a pacificist!  While I would and do freely give almost anything I own to others in need, I would defend to the death before I would allow anyone to take anything from me or to abuse me or mine.  My guns and guard dog are not for show! If I have my pants on, my knife is in my right, front pocket and it will do the job if necessary.  If you question the latter, ask the last person who tried to rob me.  I believe in "Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick".

I FIRMLY BELIEVE IN A STRONG MILITARY AND IN THEIR USE TO PROTECT OUR INTERESTS ANY WHERE AND ANY TIME.

As a volunteer, I served for 4 years, 9 months and 17 days and was in the Korean war zone when that conflict started.  I accepted President Truman's invitation to extend my enlistment for 1 year.  Un Huh! Go Navy!

I was so ashamed for our country in 1980 when we could not come up with six U.S. transport planes and eight helicopters to fly across the dessert to rescue American hostages in Iran.  It was Operation Eagle Claw but the Carter regime had so depleted our miltary that this simple operation failed.  Iran mocked us before the world and laughed as they abused our fellow country men taken hostage from our Embassy in Iran.  They quickly changed their minds when Ronald Reagan became President.

I WAS IN NEW YORK TO WELCOME THE HOSTAGES HOME!

War is not new to the United States.  The list of our miltary involvements is 34 pages long.  And, I think President Reagan was more involved than any other president.  In his 8 years in office he used our miltary seven times.  And, war with Libia is not new.  Consider these involvements:

* 1815 Captain Decatur demostrated with his squadron at Tunis and Tripoli, where he secured indemnities for offenses during the War of 1812.

* 1981 In the First Gulf of Sidra Incident on August 1981, US planes based on the carrier USS Nimitz shot down two Libyan jets over the Gulf of Sidra after a Libyan jet fired a heat-seeking missile as the  
U.S. demostrated that the Gulf of Sidra was international water.

* 1986 Again, in March of 1986, the United States had to respond in a missile exchange with Libian forces in the Gulf of Sidra.

* In Operation El Dorado Canyon, on April 16, 1986 President Reagan, using U.S. Air and Naval Forces, conducted bombing strikes on terrorist facilities and military installations in the Libyan capitol of Tripoli after Libyan leader Col. Muammar al-Gaddafi conducted a bombing in Germany that killed two U.S. soldiers.

* Another Gulf of Sidra Incident took place on January 4, 1989 when two US Navy F-14 aircraft off the USS John F. Kennedy shot down two Libyan jet fighters over the Mediterranean Sea 70 miles north of Libya when the Libyan planes demostrated hostile intentions.

In each of these incidents, America was simply using our "Big Stick" in response to hostile actions against us.  During WWII, in the Battle of Luzon, America suffered the loss of 16,000.  The Japanese lost 70,000.  America has always willingly paid the cost of defense.
LIBIA HAS NOT ATTACKED US!

The claim of defending citizens in a rebellion against the government is simply foolish.  If the U.S. were to do that, we would constantly be at war, more often than not with our friends and allies.  Maybe, even with ourselves.  Should we have sided with those in rebellion in LA against the authorities?  Same thing, huh?

The most outstanding thing in this conflict is the deceit of the government, from the President on down!  Uh, no boots on the ground?  Hmmmmm

OUR COUNTRY STANDS IN THE NEED OF PRAYER!  It also is in need of citizens who will speak out against government wrongs, AND BACK UP THEIR VOICE WITH A VOTE.  Can you say Tea Party?

Take Care and God Bless!

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