To intervene or not to intervene?

9 Mar

The trend of civil uprising in the Middle East has been going on for a while now. The most recent unrest in Libya has been the talk to our nation for the past month ever since the riots broke out on February 16 of this year. Throughout history, the United States has been the one to turn to when it comes to the intervention of civil unrest in foreign countries. Other countries hope for the best of a troubled country but often looks to us to do something about it, allowing us to get our hands dirty and get pulled into it while others just stand back, watching, and give us “support”. From looking at our past history on intervening in other countries before, it is hard to say what President Obama should do this time. If only the intervention on a country could be a mistake that you learn from and never do again or something that was good and you should keep on doing.  But this decision is a lot more complicated than classical conditioning, the decisions have to be selective, each situation differs from another. Muammar el-Qaddafi has reined in Libya since 1969. His ruling on his country and foreign relations have been very unpredictable over the years. Rebels are enthusiastic about the ouster of Qaddafi but they face the problem of being out gunned and outnumbered. Although it would be ideal to be able to help support the anti- Qaddafi activist, I don’t think that we have nearly enough resources to do so ourselves. We still have troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and we’ve made so much effort to get them out of there. I fear that if we do take on Libya as well, our country will we worn down to the bones. I think that if we do try to help with the unrest in Libya we should take the back seat where we can still help support them and come up solutions while allowing others to go in and physically help. According to the New York Times, our Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates has been the biggest voice of caution. The article “Discord Grows in Washington on Possible Libya Intervention,” it states that “Mr. Gates forcefully warned Congress during budget testimony that the first act in imposing a no-fly zone would be an attack on Colonel Qaddafi’s air defenses, and that the step should only be taken if the United States was ready for a prolonged military operation that could cover all of Libya. He cautioned it might drain resources that are already overstretched in Afghanistan and Iraq, because Libya is such a large territory.” This fact alone makes me very hesitant for our government to intervene. If helping Afghanistan and Iraq has already taken 9 years and yet is still on going, how long would it take for Libya to get back on it’s own?


4 Responses to “To intervene or not to intervene?”

  1. AndyUhl March 13, 2011 at 11:45 pm #

    I complete agree with you lizzy. We’ve intervened in various countries in the middle east like Iraq and haven’t been successful at all. it seems as if we wasted a lot of time and resources to get hardly anything accomplished.

  2. kgiegler March 20, 2011 at 9:45 pm #

    I completely agree with you. In fact, in my post, I had quoted the same statement about draining our resources. The U.S needs to fix our own problems before trying to help others while hurting ourselves even more.

  3. sm1683 March 23, 2011 at 12:18 am #

    I really agree with you when you say that we have intervened many times with other countries and may be worn down to the bones. Originally, I thought that intervening diplomatically would be the best option, but now I think it would be the best option for the US to take the back seat but still assist any any way we can. Sadly, this is not the way it is actually being dealt with.

  4. piercetokerud May 10, 2011 at 10:52 pm #

    I agree with you. Our country already has enough going on. The last thing we need is to put more troops down in another country.

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