Unlike the war in Iraq, there was no lengthy build up or debate.
Qaddafi has defied one United Nations resolution, not sixteen as Saddam did prior to the American invasion of Iraq. Nor did he do anything to deliberately attack American forces prior to the United Nations’ action to mobilize (Saddam’s forces fired repeatedly on American aircraft). Nor does the United States have any grounds to believe that Libya now possesses any weapons of mass destruction (no one ever discovered what actually happened to Saddam’s). In fact, Libya actually cooperated with the United States to disclose and dismantle their nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons programs.
The double standard between the left and right about wars of intervention has never been so nakedly exposed.
At least one can make some argument about why invading Iraq was in America’s vital interests. For Libya, I can come up with no argument whatsoever.
Yet, where is MoveOn.Org? Where are the protestors in the street engaging in ad hominem attacks on the President and reductio ad Hitlerium?
The only person I must give credit to on the left is Cindy Sheehan. She may be a nut, but at least she is consistent and sticks to her guns.
However, one thing is clear. The time for second guessing is over. Our nation is in the midst of a conflict and our forces need our support.
The one thing that consistently demoralized me when I was in the military was that few on the left spoke out before the Iraqi War began (as many on the right have failed to speak out before this one), but when things appeared to be getting tough, they questioned the mission every chance they got while our troops were in harm’s way.
While the time for debate never began, the time for debate is now over.
Now that the die is cast, America must unite in seeing this conflict to a swift and successful conclusion.