Canada punches above its weight. But that's not the point.
It's not the point because it doesn't mean much when the heavy weight decides that he has retired. America is through with foreign involvements outside of North America. If Obama gets heavily involved in this Arab mess, it will be used against him.
America has no money to spend outside the country. What few dollars we have left would be better spent teaching Mexican kids to speak English.
There's a new attitude among American conservatives. Some American leftists also recognize that the Party is over. Let the chips fall where they may.
I assume everyone realizes that in order to establish the NFZ it will be necessary to take out Libyan air defenses. Libyans will die as a result.
You want access to cheap oil? Don't forget that a large part of the problem has been Americans propping up various tin pot dictators in the area when it suited them and now all that interfering is coming home to roost.
And EVERYONE should get their hands dirty. If they want in this "No Fly Zone" party... they have to bomb too. No hanging back and blaming others for the collateral damage.
Hot Off the Press....
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday that a U.N. no-fly zone over Libya "requires certain actions taken to protect the planes and the pilots, including bombing targets like the Libyan defense systems."
Ya Ya Ya... we get that.
What does that have to do with Libya? We were the first and only ones to dope slap Gadaffi back in the 80's.
Besides, Canada has their troops all over the place and is the 14th Largest Arms exporter. You aren't that innocent.
How many variations of spelling are there for this character. Just today on major news networks I've seen Ghaddafi, Khaddafy, Gaddafi, El-Qaddafi, Qaddafi .. like WTF??
Really? The news so far has been that Britain and France will take the lead on this, the U.S. role will be logistical.
A no fly zone would have been more useful for the rebels soon after the conflict started. Instead the UN waited until government forces crushed rebel opposition. The timing only makes sense if the intent is invasion/occupation. It wouldn't surprise me to find out NATO already has elite ground forces in Libya for recon and to coordinate the bombing.
Never said we were innocent but we are a net oil exporter while the US must import oil to operate and the republicans don't want our oil sands oil.
''America is broke. This isn't America's fight.''
40% of Libya's oil fields are owned by wealthy American elitists. This is why the government is so interested in getting involved even though it is of no concern to the average American. As always, socialize the cost of protecting the interests of the elites while privatizing the profits.