To: Libya From: Barack
Sooo. After last night’s speech by our President I’ve never seen as many mixed emotions about his decision. Some people are stating that Obama needs to go back to Chicago. Or that he is crazy for becoming involved. Then you have those who say that the U.S. should be more aggressive in the approach. But President Obama has said that he is not interested in starting a third war on top of Iraq and Afghanistan. Another war during a recession just makes no sense, the country simply can’t afford it. Others feel like we should know more about what is going on and what Libya is looking like since the U.S. has decided to do something.
Let’s think about this situation seriously.
President Barack Obama’s speech aired on CNN last night. Prior to this mess in Libya he expressed his interest in ending the wars and getting the troops home. We now have a serious situation in Libya and the President decided he was going to do something about it. President Obama is most concerned about the innocent lives of many civilians and agreed to assist the UN with the No Fly zone and arms embargo to prevent Gadhafi from releasing his military on his own people. NATO will take the front seat this week and the U.S. will play a different role by supporting in things like intelligence and logistics etc. This also diminishes the costs. I was anxious when I heard that there were hopes of NATO taking over but am pleased to know that it has been confirmed.
Obama rejected the criticism and stated that he had moral and strategic reasons behind his decision to send forces to Libya. It seems as though the President felt some sort of obligation to assist with the matter instead of waiting for the building of mass graves to act.
My thoughts… hmmm… Most of us aren’t making the decisions to move to Libya or come home. Sometimes too much press coverage works to the advantage and other times not. The information that Obama has given is all we have at this point and he doesn’t seem to want to start a war or overthrow Gadhafi by force. It is what it is. I agree with the fact that even though your safety may not be directly at risk, if your “interests or values” are threatened you must act or accept that you may have compromised them by doing nothing. You have to keep your principles in mind and protect what you stand for.
I’ll be tuned into CNN and Euronews. Listening to Jill Scott’s – My Petition. Grateful for what liberties I have and continuing to look towards the light. Let’s see how President Obama continues to defend the country’s values.