By John Block
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I wasn’t going to do a commentary on this issue, but I can’t help myself.
Why in the world are we getting into another war? Why have we joined the French and British in bombing Muammar Qaddafi’s troops in Libya? I don’t like the guy any more than anyone else. He is a murdering dictator. His tyrannical conduct goes back as far as my days working for President Reagan. I can’t stand the guy. However, there are dictators in many other countries that oppress their citizens. President Reagan dropped a bomb or two on Qaddafi to let him know that we wouldn’t tolerate his murderous ways when it comes to U.S. citizens. However, now we have jumped into the middle of a Libyan civil war. We have attacked Libya.
I understand that sometimes we must exert military muscle when our national interests are threatened. What national interest do we have in Libya? Yes, they have some oil but we don’t need their oil. It isn’t enough to care about.
Here we are with two wars on our hands now – Iraq and Afghanistan. We are deep in debt. And now, we take on another obligation which will cost billions. Where will this lead us? I know the President says we won’t put troops on the ground, but this kind of intervention tends to get out of hand.
We have seen thousands of our young men and women in the military killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, not to mention the thousands that have lost their arms and legs and have all kinds of lifelong injuries. I do believe in defending our homeland and vital interests. However, I don’t see the necessity here.
If intervention in Libya is so vital, where were we when millions were slaughtered in Mozambique and other African countries? Are we going to jump into the rest of the Middle East countries as the rebellions grow there?
I don’t know where this reckless military adventure will lead. Maybe it will turn out alright. However, intervening in someone else’s civil war usually does not have a good outcome historically.
The time has come to reassess our role in the world. The cost of serving as policeman to the world and the role of nation-building is just too much.
In closing, I would encourage you to access my website which archives my radio commentaries dating back 10 years and will go back 20 years when complete. Check on what I said back then. Go to www.johnblockreports.com
About the author: Senior Policy Advisor in the law firm of Olsson, Frank, and Weeda, John Block has dedicated his professional career to the fields of agriculture, food, and health. His accomplishments in agriculture began with the building of a large and successful hog operation in his home state of Illinois where he also served as the Director of Agriculture from 1977-1981. He was tapped by President Reagan to serve as the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture from 1981to 1985 where he played a key role in the development of the 1985 Farm Bill. He was President and Chief Executive Officer of Food Distributors International (formerly the National American Wholesale Grocers Association) from 1986-January 2003.
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