Was the risk in Libya worth the reward?

President Obama just had to do it.  After all, the freedom loving people of Libya wanted out from under the boot of Muammar Gaddafi, and we should use our military force for such noble purposes, right?  So, we risked US personnel to support the rebels in Libya.  They won, and I wasn’t really sad to see Gaddafi dead.  But was it worth it?

Initially, some thought it would be by buying us some much needed “good will” in the Middle East.  By supporting anti-dictatorship rebels, there was supposedly a chance that we would be able to start mending a few fences with non-terrorist Muslims.

Yeah, that worked out great, didn’t it?  The United States Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and three of the embassy staff were killed Tuesday.  Stevens was reportedly a key player in the effort to oust Gaddafi.

I don’t think anyone wanted to rebels to lose.  As I said earlier, I wasn’t a fan of Gaddafi and was glad to see him taken down.  I also happen to believe in self governance and love seeing people take their nations back from psychotic dictators that make Bond villians seem sane and rational.

However, American military personnel were put at risk.  It was yet another example of American adventurism, and just like our other most recent examples, it’s netted us jack.

When will the powers that be understand that all of this nets us nothing?  While we were fortunate to not lose Americans during the Libyian operations, the risk is there for any combat operations, and what has it gotten us?  Clearly, nothing.

All of this started because someone excercised their freedom of speech and made a video that was extremely critical of Islam.  I haven’t seen it, so I don’t really know what’s in it.  True or not, it doesn’t really matter.  What matters is the fact that there are people in this world who simply don’t believe you have the right to say whatever you want.  While we have these people in this country, they also exist elsewhere.  In those other places, they can become even more vocal and are far more willing to initiate violence over “free speech”.

It’s past time for people to understand that they’re just not going to like us over there.  No amount of wars will actually change that.  I hate to break it to you, but folks tend not to become fans of the people who bomb them.  It’s just a fact of life.  So why are we wasting time, money, and American lives by fighting wars over there when we have so many more issues to deal with here?  Seriously.

We have risked American lives to “free” a group of people, who then kill one of their biggest supporters in our government because some people over here did something they were free to do.

Yeah…great job in Libya Mr. President.  Mission not accomplished.

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