Major players in the reliably pro-war Republican Party fiercely oppose America's floundering war against Moammar Gadhafi, signaling a big shift in conservative politics
The speaker then sponsored a resolution that allowed Republicans to vent their frustration with the lack of clarity in the U.S./NATO mission in Libya, and the lack of congressional authorization for U.S. military action there. Boehner's resolution passed 268-145, with 223 Republicans voting yes. Unlike Kucinich's resolution, which later failed to pass, Boehner's resolution has no effect on the ongoing war, and it effectively stymied the real effort to end U.S. involvement.
Because the Libyan war is a poorly conceived humanitarian intervention in a country of no strategic importance, it has never been likely to win strong Republican backing.
Dan Larson totally nailed the war in Libya! This guy should be awarded an honorary Ph.d from Harvard's Kennedy International School.
He characterizes the war as "floundering." Recently a group of 5 defected Libyan generals claimed that 80% of Gaddafi's army has deserted or defected. NATO has said it has damaged or destroyed 1,700 military targets for the loss of 0 troops and 0 confirmed civilian casualties. We have absolutely no chance of winning this war with these kinds of losses being inflicted on us and Gaddafi's unwavering troops. Nailed it!
He says there's a "lack of clarity" for the war. I cannot understand what "Gaddafi has to go" means. Like go where? Are we telling him to go to the moon? I'm confused. I don't understand what "preventing a massacre" means either. Is that like preventing a mass scare, massacre = mass scare. I don't get it. Help.
He says Libya has no "strategic importance." He's right, if Gaddafi had been allowed to massacre (whatever that word means) his own people, then that would have DISCOURAGED other despots from killing their people. Anytime one despot gets away with massacre, then that discourages other despots from doing the same. The logic is seamless. Can we get a draft Dan Larson for President petition going?