Assuming we are part of airstrikes against libya, we better realize in a little, means in all the way. Ghaddafi is a monster. That’s clear. But honestly I felt we should stay out. This was becoming somewhat painful as rebels are brutally attacked, and one thinks of what will happen to them if and when Ghaddafi regains control of all of Libya.
So why would we stay out? We’re badly overextended militarily already, mostly in Muslim nations. While we may help take down a monster here its not at all clear that the rebels in the end may not behave a lot like him, especially in an area as tribal as Libya is. The consequences of intervention are anything but clear. In the end western intervention will certainly be used against those we support in the sense of calling them foreign puppets. Finally what happens if we lose the stomach to see this through to a new government in Libya?
That will be disastrous in at least two ways. We will have just made the libyan government (the bear) mad but not have killed it. This may have blowback in a more bloody suppression of our allies, who will have the taint of foreign support. Second, that angry bear may lash out with increased terrorist activity in Europe, and maybe even here in the US.
But the die is caste now. I hope the President and the US public see this to a conclusion.