The apparent end of the Gaddafi regime in Libya is big news, rightly so, but I feel like I have very little to say about it. But it feels remiss to ignore the event altogether.
A big part of the problem, I think, is that our president never articulated his reasons for our involvement. Right or wrong, I knew why Bush was taking us into Iraq and Afghanistan. I have no idea why Obama decided to engage in air strikes in Libya. Granted Gaddafi is a bad actor, in the political sense. Did Obama feel that America’s interests would be advanced by his removal? If so, I hope he has some sort of plan for what will replace Gaddafi’s regime. Leaving a power vacuum in a tin-pot, mid-east dictatorship doesn’t seem like that will do anything to help the US or the world. And a lot of those Libyan rebels that our media seemed to wax romantically on, seem more like Islamist thugs than freedom fighters. Hopefully I’m wrong and a wonderful, stable, liberal democracy will emerge. But I’m not banking on it.
Anyways, good riddance (I hope) to a horrible dictator and let’s hope the best will come of it. One thing I do know for sure, it is definitely time for us to take down our Libya poll. (Hint, hint, nudge, nudge to Mystic Cowgirl.)