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  •  Boatgeek, in a private car, by ferry and by road, (0+ / 0-)

    it's a bit over 40 hours from mainland Italy to Libya -- something like driving from Portland (either one of them) to Houston, give or take, with a few stops for gas and lunch -- by air from Med Europe, we had troops less than four hours from the scene.  Sigonella is even closer, roughly an hour from Benghazi by air.  And then there's the Sixth Fleet.  This isn't cartoonish Monday morning quarterbacking -- it's fact.    

    There's not a single spot surrounding the Mediterranean where we couldn't have at least limited boots on the ground with air support within an hour or two, certainly enough to deter a ragtag terrorist operation.  Someone used grievously, tragically poor judgment by deciding to not make use of our forces.  

    I'm usually opposed to use of military force; it should be a final resort.  This administration, though, seems hellbent on using force indiscriminately, blowing people up willy nilly in any and every country it damned well pleases, with little or no regard for national sovereignty or international law (not to mention continuing the dubious tradition of committing repeated acts of war without a declaration from Congress).  However, in this case, with American citizens under attack on embassy grounds (which are, by international law, considered our sovereign territory), force should have been used, and expeditiously.  Obama, or the people he appoints, use force when it shouldn't be used, and sheathe swords when our people need help.  

    Maybe the brainiacs in D.C. were too busy worrying about damage control to give a damn about our people.  The way things are looking, this admin is going to spend its remaining years doing nothing but damage control.  All of Washington, including our president, seems meshuggah, and after this week?  The press is going to install the finest grinding plates on their sausage machines.  Political burger will reach the lowest price per pound since Nixon.  

    It's unfortunate.  Obama showed much promise.

    Incidentally, Boatgeek, I'm a Twain fan, and your signature line is one of my favorite Twain quotes.  I wish I could find something to laugh about at the moment.        

    A wise man hears one word and understands two.

    by Not A Bot on Mon May 13, 2013 at 09:52:20 PM PDT

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