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  •  There are standards (4+ / 0-)

    1. We go mostly into oil producing countries- or countries which can threaten to cut off oil supplies.
    2. We go into countries which are small, pose no real military advantage and have few allies.

    We don't need to be in Libya. But we are, hiding behind the skirts of NATO. We can't help but play a role in overthrowing the old regime and  installing the new one. Can't help ourselves. Gotta. Seriously. No other way. Must.

    In a democracy dissent is an act of faith. Like medicine, the test of its value is not in its taste, but in its effects. J. William Fulbright

    by crescentdave on Tue Jun 21, 2011 at 02:39:47 PM PDT

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    •  We aren't hiding behind NATO's skirt (0+ / 0-)

      Other NATO members wanted to intervene worse than we did.  I agree with you that the factors you list play into it.  But I don't think it changes the fact that there was a strong moral justification for doing it.  

      It's kind of like the Terri Schiavo case.  Did Michael Schiavo want to unplug her maybe in part because he didn't want every last penny of the money won in the lawsuit to go toward keeping her heart beating ad infinitum?  Likely.  Did that make taking her off life suppor the wrong thing to do?  

      Human motivations are messy.

      "Hope 2010 feels a lot different than Hope 2008. Tougher, deeper, more dearly bought." Femlaw, Hope 2010, September 8, 2010.

      by seanwright on Tue Jun 21, 2011 at 02:45:00 PM PDT

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      •  & national motivations even murkier. (0+ / 0-)

        stickiest & nastiest of all - political motivations.

        ps: terri schiavo? really?

        Whatever action a great man performs, common men follow. And whatever standards he sets by exemplary acts, all the world pursues. The Gita 3.21

        by rasbobbo on Tue Jun 21, 2011 at 04:03:45 PM PDT

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    •  Oil? Slander, sir! (1+ / 0-)
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      How dare you suggest that Libya having some of the largest oil reserves outside Saudi Arabia entered into the President's calculations! For even one second!

      What do you think he is? A Republican?

    •  And 3: (1+ / 0-)
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      We go into places whose dictator is unfriendly to our interests.

      We leave people alone so long as they share their oil generously. We only discover their horrific human rights abuses when they stop obeying.

      Formerly known as Jyrinx.

      “If I can't dance to it, it's not my revolution.” ― Emma Goldman

      by Code Monkey on Tue Jun 21, 2011 at 03:34:08 PM PDT

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