Our nation is at war today, once again without the Constitutionally-mandated debate in Congress leading to a declaration of war, because John Boehner instead chose to debate defunding NPR and Planned Parenthood, leaving the decision to President Obama. Over the weekend – more than 100 cruise missiles were launched by British and American forces into the nation of Libya – taking out crucial air defenses to pave the way for enforcement of a no-fly zone above the nation.
The military action comes just hours before Moammar Gadhafi’s military was about to move into the city of Benghazi – the last remaining stronghold of rebel forces – and put an end to the uprising that’s split his nation in two over the last month. In response to the airstrikes – Gadhafi opened up weapons depots around the nation to arm Libyans with machine guns and mortars and vowed to give coalition forces a, “long war.” There are reports that nearly 50 people have died in the airstrikes and 150 others injured. President Obama justified the military action saying, "We cannot stand idly by when a tyrant tells his people there will be no mercy."
While the causes for our military intervention in Libya today may be noble – it must be pointed out that this is the third military engagement with a Muslim nation in the last decade. And all it takes is one stray missile to further set back our causes to wins hearts and minds in the region.
As long as the United States is viewed as a habitual bomb dropper – then it will be very difficult to prevent another generation of radical Muslims