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Saturday, May 26, 2012

I Still Don't Understand Libya

Hillary Clinton, March 19, 2011:
"We have every reason to fear that, left unchecked, Gaddafi will commit unspeakable atrocities. It is against that backdrop that nations from across the region and across the world met today here in Paris to discuss the ways we can, working together, implement resolution 1973.

"Let me be very clear about the position of the United States. We will support an international coalition as it takes all necessary measures to enforce the terms of resolution 1973. As you know, French planes are already in the skies above Benghazi. Now America has unique capabilities and we will bring them to bear to help our European allies and arab partners stop further violence against civilians, including through the effective implementation of a no-fly zone."
Thus we went to war with Libya.  To prevent atrocities. To stop the violence. (We went to war to stop violence. Work through that duality, if you can.)

In any case, square that commitment to prevent depredation with this headline that's rewritten just about every day:

Syria opposition urges UN action after 'massacre'

Don't get me wrong. I don't want one drop of American blood shed over the plight of Syrians. I just wonder why Hillary and her fellow geniuses in Obama's State Department thought Libyan lives were worth saving but not Syrian lives.

What's the difference? What am I missing?