Two days ago I wrote a blog entry entitled How Close are We to War with Libya: Will a No Fly Zone Result in Nation Building. It argued why we should not implement a no fly zone over Libya, as it was an act of war. We cannot pay the price, either financially or the cost of our young people’s lives, that it would cost to undergo yet another war.
The entry included quotes from several potential 2012 GOP Presidential nominees including:
“Ronald Reagan bombed Libya, if you want to be Reagan-esque, it seems the path is pretty clear here.”-Santorum
“I think a no-fly zone would be a good thing for the United States to do.”- Pawlenty
“The United States doesn’t need anybody’s permission, the no-fly zone should begin immediately.” -Gingrich
Huckabee says: “I think a no-fly zone would be absolute – yeah a no fly zone very important”
Palin adds: “NATO and our allies should look at establishing a no-fly zone” (at least she is not calling for unilateral intervention like the others)
Romney, Cain, Trump Bachmann, Daniels, Huntsman, Barbour, Johnson, have all remained silent on the issue (as far as I could find).
Then, a breath of fresh air, someone who doesn’t think plunging our nation into yet another war is a great idea. That man, Ron Paul.
”It is my opinion that we should NOT…. go into Libya and impose a No Fly Zone. You have to remember, a No Fly Zone is an act of war. What moral right do we have to participate in war activity against Libya? …. There’s no constitutional authority for a President to willie nillie go and start placing No Fly Zones over countries around the world.”
John Quincy Adams said during an Independence day address (note: she=America):
“Wherever the standard of freedom and Independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will her heart, her benedictions and her prayers be. But she goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own”
Yes Gadhafi is a monster, but if we run around looking for monsters to destroy, we will never stop running. You see, monsters are everywhere, kill one, and another surfaces. We can no longer afford to search for monsters, to police the world. Adam’s had great advice, Ron Paul listens, will you?
UPDATE: UN Security Council Passes No Fly Zone, We Are At War.