Kleiman on Libya

A couple of days ago, ABC News was reporting that: In a resolution to be voted on in the House tomorrow, Boehner is giving the president two weeks – until the Pentagon Appropriations bill comes up – to either: a) Ask for authorization for the military intervention in Libya, or b) Figure out how to disengage the US from the NATO operation in Libya. Which prompted Mark Kleiman to complain in a blog post entitled Patriotism (and categorized under "watching conservatives") that: Would John Boehner and his caucus really help Gaddafi stay in power just for the pleasure of needling Obama? Apparently. I'd like to hear what the Lockerbie families have to say about this. Events have shown that Kleiman unfairly impugned the patriotism of the GOP caucus. First, Boehner's proposal was offered up as an alternative to Democrat Dennis Kucinich's bill that would have forced Obama to withdraw US forces from the NATO-led mission in Libya within 15 days. As the LA Times observed: By bringing the resolution up for a vote, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) was able to halt momentum for an increasingly popular and liberal-led proposal by Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (D-Ohio) to immediately withdraw U.S. forces from Libya. Kucinich's measure was rejected 265 to 148. In other words, Boehner protected Obama's back and preserved US-NATO ties from an attack by Kleiman's fellow liberals. So what does Kleiman think that says about the patriotism of the anti-war left? Second, the Boehner resolution drew bipartisan support, with 45 Democrats voting for his bill. So it wasn't just "his caucus." Third, bringing up the Lockerbie incident is just gratuitous demagogery. Finally, would Kleiman like to explain why he apparently supports Obama's absurd policy of bombing Libya while letting the Syrian government slaughter its citizens while simultaneously directing provocations at Israel? Personally, I feel about Obama's Libyan military adventure the same way I felt about George Bush's Iraq misadventure. To quote Russell Kirk: Are we to saturation-bomb most of Africa and Asia into righteousness, freedom, and democracy? And, having accomplished that, however would we ensure persons yet more unrighteous might not rise up instead of the ogres we had swept away?

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