“If U.S. involvement in the civil war in Libya does not constitute a war as defined by the War Powers Act, why are the troops conducting operations there receiving imminent danger pay? And now that Syrian dictator Bashar Assad has gunned down more of his own people than Moammar Gadhafi had when intervening in Libya was declared a moral imperative, has the United States abandoned the fashionable ‘Responsibility to Protect’ (R2P) principle? And are you just making all this up as you go along?”
(James S. Robbins is senior editorial writer for foreign affairs at the Washington Times. His latest book is “This Time We Win: Revisiting the Tet Offensive,” published by Encounter Books. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Robbins Report is provided weekly at no charge to major media, members of Congress, and Washington Times subscribers nationwide. For additional free copies, contact Marana Moore at email@example.com.)
Good questions, Mr. Robbins. For weeks I’ve been asking “But what about Syria?” Our current circumstances provide an additional proof that we Americans are poorly led. We have been saddled with incompetent, corrupt, sometimes evil government since Eisenhower left office, with a bright and hopeful revival while Reagan steered the ship of state. Our Gangster Government is actively fighting four unnecessary wars (that we know of), none of which offer the prospect of attaining anything worthwhile for the United States of America.The Pentagon estimated the cost of the Libyan war at $750 million in the 2011 fiscal year. By mid-May, the costs had soared to $664 million. The Pentagon reports that we are spending $2 million per day ($60 million per month) to prosecute this wasteful, unnecessary, foolish war. (Source: Financial Times. If you want the full article, you will have to register, which is free.)
We are flat broke, and our Emperor has no clothes. Can America endure until November January, 2013?