John1171 Wrote:
May 10, 2013 7:59 AM
We also know that, in the violence of the overthrown of the previous leader of the country and its aftermath, had we waited before establishing any kind of diplomatic relations and had not had people on the ground, the Libyan transition to some form of government, representative of the popular struggle within that country, would have come about without any loss of American lives. The right to self-determination is something that needs to be honored, regardless of what interested parties in Washington think. When other countries look at the U.S. and see and hear the very frequent gridlock and disfunction of a government which is burdened by the cost of a basic lack of commonality due to the diverse beliefs of its citizens, they can not help but be convinced of the necessity of such commonality in beliefs. As long as the U.S. is caught in circumstances where some pluralistic interest is a justification for intervention, we risk the cost of it.