Friday, February 17, 2012

What Exactly is the Obama Doctrine?

What is the difference between our NATO-led operation in Kosovo and our NATO-led operation in Libya?  The former featured areal bombardment that got rid of a dictator, followed by peacekeeping forces (including a United States contingent).  The latter features...well...

Armed militias in Libya are committing human rights abuses with impunity, threatening to destabilize the country and hindering its efforts to rebuild, Amnesty International said Thursday. Militias have tortured detainees, targeted migrants and displaced entire communities in revenge attacks, according to a report the organization released a year after the start of popular uprisings that eventually ended Moammar Gadhafi's 42-year rule. "Hundreds of armed militias, widely hailed in Libya as heroes for their role in toppling the former regime, are largely out of control," the report says.
Of course there was a time when such a thing would be called a 'civil war' and much gnashing of teeth in the New York Times, but since we never put boots on the ground in Libya it's apparently not our problem, even though it was in Kosovo.  What is the Obama Doctrine, exactly?

Right now it appears to leave the US Military as a band of mercenaries, used whenever a tyrant is about to kill some innocents (unless said tyrant has the capability of causing US casualties). Whatever happens after we remove said dictator becomes none of our bidness, even if said country falls into the hands of a bigger enemy, and maybe not then.  Or are we at some point going to use the NATO model for Kosovo in Libya? Can someone explain it?

2 comments:

LASunsett said...

Some people are just culturally ill-equipped to manage any real level of freedom. Islam by definition means submission. Someone has to submit to someone else. And in this case, the recipients of that submission are the ones with the weapons and numbers.

A.C. McCloud said...

It's obvious why we aren't sending in a NATO contingent as in Kosovo, and it has to do with what you point out. Then again, one could say that if we don't influence the process in some fashion, whether by money or diplomacy or threat, then we're just doing bin Laden's work for him.