Libya Demonstrates U.S Overreach


There are lots of reasons to question U.S. involvement in yet another military theater in the Middle East.

Washington is now committed to an international effort to limit Libya’s Col. Muammar Qadhafi’s ability to make war on his own populace. There are serious questions here about scope of mission, timing and sustainability of this latest military operation.

Let’s be clear: Qadhafi is a war criminal who happens to be in charge of a country. He was fingered in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, which claimed the lives of 270 innocent civilians — including 190 Americans. He was complicit in the 1986 bombing of a discotheque in Berlin, killing more Americans, which resulted in a retaliatory strike against Libya by President Ronald Reagan. He has killed scores of his own people in his four decades in power.

It is in our interest to have him removed and preferably eliminated. But there are real questions about this military operation.