In an op-ed in tomorrow’s New York Times and IHT,
The Three Emperor’s League President Obama, President Sarkoky, and Prime Minister Cameron call for Qaddafi’s departure and for the international community to nation-build in Libya. Here are three snippets:
Our duty and our mandate under U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973 is to protect civilians, and we are doing that. It is not to remove Qaddafi by force. But it is impossible to imagine a future for Libya with Qaddafi in power.
However, so long as Qaddafi is in power, NATO must maintain its operations so that civilians remain protected and the pressure on the regime builds.
Qaddafi must go and go for good. At that point, the United Nations and its members should help the Libyan people as they rebuild where Qaddafi has destroyed — to repair homes and hospitals, to restore basic utilities, and to assist Libyans as they develop the institutions to underpin a prosperous and open society.
I’ve been opposed to this war since the beginning, especially since mission creep was entirely predictable. Let’s ask again: how is regime change and nation-building in the national interest of the United States? And don’t give me the bogus argument that our reputation and prestige are now on the line. This goes well-beyond the dubious enough notion of enforcing a no fly zone to protect “civilians” targeted by the internationally recognized government of Libya.
In foreign policy, official Washington is neo-conservative to the core – left, right, and center. The sound you are hearing is Washington, Jefferson, John Quincy Adams, Grover Cleveland, the members of the Anti-Imperalist League, George Kennan, and every dead realist in the history of the Republic spinning even faster in their graves (some of these started spinning in about 1898).