The neocons “moral obligation” to get involved in Libya
With the threat of our military intervention in Libya growing closer by the hour, several prominent neocons and neoconservative organizations have come out strongly using the United States military in Libya under the guise of “moral obligation”.
Executive Director of the Foreign Policy Institute, Jamie M. Fly wrote in the USA Today last week:
“It is in our interest to see the Libyan people free themselves from Gadhafi’s brutal reign. Intervening is a moral obligation for the United States — a moral obligation we’ve all too often ignored in similar cases in the past, with disastrous consequences. This time we need to get it right. It’s time for President Obama to lead”.
In a similar vein, The Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol wrote concerning a potential successor to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates:
“He has said for a while he wants to retire. Let him go, with all appropriate felicitations and salutations. And let someone take over as secretary of defense who believes in the missions in which American forces are now engaged, and who does not shy away from the understanding that American power is a crucial force for good in the world.”
The moral interest argument was also extended to President Obama via a letter from the neocon Foreign Policy Institutewhere 45 of the biggest names in neoconservatism signed (Kristol, Podhoretz, Kagan, Boot and Wolfowitz to name a few).
In the letter to the President they wrote:
“The United States and our European allies have a moral interest in both an end to the violence and an end to the murderous Libyan regime. There is no time for delay and indecisiveness. The people of Libya, the people of the Middle East, and the world require clear U.S. leadership in this time of opportunity and peril.”
It is a pattern for the neocons to lobby and press the leaders in Washington to take on one battle after another; Iraq, Kosovo, Bosnia, no matter how broke or horribly over-extended we are. Military intervention often in the name of “moral obligation”.