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Chan Lowe: Send in the Marines?


Will they never learn?

We’ve had troops mired for years in two theaters, and they’re spread so thin that the stress of repeated tours of duty is breaking them. Just a couple of weeks ago, the Secretary of Defense said that anybody who considers getting involved in another Middle East conflict ought to have his head examined.

Yet, the armchair hawks in congress are ready to go to war all over again in Libya, and they have the gall to chastise the president for moving too slowly. Sure, it plays well back home, where people are screaming about gas prices. But it’s President Obama who, if he gets us involved militarily, will be lying awake nights with those lives on his conscience.

Sure, it’s “just” a no-fly zone that they want for now. Planes get shot down, though. Pilots survive and are taken prisoner. John McCain, of all people, should know that. And if that pilot doesn’t survive, what will it say on his plaque at Arlington, “He died to keep pump prices down?”

Then, there’s the infamous “mission creep.” The Europeans are talking about mounting a humanitarian effort. These things need protection, which probably means U.S. Marines. They’re the only outfit with the training and logistics to pull off a job like that on short notice.

But protection detail has a way of spinning out of control. Didn’t the Vietnam War start off as a temporary deployment to protect the perimeter of an air base?

And what if we go in there to save the rebels, and it turns out they hate Americans more than Gadhafi? Talk about losing hearts and minds.

You'd think that after granting President Bush a free hand eight years ago to invade Iraq for specious reasons, the members of the senate who were around at the time would at least have the grace to keep their mouths shut now.

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‘The only thing necessary for the triumph [of evil] is for good men to do nothing.’, Edmond Burke.

The US is doing nothing to support the people of Libya who are struggling to escape a repressive regime. Chan, your logic is the same used by the ‘appeasement’ advocates prior to the US entry into WWII. We cannot simply put our head in the sand and say we don’t see anything. The movements in North Africa and the Middle East toward democracy is the direct result of two things; the development of instant communications through the internet and social networking and the example of democracy being created in Iraq. The genie is out of the bottle. It is time for Obama to earn the Nobel Peace prize he was granted on the basis of his promises before being elected.

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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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