BTW, we’re bombing Libya now

There was a time when Democrats used to complain about America being asked to take care of everyone else’s defense needs, on an open-ended, “on call” basis.

Former Democratic Congresswoman Pat Schroeder of Colorado made a name for herself in national security in the 1980s riding just such a theme.  Her famous formula is captured in this delightful antique from the Orlando Sentinel in 1988:

…Rep. Patricia Schroeder, D-Colo…heads the special House panel examining the issue of who pays what.

”Our allies are doing less than they were in 1980 because President Reagan has been so quick to pick up the check,” she said. ”They’ve got a situation of ‘Dial 1-800-USA, and we come running.”’

Good times, good times.

Now our Democratic president seems to be running a global military-on-demand service.  And Americans seem to be inured not only to constant military responses, but to not even being in charge of what’s going on, and having our military act on whatever someone else wants.

That’s the best I can figure from the relative silence about the fact that we’ve started bombing targets in Libya this week.  If you didn’t hear about that, you’re probably having the average American experience.  There’s little about it in the MSM.

Fortunately, some outlets have picked it up.  As you’d expect, we’re bombing ISIS targets.  At least, we can hope we agree that they’re ISIS targets, since the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA), the government we support, is picking the targets for us.  And for sure,nothing could go wrong there.

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One Response

  1. It is unfair, but what is new about that. If this was a Republican President sending bombers to a foreign country to bomb with no Congress input, the media would be having a field day – war hawks, war mongers, reckless bully, sticking nose where it doesn’t belong. But it is different with a Democrat doing it.

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