More On Changing Views

Speaking of changing views , Operation Odyssey Dawn, aka  establishing a no-fly zone in Libya, is underway. As an aside I wonder who in the military is responsible for coming up with names for battles? Operation Odyssey Dawn - missile strikes only at dawn? Hope the moniker does not mean that we have embarked on an odyssey. Perhaps it's as simple as not putting the tag of "war" on a massive military operation. The Pentagon would not want to upset the American public. Does Madison Ave. have a defense contract to come up with cute names like Operation Desert Storm, Operation New Dawn, Operation Desert Shield, Operation Enduring Freedom?

But I digress. Back to Operation Odyssey Dawn. It could also carry the label, Operation Change of Mind. As I understood it, we were not going to get militarily involved in the events in Libya. Someone had a change in how the Libyan situation was viewed. This is fine if new evidence warranted the change. If that is the case, that evidence has not been revealed. Until it is, I'll side with John Quincy Adams' admonition  for America, “Wherever the standard of freedom and independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will her heart, her benedictions and her prayers be. But she goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy ... she is the champion and vindicator only of her own.”

If there is concrete, indisputable evidence that the security of America is at stake, I'm willing to change my view on Operation Odyssey Dawn ( I do wish they had come up with a more catchy name). In the meantime, thumbs down.

1 comment:

Charles Leck said...

This is a tough call, Tony. I think I'm with you on this one but it sure is tough to see that monster killing his own people just because they want change.

Up in Vermont they're talking about taking the vote away from college students! No kidding! You think that won't get some protest rallies going?

No relation between the two issues? I'm not so sure. Chas