Rob Andrews on Libya: Asking the Hard Questions

Many members of the BlueJersey community have had a hard time forgiving Congressman Rob Andrews for his vote to authorize war in Iraq. In this video he discusses how that mistake drives him to ask the toughest questions about what’s going on in Libya.

Comments (6)

  1. mmgth

    Pres. Obama’s stated objective is “…to prevent a humanitarian crisis…” .Rob Andrews’ assertions seems to presume that Obama is being less than completely honest. I’m willing to take the Pres. at his word for now. It’s all been said before about Andrews. He not only supported the Iraq invasion, he helped write the resolution and get support for it. Once again, he is curiously aligned with the Republicans.  

  2. Jay Lassiter (Post author)

    …. that the presidents objective is to prevent a humanitarian crisis, then i am sad to say he’s not succeeding.  And furthermore, i don’t think it’s worth our troops and money to intervene in this crisis.  

  3. parnell44

    It seemed to me, when the “rebels” were begging for a no fly zone that we could have used our AWACs that were present to jam Libya’s communications (radar, military comms, etc.).  This is still possible.

    The insurgents did not ask for ground strikes; they made it clear they would take care of that on their own.  

    The shooting of 6 friendly civilians while rescuing the downed crew of the fighter jet just messed things up.  If we had limited our role to downing any Libyan planes and copters in the air as requested and left the ground fighting to the insurgents we would have a clear mission that leveled the playing field without getting over-involved.

  4. Alex

    While the House is busy gutting one domestic plan after another, including funding for cancer research and screening, in the Federal budget, how can we afford the millions that each cruise missile or downed aircraft costs? As for the motives, they would seem more genuine had this latest military adventure been embarked upon when, weeks ago, it might have been more effective.

    As it stands, the rebels now find themselves with their backs to the wall and unable to take advantage of the West’s intervention. I suppose this whole exercise may be a way for Sarkozy to rescue his reputation after the scandals concerning France’s cozy relationship with Tunisia’s ousted Ben-Ali. But why we should be pulled into this at a time we can ill afford it and at a stage in the game when it is less effective has yet to be explained? And all this without raising the obvious hypocrisy of our sudden about-face on Qaddafi, the fact that we’ve waited until the rebellion affected oil prices, or the fact that Congress as a body was not even consulted. The terrible sense of priority this episodes illustrates is reason alone to question our involvement.


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