It’s 3 a.m. And There’s a Phone Ringing in the White House by Gregory Hilton


It’s 3 a.m., and your children are safe and asleep, but there’s a phone in the White House, and it’s ringing. Libyan fighter planes are bombing the rebels. For two decades Libya has been funding the FARC, which is responsible for two-thirds of the cocaine entering America. Libya ordered the murder of Pan AM Flight 103, and they trained and equipped practically every terrorist group.
The Libyan rebels do not want foreign troops but they can not advance without a no-fly zone, and they need stinger missiles. The Arab League, the European Union and NATO want to move.
Russia is stopping the UN from acting, but Britain and France say the time is now. The French President has recognized and met with the rebel leaders. They are not fundamentalists and they support human rights.
The U.S. military says this is an easy operation which would be conducted with our allies, and the costs are minimal. Gen. Merrill McPeak, the former Air Force chief of staff: “This is a pretty easy problem, for crying out loud. If we can’t do this, what can we do?” McPeak added that there would be no need to maintain 24/7 coverage. As long as the Libyan Air Force knew there was some risk of interception, its pilots would be much less motivated to drop bombs and more inclined to defect.
Former Assistant Secretary of Defense Richard Perle has said:

The Qaddafi forces appear to be taking territory back from the rebels. With mechanized units, rockets and air power, how could it be otherwise? Meanwhile the administration is wracked by indecision. Why not put anti-aircraft Stingers in the hands of rebels? We didn’t need a ‘no fly zone’ to defeat the Soviets in Afghanistan. Stingers were enough.

It is 3 am and the President needs to answer that call because the problem is not going away. In a dangerous world, it’s judgment that matters, and great nations have significant responsibilities.
The axis of evil must not triumph. Pick up the phone President Obama, and support the no-fly zone.
RELATED ARTICLE: The Case for a No-Fly Zone Over Libya, http://www.nytimes.com
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/10/opinion/10kristof.html?_r=1&src=twrhp

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