An Open Letter to President Obama Regarding Libya

The Honorable Barack Obama
President of the United States of America
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 205

March 17th, 2011

Dear Mr. President

As you stated so eloquently and effectively in your acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize that in the event of a nation’s horrific inhumane acts against another nation or similar intolerability imposed upon its on people then some forms of appropriate external military intervention may be justifiably necessary. Such is the current circumstance in Libya, i.e., (i) short-term, (ii) limited, (iii) non-ground troop interventions.

Whatever the results of the UN Security Council’s vote regarding ‘all necessary means’ please be certain that the United States — hopefully with other nations — will immediately strafe for destruction all Libyan’s military tanks and other heavy artillery equipment now maneuvering in position to inflict more heavy causalities upon that nation’s civilian population who are striving for freedom and participatory democracy — operative principles upon which our own nation was founded and do cherish today.

I, too, prefer never to have war. I, too, strive both to assure and to ensure ‘never again’ whenever I think of (i) the Jewish Holocaust, (ii) the irrational delay of international involvement in Bosnia, and (iii) the unconscionable noninvolvement in Rwanda.

I, too, wish that the US ‘go it alone’ policies and related actions no longer be viable for our nation. But, Mr. President, I would rather that our nation be criticized for non-approved interventions — Iraq would have been the exception — rather than our nation be guilty and perhaps damned for not employing (i) short-term, (ii) limited, (iii) non-ground troop intervention in the just cause of universal precepts of morality, human rights and civilians’ survival.

In several ways a heart wrenching decision to move forward — with latent ripple effects to be sure. Unfortunate and regrettable that said actions must be taken, yet it is simply time to do the right thing. Please, Mr. President, do so.

My thoughts, prayers and support remain with you.

Respectfully and sincerely,

The Lincoln Institute