A Republican bill that would have cut off funding for US aggression in Libya failed today (238 “no” to 180 “yes”) – with the majority of Democrat Congressmembers (149) voting for continued military presence in the North African country, which has been under attack by US forces since March 19, 2011.
In a quote to CBS News, Minnesota Democrat Rep. Keith Ellison defended his vote against the Republican bill, which would have ended funding for President Barack Obama’s efforts to initiate regime change in the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, by invoking America’s alleged ‘moral obligation’ for taking military action in Libya”
“The most powerful nation in the world shouldn’t stand by while innocent women and children are being mowed down.” (Source).
In an interesting turn of events, House Speaker John Boehner directly questioned Obama’s policy of seeking regime change in Libya:
“Why is removing Qaddafi a part of this mission? What if he doesn’t leave? Who are the rebels that we’re there helping to fight? How long is this going to last and at what cost and what does success look like?”
While Republican Congressmember Ted Poe of Texas (the former Houston Judge famous for issuing creative sentences to offenders in his court) questioned the very same tactics employed by the Bush administration (not to mention the majority of previous US presidents before) of using military aggression to coerce foreign governments deemed hostile to US interests:
“There are a lot of bad guys in the world, and if we start picking them off one at a time we will be at war with most of the world,” contended Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas.
The most interesting thing about all of this is the fact that, approximately 8 years ago, these very same Republican quotes could easily have been attributed to the minority of Democratic Members of Congress dissenting against the decision to wage war and occupy the independent state of Iraq under then President Saddam Hussein.
The seemingly “progressive” tone of the above quoted Republicans betrays the fact that this is nothing more than a political maneuver to send a message to President Obama. If this was a Republican president waging war against the people of Libya, you can rest assure that Boehner, Poe, and the others would be toeing the party line.
But behind the public façade and the meaningless quotes – both Democrats and Republicans remain spineless puppets of the decadent bourgeoisie, and the ongoing war against the Libyan people is yet another example of America’s destructive and imperialistic presence in the world.