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Ex-CIA Official: Libyan Massacres Not US Problem

Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 09:51 PM

By Hiram Reisner

Former head of the CIA’s Osama bin Laden unit Michael Scheuer calls the U.S. military’s potential involvement in Libya “absurd,” as America has no strategic interest there, and if “Libyans killed each other for the next week, what difference does it make to life in the United States.”

Scheuer was reacting to the U.N. Security Council vote Thursday to impose a no-fly zone over Libyan skies, giving the United States and its allies military license to protect civilians threatened by forces loyal to dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

“This is an absurd situation; there is absolutely nothing of interest to the United States in Libya,” Scheuer said Thursday on Fox Business Network’s “Lou Dobbs Tonight.” “If all the Libyans killed each other for the next week, what difference does it makes to life in the United States.

“Air power never wins anything … air power will not resolve the question and we will ultimately be faced with another incursion of U.S. forces on the ground,” Scheuer said. “It is an extraordinarily irresponsible thing for the president to do – he should have said from day one: ‘The U.S. cavalry is not coming.’ If the Europeans want to go, let them go.”

Former Assistant Defense Secretary and Fox News security analyst K.T. McFarland said while the United States does have a humanitarian interest in Libya, America has nothing to gain with intervention in yet another conflict in the region.

“The devil will be in the details of this. Whose military operation is it and what kind?” McFarland asked host Lou Dobbs. “Will the French and British air forces that are at NATO bases in Italy, will they participate – or will this be largely a U.S. adventure? Is this only going to be an air campaign … or will somebody at some point feel we need boots on the ground?

“My second concern, Lou, is what’s the precedent that this sets up? Because Libya is not the last problem we’re going to have,” she said. “I look at Libya and say: ‘OK, where are America’s strategic interests in this – we’re interested in the humanitarian issue in Libya, yes – but our strategic interests are in the [Persian] Gulf, that’s Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.”

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