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Abu Muqawama: Fallout From Libya Precedent Felt in Syria Debate

Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012

When the United States led an international coalition in a military intervention against the regime of former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi last year, I was among those who argued the campaign was not in the vital interests of the United States.

Libya, a country of just 6 million people and around 3 percent of the world’s proven oil reserves, was simply not important enough to risk the lives of U.S. servicemen -- or any more treasure, given what the United States had already spent in Iraq and Afghanistan. My own experiences in both of those countries as a soldier have made me wary of military interventions, and it was again in part due to my own experiences in those conflicts that I cautioned that a military intervention in Libya would likely develop into a bloody stalemate. ...

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