United States military has no role either alone or as part of a multinational
force in Liberia.
recognize the tragedy in Liberia. A civil war has raged there for the
past 14 years, leaving thousands dead and a million without homes. Horrific
stories of atrocities abound. We wish for peace and a resolution to
the conflict. But we must recognize that this resolution should come
through regional West African efforts. These are the countries involved
and affected; these are the countries with the most incentive to resolve
the problem. Simply stated, there is no US national security interest
at stake in the conflict no matter how widely "national interest"
administration is currently pondering repeated calls by some in the
US and especially the United Nations to commit thousands of troops to
a full-fledged American operation in Liberia. According to press reports,
the Pentagon has just ordered about 4,500 sailors and marines from the
Horn of Africa into the Mediterranean Sea, so as to be closer to Liberia
just in case.
we commit our troops to yet another foreign intervention, Congress must
at the very least consider the implications of further committing our
already seriously overextended military. According to recent press reporting,
of the 33 brigades that make up the entirety of the US Army's active
duty combat forces, all but just three brigades are either currently
engaged in Iraq, Afghanistan, South Korea; are committed to other missions;
or are reconstituting. This suggests that the US military is in serious
danger of becoming over-extended.
There is no US interest in the conflict and US military involvement
could well lead to resentment and more violence against US troops, as
we saw in Somalia. We must ponder this possibility before yet again
putting our men and women in uniform in harm's way.