Why Bob Herbert Does Not Get It About Libya

In his last column for NY Times, Losing Our Way, Bob Herbert makes the case that for the 1,000,000th time how there is disparity in the lives of Americans who are struggling, noting the growing gap between the rich and the poor, how our economic inequity in this country continues to expand, et al, but he frames it in a way that is cynical as if lives saved in Libya are not worthy of saving because we have lost our ways and priorities in focusing to try to help the poor in this country while we are pumping cash to yet again another war that has probably saved another genocide in Libya. Don't know about you all but I am kinda tired of the Holier than thou Bob Herbert:
So here we are pouring shiploads of cash into yet another war, this time in Libya, while simultaneously demolishing school budgets, closing libraries, laying off teachers and police officers, and generally letting the bottom fall out of the quality of life here at home. //snip The U.S. has not just misplaced its priorities. When the most powerful country ever to inhabit the earth finds it so easy to plunge into the horror of warfare but almost impossible to find adequate work for its people or to properly educate its young, it has lost its way entirely. Full article
While I understand developed nations selective bias towards helping Africans in general, it is so easy to forget the Rwanda genocide and how it took the world community 100 days and a million Tutsi lives before we tried to stop the genocide that was going on. I understand the US is in Libya for many reason and one of it is to scratch France's back who has a huge interest in Libya but regardless of the choice of other interest, it is the right humanitarian thing to do. Saving the lives of humans in my opinion has more priority than saving a six or high five figure income. Well, to Herbert, the fact we are trying to stop a crazy murderer and saving lives don't mean obviously nothing but of course our priorities are misplaced. Bullshit! I think Herbert whack standards for humanity might impress Kucinich followers but dude is way too cynical and should be called out on it with his false equivalence using the struggle of Americans to steer emotions that calls to discredit the UN's intervention in Libya. I got one question for Mr. Herbert: Does he really think the most powerful country ever to inhabit the earth finds it so easy to plunge into the horror of warfare? Please, save your sarcasm Mr. Herbert! This is Bob Herbert's last New York Times column after a long 18-years run but what a horrible way to close your last piece making false equivalence.

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