Building a Democratic Libya After Dictatorship

Friday, October 21, 2011

The death of Moammar Gadhafi and the capture of Sirte brings to close a prolonged struggle between the Gadhafi regime and Libya's pro-democracy rebels, ending an years of conflict and clearing the way for a new era of rebuilding, with challenges of its own. With the fall of a ruler who has been in power for more than four decades, Libya in many ways will be starting from scratch. Mike Newton, an international law professor at Vanderbilt University Law School, has been acting as a legal adviser to the Libyan rebels. Former Assistant Secretary of Defense Larry Korb is a fellow at the Center for American Progress. They both weigh in on Libya's future.


Mike Newton

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Bryan from Illinois

In regards to my thoughts on pulling out of Iraq and Afghanistan, I appreciate all of the support from the patriots in this country and nothing in my life has meant more to me then my service. It doesn’t matter what your political views are when you think back to 9/11/2001. Sometimes I feel like people have forgotten the 2,973 reasons we were given to go to war in the first place. I will never forget and will continue to serve and answer the call for as long as the Army will have me. It’s easy to say we got our man and the mission is accomplished but what about the people of Afghanistan whose lives have been forever changed because of this conflict? Should we leave them to the Taliban or should we finish what we started? Iraq is different though. If they want us out and they think they can run their country on their own then let them. The goal, I thought, has always been to give the Iraqi people a Democratic Government that can represent it’s people and security forces that can protect them. Isn’t that what we’ve done and is that not what they are doing? Things might not be perfect in Iraq but they never have been and never will be. We have a legitimate government telling us they don’t need our help anymore so who are we to force it on them. We’ve done a damn good job with the time we had and now it’s up to the Iraqis to continue the progress.

Oct. 24 2011 02:10 PM
Bryan from Illinois

I heard your program while I was making my three hour Monday commute to my Duty Station in Joliet and I just wanted to voice a few of my thoughts. When I returned home in Feb. 2006 there were no programs in place for retuning National Guard Veterans. I went through a de-mobilization process, a welcome home ceremony and then was thrown back into society. I quickly ran into problems and volunteered for another deployment to escape them. By July 2006 I was on my way back to Iraq for my second tour. I found it difficult to reintegrate back into a normal life that first time. I think if there would have been something there for me when I got back things might have been different. Things are different now. When I returned home in 2007 and then again in 2009 the Army National Guard was implementing the Yellow Ribbon program. All Soldiers and Airmen had to attend this reintegration training upon returning home. While Yellow Ribbon opens doors for those who need help it still is not enough for some Soldiers. My wife and I served in Iraq and Afghanistan together and while in Iraq in 2006-2007 she started having back problems. This problem persisted throughout our Afghanistan deployment and when we returned home in Sep. 2009 she was told that the VA would be able to help. After two years and several visits to the VA she gave up and went to our physician to seek help and was finally referred to physical therapy. The problem is that even though we have all of these great sounding programs and establishments in place for returning vets they don't always work and are often too difficult to navigate. The VA in Illinois was having my wife drive three hours to the VA Hospital in Danville just to find out that they would do nothing for her even though they could see a problem in her back. How realistic is that for a vet when it would be cheaper to pay his or her percent of the bill from their primary physician then to drive or arrange for transportation to a VA clinic several hours away and they may not even get help? I myself have given up on the VA and want nothing to do with them.

Oct. 24 2011 02:09 PM
John Best from Massachusetts

First, I believe that ALL of our troops should come home as we can never actually "win" in these wars.
Second,all efforts should be made to help our troops recover physically and mentally; NOT be forgotten as soon as they are home.
THIRD, and VERY important, there are NO jobs here for our returning military. This presents an opportunity more than a problem.
Leave our troops under their military pay. Put them to work on rebuilding our country's infrastructure. I feel our troops would be far happier building than destroying.
I have written our govt. with similar views for months; no response, of course.

Oct. 24 2011 06:14 AM

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