Skip to comments.Is It Time to Invade Burma?
Posted on 05/10/2008 12:36:34 PM PDT by Dawnsblood
That's why it's time to consider a more serious option: invading Burma. Some observers, including former USAID director Andrew Natsios, have called on the U.S. to unilaterally begin air drops to the Burmese people regardless of what the junta says. The Bush Administration has so far rejected the idea "I can't imagine us going in without the permission of the Myanmar government," Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday but it's not without precedent: as Natsios pointed out to the Wall Street Journal, the U.S. has facilitated the delivery of humanitarian aid without the host government's consent in places like Bosnia and Sudan.
A coercive humanitarian intervention would be complicated and costly. During the 2004 tsunami, some 24 U.S. ships and 16,000 troops were deployed in countries across the region; the mission cost the U.S. $5 million a day. Ultimately, the U.S. pledged nearly $900 million to tsunami relief. (By contrast, it has offered just $3.25 million to Burma.) But the risks would be greater this time: the Burmese government's xenophobia and insecurity make them prone to view U.S. troops or worse, foreign relief workers as hostile forces. (Remember Black Hawk Down?) Even if the U.S. and its allies made clear that their actions were strictly for humanitarian purposes, it's unlikely the junta would believe them. "You have to think it through do you want to secure an area of the country by military force? What kinds of potential security risks would that create?" says Egelend. "I can't imagine any humanitarian organization wanting to shoot their way in with food."
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Not before we get Washington first!!
Not our business.
I think we should just send in Rambo. That was a pretty good movie even for what it was (good guys kicking the crap out of bad guys).
What are we crazy? Too many problems and wars already. Who wants to go back into jungles of Far East?
Let Burma deal with their problems and we’ll deal with ours.
Boy I wish the lefties would make up their mind! I was under the impression that they thought we shouldn’t be anywhere but at home guarding our shores?
This is hilarious.
So, Iraq is an unjust war, even though their Head of State declared the same on us many times before we actually went in again. On top of that, there’s no disputing the fact they had a WMD program.
Burma did NOTHING to ANYONE except of course their own people, and they want us to INVADE THEM.
Iran, by contrast, has threatened the mass destruction of Israel on more than one occasion, and is without doubt to ANYONE building nukes and the capability to deliver them.
But LET’S NOT INVADE THEM OR ANYTHING. There’s simply no justification for it, you see.
It the wet-ass hour, they come running to Uncle Sam, but when they are taking pate and champagne at some reception, we’re the devil.
I’d make them a deal. We’ll invade Burma, and YOU invade Iran and do your F’IN job and make sure that don’t hit the West with nukes!!
My wife has an old friend Bob whose wife was convinced he was having an affair. She berated and accused him constantly that he was cheated on her, even though he was not. Eventually, it got to the point where he figured, well, if she is convinced I am cheating on her then I might as well do so. We call it the “Bob Rule”. It applies to Burma. Since they are convinced we want to invade them and overthrow their junta, we might as well do so. (applies to taking control of Iraq oil as well, since the left has accused Bush of having that as his motivation for invading Iraq from the start).
I just can’t think of a much better way to start a serious ground war with China... than by doing something that stupid.
It's not clear why. For some perhaps they feel guilty when we have a national interest at stake. For many, they simply are on the other side and don't want our country to be stronger in the world.
A coercive humanitarian intervention?
Now that just reeks of Nanny State Socialist, Ben &Jerry ice cream eating, eco-tree hugging, liberal trash nonsense.
Maybe they can drop in a few million cases of mercury loaded fluorescent light bulbs while they are at it and save the Planet, to boot.
"You have to think it through do you want to secure an area of the country by military force? What kinds of potential security risks would that create?" says Egelend. "I can't imagine any humanitarian organization wanting to shoot their way in with food."
I kind of doubt that there is any precedent there at all unfortunately but what is your plan then, Jan? I can't imagine any sick and starving victims of the flooding being real thrilled to have their aid served up in a crossfire of mortars and artillery shells either.
Since the military junta in Burma cow tows to Beijing perhaps you could talk to the Hu Jintao clique about exerting some pressure on them to get things moving? Of course they're a little busy right now trying to keep a boot heel on the necks of the Tibetans and preparing for the Olympics at the same time. France and Germany aren't real busy anywhere maybe they could invade Burma for you. /s
Hell no! If they don’t want the world’s expertise (including the US) on helping them recover, I say we just drop it all from the news. Walk away from it - forget it.
I saw a quote from some UN clown (can’t forget his name for some reason, it was John Holmes)saying “They haven’t given us the access we have the right to expect.” Of course they haven’t, John - they’re a secretive military junta - they don’t want your interference.
I’ll support the invasion of Myanmar if DOD will designate it Operation Burma Shave.
No war for bloated bodies!
The progressives want to declare war on Burma and China.
LOL--you don't know? He wants the US to do it so he can sit on his butt and criticize.
The shells are flying
The bombs drop near
The signs are clear
The Marines are here!
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