Ted Koppel asked this unnecessary brain teaser on “Meet the Press” this past weekend:
MR. TED KOPPEL: I don’t think he’s going to be able to answer the central question. You asked the right question in talking about the, the national interest. The question hasn’t yet been answered as to why it is that Libya, of all countries in that region, has won the humanitarian defense sweepstakes of 2011. We have seen many countries, both in that region and throughout the world, where civilian loss and civilian suffering has been much, much greater. Congo for the past 12 years, we’ve lost about five million people. Sudan, three million people, never any talk of military intervention. Take a look at what’s going on in the Ivory Coast today. Secretary Clinton was talking about the number of refugees that might have come out of a Gadhafi attack on Benghazi. You’ve got 700,000 refugees in the Ivory Coast right now–close to a million, in fact. Why, why Libya? Hasn’t been answered.
Simple answer: Oil.
Glad I could clear that up.
- Meet The Press Panel Asks The $64,000 Question: Why Libya? (crooksandliars.com)