I suffer no illusions about Muammar Gaddafi. He is a brutal man. A ruthless man. A man who butchers his own people to secure his own power.... The world, and the Libyan people, would be better off without him.
But I also know that Gaddafi poses no imminent and direct threat to the United States, or to his neighbors...and that in concert with the international community he can be contained until, in the way of all petty dictators, he falls away into the dustbin of history.
I know that even a successful war against Libya will require a U.S. occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences.
I know that an attack on Libya without a clear rationale and without strong international support will only fan the flames of the Middle East, and encourage the worst, rather than best, impulses of the Arab world, and strengthen the recruitment arm of al-Qaeda.
Of course you have guessed by now that the above is part of Barack Obama's speech against the Iraq War, with names and place substituted to reflect the current war.
Just food for thought.