New Yorkers are concerned that the U.S. could become mired in another interminable Middle East conflict by joining the alliance against Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s forces, but they give President Barack Obama points for good intentions.
“It’s the right thing to do. People in that part of the world are being oppressed,” said Eddie Long, a personal trainer who lives in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Still, he allowed, the U.S. needs to be careful not to get sucked into another long-running resource-draining quagmire and to keep its economic priorities in balance, he noted.
American citizens can help the tsunami-traumatized Japanese with donations, but only government intervention “can remove the devil from power,” in Libya, said Lila Francisco, a cashier from Nutley New Jersey.
Lisa DeRensis, of Sunnyside, an artist and energy management consultant, wished that the U.S. practiced more defense and less offense in its international relations. Still, she said Obama “is doing an amazing job, considering what he’s inherited.”
People were less impressed by the verbiage employed to market the latest sally into the Middle East. Following Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and the “shock and awe” strategy in Iraq, “Operation Odyssey Dawn” sounded to some more like a stripper’s name than an accurate description of the current military foray.
“Whatever they call it,” said Long, “it’s still war.”