Posted on January 01, 2011 in Campaign Statements

“I think it’s useful to use covert operations to get rid of Muammar Gadhafi, but I don’t think the U.S. should have troops there. I think this whole effort to have forces on the ground has turned out to be a swamp, whether it’s Afghanistan, Iraq or Libya. Because we are not prepared to be engaged deeply enough to change the culture, and we are [only] prepared to engage deep enough to get in and out. And that leaves you with the worst of all worlds. Because over time your enemies hate you, your very presence leads to more people deciding you are their enemy. You become a symbol around which to organize anti-Western radicalism.”

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