I have these neighbors across the way. For years, their yard has been a complete mess. I mean, at one point, they had a pile of dead chickens that smelled so awful, you could smell it upwind. And the stink attracted rats.
They were not good neighbors.
However, at no time did I consider going to the bank and taking out a loan so I could help them rebuild their house and keep their yard orderly.
Because I can’t afford it, that’s why. I have certain obligations that when prioritized, show acts of charity that offer little chance of future success and probable loss of my own property to be very low on my list of things I really have to do.
Which is why it really infuriates me that Sens. John McCain and, of course, Lindsey Graham are now out in front of television cameras talking about borrowing money from China to rebuild Libya:
“They’re willing to reimburse us. It’s not a matter of money,” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., told Fox News, making a tough sales pitch in an era of high unemployment and increasing austerity.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., noted that the Libyans’ top request was for help in tending to the country’s wounded and that the French and Germans have reached agreements with the new government to treat them.
“So we’ll get our money back, but the one thing we can’t get back is an opportunity,” he told Fox News. “And this is an opportunity to take a dictatorship, the mad dog of the Mideast, and replace him with people who live in peace with us.
“We can do business, have economic ties that will allow American business to prosper from a free Libya,” he added. “So I know we’re broke, but if you disengage the world, you’ll regret it and if we miss this opportunity, we’ll regret it.”
Now does my opening make more sense? These two, man. I really don’t get them.
Have they honestly forgotten about this:
Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi, the Libyan rebel leader, has said jihadists who fought against allied troops in Iraq are on the front lines of the battle against Muammar Gaddafi’s regime.
In an interview with the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, Mr al-Hasidi admitted that he had recruited “around 25″ men from the Derna area in eastern Libya to fight against coalition troops in Iraq. Some of them, he said, are “today are on the front lines in Adjabiya”.
Mr al-Hasidi insisted his fighters “are patriots and good Muslims, not terrorists,” but added that the “members of al-Qaeda are also good Muslims and are fighting against the invader”.
Are these the people we are supposed to start trading with, or the people we’ll live in peace with? Maybe these are the people who will reimburse us? And are they going to reimburse us with interest?
And where are we supposed to get the money? China?
I’m not cool with going deeper into debt to try to buy the friendship of people who have shot at and probably killed American military members in the Middle East. We’ve got our own problems. Trying to fix theirs and expecting appreciation is as absurd as it gets.