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We would become part of the government of Libya, in a sense, if we engage our forces in that country’s civil war.

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The country of Burundi is at grave risk for a possible civil war, if violence is not stopped.
I think this is a deeply mistaken way of looking at these kind of debates. The United States is not the government of North Africa, and Barack Obama is not the president of Libya. We have obligations in the region, certainly — treaty obligations, strategic obligations, and yes, moral obligations as well. But America’s leaders are not directly responsible for governing any country besides their own, which means that almost by definition, they/we bear less responsibility for tragedies that result from our staying out of foreign conflicts than for tragedies that flow from our attempts at intervention. By involving ourselves militarily in a given nation’s internal affairs, we effectively claim a kind of political responsibility for the nation or region or question — a small share in the case of a no-fly zone, the lion’s share in the case of an invasion or occupation — that we didn’t have before. We would become part of the government of Libya, in a sense, if we engage our forces in that country’s civil war. And thus our obligations to Libyans would increase, and so would our share of the guilt if things turns out badly.

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“McClellan, showing an early penchant for exaggerating enemy strength…..”. Was he really always in the dark about such matters, or did he do that deliberately to avoid having to take certain actions at certain times? In other words, was that his excuse for his actions? Alan Pinkerton got much of the ‘blame’ for troop estimates during the Peninsula Campaign and Seven Days battles, but how was Mac arriving at estimates of his foes strength at this early juncture? Or did he spike the numbers he was facing to enhance his own glory? He is arguably the most perplexing individual of the Civil War, given his pre-war background and accomplishments.

 

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George Brinton McClellan had led an accomplished 34 years on the eve of the Civil War. Graduating second in his 1846 West Point class, he earned a coveted commission in the Army Corps of Engineers, serving ably during the Mexican-American War and peacetime army before turning to civilian railroad work. His engineering and organizational capabilities had made him highly sought-after in military and civil circles.

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Abraham Lincoln needed a general to rebuild his citizen-soldier army. While Manassas was clearly an early turning point of the war, I’d argue that a second turning point came within mere hours of the Federal defeat, when a desperate telegram was sent to a general on the western fringes of Virginia: “Circumstances make your presence here necessary.” What prompted Lincoln to call on this ‘Young Napoleon’?


which by then had become a de facto civil war

I’ve long been fascinated with the early days, weeks, and months of the Civil War. The optimism and unbounded confidence displayed on both sides of the conflict during the spring and summer of 1861 would quickly wane as the human toll began to exceed even the wildest expectations. And while events during those first months would seem to unfold rather quickly, military actions—both in planning and on the battlefield—happened at a more deliberate pace. While I’ve spent more than two decades studying all aspects of the war, I’ve often found the early campaigns to be easier to digest than the frantic fighting and wholesale slaughter that would be the hallmark of later battles and campaigns.

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I think this is intuitively obvious when one starts to consider real world examples. Does anyone seriously think that the United States bears just as much responsibility for the horrors of the Congolese civil war (which we “let fester,” in Feaver’s phrase) as it does for the post-invasion violence in Iraq? As much responsibility for the casualties in, say, the various India-Pakistan wars as for the casualties in our own war in Vietnam? As much responsibility for the deaths in Europe from 1914 to 1917 as for the deaths in the Philippines during our occupation of those islands? We may bear a share of responsibility for casualties that result from our inaction rather than our actions, but the two ledgers aren’t comparable.

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It isn’t that we have no obligations to Libyans now: As the dominant power in the globe, we have some responsibility for furthering peace and order just about everywhere on earth. But just as you have certain obligations to your brother or cousin’s or neighbor’s child, but a far greater responsibility for a child that you adopt, so a great power’s obligations increase when it assumes an active role in the politics of another country — and so do the responsibilities it bears for any subsequent disasters. Which is, in turn, a good reason to be wary of taking on too many of those obligations in the first place.