Let Europe Provide Rebels With Arms

Former President Bill Clinton certainly should know about the perils of U.S. humanitarian missions abroad. It was on his watch in 1993, after all, that 18 U.S. soldiers on a peacekeeping force in Somalia were killed in the infamous “Blackhawk Down” battle.

Yet Clinton thinks the United States should be providing more assistance to rebels fighting Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Specifically, thought should be given to providing the rebels with weapons, Clinton suggested.

Apparently Clinton does not think European nations – which have specific interests in Libya – have enough weapons of their own to arm the rebels.

They do, of course, and it should be nations such as France and Italy taking the lead on any new aid for the rebels. The United States already has done much more than our share.