I doubt anyone is too clear on what the motives are or what the long term planning might be. It s a war being fought by a political committee who feel they have to do something, so they started letting the bombs fly, which is the easy. Apart from that they remain confused.
Heck I'd be happy with even some short-term planning. I don't see any indication that any of the NATO forces have given the slightest thought to what the mission is. None of them can bring themselves to say that their goal is to depose Gaddafi, even though it obviously is. The mission creep has already begun, with a no-fly zone turning into air strikes.
Right. They have no idea at all, nor do we. Are they 'nation building'? Will Gadaffi remain in power if he says he'll be good? And, like you say, who or what will take his place? The Arab League appears to hold more influence than they should, and the same holds true of the corrupt UN. Anything can happen if the West follows the dictates of those guys.I agree about the long term planning though. In the long term, even if the campaign is successful, I see no reason to expect the successor government to be a huge improvement over Gaddafi. We have no idea who we're even allying with, and it's quite possible that we'll come to regret that decision a few years down the road.