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    US 'to tone down role in Libya'

    BBC News - Libya: US 'to reduce role in military campaign'

    President Barack Obama has said the US will transfer its leading role on Libya "within days" to ensure the burden of enforcing a UN resolution against Colonel Muammar Gaddafi is shared.
    Mr Obama pointed to past events when the US had acted "unilaterally and without full international support" and had "ended up bearing the full burden".

    He said Nato would play a co-ordinating function but he said he would leave it to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm Mike Mullen, to describe later how the transfer would take place.

    In Russia, visiting US Defence Secretary Robert Gates also said the US would soon reduce its participation in the coalition operation.

    But after a meeting in Brussels, Nato appeared not to have resolved differences over how to proceed.
    Hopefully this means Libya won't be another Iraq.

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    Re: US 'to tone down role in Libya'

    Right now it's looking more like another Bosnia.
    Nobody who wins a war indulges in a bifurcated definition of victory. War is a political act; victory and defeat have meaning only in political terms. A country incapable of achieving its political objectives at an acceptable cost is losing the war, regardless of battlefield events.

    Bifurcating victory (e.g. winning militarily, losing politically) is a useful salve for defeated armies. The "stab in the back" narrative helped take the sting out of failure for German generals after WWI and their American counterparts after Vietnam.

    All the same, it's nonsense. To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, show me a political loser, and I'll show you a loser.
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    Re: US 'to tone down role in Libya'

    Quote Originally Posted by StillBallin75 View Post
    Right now it's looking more like another Bosnia.
    Yeah, pretty much. Oh well...

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    Re: US 'to tone down role in Libya'

    Quote Originally Posted by StillBallin75 View Post
    Right now it's looking more like another Bosnia.
    You mean **** tons of money spent and no real good done?

    You know, at some point we should **** or get off the pot. Either let's do this imperial thing, fund it and take over the world (I expect cheap gas!), or let's GTFO of other people's business.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    You mean **** tons of money spent and no real good done?

    You know, at some point we should **** or get off the pot. Either let's do this imperial thing, fund it and take over the world (I expect cheap gas!), or let's GTFO of other people's business.
    Yeah, we do pretty much half ass it. Go big or go home I guess...but we're somewhere in the long-term, expensive middle.

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    Re: US 'to tone down role in Libya'

    This is proof Obama is a lousy leader. A leader doesn't start something and bail before the job is done it makes you weak in the eyes of the world but then Obama already looks the fool to anyone with half a brain.

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    Re: US 'to tone down role in Libya'

    I mean this in the nicest possible way.

    But Obama is crazy.

    Why?

    Because he wanted to be president of a nation that, no matter what decision he makes.

    You're all bound to bitch about it in one way or another.

    Jesus h. Christ.

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    Re: US 'to tone down role in Libya'

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    I mean this in the nicest possible way.

    But Obama is crazy.

    Why?

    Because he wanted to be president of a nation that, no matter what decision he makes.

    You're all bound to bitch about it in one way or another.

    Jesus h. Christ.
    Wow! What an insightful post. You contributed sooo much to our knowledge and communicated your position so intelligently and succinctly that its obvious the rest of us have nothing left to say.

    Did you actually mean to say something or did you accidentally hit the keyboard?

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