In terms of political leadership, the American revolutionaries were light years ahead of the anti-Gadhafi forces. They had a unifying positive agenda set forth in the Declaration of Independence. Even as a significant loyalist element existed, there was also broad support across the colonies for independence. In contrast, there is little evidence of significant support for the anti-Gadhafi forces outside of eastern Libya. Furthermore, the anti-Gadhafi elements have offered no notable documents that would guarantee fundamental rights to all Libyans (rhetoric is not a subsitute for concrete documents), much less guaranteed amnesty for those who abandoned the dictatorship (incentives that are essential given tribal and other divisions that exist within Libya).
Politically, the American revolutionaries were reaching out continually to France and others who were potential allies e.g., the Americans had a permanent diplomatic representation in Paris (John Adams performed that role for about two years). The leadership of the Libyan anti-Gadhafi forces did not make a single presentation to the UN Security Council, even as it was the Security Council that was assessing and later acting on the situation in Libya. Not one of their senior leaders has relocated to the U.S. That some in Libya's missions and embassies have defected does not alter that outcome, as they do not have direct access to the leaders of the anti-Gadhafi forces. The short-sightedness of that political situation cannot be overstated.
That, in my view, is not due to a lack of due diligence by the U.S. and others. It is the direct result of exactly the political shortcomings I have mentioned above. The anti-Gadhafi movement's inept political performance provides little confidence that the movement would be capable of handling the far more complex issues of governance. The lack of information on their "true intentions" reveals a lack of agreement on anything but the notion that Gadhafi's dictatorship must go. As the American revolutionaries were brought into discussion, the organization and performance of the Continental Congress (not just a mere council) provided evidence that governance could be handled effectively in a post-British colonial America. The Declaration of Independence revealed that the American revolutionaries didn't merely stand for an end of British rule, but had a vision for a post-British America.With that said, we still don't know who they are and what their true intentions are.