I called for intervention in Cote d'Ivoire before there was a major war, in order to prevent said war. Not the same situation. Now why don't you stay on the subject at hand instead of trying to make this about me or about Cote d'Ivoire.
Are you coming to bed?
I can't. This is important.
Someone is WRONG on the internet! -XKCD
So what if it makes that idiot in the White House look like a fool? Who are we trying to keep that secret from, anyway?
Is it success when the US removes Gadhaffy from the list of the living?
Then the US faces the prospect of the terrorst Muslim Brotherhood vying for control of Libya with Al Qeada. Is the US supposed to hope for an outcome like the Kilkenny Cats? Or should Obama chose sides, again?
One cannot claim success until one defines success.
The ghost of Jack Kevorkian for President's Physician: 2016
In the end, it is their incompetence that is leading to their setbacks. Today, they do not enjoy the broad support of Libya's people precisely for the reasons stated above. Their military operations lack even basic elements of strategy. Not surprisingly, MSNBC reports:
Government soldiers and rebel gunmen battled in the streets of a key front-line city Saturday after the Libyan military used shelling and guerrilla-style tactics to open its most serious push into opposition territory since international airstrikes began. NATO airstrikes, meanwhile, hammered at Gadhafi's ammunition stockpiles and armored forces, destroying 17 tanks...
Recapturing the city would give the Libyan military a staging ground to attack the rebels' main stronghold, Benghazi, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) farther east along the coastal highway. Moammar Gadhafi's forces were approaching Benghazi when they were driven back by the international air campaign launched last month to protect civilians and ground Gadhafi's aircraft.
As noted previously, I would strongly oppose any U.S. troops being sent to Libya to compensate for the rebels' political and military inadequacies. No critical U.S. interests are involved. There is no compelling reason the U.S. should wage Libya's revolution, much less for individuals who have demonstrated very little political and military competence.
Last edited by donsutherland1; 04-09-11 at 08:19 PM.
I'd like to see something friendly and positive arise from this situation, but I think that's an extremely low percentage bet.
This is an internal issue, not an international crisis. If the rebels hadn't "spontaneously" risen up before they were capable of taking effective action to remove the regime they wouldn't have been chopped up so badly.
The mil units defecting to the rebels, the country would have been ripe for an Egypt-style military coup in support of *freedom for the people*. All they had to do was maintain the rage for a few months, and prepare and organise behind the scenes before lynching Omar. As it stands now, the whole opposition is disorganised and whatever the issue, there is probably some heavy infighting going on inside the rebel camp
Its a total fiasco