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    Re: Libya: Will Air War Become an Occupation?

    It's not a rhetorical question. How else would you exert control over these events in which billions of dollars have been invested or don't you consider war an investment? This is not a humanitarian endeavor. That trial balloon leaked air immediately. Hmm, 60% of Libyan OIL has been going to China. If we control Iraqi OIL and Libyan OIL, then we exert some influence on OPEC, as the famous buzzwords state, "going forward." Do that have some traction?

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    Re: Libya: Will Air War Become an Occupation?

    If we seek complete control, occupation, that would be a mistake. A huge mistake. We have to get out of the regime change nation building rut.

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    Re: Libya: Will Air War Become an Occupation?

    It had better not. I supported the air strikes, but I most certainly wouldn't support an occupation. One gave more power to the revolutionaries, the other would take it away. One makes us more popular in the middle east, the other does the opposite.
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    Re: Libya: Will Air War Become an Occupation?

    If there were to be any occupation it would be by others. The US will not get involved on the ground. IMO
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    Re: Libya: Will Air War Become an Occupation?

    Air power alone, has never been the deciding factor in victory save the A-bombs of WW-II.

    Unless a lot of help in the form on weaponry is pumped in NATO is going to have to step up.

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    Re: Libya: Will Air War Become an Occupation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Councilman View Post
    Air power alone, has never been the deciding factor in victory save the A-bombs of WW-II.
    Air power alone led to a successful outcome in the 1999 Balkan conflict.

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    Re: Libya: Will Air War Become an Occupation?

    Quote Originally Posted by donsutherland1 View Post
    Air power alone led to a successful outcome in the 1999 Balkan conflict.
    Yet did it in Vietnam, the War on Terror, and other wars?
    I recall one former military stating the over-rated importance of air power
    "Even if you bomb all their cities, their roads, their factories, you still have to send in your infantry, armor, and artillery to wipe out the remaining 50% of their ground forces hiding shielded from air-dropped bombs"
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    Re: Libya: Will Air War Become an Occupation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Proud South Korean View Post
    Yet did it in Vietnam, the War on Terror, and other wars?
    I recall one former military stating the over-rated importance of air power
    "Even if you bomb all their cities, their roads, their factories, you still have to send in your infantry, armor, and artillery to wipe out the remaining 50% of their ground forces hiding shielded from air-dropped bombs"
    The point is, our air power levels the playing field for their infantry.
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    Re: Libya: Will Air War Become an Occupation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Proud South Korean View Post
    Yet did it in Vietnam, the War on Terror, and other wars?
    I recall one former military stating the over-rated importance of air power
    "Even if you bomb all their cities, their roads, their factories, you still have to send in your infantry, armor, and artillery to wipe out the remaining 50% of their ground forces hiding shielded from air-dropped bombs"
    In general, especially in major wars, air power alone is insufficient. Manpower is often vital. The Balkan conflict in 1999 is an exception. I only noted that conflict to make a correction to the preceding statement.

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