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Kevin Baron, Washington bureau and Pentagon reporter for Stars and Stripes, discusses the Pentagon's role in the decision to intervene militarily in Libya and what the U.S. military strategy is there.
There have been many rebellions from other tribes. They are always about who controls the oil revenue. There is no reason to think that these rebels, have somehow read Locke and Madison (there are no real bookstores in Libya) and are interested in freedom. The other section are radical muslims from the Libyan support of Afganistan talliban. Stupid to get involved.
Why think that the Eastern Tribes are better than Gadaffi? Mgariah, Al Zintan, Warfalla are no more "freedom" than the Gadaffi tribe.
We are in so many places--how can we sustain these manoeuvres? How are we going to pay for all of this? And why aren't the Arab delegations out there?
What about just removing Quadafi from the world of the living? Surely we have the undercover resources to do so. Is he to hang around somewhere like Osama who supposedly is still unfindable all these years after 9/11?
I'm persuaded by the fact that France got on board so quickly. France has a longer relationship with Libya than any other Western country, and they're not exactly hawkish. Clearly there was a pressing need, and France knew intervention would be effective this time.
We have a clear enemy, a real coalition, an innocent population, and a reluctant warrior at the top. I'm getting a little of that old time Gulf War I feeling. Watching the Libyan air defenses flare blindly and the US destroying enemy forces from a far only underscored that sense. I'm a way off? Am I too optimistic?
Weren't we recently told by Secretary Gates that the establishment of a no-fly zone would take months?????
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