Skip to comments.The Shores of Tripoli: Our Latest Wilsonian War (Good Read)
Posted on 03/31/2011 11:20:37 AM PDT by mojito
Its still much too soon to tell how Americas Libya liberation venture will work out. The international coalition is shaky; the UN mandate is dubious; air power has frequently disappointed those who trusted that it alone can win wars; political support in the US is shaky; the Great Loon of Libya, a statesman in the hallowed tradition of Idi Amin, is as cunning as he is daffy; Libyas fragile unity may crumble as the tribes and clans turn on one another; the rebels are poorly armed and poorly organized; some of them may in fact be experienced international terrorists.
For the record, I hope it all works out. I want the government to fall, the Great Loon to flap away into inglorious exile somewhere dismal and dull, and I want the rebels, with help from NATO and the Arab League, to set up a workable government that gives Libyas people a chance to reinvent their country and spreads the oil wealth around. (I would also like a pony.) I think we are out on a limb here and I wish the president had found the time to get some congressional backing up front, but we are where we are and the best we can do now is to muddle on through.
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Isn’t it amazing how those first fake reports said the tribes were backing the ragtag rebels. Seems the truth is that the tribes want no part of AQ, and we are killing the wrong people.
A breakout of the hometowns of Libyan jihadists who showed up in Iraq:
Note that the 84% of the jihadists came from Darnah and Benghazi, both rebel strongholds that were (as pointed out in the West Point study) previously the scene of Islamist uprisings in the mid-1990's.
The message to all third world powers, you are only safe with your finger on a nuclear weapon and a dead man firing switch. It is a brave new world. OBummer you are a fool.
You mean to tell me that the WH and the CIA got the internal politics of a place they know almost nothing about, and care about even less, completely wrong?
I’m shocked, I tell ya.
The President is too busy posing for photos this afternoon. Later, he'll be tied up in an interview with Dana Millbank, talking about the heavy burdens he carries as the greatest upholder of global humanitarianism ever.
Colin Powell. ( snicker )
If they just flipped a coin for decision making, they’d triple their success rate.
We’re not killing the “rebels.” They’re on the side of AQ, so in Obama’s book, they’re the good guys.
Thanks for the editorial sidebar checkoff!