Libya: Could it be working?

From Foreign Policy this morning:

Top news: Aided by the internationally-imposed no-fly zone, Libya’s rebels are closing in on Muammar al-Qaddafi’s hometown of Sirte after a rapid advance during which they retook hundreds of miles of territory that had been lost in the previous week, including two key oil complexes. . . .  The rebels also scored a diplomatic victory when Qatar became the first Arab country to recognize them as the legitimate government of Libya. Qatar has promised the rebels help in selling their oil on the international market . . .[Obama] scored an victory on Sunday when NATO ambassadors approved a plan for the alliance to take over command of aerial operations from the United States.

Maybe the rebels are a more cohesive group than they’ve appeared to be. Let us hope.

Maybe we can take the Administration at their word. Maybe this will be Grenada, not Afghanistan.

2 responses to “Libya: Could it be working?

  1. Is it working? Tell me what the actual goal is and I’ll render my opinion on the matter. So far I cannot decipher any goal from the statements being mouthed or by the actors’ actions.

    All I can say for sure is that it’s not about oil; staying out of it would have been better for oil production, or even waiting a week or so and then threatening Qaddafi with UN reprisals if he took overt punitive actions after defeating the rebels.


    • The one thing that still stands out for me is the idea of preventing spillover into Tunesia or Egypt. That kind of resonated when I heard Clinton / Gates yesterday.

      I listened to the speech just now – been out all evening – it made no promises, but there were shades of Bush – a touch of triumphalism (premature in my opinion) and making it sound altogether too black and white. They don’t seem to understand that we can actually handle the occasional complex thought.

      At least in ‘protecting hte rebels’ we’re not exactly fighting Qaddafi.

      We’ll see, won’t we. Not a lot you or I can do about it.


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