Friday, March 25, 2011

Kicking a Hornet's Nest-USA/Libya 2011--US/NATO missile and aerial bombardment of Libya is the beginning of a bloody affair. Unlike Iraq and Afghanistan, it is doubtful that Ghadfi's. Libya will absorb the attacks without striking out beyond his borders at his attackers. He cannot win, but its not about victory; it is about making his enemy pay a price. Like Saddam , he will die with his boots on. Saddam died with contempt for his captors, so will Qadafi
If past is prologue, after President Reagan struck Tripoli in in retaliation for a Libyan terrorist attack on a Berlin night club that killed American service men in 1986, Qadafi blew up Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie and later was believed to have sabatoged a passenger aircraft over Niger.. So terrorist make their own rules and symmetrical tactics is not to be expected.

It is a fact that Eastern Libya providerd the most volunteer Jihadists against the US in Iraq. It is this coalition now US/NATO hopes to rescue from Qadafi !

Qadafi's Army is a force for internal control or use in some third world fracas against primitive forces. His military equipment is vintage Soviet, so blasting it by US/NATO ironically forcibly retires his military junk. Libyans are killed in the process. Bombing tanks and trucks by US/NATO has nothing to do controlling the skis over Libya or instituting a no-fly zone.

The more we hear that the US is attempting to shift the air war from the US to NATO leadership, the more preposterous the war becomes. Until sorties flown; missiles fired and bombs dropped are accomplished in the main by non-US forces, you willc onvince no one of a subordinate US role in the War. The US has just started another was against Islam. No matter how it squirms, it carries the ball and will take the hits as it still does in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The war at this stage appears to be another ill conceived military operation being made up on a day-today basis. At least so far in Libya, we have been spared General Petraeus droning on trying to make his counter insurgency theory fit reality. Just win one war for change, general.

No one in the NATO/US command seems to know what the end game is in the war-Partition of Libya with introduction of peacekeepers? Or simply kill Libyans so they do not kill each other. If the US stands by as Yemen ,Bahrain, Jordan and Syria slaughters it populace, it is on thin moral ground and defending the action in Libya is an absurdity.

About the only American lobby to promote the Libyan war has been the Israeli Lobby--even lost soul Wolfowitz wrote an OpEd in the WALL STREET JOURNAL calling for intervention . My sense is that the LOBBY^ views this Libiyan opeartion as prelude to bombing Iran. which is the hottest inteim on the Israeli agenda. Senators Mc Cain and Lieberman are for the Libyan intervention, so what is new?

There is no money to pay for another war' Neither the Democratic Party or the Republicans can put together a US budget. So the policy appears to be BOMB when you do not what to do---this thing is not over by a long shot.---Colonel Robert E Bartos USA Ret.


Anonymous WLW said...

Totally agree. This is idiotic. There is no more rule of law, no sovereignty. I'm just disgusted.


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