The decision has been made that the mission is regime change in Libya. The strategic sequence is the routine buildup to war since 1991, this time with a heavier European component. The early days will go extremely well but will not define whether or not the war is successful. The test will come if a war designed to stop human suffering begins to inflict human suffering. That is when the difficult political decisions have to be made and when we will find out whether the strategy, the mission and the political will fully match up.
Libya: 11th hour bid to stop Gaddafi as US finally backs intervention
A military intervention against Col Muammar Gaddafi’s onslaught on Libyan rebels has been proposed at the UN in an eleventh-hour attempt to stop the dictator crushing opposition strongholds.
European diplomatic sources said that military operations could be under way “within hours” of the UN vote, using Nato and British airborne forces already in the region.
Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, said a wide-range of options were being considered short of direct boots on the ground, including a no-fly zone, the deployment of drones and arming the rebels.
A UN Security Council resolution drafted by Britain, France and the United States proposed to use “all necessary measures” to protect Libyan civilians, language that would clear the way for air attacks on any of Col Gaddafi’s forces moving against non-military targets.
What what WHAAAT??
Not much coverage on this in the national news AFAICT – seems everybody is concentrating on other topics. According to CNN, the hot topics of the day are “George Carlin”, West Nile Virus”, “Gas Prices”, “Iran”, and “Election Center”. I wonder if this has something to do with the folks being affected by the flooding.
Update – Those pictures were posted on Boston Globe’s new photo blog – The Big Picture.