The US prepares for war with Libya


Erik Kain

Erik writes about video games at Forbes and politics at Mother Jones. He's the contributor of The League though he hasn't written much here lately. He can be found occasionally composing 140 character cultural analysis on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar Mike Schilling says:

    Washington has concluded that a no-fly zone is not enough to turn the tide against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s forces.

    That’s correct. Different conclusions can be drawn from it, of course.Report

  2. I REALLY hope they aren’t dumb enough in Washington to commit US forces to this. Something makes me think this is the spectre of 1991 and our failure to support the uprising in Iraq at the end of the first Gulf War. If we had done that we could have gotten rid of Hussein the organic way. The WH was no doubt hoping for an organic exit for Khaddafi and now fears they won’t get it.Report

  3. Avatar Pat Cahalan says:

    Tactical bombing within 48 hours. Bets?Report

  4. Avatar Jeff Wong says:

    Pretty much most of the world has turned on Qaddafi, especially his own diplomatic corps. If he returns to power, would he be willing to return to the previous status quo? Many countries in the world have called him an illegitimate leader. Can an egotistical man accept the loss of face on the world stage when the entire world spurned him?

    Or will he feel the need to hit back, to show that you can’t mess with Qaddafi? He has supported many terrorist groups including the IRA, JRA, PLO, Red Brigades and so forth. Why wouldn’t he start funneling money to Al Qaeda? They may find they have common enemies (the rest of the world). Why wouldn’t he try to corrupt other revolutions in the Middle East?

    Certainly launching airstrikes means no going back, but we may have already passed that point.Report

  5. Avatar DensityDuck says:

    “I guess Iraq and Afghanistan are not enough. We need to go to war now with Libya as well. We never learn, do we?”

    I’m thinking more like Kosovo, here.

    Which, as O’Rourke put it, “the lesson the world learned from Kosovo was that if a government commits genocide on its own people, the US will show up six months later and bomb the country next to where it happened.”Report