Libyan Spider Hole
The Beeb is reporting that Muammar Quaddafi has captured by Libya’s transitional government, hiding in a spider hole much like Saddam Hussein had been. Or maybe he was killed. (UPDATE: Al-Jazeera and the Gray Lady are both reporting “died of wounds after capture”.) Lots of bad information circles around in wartime.
So — mission accomplished? This wasn’t really the mission in the first place, was it? Either way, the task now is nation-building. What’s the best way to reach an endgame of a legitimate government providing the rule of law in Libya, with economic ties and a diplomatic alignment to the West? What lessons have we learned from Iraq and Afghanistan?