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US/NATO: No Military Solution In Libya

From a seemingly unfazed Reuters:

Prospects fade for military overthrow of Gaddafi

By Maria Golovnina
April 8, 2011

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan government forces tried to storm into the besieged city of Misrata on Friday as NATO generals acknowledged their air power was not enough to help insurgents remove Muammar Gaddafi by force alone…

The original headline for this Reuters article was: ‘U.S. general sees no military outcome in Libya.’ So it is quite telling that it is now generals – plural. Even though only one general is actually cited.

The only active front in the war, along the Mediterranean coast around the eastern cities of Brega and Ajdabiyah, has descended into stalemate for a week with both sides making advances and then retreating behind secure lines at night.

The head of U.S. Africa Command, General Carter Ham, said on Thursday the conflict was entering stalemate and it was very unlikely the rebels would be able to fight their way into Tripoli to overthrow Gaddafi

Early hopes that Western air cover and attacks on Gaddafi forces would tip the balance in favor of the rebels have evaporated as government troops sheltered their mechanized forces near civilian areas which NATO fears attacking.

Just imagine if our forces in Iraq and Afghanistan had to operate under such restrictive ‘rules of engagement.’ Oh, wait…

(And how does anyone expect to win the hearts and minds of the local with a commanding general named Ham? Talk about cultural insensitivity.)

NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu followed a similar line to Ham on Friday.

"We have always made clear there is no purely military solution to this conflict. This is why it is so important to find a political solution and in this there is no stalemate," she said.

Isn’t that what Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and John Murtha used to say about the Iraq war? It sure sounds like we are in a quagmire in Libya.

Rebels have rejected peace talks with Gaddafi.

And never mind that we were told that this was to be a humanitarian mission. Not an attempt to impose regime change. If there is the chance for a ceasefire, wouldn’t that be the humanitarian thing to pursue?

Lungescu, like other NATO officials, expressed frustration with the difficulty of hitting Gaddafi’s troops while avoiding civilian casualties. "The fact that we see Gaddafi’s forces driving around in civilian vehicles means it is hard to tell who is who.

"The fact is they are using human shields and parking tanks next to mosques and schools so it is very hard to pinpoint any military hardware without causing civilian casualties," she told a briefing in Brussels.

Welcome to the glorious Islamic way of conducting warfare. But where have you been for the last ten years?

The confusion on the desert battlefield has caused "friendly fire" incidents, the latest on Thursday, increasing anger among the rebels. They said five of their fighters were killed when NATO planes bombed a column of 20 tanks brought out of storage and moving west out of Ajdabiyah to bolster the front around Brega.

NATO acknowledged on Friday its aircraft were probably responsible for the incident.

But NATO has steadfastly refused to apologize for this or any other ‘friendly fire’ accidents over there. And yet there has been no outrage from our news media or any of the rest of the left. Why is that?

Rebels in Ajdabiyah were painting the roofs of their vehicles in bright peach on Friday to try to identify them better to NATO planes

"Peach"? Now that is a bold choice. We’re only surprised that the UN didn’t pick it first.

Of course it might also be a good idea to stop shooting up into the air in joy whenever a NATO plane flies over.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, April 8th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “US/NATO: No Military Solution In Libya”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    I’ll bet Qaddafyi LOVED reading this, this morning

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Gee, I thought we knew “whose ass to kick” and had a “boot on their neck”. Hmmmph. I’m so disappointed. I thought chairman Obie was going to show us all some o’ dem sweet moves he has out there “on the wood” and through masterful wording of his commands to the Libyan dictator, said dictator would then cower in full dreaded fear of what the chairman might say next.

    Actually, if words are Obama’s greatest weapon…he has certainly suffered massive and repeated self-inflicted wounds. But to hear military leaders from around the world now say “I don’t wanna” as regards the kinetic action in Libya, I am wetting my pants laughing so hard. But I am reminded of the great Frenchman, Alexandre Ledru-Rollin, who said, “There go the people. I must follow them for I am their leader.”

  3. Chase says:

    “(And how does anyone expect to win the hearts and minds of the local with a commanding general named Ham? Talk about cultural insensitivity.)”

    In another context, Ham was one of the three sons of Noah, and said to be the father of the race that…..

    Just insensitive, that’s what it is!

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      In still another context, “Ham” was NASA’s first chimp in space, preceeding the astronauts. “Ham in a can…”

  4. Liberals Demise says:

    “Of course it might also be a good idea to stop shooting up into the air in joy whenever a NATO plane flies over.”
    Steve, no truer words could have been said or typed. I laughed at first but then came to the realization that:
    1) these idiots may bring down the plane trying to help
    2) these idiots might become a new target of opportunity
    Someone need to teach these Bravos the “High Five” or the “Down Low” while they still have arms to wave!

  5. artboyusa says:

    “Of course I can’t expect you to understand” said President Obama, “ but an exceptional person such as me has the power to see beyond the day to day, to pierce the opaque curtain of reality and gaze with clear Olympian eyes far, far into the future. That’s part of what makes me so special”.

    “Um, that’s certainly very true, Mr President” grovelled Rod Axeldave, Chief White House Advisor. “About the opacity and your Olympian eyeballs and all that. You know how much I’ve always admired your specialness, sir”.

    “That ‘very’ you just placed before the word ‘true’ is an unnecessary qualifier, Rod” corrected the pedantic president. “Something is either true or its not; you can’t make something more than true, you see. And ‘specialness’ isn’t even a word”.

    “Sorry, Mr President” said Rod Axeldave. “Thank you for correcting me”.

    “That’s okay, Rod; I’m always keen to help inferior people improve yourselves” patronized the completely stuck on himself Nobel Laureate, best selling author, world statesman and proud son of Indonesia. “But you know, Rod; sometimes, when I’m looking down my nose at all those millions of ordinary Americans and all those billions more around the world who need me to touch their lives in a meaningful way, those who would just be lost without my example, just…lost – well, sometimes it seems like it’s too big a job for one man alone, no matter how amazing he is…too big a job”.

    “You’re doing swell, sir” soothed Rod Axeldave, placing a friendly hand on Obama’s shoulder.

    “Don’t touch me, Rod” said Obama. “I don’t like being touched. Anyway, I know that you imagine me to be a stranger to doubt but yes, sometimes even I worry that the ordinary people will never get the improved internet access, the high speed trains and the electric cars that our nation so desperately needs before 2025 or thereabouts”.

    “Um, those are certainly vital priorities, sir” said Rod Axeldave. “Especially the part about the trains. But what about the economy, the deficit, the neverendingly endless struggle for affordable health care for all Americans, living and dead, and the latest events in Libya?”

    “Where?” asked the president, who was thinking about golf.

    “Libya, sir”.

    “Oh, yes. Of course. And these events of which you speak?”

    “Well, um, it would appear, Mr President, that, um, the, er, rebels don’t appear to be making much, um, headway…they seem a bit, um, stalled and, er, stalemated…”

    “Stalled? Stalemated? No headway? Listen Rod, let me make this crystal clear: I want those people to get busy and finish their revolution before more people start using terms like ‘quagmire’, ‘bloodbath’, misguided intervention’, ‘no planning’ and the like which, at this moment in my glittering career, would be, frankly, unhelpful”.

    “Yes sir!”

    “I’ll apply some of my famous star power and high energy personal diplomacy to the problem. That always works” said Obama. “Get me the rebel leader on the phone!”

    “Rebel leader, sir? I’m not sure who that is…”

    “Well, there has to be a leader! Who will tell people what to do if there’s no leader? Find the guy most likely to gain a direct benefit from our Libyan intervention and get him on the phone, pronto!”

    “Um, yes sir, sir…”

    A little while later, in a cave somewhere in Waziristan, Abu the Telephonist approached a certain tall, gray bearded Saudi Arabian with kidney trouble and held out a buzzing mobile.

    “It’s for you, Master” cringed Abu and Osama stretched out a hand to take the call…

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