Though the UN mandate for Libya was primarily about the “no-fly zone,” and additional warplanes from various nations mean the US role in this is declining somewhat, it does not mean the US role in the war is shrinking. Rather, Pentagon officials say, they are planning escalations in other areas.
In particular the Pentagon appears keen on moving more specialized aircraft, and helicopter gunships, into Libya to launch attacks on ground troops, and to engage in fights in and around the major cities being contested by the rebels and the Gadhafi regime.
Some officials have been downplaying the war in Libya, and NATO says they believe it will last about 90 days. At the same time, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates says there is no time limit at all on the war, and British officials say there is no exit strategy in place.
Fighting across Libya is continuing, and President Obama is simultaneously insisting that the UN mandate isn’t about regime change, but the US goal is Gadhafi’s ouster. It seems therefore that the war is liable to linger, and a number of officials are openly talking of a stalemate with a semi-permanent no-fly one as a possible result.
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Holy hummus, Batman! From Belgrade, Baghdad to Benghazi… The lies, and bombs, keep dropping.
So now I'm to believe that ground troops can magically "fly" so as to justify their being blown "skyward"? Hmmm?
Yeah, let's see Juan Cole spin this hypocrisy.
Prof Cole's ability to spin on a dime is almost Gingrich like.
They always downplay it because its part of the denial and lies. Gadaffi is the target. Its a talking point because they want the option if Gadaffi lives or not. They want to win not matter what. They want war without congress but they want to appear like they have congress with them. Pressure is the only thing they understand.
DemocrcyNow has been extremely biased in it's reporting on Libya:
Amy Goodman: It’s believed thousands of people have been killed in Libya, not clear how many have been killed in Yemen…
However, in finally mentioning the deaths as reported by the Libyan government:
Amy Goodman: The Gaddafi regime continues to claim the U.S.-led bombing campaign has killed scores of civilians. A Libyan government spokesperson said around 100 civilians have died in Western air strikes and accused the U.S.-led coalition of seeking to bomb non-military targets including phone towers and broadcasting stations.
Amy Goodman: Amr Moussa, the head of the Arab League, called for an emergency meeting of the Group of 22 states to discuss Libya. He requested a report into the bombardment, which he alleged had "led to the deaths and injuries of many Libyan civilians."
It would appear that instead of being "the exception to the rulers"…they are now mouthpieces for the rulers.
There's no exit strategy? Shocking! Hey, we didn't have an entrance strategy, so I'm sure it'll work out just great.
This is going to end in a nonescapable Houdini Position after hefty spraying of DU left and right.
European pundits shamefully consider Germany's opt-out from the assault as "shameful" and "hypocritical". Well, then…
Wasn' t Khadaffi put in power by Mi6? If such is true, the U.S. is being used as a street hitman to obtain the new gigantic irrigated desert for the NWO=OWO to compliment the oil fields. Like when GHW Bush waited and let Hussein manage affairs and development. In due time. In due time. After MI6 lets Khaddafi bully Libya into building the largest irrigation system on earth, the NWO=OWO is comming to collect. With America's defenders doing the blood letting to appease the ALL-WHITE NWO=OWO. The NWO=OWO has an exclusive club, President B.O.. And you ain't invited.
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