I knew it was a bad reason to commit US air power, esteem (what’s left of it), resources, expertise -whatever, all of the above- to military action in yet another Muslim country. Excuse my French but the Arab League is already bitching! The fact is they wanted help in preventing Gaddafi from attacking civilians and their request essentially became the reason for the UN Resolution 1973 to institute the ‘no-fly zone’.
The Arab League secretary general, Amr Moussa, now deplores the broad scope of the US-European bombing campaign according to the Drudge Report, saying he would call a league meeting to reconsider Arab approval of the Western military intervention.
I’m sorry, Sir -that cat’s out of the bag!
Unlike a light bulb, you can’t unscrew a pregnant woman, and you can’t stop a bombing raid that would be the first phase of establishing a no-fly zone! What a moron. Do they think it’s that surgical? And when key targets are immediately surrounded with civilians as human shields by Gaddafi, what do they expect? For a no-fly zone to be set up you have to take out key Libyan missile defense systems to cripple or limit their air power.
The action filling Arab TV screens all over the Middle-East and North Africa probably isn’t sitting well. And I can only imagine the commentary along with the film clips. And with all eyes on Libya what better time for Hamas to resume rocket attacks into southern Israel which they acknowledged doing Saturday for the first time since 2009.
It’s a dicey prospect and Obama’s one demand apparently before committing to the UN Security Resolution (before he took off for Rio with the family) was:
“Not one American boot could touch one grain of Libyan sand.”
“No Mercy to traitors”
- The Arab league cough up some do-ray-mi to help pay for this
- Get some oil in exchange for our involvement
- Require every country voting for the resolution to have skin in the game (forces, money, equipment and especially post resolution maintenance)
BTW, Brazil, China, Germany, India and Russia abstained from voting on Resolution 1972. Let’s wait to see whose gas prices go up more.