Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Freedom for Libya: Not going quietly

To no one's real surprise, Muammar al-Qaddafi (M. Gaddafi) is not 'going quietly into the night'.

The fight is on, for real now, after the half-hearted attempt by regime loyalists to retake al-Zawiya. The latest counter stroke has fallen on Marsa el-Brega, with the outcome unclear but certainly more favorable to the regime than previous efforts.

Meanwhile, it looks that any intervention (if any is to come) will have to be mostly a European effort... the Americans are repositioning forces of some utility to be available if NATO calls, but the absence of a Carrier Strike Group from the Med is still a problem. One is close by, but would have to transit Suez to be back in any real proximity. It is also obvious that the political will to action is simply lacking in the Obama administration.

It's been said before, not by me though, but bears repeating in paraphrase:

"The 3 a.m. call has come. It went to the answering machine."

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