Saturday, April 23, 2011

Escalation in Libya

This is a segment of Aljazeera English's Inside Story 04/23/2011 discussion the new "drone" stage in the Libya War.

Oh, and the bold Maverick McCain's solution in Libya is escalate, escalate, escalate: Nancy Youssef, McCain visits rebels in Libya, urges formal U.S. recognition McClatchy Newspapers 04/22/2011.

The great Maverick is on the Libya War what he has always been in his public career, a warmonger. Youssef reports:

McCain said he was in Benghazi "to get an on-the-ground assessment of the situation," and within hours of his arrival called the rebels "my heroes." He toured downtown Benghazi, which is covered with graffiti critical of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, met with wounded rebel fighters at a local hospital and local rebel leaders.

McCain's support for the effort here comes as consensus grows that the war here is becoming a stalemate. On one side are Gadhafi forces that are fighting with a limited air force, and on the other are ill-equipped and poorly trained rebels who insist that with more international intervention, they can prevail.

Some believe that NATO intervention here is prolonging a war that otherwise would have ended quickly with the rebels' defeat, rather than the protracted conflict some fear. Still others, such as McCain, believe a stalemate will create a power vacuum that al Qaida and other extremists groups could exploit. Therefore, the U.S. should do more, short of boots on the ground, McCain said. [my emphasis]
Recognizing the Libyan rebel council, the bold Maverick once again demonstrated the depth his statesmanship and the subtlety of his understanding of history:

McCain, a former Navy pilot and prisoner of war in Vietnam, rejected assertions that the rebels are too unknown to earn U.S. backing: "We didn't know who would come after Hitler" either, to the applause of Libyan reporters attending the press conference.
Actually, since the Western Allies and the Soviet Union were occupying Germany, the one thing we did know very well was that the initial successors to Hitler would not be anti-American and would not be carrying out new pogroms or attempts at genocide or mass repression - at least not ones approved by the respective occupying powers. Because, you know, the country was completely under foreign occupation!

Tags: ,

| +Save/Share | |

Links to this post:

Create a Link


"It is the logic of our times
No subject for immortal verse
That we who lived by honest dreams
Defend the bad against the worse."

-- Cecil Day-Lewis from Where Are The War Poets?


  • What is the Blue Voice?
  • Bruce Miller
  • Fdtate
  • Marcia Ellen (on hiatus)
  • Marigolds2
  • Neil
  • Tankwoman
  • Wonky Muse


  • Libya War: sending in the drones
  • Did the Obama Administration go "Rummy" over the L...
  • The Libya War and US priorities in the Middle East...
  • Why I'm underwhelmed by Obama's supposedly re-ener...
  • Esclalation 101, Libya War version: credibility "o...
  • Why I'm underwhelmed by Obama's supposedly re-ener...
  • What happens when the deficit deal gets done? How ...
  • Senate "Gang of Six" works to destroy Social Secur...
  • Democrats on the road to self-destruction and/or i...
  • Regime change in Libya



    [Tip: Point cursor to any comment to see title of post being discussed.]
    www TBV




    Environmental Links
    Gay/Lesbian Links
    News & Media Links
    Organization Links
    Political Links
    Religious Links
    Watchdog Links



    Atom/XML Feed
    Blogarama - Blog Directory
    Blogwise - blog directory



    hits since 06-13-2005

    site design: wonky muse