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!

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