Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Libya War: expect to be there a long time
... back when NATO first got involved [in the Libya War], a number of people made the obvious comparison to the 1999 war in Kosovo. Both wars were launched on impulse, there were no vital strategic interests involved, and both wars were fought "on the cheap" through the use of air power. NATO leaders expected the targets to succumb quickly and were surprised when their adversaries (Milosevic in 1999, Qaddafi today) hung on as long as they did.And they are likely to encounter some problems in that longer mission; see C.J. Chivers, Reporter's Notebook: Reading the Rebels in Western Libya, Pt. I New York Times 07/10/2011.
Tags: kosovo war, libya war, stephen walt
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