View Full Version : Fractures Emerge in Anti-Qaddafi Coalition

03-21-2011, 05:32 PM
From FoxNews.com:

“What is happening in Libya differs from the aim of imposing a no-fly zone. And what we want is the protection of civilians and not the shelling of more civilians.”

-- Amr Moussa, secretary general of the Arab League, condemning the U.S.-led air assault on Libya

A second day of U.S. air strikes on Libyan positions came amid deepening anxieties among coalition partners about the means and objectives of the effort there.

American military leaders, including Defense Secretary Robert Gates, have promised that the U.S. role would soon fade to logistics and support once the mission no longer required “special capabilities” inherent to our military.

While the forces of Libyan Dictator Muammar al-Qaddafi seemed to be in disarray following sustained bombardment from American forces, there did not seem to be signs of an immediate end to his 42-year reign.

The dictator has promised to arm a 1 million-citizen militia and the regime has reportedly been amassing civilians in likely American targets, like airports. There were unconfirmed reports that Qaddafi had moved human shields into his presidential compound before a strike – potentially one of the few not carried out by the U.S. – devastated the palace.

American attacks have come from sub-based missiles, high-altitude bombardment from stealth bombers and close-in strikes by Marine jump jets. But appearing on “FOX News Sunday” Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, reiterated the promise that once the situation was stabilized, it would be European and Arab jets enforcing a no-fly zone.

But the coalition is currently suffering from a lack of direction and waning support.

Turkey blocked a bid to have NATO take over command of the operation, called Odyssey Dawn. The Arab League, which helped spur a sudden shift in the Obama administration late last week by calling for a no-fly zone, is now expressing misgivings about the size and ferocity of the effort.

The Russians and Chinese, who withheld a Security Council veto of a French-British-U.S. resolution allowing any military steps short of ground forces, are already tut-tutting the shock-and-aweish nature of the effort so far.

Much has been written about the conflict between the State Department and the Pentagon in the run up to the attacks on Libya – State reportedly favored action while the Pentagon publicly and privately warned of the cost and consequences of such a mission.

One retired general suggested to Power Play that while Hillary Clinton’s agency may have won the debate about intervention “it’s still up to the war fighters to fight wars.” The general’s “informed guess” was that the Pentagon was not interested in having weaker members of the coalition dictate strategy and insisted instead on overwhelming force if U.S. forces were to be put at risk.

What Qaddafi will now do – quit, stand and fight, retreat and retrench in his oil-rich tribal homeland, start a long-term terror war against his enemies – will largely dictate options for the U.S.

The Libyan military is out in support of a cease-fire with the rebels and the Obama administration has been inconsistent on the question of whether the president’s original requirement of regime change is still operant. Certainly, Qaddafi knows that the longer this drags on, the more likely the coalition against him will break down.

03-21-2011, 05:44 PM
Wellll...the Arab League dont want to be rid of him...they just wanted to stop what he was doing.

The Chinese and Russians are a little weary of getting into conflict now, they dont want to spend the money, they are the only large economies on the planet in the blue...Japan fell off the face of the planet two weeks ago, the United States fell off the face of the planet about five years ago, and dragged all of europe down...so financially speaking, they are keeping their heads down.

Turkey is just a pain in the backside...NATO should be allowed to go in and sort it out, its made for things like this...and they wonder why the European Union wont let them join :laugh:

America is in a difficult place. Originally, Obama was keeping his head down, another war would make him look stupid, so he ignored the arab revolt pretending it wasnt his business...but once Gadaffi started being mean, and with the lockerbie connections, now he figures a war could be good for his ratings, IF its swift and successful....as in...get rid of the regieme all together without a land invasion.

The United Kingdom are plainly just after the oil :laugh: they have been ever since they released the libyan perpertrator of lockerbie back on "compassionate grounds" and have eversince blamed the other members of the Union for responsiblity...but the unstable coillition Government is even more unstable then the Obama Administration.

my bet?

The Americans will back off regardless, Gadaffi will remain back in power...and within the next five years both the administrations of the UK and US will once again remain only in the halls of westminster and the shelfs along the National Mall.

Nato will never go in, the United Nations will claim it listened to everyone, and obliged everyone and so is a success...the Arab League will hope that whats happened shuts down the Arab Revolt, and also stops Gadafii from doing worse...him keeping his position will suffice they hope to quell his revenge.

03-22-2011, 01:16 AM
Obama and everybody in Europe dithered around till it become almost to late! If they would have took action from the beginning we might not have needed to do anything more than bomb his airport and take out a few of his fighter jets! But then I'm almost convinced that Obama and part of Europe sympathise with Gaddafi!