Kinetic Military Action conducted by university professors:
Sorry, the ‘O’-speak is always one step ahead of us:
Hussein Obama said the rebels were “saying the right things” so far. “Most of them are professionals, lawyers, doctors, people who appear to be credible,” Â No kidding…. (The Australian)
Anwar al-Awlaki is pleased:
al-Qaeda’s most influential English-language preacher Â said revolts sweeping the Arab world would help rather than harm its cause by giving Islamists freed from tyranny greater scope to speak out. Â (source)
“This is a clear and arrogant violation of our Constitution. This is war. Even a war launched for humanitarian reasons is still a war. And â€” only Congress can declare war”
The UN’s Libyan intervention – allegedly to protect civilians – seems to be drifting aimlessly and uselessly:
At least 40 civilians have been killed in air strikes by Western forces on Tripoli, the top Vatican official in the Libyan capital told a Catholic news agency on Thursday, quoting witnesses.
Meanwhile, the rebels the Americans, British and French jets and missiles are helping are turning out to be a worry – and in no shape top quickly finish this civil war now raging:
The revolution lacks an organised military structure in spite of several attempts to stamp its authority on the volunteer army. Discipline is bad. Few of the fighters have proper military experience and they would need training in the use of weapons such as artillery….
The revolution’s de facto finance minister, Ali Tarhouni, claims that there are 1,000 trained fighters among the rebels but there is little evidence of it on the battlefield where the anti-Gaddafi forces appear capable of advancing only when the way is cleared by foreign air strikes….
The lack of control over Libya’s rebel army also raises questions about how it might behave as an occupying force were it to take over a town such as Sirte which has not risen up in support of the revolution and where the Libyan leader is believed to retain some support.
“Boots on the ground” already happening, against statements to the contrary:
Does Hussein Obama still doesn’t have a clear idea of just what people he’s really helping in this war?
The Obama administration has sent teams of CIA operatives into Libya in a rush to gather intelligence on the identities and capabilities of rebel forces opposed to Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi, according to U.S. officials.
The information has become more crucial as the administration and its coalition partners move closer to providing direct military aid or guidance to the disorganized and beleaguered rebel army…
Several lawmakers briefed by Clinton, Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said they were told that the United States is still trying to put together a full picture of the Libyan rebellion but believes that it does not contain large numbers of radical Islamic militants.