[Debate] NATO Chief Opens the Door to Libya Ground Troops
critical.montages at gmail.com
Tue Aug 23 18:50:08 BST 2011
It's clear that the Libyan TNC don't really care about their
credibility in the eyes of the world at large, since they have
"unconditional support" of all the powers that matter to them
militarily and financially. The TNC have nothing to do with
"meaningful democracy from the bottom up," or any other kind of
democracy for that matter. Nor is what they are doing comparable to
the original people's revolution in the Philippines -- unless you are
suggesting that the Filipinos who participated in that revolution were
as much of bold liars as the Libyan rebels, which seems to me to be an
insult to the Filipinos.
It is more probable that the boots on the ground already there --
those of special forces, private contractors, etc. -- will quietly
multiply, via executive decisions of the NATO and other powers, than
any formal vote to commit the ground troops will be ever taken. But
suppose if it comes up to a vote -- will leftists be urging that their
countries' parliamentarians vote for it?
On Tue, Aug 23, 2011 at 1:29 PM, Peter Waterman
<peterwaterman1936 at gmail.com> wrote:
> If a lie is so quickly exposed, how exactly does it help the insurgents
> who spread it?
> It would seem, on the contrary, that it undermines their plausability.
> In the same way, the over-enthusiastic firing of newly-acquired weapons
> and acts of vengeance against asserted Gadaffi allies also undermined
> the plausability of the movement.
> Will you join those, inside and outside Libya, who will be arguing
> against vengeance and in favour of meaningful democracy from the bottom
> up - even if NATO is (hypocritically) saying the same things? Or will
> you be sulking in the corner, complaining 'wrong revolution, wrong
> place, wrong time'? Like the Communist Party of the Philippines and the
> pro-Communist unions, on more than one occasion, during the People Power
> movement that brought down Marcos?
> On 23-8-2011 18:11, Yoshie Furuhashi wrote:
>> One hopes that various vulgar materialist calculations -- budget
>> austerity, upcoming presidential elections in the US and France, etc.
>> -- will persuade imperialist powers not to undertake an Afghan-style
>> occupation in Libya. But if ideology trumps rationality, will
>> leftists be supporting that, too? Or will they be telling people that
>> we all just have to pretend not to have noticed the boots on the
>> ground, just as we are told now not to notice and laugh at the Libyan
>> rebel whoppers?
>> NATO Chief Opens the Door to Libya Ground Troops
>> By Spencer Ackerman
>> March 29, 2011 | 11:21 am | Categories: Rogue States
>> The mantra, from President Obama on down, is that ground forces are
>> totally ruled out for Libya. After all, the United Nations Security
>> Council Resolution authorizing the war explicitly rules out any
>> �occupation� forces. But leave it to the top military officer of NATO,
>> which takes over the war on Wednesday, to add an asterisk to that ban.
>> During a Senate hearing on Tuesday, Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island
>> asked Adm. James Stavridis about NATO putting forces into
>> �post-Gadhafi� Libya to make sure the country doesn�t fall apart.
>> Stavridis said he �wouldn�t say NATO�s considering it yet.� But
>> because of NATO�s history of putting peacekeepers in the Balkans � as
>> pictured above � �the possibility of a stabilization regime exists.�
>> So welcome to a new possible �endgame� for Libya. Western troops
>> patrolling Libya�s cities during a a shaky transition after Moammar
>> Gadhafi�s regime has fallen, however that�s supposed to happen.
>> Thousands of NATO troops patrolled Bosnia and Kosovo�s tense streets
>> for years. And Iraq and Afghanistan taught the U.S. and NATO very
>> dearly that fierce insurgent conflict can follow the end of a brutal
>> regime. In fact, it�s the moments after the regime falls that can be
>> the most dangerous of all � especially if well-intentioned foreign
>> troops become an object of local resentment.
>> In fact, Stavridis told Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma that he saw
>> �flickers of intelligence� indicating �al-Qaeda [and] Hezbollah� have
>> fighters amongst the Libyan rebels. The Supreme Allied Commander of
>> NATO noted that the leadership of the rebels are �responsible men and
>> women struggling against Col. Gadhafi� and couldn�t say if the
>> terrorist element in the opposition is �significant.� But the U.S.
>> knows precious little about who the Libyan rebels are.
>> The new prospect of NATO force on the ground in Libya seemed to alarm
>> Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who got Stavridis to say that
>> there�s �no discussion of the insertion of ground troops� in NATO
>> circles. (And �to my knowledge� there aren�t troops there now, he
>> said.) But Stavridis told Reed that the memory of the long NATO
>> peacekeeping efforts in the Balkans is �in everyone�s mind.�
>> President Obama boasted about the rapidity with which the U.S. and its
>> allies got involved in Libya. Some defense wonks, like Andrew Exum of
>> the Center for a New American Security, criticized Obama�s team for
>> not exhibiting diligent planning before Operation Odyssey Dawn began.
>> Obama didn�t signal an endgame in his Monday speech, just vowing not
>> to use any ground forces to get there.
>> That was exactly what President Clinton promised in Bosnia � right
>> before sending 20,000 U.S. soldiers to enforce the 1995 Balkans peace
>> deal. Because of the U.S.� commitments to NATO and NATO�s commitments
>> to enforcing the peace accord, U.S. peacekeepers ended up staying
>> there for a decade. That history may be weighing on officers in
>> Europe, but the Obama administration doesn�t seem to be so troubled.
>> Update, 12:08 p.m.: Stavridis argued that it�s �premature� to talk
>> about an exit strategy for Libya. And as a way of underscoring NATO�s
>> resolve, he reminded senators that nearly 12 years after NATO�s Kosovo
>> air war, there are still 5000 peacekeepers in Kosovo, including 700
>> Update, 12:33 p.m.: Got a question about the difference between
>> Stavridis� two jobs � chief of U.S. European Command and NATO military
>> leader � as it applies to Libya? Check out a blog post Stavridis wrote
>> about it on Monday.
>> Update, 2:25 p.m.: I asked Ben Rhodes, Obama�s deputy national
>> security adviser for strategic communications, about sending ground
>> troops during a post-Gadhafi phase. Any such �international
>> peacekeeping force� would have to occur �through the United Nations,
>> as well as the structures we�re setting up in NATO,� and would require
>> an �assessment of what the security needs are in post-Gadhafi Libya,�
>> he said. But as for a U.S. contribution, �I would rule it out for the
>> time being. � the U.S. has no plans, we�re not doing any planning to
>> have any boots on the ground in any fashion.�
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