Sunday, March 20, 2011

Cool Astronomy pic o' the day: Moon over Parthenon

Regime Change in Libya

Brief unorganized thoughts:

Whakkie Kadaffi (sp?) cannot be allowed to stay in power, and pursuant to that end it is probably advisable that he be shuffled off this mortal coil toot sweet, via precision strike. According to AFP, that is the plan:

Bombs were dropped near the Tripoli headquarters of strongman Moamer Kadhafi early Sunday, prompting barrages of anti-aircraft fire from Libyan forces, an AFP reporter said.
The bombs exploded as an aircraft overflew the Bab al-Aziziyah headquarters in the south of Tripoli.
It was not immediately clear what targets had been hit

Then what? Nation build? To do that, you need security (see Iraq and Afghanistan) But the non-neo-con guy after Bush ain't interested in that project, what with two others of the same type he inherited from said 'cowboy':

President Barack Obama said military action was not his first choice and reiterated that he would not send American ground troops.

So, if there is to be boots-on-ground follow up to the missile attacks, and air power so far used, it won't be the U.S. that'll be pulling the load. Who then? The other coalition partners? A U.N almalgam of some sort?

And, what exactly will they do? A blue helmet peacekeeper's role, or something more robust?

And who from among the indigenes fills the power vacuum? If no boots, then, unsavory types are more likely to attempt coup. If boots, then less likely.

So, boots there should be. Guided and policed regime change there should be. If, as seems likely the U.S. does not take the lead role in this project, it will be interesting to see how the coalition fares given lessons learned from Iraq and Afghanistan and earlier (Rwanda, Bosnia).

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