Rushing Into Libya To Do What They Know Not

Posted on Tue 03/22/2011 by

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Andrew BoltBy Andrew Bolt

France, Britain and the US seem to have blundered into a war without thinking through what they will have to do to end it – and how some will now betray them:

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin Monday likened the U.N. Security Council resolution supporting military action in Libya to medieval calls for crusades….

“The resolution is defective and flawed,” Putin told workers at a Russian ballistic missile factory. “It allows everything. It resembles medieval calls for crusades.”

The Arab League is particularly treacherous, having appealled to the US to do its dirty work – which it now condemns:

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

And what is to happen now? Will the US and its allies allow Gaddafi to stay in power, exposing them as toothless? How could Barack Obama permit that challenge to US authority when he’s demanded Gaddafi ”step down from power and leave”?

Or will the coalition simply lose steam?

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.

Andrew Bolt is a journalist and columnist writing for The Herald Sun in Melbourne Victoria Australia.

Andrew Bolt’s columns appear in Melbourne’s Herald Sun, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph and Adelaide’s Advertiser. He runs the most-read political blog in Australia and is a regular commentator on Channel 9′s Today show and ABC TV’s Insiders. He will be heard from Monday to Friday at 8am on the breakfast show of new radio station MTR 1377, and his book Still Not Sorry remains very widely read.

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