In today’s edition of The Best News Ever, we learn that NATO forces in Libya seem to be dawdling around ineffectively.
The Wall Street Journal has the scoop:
“There’s something strange about the way he attacked us today,” said Abdullah Abdel-Jalil, a 31-year-old ambulance driver told the AP. “The Grad rockets, the tanks, the quantity of it all, he’s stronger than we thought. It’s way too intense.”
Explosions were heard after planes of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization flew over the zone where the heaviest fighting was under way, the AP reported. Whatever air support NATO provided, however, didn’t appear to turn the situation at all to the rebels’ advantage.
Something about this smells strange to me as well. How does NATO not know the extent of Gaddafi’s power by now? And if this rebellion is as populist as the media claim, where is Gaddafi getting enough soldiers to wage total war, and how does he have enough resources to continue dumping ammunition?
There are three possibilities:
1) Despite all evidence from Tunisia, Egypt, and Iraq, Gaddafi supporters are delusional enough to defy NATO’s force.
2) Someone told Gaddafi he’s not really leaving.
3) Gaddafi has reason to believe NATO will chicken out.
Meanwhile, Britain and America continue to kick around ideas of either arming the rebels directly or allowing them to sell oil for their own profit. But if Gaddafi resumes control over the oil rigs because NATO can’t stop him – at least one of those ideas is out the window.
That leaves the plan to give arms to the rebels. But then there’s a tiny little sticking point about Al Qaeda operatives allegedly leaving Iraq to join the more interesting war zone in Libya.
No one seems to be discussing why Al Qaeda thinks it a wise use of money/personnel to help fight Gaddafi, especially with NATO presumably there to dispose of him already. Either Al Qaeda is expecting to influence the new government, or it suspects that free weapons are coming. Rest easy tonight knowing that Hillary Clinton is in charge of the outcome.
Stuff like this is exactly why we criticized Obama and Clinton for not having a metrics-driven plan. People can discuss whether the intervention was needed, but now that we are there, everyone agrees there should have been an actual strategy. Because this right here is some embarrassing leadership.