Giving Up Your WMD Does Not Seem Like a Great Idea

By: Tuesday March 11, 2014 10:08 am

Ideally, the world would be a better place without weapons of mass destruction but recent history seems to be making that less likely. I don’t know how a leader of a country without a powerful ally could look at the last few years and decide giving up their WMDs was in their best interest. Saddam [...]

We Already Fought One War to Send a Message About WMD, How Well Did That Work?

By: Tuesday September 10, 2013 9:54 am

We have already tried using military force to send the message the United States opposes Weapons of Mass Destruction and it didn’t seem to work very well as a deterrent. The United States launched a massive full scale invasion of Iraq to supposedly send the message that we oppose the use, development or stockpile of [...]

Libyan Factions Potentially Facing More Civil Conflict

By: Wednesday March 7, 2012 12:00 pm

After the US and our NATO allies provided a bunch of weapons and military aid to a diverse hodgepodge of Libyan militias, who mainly only agreed on the fact they didn’t like Muammar Gaddafi, it now appears they are having trouble getting along. From The Guardian: The Libyan leader, Mustafa Abdul Jalil, has vowed to [...]

Thoughts On Libya

By: Monday August 22, 2011 8:18 am

I wish the people of Libya, like I would wish people anywhere, the best. After a six month civil war and Muammar Gaddafi now deposed, I hope the Libyans end up with a free, fair and open democracy. It would be wonderful if Libya now enters a phase of peaceful prosperity under a government that [...]

NATO Leaders Believe There Is No Libya End Game Strategy

By: Tuesday June 14, 2011 2:01 pm

Being a Cassandra is a real drag. When people ask “Who could have predicted that the Libyan war would go long and be complicated?” I always raise my hand.

NATO Extends Libyan Involvement By 90 Days: Mission Creep Sets In

By: Wednesday June 1, 2011 9:23 am

With Libya deep in a civil war with no clear end in sight, NATO has just approved an extension of its military mission in the country.

If Only Nato Had Hoverboards

By: Tuesday May 24, 2011 8:48 am

In Libya, NATO is insistent on deposing Muammar Gaddafi, but their rebel allies are simply not up to the job. Gaddafi’s forces are better armed and better trained. On the other hand, NATO and the United States don’t want to deploy the ground forces that deposing Gaddafi would normally require, so what is happening is [...]

Libya: No End Game, No Exit Strategy

By: Thursday April 28, 2011 5:55 am

There is a time during the early part of a popular uprising when things can go relatively well. The despot or the military leaders of a quick coup could decide that with people on the street and international pressure, the smart thing to do is take the peaceful “retirement package.” That is where, in exchange [...]

McCain’s Solution When Airstrikes Fail: More Airstrikes

By: Monday April 18, 2011 3:30 pm

As was entirely predictable, the “airstrikes only” campaign in Libya failed to bring down the well-armed and well-financed regime of Moammar Gadhafi . So, what is John McCain’s solution? Even more airstrikes. From the Hill: McCain, the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the U.S. should revive its air attacks to incapacitate [...]

Libya: Another Military Action with No End Game?

By: Monday March 21, 2011 9:01 am

Now that we have already spent $100 million on our newest “non-war” in Libya (because if we correctly called it a war that would mean President Obama is in violation of the Constitution), I’m left wondering: What is our end game? You simply can’t win a war using only targeted air strikes while trying to [...]