Thursday, March 31, 2011
NATO Takes Command In Libya - Alliance At Odds On Rebel Support
Even as Barack Obama tries to back away from operations in Libya, already there are major disagreements between the United States and NATO.
Don't forget that the United States bears much of the burden for the military and political leadership of NATO. Americans will be involved in some way in Libya from now on. We already have spies and special ops troops on the ground, and they will be there for some time.
The United States and Britain want to arm the rebels who lost ground again this week. However, NATO Chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen disagrees and says that NATO is there "to protect the Libyan people, not to arm the people."
Expect further fractures in the NATO alliance over Libya. If NATO pilots or troops are killed or captured at some point, many of these NATO "allies" will head for the exit.
Obama is now waist-deep in the quicksand of the Middle East. As I mentioned to my Facebook friends the other day, somewhere George W. Bush is sitting with his feet propped up in a recliner, his TV remote in one hand and an iced tea in the other. When he watches Obama tap dance in front of America, I can picture the ex-president quietly chuckling to himself....
Charles M. Grist