US Intervention Archive

HistoricalMullet: As rebels stall near Sirte, US is deploying ground-attack planes.

Interesting note in this NY Times piece. Over the weekend the US deployed 6 A-10 Warthogs and 2 AC-130 Spectre/Spooky Gunships into the Libyan operations. Meanwhile the rebel was able to advance within 30-60km of Sirte, and some scouts were even able to get inside teh city; but the main force was stopped in by pro-Gaddafi

HistoricalMullet: It’s not exactly true that we “broke it”, but we certainly do “own it” now.

According to ALJ reporting coallition attacks on Libyan forces are either coordinated with rebel advances or benefit from extremely coincidental timing. Here is an example of two reports bookmarking the battle for Ajdabiyah: 3:00am (local) Reuters reports that Western warplanes bombed Muammar Gaddafi’s tanks and artillery in eastern Libya in an attempt to try to break a battlefield

HistoricalMullet: “Congratulation, James, you’ve got your own little war.”

I guess I never saw this coming. Eight years later to the exact day we made our final diplomatic efforts at the Azores Summit prior to invading Iraq, we’re once *again* launching a military action into a nation where we have no compelling national security interests, a vague military mission, no clear exit strategy, and