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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-28-11 10:16 AM
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Welcome to the new NATO quagmire
The minute Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told the Anatolia news agency, "The coalition that was formed following the Paris meeting will abandon the mission and hand it over entirely to a single command system under NATO", the issue was settled.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is about to enter the era of the double quagmire - as in Central Asia (Afghanistan) and northern Africa (Libya). And everyone thought NATO was supposed to be defending Europe from the commies. Libya now is an official victim of the endless war club.

This predictable coup de theater (see Endgame: Divide, Rule and roll with the oil Asia Times Online, March 25) does not alter the fact Odyssey Dawn remains an American war. Well, not a war, according to the White House, but a "time-limited, scope-limited military action".

For the moment it's a time-limited etc conducted by General Carter Ham, out of his Africom headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany (none among 53 African countries wanted Africom). Next week it will become a time-limited etc conducted by US Admiral James Stavridis, NATO's top military commander.

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/MC26Ak01.html
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robcon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-28-11 10:20 AM
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1. A little early to be calling it a quagmire
But there are a lot of people who are emotionally invested in having the Libyan program fail.
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-28-11 10:26 AM
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2. It is unusual that I disagree with Pepe, but I do here.
Nevertheless, he is quite correct about where the dangers in the situation lie, and his questions about why NATO is involved in this are pertinent, ought NATO assume a new role as a lightening rod and blame-avoidance tool for unpopular interventions, or potentially unpopular interventions and small scale-wars?
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