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Clio the Leo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-20-11 09:59 PM
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"Why Libya 2011 is not Iraq 2003"
Why Libya 2011 is not Iraq 2003
By Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst
March 20, 2011 6:23 p.m. EDT

Editor's note: Peter Bergen is the director of the national security studies program at the New America Foundation in Washington; a fellow at New York University's Center on Law and Security; and CNN's national security analyst. He is the author of the new book, "The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict between America and Al-Qaeda."

(CNN) -- A critique of the U.S. involvement in the military intervention in Libya that will no doubt be common in coming days is that the Obama administration is making a large error by embarking on a war with a third Muslim country, as if reversing Moammar Gadhafi's momentum against the rebels will be a rerun of the debacle of the war against Saddam Hussein.

A further element of this view is that -- whatever the outcome of the Libyan intervention -- the United States' standing in the Islamic world will once again be severely damaged by an attack on a Muslim nation.


But the military intervention that President Obama authorized against Libya on Saturday -- eight years to the day after President George W. Bush announced the commencement of "Operation Iraqi Freedom" -- is a quite different operation than the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Beyond the obvious difference that Obama has not authorized the use of U.S. ground forces in Libya, there are several other differences to consider:

First, the Obama administration was handed a gift by the Arab League, which in its more than six-decade history has garnered a well-earned reputation as a feckless talking shop, but unusually took a stand one week ago by endorsing a no-fly zone over Libya.

That endorsement put the Arab League way out in front of the Obama administration, which was then dithering about whether to do anything of substance to help the rebels fighting Gadhafi.

The unexpected action by the Arab League gave the administration the impetus and diplomatic cover to then go to the United Nations Security Council to secure a broad resolution endorsing not only a no-fly zone, but also allowing member states to "take all necessary measures" to protect civilians in Libya.


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reggie the dog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 04:54 AM
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1. the UK and France
asked for the no fly zone, not the USA.
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HR_Pufnstuf Donating Member (782 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 05:14 AM
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2. blah blah blah
nwo minion.
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craigmatic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 05:49 AM
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3. The international involvement is what seperates the two but this is still about oil.
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