Blowie and 'many other world leaders' have embraced the goal of removing Qadaffi from power, but will pursue it through 'non-military' means.
Blowie said that the task assigned to our military is to 'protect the Libyan people from immediate danger' and establish a no-fly zone, as requested by the Libyan 'opposition'.
Blowie claims that overthrowing Qadaffi by force would cause the collapse of the 'coalition' and that pushing for 'regime change' would require ground troops, and he ain't going there. (I'm not holding my breath).
"...what we can do -- and will do -- is support the aspirations of the Libyan people. We have intervened to stop a massacre, and we will work with our allies and partners to maintain the safety of civilians. We will deny the regime arms, cut off its supplies of cash, assist the opposition, and work with other nations to hasten the day when Qaddafi leaves power...With the time and space that we have provided for the Libyan people, they will be able to determine their own destiny, and that is how it should be."Now the news is out about Blowie's 'secret' (pardon me while I clean the coffee off my monitor) plan to go all covert and possibly arm the Libyan rebels. We have also learned that the CIA is already on the ground (see, they don't count as 'troops') and has been working with the rebels.
For those keeping track, we don't exactly know who the rebels are. The money quotes on that issue are:
Admiral James Stavridis, NATO supreme commander for Europe, said of Libya's rebel force: "We have seen flickers in the intelligence of potential al Qaeda, Hezbollah."
Former CIA officer Bruce Riedel took things a step further, telling the Hindustan Times: "There is no question that al Qaeda's Libyan franchise, Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, is a part of the opposition. It has always been Qaddafi's biggest enemy and its stronghold is Benghazi. What is unclear is how much of the opposition is al Qaeda/Libyan Islamic Fighting Group - 2 percent or 80 percent."Can someone please explain to me why it is okay to use the CIA to
I heard Rudy Guiliani talk about this on the radio this morning and agree wholeheartedly - Blowie has, once again, put on full display, his lack of executive experience, his inexperience in RUNNING anything; meeting a payroll, being decisive, determining costs and benefits.
My 4-year old, playing with toy soldiers and a cap gun can freaking figure out that one cap wasted on the bad guy is much more economical and less resource consuming that handing over thousands of green plastic men and rifles.