2011 March 21 Monday
Lame Allies Foil Obama Non-Leading Against Libya

Barack Obama is making a big deal out of how the United States is not leading the push against Muammar Gaddafi (whose name is so cool it does not need spell checking ever). But the French and British have welfare states too big to afford proper modern militaries suitable for knocking out tanks in a desert.

The first major strike involved 112 Tomahawk cruise missiles launched from US Navy ships (and one British submarine) against SA-5 Russian-made surface-to-air missiles, early warning sites, and key communication modes.

On Sunday, US Navy EA-18G radar jammers began flying over Libya as part of the effort to enforce the no-fly zone. In addition, US Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier jets, which can take off and land vertically, were launched against ground targets from the amphibious ship USS Kearsarge in the Mediterranean. US Air Force F-15s, F-16s, and B-2 stealth bombers reportedly were involved in the US-coordinated effort to establish air superiority and prevent Libyan army attacks on civilians.

Barack needs to work this problem. He could give the Brits an aircraft carrier and some F/A-18s and support ships. Like with Lend-Lease in World War II (ignoring Barack's dislike of the Brits - politics makes for strange bedfellows).

Of course, carriers are expensive to maintain. So the US will have to give the Brits foreign aid to support upkeep of their expensive gifts from America. I think it would be a tougher sell to convince Congress to fund the French military. But if we make the Brits strong enough then in event of a conflict they could paint some of their British F-16s and F/A-18s with French colors and let some French pilots do some bombing runs.

The Brits brought one whole sub to the the cruise missile launch fest. So we could give them a few more subs to use the next time. Or give them a cruiser. Hey, fiscal stimulus: Build cruisers to give away as foreign aid.

Really, this could be the new US strategy. Pretend to be isolationist while funding other Western nations to fight for us. Who knows, with the Canadians playing a role against Libya perhaps even they could become aid recipients receiving our ships and aircraft. The Brits, Canadians, and French could operate our military for us. That will free up lots of Americans to work in jobs supplying our allies. We'll become exporters. It will be good.

Is this a cool idea or what?

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2011 March 21 12:08 AM  MidEast Insurgencies

Wolf-Dog said at March 21, 2011 9:33 PM:

Thanks to the new precision bombs, even a moderate number of British/French/American fighter planes would be enough to disable most of Gaddafi's tanks and artillery. But the best way to get rid of Gaddafi is to give a lot of rifles and anti-tank missiles to the opposition. Because Gaddafi is just a minority, the opposition can easily come to power if they had anti-armor rockets and a lot of rifles. So far no military aid has been given to the opposition.

Meanwhile, the Assad family of Syria is in danger of being overthrown. It is worth noting that so far Syria is a very secular country.

California kid said at March 21, 2011 11:25 PM:

This one-sided intervention reduces both sides to light infantry weapons. The net effect is to prolong the civil war, and it basically partitions Libya into two countries with one capital in Tripoli and the other in Benghazi. Not too hard to figure out who benefits from this.

Wolf-Dog said at March 22, 2011 1:16 AM:

Because Gaddafi's followers are a minority, if the opposition is armed with a lot of rifles and anti-armor munitions, they will be able to control most of the oil in Libya, and Gaddafi's group will be isolated in a few cities. The whole point of this war was the control of the oil wealth and its equal distribution in Libya. Once this is achieved, the isolated enclaves of Gaddafi will be irrelevant, as the latter group will finally run out of money and disappear.

A short term bombardment for a few weeks would totally demolish the air force, heavy artillery and armor of Gaddafi, and if a hundred thousand rifles are distributed to the opposition, then the thugs of Gaddafi will no longer be able to bully the majority without their armor, artillery and air force. The guerrilla war that Kaddafi is talking about will be in distant deserts, where he will be miserable.

The only problem is that is is possible that Kaddafi can sabotage oil installations for a while, until his followers are gradually killed. Kaddafi can also sabotage Saudi oil fields for revenge, but if he does this the world will go after him.

Check it Out said at March 22, 2011 3:18 PM:

A third war? Are we for real?

While at it, why not also invade North Korea and Iran. Maybe we should invade Latin America as well.

I begin to think that one day, either America is going to put an end to the rest of the World or the rest of the World is going to put an end to America.

Randall Parker said at March 22, 2011 6:34 PM:

Check it Out,

America is declining as a result many choices made by our rulers and our intellectual elites.

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