(Reuters) - U.S. re-engagement in combat operations in Libya could help break a stalemate between rebels and Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi forces, but Washington appears reluctant to step back fully into an already messy conflict.
Only the US has the air power needed to precisely hit at Gaddafi's troops, who are moving around in civilian vehicles that are hard to identify as transporting soldiers. My guess is the Western allies need to wait for Gaddafi's men to get out and start shooting and then hit them precisely in small groups. Much harder to do, especially without some of their own troops on the ground to call in more precise air strikes.
Of course, the French could send in their Foreign Legion like they did against Libya in Chad in the 1980s (and note the former Foreign Legion guys discussing their fighting in Chad then). If France was willing to commit fighters on the scale of the 1600 Foreign Legion troops it sent into Libya in 1986 then they could take down Khadafy's regime. Plus, they could get a pretty good movie made about it.
Obama really needs for the Libya war to end in a favorable manner. He wants to get reelected and a war that drags on would hurt his prospects. So is he going to send in CIA trainers or maybe funnel money to some other country to hire some really professional mercenaries? Or will he continue to try to distance the US from the war by claiming it is a NATO operation - as if the US isn't the most powerful and influential member of NATO? Maybe. After all, Americans aren't clear on the details of US alliances and he's not above conducting a paper-thin deceit with the help of liberal press supporters to conduct smoke screen operations for his benefit.
The bizarreness of the Libya war: The US, France, and Britain want regime overthrow. Why? Not clear. But they do. Yet the US isn't even willing to use full air power and all of them won't use soldiers on the ground. Why? Why not just get it over with fast? I hate pussy half measures.
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