OK, fine. Everyone else can lay around and have a few beers and I’ll take care of everything. Don’t get up, just relax and I’ll make sure the lights stay on and the place stays clean and the maniacs don’t kill the kids and dinner is ready on time.
Nato takes charge of enforcing Libya no-fly zone (as long as the US takes the heat).
Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Thursday that after lengthy negotiations the 28-member alliance reached a deal to enforce the no-fly zone. … Rasmussen said the Nato operation was limited to enforcing the no-fly zone…
Sure, as Gaddafi shells cities you’ll orbit overhead.
Consider this a petulantly Open Thread.
Now, I get it as well as anyone. Certain Things cannot be said and done. As Spiffy pointed out yesterday, though, I don’t have to pretend to like it.
We will see how this NATO-led mission to (let’s be honest) make Gaddafi gone works out. But hearing on the radio that NATO will take over only and specifically the No Fly Zone just made me want to kick something. Everybody knows what this is all about. Everybody agrees that it is OK for hundreds or thousands to die instead of one deranged animal. And everybody agrees that the Arab nations sending a few jets and the European nations at least having the bowels to officially fly jets over a country with no air defense is a Step Forward. But my country and my military and my president get to, again, take all the Adult Grade Heat that everyone else can’t stand.
China can dance into a corner making wildly contradictory claims based on being a World Leader and a relatively homicidal dictatorship itself. Russia boldly stating that homicidal dictatorships are actually a pretty good idea wouldn’t surprise anyone. Patrolling the defanged NFZ will give Canada and Europe and the rest of Western Civilization enough self-satisfaction to roundly criticize America for doing too much or too little too soon or too late (which is fortunate, because we are almost out of internal critics here at home).
And you know what? If what we all hope happens and the rebels managed to cut off the remains of Gaddafi’s military and kill the stupid prick themselves, they themselves will the only ones to thank America in the least.
The content of the article linked above the fold gives me some solace:
Rasmussen said the Nato operation was limited to enforcing the no-fly zone, but a senior US official, speaking on condition of anonymity later in Washington, said Nato reached a “political agreement” to also command all other operations aimed at protecting civilians – meaning strikes against Qaddafi’s ground forces.
Thanks. You’ll take out the trash but only when nobody is looking. That’s a start.
The United Arab Emirates said it would send 12 planes to take part in operations to enforce the no-fly zone.
In the context of my current petulance I am actually quite happy to see this large a commitment by the UAE. If we are to ever get away from the “commune with one person doing all the work” international state of affairs it is critical – particularly in this region at this time – that nations make escalations in their commitment to international matters. We would all rather use words to solve all problems, but sometimes the dog needs to be put down. Nations, like individuals, are not really grown up until they take that kind of responsibility.
Guillaud said a French plane destroyed an army artillery battery near the eastern frontline town of Ajdabiyah, 150 km south of Benghazi. Ajdabiyah is strategically important for both sides as it commands the coastal highway to the west.
Viva la France! I have no doubt that the members of the French and Canadian and British and UAE and the rest of the militaries involved are as sick of this topic as I am. They know what needs to be done, they are good at doing it, and they would be happy to do it, too. If you could interview the UAE pilots you would probably find some (all?) have normal lives and families and homes and would love to blow up tanks shelling cities.
I hope their timid masters let them.