It is amusing to listen to the tortured musings on television today of the usual collection of talking heads and International Relations inspired eunuchs. "Oh, let's not do this! Let's not do that! Someone might be hurt! If only this had been done a week ago! Too late! Too late! This will be like Iraq! This will be like Afghanistan!"
Rubbish. This will not be like either of these wars unless we truly "take counsel of our fears."
The same people were wringing their hands a week ago saying much the same things. In fact, Libya is a perfect place to exercise modern air power against the forces of a man like Qathafi. The UN resolution contains language with regard to "protecting the Libyan people." Qathafi is an inherent threat to the Libyan people. Therefore...
IMO, the coalition air and naval forces will cripple Qathafi forces. A handful of covert trainers, equipers and coordinators should be inserted into the country to shape, not a conventional army, but rather an irregular, guerrilla force that can shoot, move and communicate in a motley collection of vehicles for an advance to the west and east upon Tripoli behind a moving curtain of aerial firepower. The covert coalition personnel will be vital as well for preventing air strikes on friendly forces.
There should be no occupation. The Libyans can sort their political affairs out by themselves.
We need to get this over quickly before the chorus of high pitched voices overwhelms the chance of liberation for Libya. pl