"The United States views the Transitional National Council as the legitimate interlocutor for the Libyan people during this interim period," Clinton saidduring a June 9 speech at a meeting of the Libya Contact Group in the United Arab Emirates (emphasis added). Foreign Policy
The press and many here at this space think the intervention in Libya is foolish and will be fruitless. I do not. War is sometimes useful. This is one of those times. Iraq was a foolish mistake. The disastrous situation there in 2006 was somewhat improved by the application of traditional colonial methods of "divide and rule" and empowerment of politicians who, at least on the surface, were cooperative. In Afghanistan the initial liberation of the country from Taliban rule was a worthwhile effort. The attempt to build an Afghanistan that had never existed in spite of massive foreign aid during the monarchy, that was foolish. It continues to be foolish. This effort is beyond our strength and means, especially in bad economic times.
Libya is another matter. Qathafi will be gone and the price is cheap. pl