Attack on Libya May Unleash a Long War

Posted: March 28, 2011 in Uncategorized


Get out your checkbook, it looks like its going to be a long, expensive war in Libya.

But not to be too concerned, it looks like Al Qaeda is about to start oil exports from the “rebel” territories they control.  Maybe they’ll pony up for this instead of using the money elsewhere, like maybe Iraq or Afghanistan.  Yeah.  I’m sure of it.



Attack on Libya May Unleash a Long War

By Phyllis Bennis, March 28, 2011

The United States and its allies launched the war against Libya on the eighth anniversary of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. President Barack Obama says the U.S. will transfer command authority very soon, that military action should be over in “days, not weeks,” and that he wants no boots on the ground. But the parallels with other U.S. wars in the Middle East don’t bode well.

The Pentagon may indeed transfer its command to some other military leadership. But what happens when London and Paris decide they don’t have sufficient weaponry, or can’t afford it any longer–what will President Obama do then? And what about that “no U.S. troops on the ground” line? Forget about it. When the first F-15 warplane went down on Sunday, one of the airmen was picked up by Libyan opposition supporters and turned over to unidentified “U.S. forces”–who must have been on the ground as part of a rescue arrangement…

Why do we think another U.S.-led western attack against another Middle Eastern country will lead to democracy? What’s the end game? What if a stalemate leaves Libya divided, with military attacks continuing? The UN resolution is very clear that military force can only be used to protect Libyan civilians, but the Western powers have simultaneously made clear that their real political goal is regime change–ousting Muammar Gaddafi. Ironically, by stating Gaddafi has “lost his legitimacy,” western leaders are dramatically narrowing the space for negotiations which could provide for a more peaceful removal of the Libyan leader. And what if these attacks lead to an escalating, rather than diminishing, civil war?


US officials: Libyan operation could last months
Mar 27, 9:14 AM (ET)


WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S.-led military action in Libya has bolstered rebels fighting Moammar Gadhafi’s forces, but the international operation could continue for months, the Obama administration says.

Ahead of President Barack Obama’s national address Monday to explain his decision to act against the Libyan leader, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said in appearances on the Sunday talk shows that the intervention had effectively rendered Gadhafi’s forces defenseless against air attacks and created the conditions for opposition advances westward.

In interviews taped Saturday, Gates and Clinton also defended the narrowly defined U.N. mandate to prevent atrocities against Libyan civilians and said the U.S. had largely accomplished its goals.

“We have taken out his armor,” Gates said, adding that the U.S. soon would relinquish its leading role in enforcing a no-fly zone and striking pro-Gadhafi ground targets intent on violence.


Libyan rebels to start oil exports soon
Posted: 27 March 2011 2302 hrs

BENGHAZI, Libya: Oil fields in rebel-held territory in Libya are producing between 100,000 and 130,000 barrels a day, and the opposition plans to begin exporting oil “in less than a week”, a rebel representative said on Sunday.

“We are producing about 100,000 to 130,000 barrels a day, we can easily up that to about 300,000 a day,” said Ali Tarhoni, the rebel representative responsible for economy, finance and oil, at a news conference.

He said the rebel government had agreed an oil contract with Qatar, which would market the crude, and that he expected exports to begin in “less than a week”.

Tarhoni said he had signed the contract with Qatar recently and that the deal would help ensure “access to liquidity in terms of foreign denominated currency”.

“We contacted the oil company of Qatar and they agreed to take all the oil we export and market that oil for us,” he said.


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