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OK, Will Seaman your skepticism is well taken. But just as one cannot be half pregnant, a half ass commitment to a perpetual civil war serves no good interests.
I was proud of Sec. of Defense Gate's initial cold feet on this and was dismayed when the hawks got the helm in the Obama Administration and push came to shove.
The non-supportive position of Turkey along with the cooler heads of NATO and the jump back of the Arab Leauge to the expanded attack beyond ofensive airforce, airport and air defense systems to include neutralizing Gaddafi's front lines all make the status quo a no win situation that will stalemate if something more robust is not employed.
The long knives are already out in the Gaddafi held areas and the beautiful revolutionaries are being imprisoned, tortured and killed by the thousands. On the other hand, no amount of troopless shock and awe short of a lucky direct hit on Gaddafi himself will bring Kaddafi to sue for peace or cease his repression.
In short there is nothing easy about the choices available. My hope is the US will find a proxy in Egypt, perhaps to drive tanks to the edge of Tripoli and bring Kaddafi to heal. The thought of US troops in harms way and the collateral damage to civilians are sickening and it is hoped that a formula can be found diplomatically to wind this down and forestall the misery of open war and repression. Good luck, Barack.
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