So is everybody ready for Operation Libya Freedom?
Short of a U.S.-led military offensive, international options to quickly force Moammar Gadhafi from power now appear to be highly limited, and Defense Secretary Robert Gates called for an end Wednesday to “loose talk” about steps that would amount to an act of war.
There are still hopes that U.N. sanctions and other diplomatic moves can undermine Gadhafi’s authority, and Libyan rebels pressed their fight against troops loyal to Gadhafi on Wednesday.
But while a leading U.S. senator urged the Pentagon to be prepared to provide air cover for the rebels, there was little evidence of an appetite by the U.S., Europe or other powers to risk the consequences of military intervention.
Gates captured the mood in telling a congressional panel, “Let’s call a spade a spade: A no-fly zone begins with an attack on Libya” to destroy its air defenses. His point: To ground Libya’s air force in a way that minimizes risk to U.S. or coalition pilots would mean initiating an act of war in an Arab land. [Associated Press]
It is amazing how full circle the Pentagon has come when instead of having a Secretary of Defense urging the politicians for war, now we have one that appears to be urging the politicians against it. Here is a question, how come the Europeans do not implement the No Fly Zone themselves for a change?