Intermarkets' Privacy Policy
Moron Meet-Ups
Listen up Colorado Morons: Saturday May 5th: Cinco de Quattro Colorado Morondezvous. Email:
acewestminsterdogshow at the gmail for details.
Rand Paul, Still Making Sense | Main | Twelfth Child Dies After Brazilian Mass Shooting; Shooter A Jihadi?
April 08, 2011

Smart Power: NATO Bombs Rebels' Tanks; "We Didn't Know They Had Tanks"

On one hand, I didn't know that either.

On the other hand, I'm not being paid to run this war.

The deputy commander of NATO forces in Libya acknowledged Friday that the alliance struck rebel tanks outside the eastern oil town of Brega a day earlier but blamed the deadly incident on a lack of communication from the rebels.

Rear Adm. Russell Harding said "it would appear that two of our strikes yesterday may have resulted in the deaths of a number of TNC forces," referring to the Transitional National Council, the rebels' de facto government. Doctors said that at least five people were killed in the Thursday morning strike, the second friendly fire incident in less than a week involving NATO forces and the rebels battling Libyan strongman Muammar Gadhafi.

"I'm not apologizing," Harding told reporters in Naples, Italy. "The situation on the ground was extremely fluid and remains extremely fluid. And up until yesterday we had no information that the TNC or the opposition forces were using tanks."

What the hell.

And if you think that's dumb, how about a general proposing US ground troops in Libya?

Asked if the U.S. would provide troops, Ham said, I suspect there might be some consideration of that. My personal view at this point would be that thats probably not the ideal circumstance, again for the regional reaction that having American boots on the ground would entail.

Um, no.

As I wrote before I had counted on Obama's feckless (if inconstant) pacifism to keep him from making the same mistake as LBJ and deciding his ego was on the line and so better men than him should die to prove how "tough" he is.

I'm not sure of that anymore.

This general really should get his head on straight. We cannot piss away good American troops' lives everywhere. We cannot and must not put troops in another civil-war situation.

If the answer is stalemate, so be it. If Obama wanted to cleanly win the war he missed his opportunity by delaying so long to rain airstrikes on Qadaffy's mercenaries. If it's now to be a divided state, then so be it.

Who the hell cares? If Qadaffy acts up we bomb the crap out of Tripoli.

What is this absurd sentimentalist regard for world maps with countries that have constant borders? Do we care if Libya breaks up into West Libya and East Libya? Is learning a new contour on a map so difficult for us?

No more using soldiers just to spare the lives of foreigners.

Yes, it would be better if the rebels won, but they're not strong enough for that. All we can do is keep Qadaffy from winning.

And that's all we should do.

By The Way: I don't think there's any question that putting ground troops into a live war would require a Congressional resolution.

That's full commitment. That's solemn war.

digg this
posted by Ace at 02:33 PM

| Access Comments

Recent Comments
zombie: "[i]Rules are for the allegedly "privileged" people ..."

ISIS Ike: " Hackers are throwing gays off our buildings! ..."

Shep Smith[/i][/i][/b][/b][/u][/u]: "[i]Everybody has a natural arm slot.[/i] Tell m ..."

Sorry/ Not Sorry: "Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at April 23, ..."

Alberta Oil Peon: "Some kind of Weasel, I gather. Posted by: Ae ..."

Christopher R Taylor: "Heh "After rever ..."

Cheri: "Go back and watch all of the alarmist speeches by ..."

Vanya: "If she was hacked, would that make her a victim of ..."

Moron Robbie - I choose to live my life as a black woman. [/i] [/b]: "I think it's a much different dynamic though since ..."

Village Idiot's Apprentice [/i]: "'I'm sure that some people here with real medical ..."

Zod: ">>It's very unfair to compare them to relatively n ..."

Deplorable Jay Guevara [/i][/b][/s]: "[i]People who throw like that have almost never th ..."

Recent Entries

Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64