There is good reason to be very critical in regard to the conduct of the imposition of the no-fly zone in Libya. I remain one who believes that the no-fly zone is necessary. However, I am extremely critical of the manner in which the whole thing has been handled by Østupid.
Yesterday NATO made another mistake and 4 people were killed. One of them was a doctor. The mistake occurred because it seems that the right people were not informed that the rebels were using some tanks that they had “won” from the pro-Daffy Duck forces.
Reading through the NY Slimes article I found what I consider to be the money quote, which is also the basis of my own criticism over the lack of leadership from the USA (this is beside the criticism about Østupid not getting permission from the Congress to participate in the enforcement of both the arms embargo on Libya as well as the enforcement of the no-fly zone).
“We haven’t had a significant military operation in which the Americans have taken a back seat for quite some time,” said Malcolm Chalmers, a professor of defense at King’s College London, according to The Associated Press. “It really is unclear whether the Europeans can rise to that challenge.”
There are disputes about whether or not information was passed to NATO from the National Council, but I admit to laughing when I saw the following statement:
Rebels in the hotly contested area between Brega and Ajdabiya in eastern Libya said that henceforth they would paint the tops of their vehicles pink to help avoid future friendly fire accidents. As the conflict has evolved, however, Colonel Qaddafi’s forces have proved adept at mixing in with civilian populations and mimicking the rebels’ vehicles, to sow confusion and deter allied airstrikes.