Secretary of State Clinton today said the halting U.S. response to the Libyan crisis is partially due to fears the revolution will look like a U.S.-run operation.
From the New York Times:
On Tuesday, Mrs. Clinton, just back in Washington after consultations in Geneva with foreign counterparts, warned that Libya could be facing the prospect of a protracted civil war. She also reiterated that a no-fly zone for Libya was “under active consideration.”
But in her comments, made to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, she laid out one of the several reasons Western countries are moving with caution on such an option. Mrs. Clinton said that the administration was keenly aware that the Libyan opposition was anxious to be seen “as doing this by themselves on behalf of the Libyan people — that there not be outside intervention by any external force.”
Yeah, well, at some point the prospect of a mass slaughter needs to trump appearances, right?
A little assistance, like humanitarian aid, a few clandestinely shipped-in weapons, and a no-fly zone aren’t going to brand this a Great Satan Production.
The United States is now moving military assets into the area. Let’s hope all the delay is not too late to avoid a catastrophe.