How sad. Qaddafi now begins to win his war against his people. He will eradicate thousands. And we, who could have helped in a limited but potentially decisive way by denying Qadaffi air power, are still deciding what to do.
White House National Security Adviser Tom Donilon today gave a performance on a conference call with reporters that would have received the unmitigated admiration of Neville Chamberlain.
And today Secretary General Rasmussen announced a number of steps that the Alliance is taking: Increase maritime assets in the central Mediterranean; defense ministers also agreed to move ahead with detailed operational planning on two really important projects I think — humanitarian relief and more active enforcement of the arms embargo; continuing plans for the full range of possibilities and planning — full range of possibilities including a no-fly zone. These plans will be presented next week at NATO.
Next week? NEXT WEEK? Really, I’m concerned about Mr. Donilon’s reality testing. There will possibly be no rebels left next week.
Over time, of course, this will really squeeze and tighten the containment effort around Qaddafi, encourage and provide incentives for those members of the Libyan government to disassociate themselves from Qaddafi, as I said earlier, and again, underscoring that before someone carries out an attack on Libyan civilians they need to know they face a sharp choice and they need to know they’ll be on the wrong side of history and we will ensure they face the consequences.
Ensure they face the consequences? How? Are we going to go into Libya and get them? How long will the world resist Qaddafi’s oil? If he hasn’t given into an armed revolution, do we really think Qaddafi is going to buckle because of sanctions that will inevitably erode ?
And I think that any assessment of the situation right now would suggest that history is not on the side of Muammar Qaddafi. History is on the side of the Libyan people, and they’re going to be the ones who determine their future.
What does this mean? History is a concept. Is history providing the Libyan rebels with tanks and surface to air missiles? Who is this history, I’d like to meet him.
I think that the really important point I wanted to get across in this presentation, that we have taken a range of steps that I outlined to squeeze Qaddafi, isolate him, really turn him into a pariah.
Qaddafi was a pariah for decades. What does he care?
Really, Donilon seems to have little understanding of real world exigencies and consequences. I’m not just concerned about Libya. I’m concerned he’s applying this kind of logic to places where our national interests are much greater.