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Tom Donilon’s Libyan Fantasy World

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.

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6 Responses to Tom Donilon’s Libyan Fantasy World

  1. The rebels are wishful thinkers who believed that if only Kaddafi could hear their anquish he would move his tent to Venezuela. They have some long guns, some big guns, but don’t know how to use them. They shoot into the air with anti-aircraft weaponry, but the weapons won’t bring down a modern jet.
    They shoot bullets into the air, just like Saddam used to do.
    They posture for the cameras, pump their arms and shout slogans.
    I know. I watched them do these things on a CNN feed this morning.
    They are doomed.
    Kaddafi IS winning and the best we could do is try to prevent the troops loyal to him from starting the inevitable mass murders of the rebels.
    A day late and a dollar short is where our policy on Libya is now.

    • srdem, they are wishful thinkers who took over most of Libya and had Qaddafi giving a news conference with an umbrella over his head. Pretty good for wishful thinking. OUR LEADERS are the wishful thinkers, believing somehow they could avoid responsibility by not making a choice. Now they will get a sworn enemy in Qaddafi, more extremism, and years of mistrust in the Mideast, particularly Iran, where rebels we need to win will be discouraged. A disaster that will play a part in 2012 as Libyans are slaughtered.

  2. Are ‘rebels’ good because they’re rebels? I think not. This country is a pit where there aren’t any ‘good guys’. There’s not a Libyan worth the life of anyone from another Country. Let them all fight it out.

    • Another AZ guy! Welcome. I am with you–Keith and I are not on the same page with this one. I see getting into it as expensive quicksand… Maybe helping refugees or something. An enemy in Qadaffi? Isn’t he already a non-fan, shall we say?

      I just don’t see cobbling up another Democracy Kit–precious American lives, planes, pallets of Benjamins, literacy classes (the general in charge of standing up a a police force in Afghanistan remarked this weekend that they needed to learn to read and count first), ink bottles for that election record-keeping, etc etc.

  3. Not suprised at all.

    Mr. Donlon has applied the same juvenile philosophy to Israel. Is it no wonder that 70% of Israeli’s beleive Mr. Obama (and his adminstration) are anti-Semitic?

    • Well well well…The airstrikes have begun. And yet it looks like we were all lied to about Libya…Innocent Civilians being attacked ? OH, you mean the Civilians who are carrying around AK 47s and Rocket Launchers are being attacked. Oh i get it, yea that sure is urgent, we definately should help those Rebel Soldiers out in thier civil war…The Oill reward is going to be worth it.