Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Beware of Max Boot Bearing Gifts

From one of the most vocal cheerleaders for the neocon cause of using the US military to re-make the world . . . Max Boot writes in today's NY Times about all that might still go wrong in Libya, and how Mr. Obama needs to be very, very careful.  His prescription for success?

Have you already guessed?

Boots on the ground!

Not explicitly American boots, mind you. But, says he, surely "Western special forces" need to be brought in, if only to begin
 "arming and training the rebel fighters. They must be able to not only help toss out Colonel Qaddafi but also maintain law and order in the new Libya."

Like such other post-conflict states as Kosovo and East Timor, post-Qaddafi Libya will most likely need an international peacekeeping force. This should be organized under the auspices of the United Nations, NATO and the Arab League — a step that will require amending the Security Council resolution, which forbids a “foreign occupation force of any form on any part of Libyan territory.”

Fool me once, . . . .

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