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NYT February article suggests Obama will soon be forced into military intervention in Libya in coming period

I recently wrote about the dangers of a scaled up and systematic US/EU-led intervention in Libya here:

The early February NYT piece here says:

Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter and Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, among others, say some kind of American and allied military force will be needed. But Mr. Obama has not yet made a decision, nor have the size or contours of any possible American military involvement been determined.

 “The White House just has to decide,” said one senior State Department official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. “The case has been laid out by virtually every department.”

 The push for military action comes in response to growing concern over the Islamic State’s presence in Libya.


Administration officials said this week that a decision on action in Libya could come soon. Late last month, General Dunford said a decision will probably be made in “weeks.”

“It’s fair to say that we’re looking to take decisive military action against ISIL in conjunction with the political process” in Libya, he said. “The president has made clear that we have the authority to use military force.”

One very sad intervention in this NYT article is provided here:

“How long will the United States and the Europeans wait until they say, we have to work with whatever militias we can on the ground?” said Frederic Wehrey, a Libya specialist at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, who frequently visits the country.

— I just don’t understand how people who work for peacebuilding and conflict mitigation groups keep on advocating for escalation, more conflict and more terrible “surprises” that seem to inevitably stem from ramping up these mideast conflicts.

If Wehrey worked for the Carnegie Endowment for International Security Studies I could understand it. I wrote about this in regards to Noah Bonsey’s proposal for US-led military escalation in Syria here:

“When NGOs Call For Military Intervention in Syria: The Case of the International Crisis Group”/Huffington Post, September 2015


Written by nickbiddlenoe

March 25, 2016 at 5:05 pm

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