The Plan in Libya (in 100 words)
By Barry Rubin
Here's what's happening now in Libya:
--Western forces bomb Libyan government forces on various pretexts.
--Give intelligence to rebels.
--Give military advisors to rebels.
--Give rebels arms indirectly.
Goal: Rebels win war with no direct Western intervention on the ground or Western casualties. Dictator Muammar Qadhafi falls; Western intervening states say: All we did was protect civilians and have a no-fly zone! We stuck to the UN resolution.
What happens afterward? Not clear anyone has thought that through.
In a few years critics will skewer this operation as deceptive. One hopes they won't also be ridiculing a catastrophic outcome.