The destruction of the Libyan aircraft is a good start, but it would be nice to do more. Once upon a time, the CIA cultivated ambitious military officers (typically colonels) in such places for emergencies such as this. We’d give the word and they’d execute a coup.
I am not up to speed on the capabilities of the clandestine service, but I doubt they have any colonels on the shelf ready to move. I'd love to be wrong, needless to say, and I'm rooting for them, in the unlikely event the president pushes that button. Even if the CIA can't do it, maybe our military guys have someone.
Yes, I know it’s meddling in another country’s “internal affairs,” and a strike against the Libyan Air Force may be considered an act of war in some lawyers’ offices. But if we did those things we’d save a lot of innocent lives and enhance our chances of being more effective in the future.
We should have done it in Sudan years ago, by the way. We’d have saved a lot of southerners and speeded up the whole process.
Finally, the president should issue an executive order requiring the removal of all those bumper stickers that read “war never solved anything.” As the Marines say, except for fascism, Nazism, communism and warlordism.
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