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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Wesley Clark to U.S.: Stay out of Libya

Posted By on Sun, Mar 13, 2011 at 7:57 AM

Little Rock's Wesley Clark, writing in the Washington Post, says the U.S. should consider the checkered history of short-term military interventions before jumping into Libya.

To me, it seems we have no clear basis for action. Whatever resources we dedicate for a no-fly zone would probably be too little, too late. We would once again be committing our military to force regime change in a Muslim land, even though we can't quite bring ourselves to say it. So let's recognize that the basic requirements for successful intervention simply don't exist, at least not yet: We don't have a clearly stated objective, legal authority, committed international support or adequate on-the-scene military capabilities, and Libya's politics hardly foreshadow a clear outcome.

We should have learned these lessons from our long history of intervention. We don't need Libya to offer us a refresher course in past mistakes.

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