May 25, 2011 |
EACH TIME he addresses the war in Libya, President Obama seems to contradict himself. After a meeting Wednesday with British Prime Minister David Cameron, the president was supportive of Mr. Cameron's declaration that "the president and I agree that we should be turning up the heat in Libya. " "The more effective the coalition is in rallying all the resources that are available to it," Mr. Obama said, the more "we're going to be able to achieve our mission in a timely fashion . " Yet Mr. Obama apparently remains unwilling to rally American resources...
April 16, 2011 |
THE CONTRADICTIONS at the heart of U.S. policy in Libya are becoming more acute. On Friday President Obama joined the leaders of Britain and France in declaring that the NATO air campaign, which was launched in the name of protecting civilians, will continue for as long as dictator Moammar Gaddafi remains in power. Yet in an interview he gave to the Associated Press the same day, Mr. Obama acknowledged that the war between rebels and Mr. Gaddafi's forces is stalemated, 10 days after U.S. ground attack aircraft were pulled from the operation on...
March 21, 2013 |
NIAMEY, Niger — The newest outpost in the U.S. government's empire of drone bases sits behind a razor-wire-topped wall outside this West African capital, blasted by 110-degree heat and the occasional sandstorm blowing from the Sahara. The U.S. Air Force began flying a handful of unarmed Predator drones from here last month . The gray, mosquito-shaped aircraft emerge sporadically from a borrowed hangar and soar north in search of al-Qaeda fighters and guerrillas from other groups hiding in the...
April 19, 2011
I believe most Americans share the sentiments of the April 17 editorial " The Libya stalemate . " I felt proud when the United States, after weeks of frustrating hesitancy, began to take an active role in Libya. I even agreed when we decided that NATO should do the heavy lifting. But it's now clear we're headed for a stalemate unless the American forces the editorial described are brought to bear. A negative or inconclusive outcome in Libya could have devastating long-term consequences for the entire region and for the...
June 7, 2012 |
THE CLAIM that the NATO-backed overthrow of Moammar Gaddafi has produced little but chaos in Libya got a boost on Monday when gunmen briefly took over Tripoli's international airport, fired a few shots and grounded the international airliners that only recently had begun to arrive. Less well-reported was the follow-up: The dust-up ended in a few hours without fatalities , and the airport was back in business Tuesday. Such is Libya: a country awash in militias and weapons and almost entirely lacking in institutions that nevertheless appears to...
June 11, 2012 |
A s the international community assesses the situation in Syria, it's important to keep in mind what might be expected of NATO. I investigated the organization's actions in Libya last year while at the same time working with the United Nations' civilian protection office in Afghanistan. The difference in how NATO interacted with me in each place was striking. I had a collegial, open relationship with officials in Afghanistan — and an adversarial and frosty one with those in Libya.