Re: On the Libya Editorial

by Daniel Foster

It occurred to me recently that if we were not currently engaged in Iraq and Afghanistan, and had recent events in the Middle East and Maghreb gone down exactly as they have, we’d almost certainly already be running a no-fly zone over Libya, or even launching offensive air strikes against Qaddafi forces.

Another way to put this: In the 90s, the sort of thing we’re pondering — painfully, slowly, increasingly irrelevantly pondering — was pedestrian. Clean, abstract, but impressive night-vision videos of American and NATO smart bombs striking the strongholds of people with funny names was the Clinton administration’s bread and butter foreign policy tool. Now, getting that same thing done would be, as Andy puts it, an Olympian feat.

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