Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Secretary Robert Gates Is Wrong About The No Fly Zone For Libya

Silver Spring, Maryland
March 8, 2011

Secretary Of Defense, Robert Gates is wrong to say that you cannot have a no fly zone in Libya without a land invasion.  A no fly zone could  be set-up the same way it was accomplished in Bosnia. You can suppress a fighting force from the air provided the Libyans have no real air force to fight back with.
The North Vietnamese stopped flying after they lost 70 % of their air force in six months. The Libyans have even less.
The U.S. could establish a no fly zone in Libya but the logistical requirements for no fly zone would severely stretch the West's capacities because of the on-going conflict in Afghanistan. The U.S. and their puppet NATO have enough  combat, support, intelligence and surveillance aircraft to accomplish the mission in Libya but the fuel bill will be enormous.
Is this the change you voted for? Then you go sign up Barack Obama's Libyan war.
The American stance for decades states the good Colonel is a jerk, and the U.S. would like to get him out of the way.
Unlike other oil producing countries such as Nigeria and Saudi Arabia, President Qaddafi has used oil revenues to develop Libya.
The standard of living of the people of Libya is one of the highest in Africa, falling in the category of countries with a GNP per ca pita of between USD 2,200 and 6,000.
Unfortunately President Qaddafi is destroying  a lot of the infrastructure in Libya that he built.

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