A Post-Qaddafi Libya

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 The secretary of defense doesn't sound happy:

The challenge of governing Libya after Gadhafi goes is a daunting one, in Gates’ telling: balancing tribal interests and weaving together a coherent nation. Those tribes will play a “major role” in any future Libyan politics. Hmm, what costly, long wars already fought by the U.S. military does that sound like?

Gates ... evinced the faintest confidence that the Libyan rebels would succeed in toppling Gadhafi. The opposition “is a misnomer,” he said, “very disparate, very scattered,” with each faction possessing its own agenda, and militarily “lacking command and control and lacking organization.” No wonder he doesn’t want the U.S. involved in helping it rise to power, or govern, reminding legislators of the “enormous human and fiscal cost” of the nation-building campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan. If the opposition wants training and guns, “someone else” can provide it, he said, not U.S. forces.

Thank God for Bob Gates.

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