How Big Is The Rebel Force?


The NYT reports that "the army that rebel military leaders bragged about consists of only about 1,000 trained men." Michael Cohen is discouraged:

What this suggests to me is that unlike the situation in Afghanistan in which the US was able to work hand-in-hand with a proxy army to dislodge the Taliban from power, there simply isn’t a rebel force on the ground in Libya that has the military chops to unseat Gaddafi. 

(Photo: Libyan rebels prepare for battle against government forces on March 24, 2011, a few kilometers from the key city of Ajdabiya as UN Secretary-General called today on both sides to cease fire, as the Security Council prepares to hold a new meeting on the crisis. By Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images)