Must We Remove Qaddafi?

Andy Bacevich, who calls the war against Libya "needless," nevertheless argues that removing Qaddafi "should be the centerpiece of U. S. strategy":

Remove him from the scene and the threat posed to innocent Libyans, whose well-being provides the nominal rationale for intervention, will subside, if not disappear altogether. ... There are two ways for Qaddafi to "go." The first is voluntarily, by offering him inducements -- the promise of a comfortable exile in Venezuela perhaps. Then there is the other way, a departure that is involuntary, violent, and therefore permanent.