Posted by: arnegrim | May 4, 2011

What is your strategy in Libya Mr. President?

“…The shelling was also hitting Misrata’s Qasr Ahmad district, a mixed residential and industrial area which houses the iron and steel works in a city that has become one of the bloodiest battlefields in the two-month conflict…

…NATO officers met on Wednesday in Brussels to review their operations’ progress, rejecting assessments of stalemate on the battlefield despite their warplanes’ intervention, as nations prepared for a meeting in Rome on Thursday over rebel finances.

On NATO keeping up its pressure on Gaddafi, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said: “I don’t sense any fatigue. On the contrary, we have just had a meeting … and it has been a reaffirmation of the strong commitment to our operation.”

Gaddafi’s forces were much weaker now than when NATO began its operation against them, Rasmussen said…”

” The United States is contributing significantly to OUP

  •  75% of all aerial refueling sorties
  • 70% of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) for OUP
  • 24% of the total aircraft
  • 27% of total sorties flown
  • 11 fighter aircraft for the Suppression of Enemy Air Defense (SEAD)
  • One guided-missile destroyer
  • Predator Armed Unmanned Aerial Surveillance systems”
Of a 28 member organization… the US is obviously the main contingent… yet the President has taken a back seat to any actions or decisions.  That in and of itself isn’t a big deal.  It is NOT a US force… however, this is turning into a prolonged bloodletting.  Either get in and finish it or get out.

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