Obama's Mad Max war
Two weeks after Operation "Odyssey Dawn" was commenced on behalf of the "rebels" in Libya, the U.S. government is still trying to figure out exactly who it is we've allied ourselves with.
At this point the answer should be clear: a bunch of idiots with no training, no organization, no communications, no tactical skills, and no strategy. Despite two weeks of NATO air cover, the "rebels" are doing little more than racing through the desert in jury-rigged pickup trucks like extras from a "Mad Max" movie - and making targets of themselves for Qaddafi's artillery in the process.
The lack of military discipline is disgusting. For a group that is woefully ill-equipped and low on arms and munitions, the "rebels" seem to spend an awful lot of time dancing, ululating, and shooting AK-47s into the air. Anyone fighting for his life who had even the slightest forethought - even if he had no professional military experience - would understand that the round of ammunition fired wantonly into the air could be the round necessary to save his life. The "rebels" are too stupid to understand even that simple concept.
And now we're debating arming these jokers?
The Libyan rebels are so bad they make Vietnam's Ngo Dinh Diem look competent by comparison. That's not a good sign.
The U.S. was born in rebellion against a superior force, but the colonies had well-developed governments and proficient militias to create some semblance of organization and discipline. As James Madison wrote in Federalist #46, "the existence of subordinate governments, to which the people are attached and by which the militia officers are appointed" formed an "insurmountable" barrier against tyranny. But no such social organization exists in Libya.
At this point it looks like there are three possible outcomes in Libya -- none of them good. One, experienced al-Qaeda fighters will come in and train and discipline the rebels, ultimately leading to a terrorist base of operations. Two, the U.S. and NATO will need to equip, train, and direct the rebels with operatives on the ground. Three, Qaddafi hangs on, the incompetent rebels achieve nothing, and Odyssey Dawn drags on inconclusively, making fools of West and its air operations.
If I were a CIA operative or Special Forces guy, I'd be cursing out the administration for backing a bunch of unknown, hapless incompetents in Libya.
But this is what you get when your C-I-C is a "community organizer-in-chief" instead of a commander-in-chief.