February 24, 2011

Winning The Future?

Governor Palin -- in more couched terms than those who will quote her -- suggests a NATO No-Fly Zone in Libya?

Gaddafi is a brutal killer and Libya -- not to mention the world -- would be better off if he were out of power. Now is the time to speak out. Speak out for the long-suffering Libyan people. Speak out for the victims of Gaddafi's terror. NATO and our allies should look at establishing a no-fly zone so Libyan air forces cannot continue slaughtering the Libyan people. We should not be afraid of freedom, especially when it comes to people suffering under a brutal enemy of America.

Hat-tip Simon@ClassicalValues via Insty who says "you know what the 'Peacemongers' will say."

I guess I am a peacemonger. And a defender of AG Holder. What a strange day...

2012 Posted by John Kranz at February 24, 2011 12:30 PM

If there's a NATO no-fly zone, what do we do when we spot their military or factions opening fire on civilians from the ground or tanks?

Are we culpable for treatment of anti-regime forces while enforcing no-fly zones in Iraq? Just because we were protecting people from the air doesn't mean we could defend them on the ground. The Marsh Arabs are the ones that come to mind immediately.

Posted by: AlexC at February 24, 2011 2:02 PM

Governor Griz has been rehabilitating herself lately, forcing me to reconsider supporting her. This is a huge, irresponsible, step back.

Posted by: jk at February 24, 2011 3:18 PM

Inadvisable in the specifics, but not in spirit says I.

It's a bad idea to schedule regular sorties over Libyan airspace. But an aircraft carrier and a marine amphibious landing ship off the Tripoli coast could do wonders.

What was that guy's name again? Ronald something...

Posted by: johngalt at February 24, 2011 5:22 PM

Ah yes, presidential leadership. I seem to remember something...

Had the President executed a forceful reply, I would have been on board. All the way. Surprised - nay, astonished -- but on board.

For an opposition party statesperson figure to suggest a provocative NATO operation is irresponsible. If she is really a talk show host, that's fine. If she's a Presidential candidate it's not.

Posted by: jk at February 24, 2011 6:13 PM


I think that whole, "Politics stops at the water's edge" thing went out the door a long time ago.

"This war, is lost." Thank you Mr. Senate Majority Leader.

Posted by: johngalt at February 24, 2011 7:12 PM

Alex is too expansive: a no-fly zone means just that, presumably for fixed-wing a/c. I'm with the Guv on this one as a provocative and intriguing pressure tactic, but agreed that suggesting NATO do this is over the top. I'm not even sure it would be nice to hear NATO considering such things. She should have stuck to "USN and our allies."

This is leadership and her heart's in the right place... whether or not it's focus-group approved!

Posted by: nanobrewer at February 25, 2011 1:17 AM

BTW - I saw a report this morning that one of the ideas being mentioned by White House sources vis-a-vis Libya is - a no-fly zone.

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