From our friends at Infinity Journal:
LTC Ron Tira – The Uncommitted Commitment: US Military Involvement in Libya
At the time of this writing the United States may or may not still consider itself engaged in a limited-means campaign in Libya, whose declared objective is to protect Libyan civilians and whose implicit objective is regime change. This military endeavor is, or has been, conducted in contravention of hard-learned American strategic doctrines; and it is an odd pick when contrasted with other more pressing and significant challenges to US vital interests in the Middle East.
As is the case with many lessons learned, the US has paid a high price for the insights embodied mostly in the Weinberger Doctrine and also in the Powell Doctrine. Yet, as is also often the case, it has offhandedly brushed aside that hard-earned strategic prudence.
….Yet the planners of the Libyan operation have preferred force economy and risk aversion over winning. First and foremost has been the demarcation of acceptable risks and consequently acceptable modes of military operation, while the gap between those tolerable ways and means on the one hand and the ends on the other hand remain knowingly unaddressed. The operation’s architects have only been willing to commit and risk limited assets applying standoff fire and possibly special operations, and whatever those can achieve – will be achieved. It is not the objectives and theater characteristics but economy and risk aversion that have driven the campaign’s design.
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Finally, Wikistrat has released the latest Core-Gap Bulletin:
Wikistrat has released edition 11.11 of the CoreGap Bulletin.
This CoreGap edition features, among others:
- Terra Incognita – What to Do With Despots Who Fight to the Bitter End?
- Bahrain Repression Indicates Just How Scared of Iran the Saudis Truly Are
- IMF and Standard & Poors Both Issue Warnings on Unprecedented US Debt
- As Libyan Stalemate Looms, NATO Increases Involvement
- South Africa Formally Joins BRIC Group, Signaling China’s Dominance
And much more…
The entire bulletin is available for subscribers. Over the upcoming week we will release analysis from the bulletin to our free Geopolitical Analysis section of the Wikistrat website, first being “Terra Incognita – What to Do With Despots Who Fight to the Bitter End?”
Read the full piece here