|NATO Chief Opens The Door to Libya Ground Troops 29 Mar 2011 …The United Nations Security Council Resolution authorizing the war [in Libya] explicitly rules out any “occupation” forces. But leave it to the top military officer of NATO, which takes over the war on Wednesday, to add an asterisk to that ban. During a Senate hearing on Tuesday, Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island asked Adm. James Stavridis about NATO putting forces into “post-Gadhafi” Libya to make sure the country doesn’t fall apart. Stavridis said he “wouldn’t say NATO’s considering it yet.” But because of NATO’s history of putting peacekeepers in the Balkans — as pictured above — “the possibility of a stabilization regime exists.”
U.S. Air Power Is Given Expansive Role in Libya 29 Mar 2011 Even as President Obama on Monday described a narrower role for the United States in a NATO-led operation in Libya, the American military has been carrying out an expansive and increasingly potent air campaign to compel the Libyan Army to turn against Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi. The White House, the Pentagon and their European allies have given the mission the most expansive possible interpretation, amounting to an all-out assault on Libya’s military. Allied aircraft are not only dropping 500-pound bombs on Libyan troops, they are also using psychological operations to try to break their will to fight, broadcasting messages [propaganda] in Arabic and English, telling Libyan soldiers and sailors to abandon their posts and to defy Colonel Qaddafi’s orders.