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Gadaffi’s Curse Keeps Haunting Washington

 

Gadaffi’s Curse Keeps Haunting Washington

by Eric Margolis

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The finest strategic thinker of the 20th century, Britains Maj. Gen. J.F.C. Fuller, wrote the object of war is achieving political goals, not military victory.

Politicians keep forgetting Fullers dictum. The last examples of wars without defined political objectives were Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Welcome a fourth: Libya.

US foreign policy is becoming permanently militarized. The Secretary of State and senior diplomats jet around the globe making speeches, but real state business is increasingly done by the defense secretary and the Pentagons senior generals.

Yet even in Americas latest little war, some generals and admirals are nervous over exactly what their nation is trying to achieve by bombing tiny Libya at an initial cost of over $100 million daily and rising fast.

Even some Republican Party Rambos are nervous and confused. Everyone here wants to lynch Libyan leader Muammar Gadaffi called not long ago by President George Bush a valued ally in the war against terror.

But thoughtful Republicans are asking, where is this all going? They are blasting President Barack Obama for not laying out a political strategy over Libya, and an exit plan.

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Special thanks to our New York Correspondent for the head’s up on this post!