Should We Have Targeted Colonel Mohmmar Gadhafi

The US and NATO as everyone knows conducted an operation in Libya in order to establish a no fly zone so that Libyan aircraft would not be able to fly and bomb its citizens as they had indiscriminately done.Operation Odyssey Dawn was the name of the military operation to establish the no fly zone but it seems that it has morphed and changed into something entirely different. These types of operations always go south for the United States and turn into something totally different from their intended purpose. The world always seems to use the United States as a scapegoat when humanitarian operations go biggest problem with this operation is that the parameters of its conduct are hard to define. The rebels are having a hard time advancing against the Libyan forces without the air support that they have been getting from NATO and the US. The defined purpose of the operation is really not to help the rebels win the war but to prevent President Gadhafi from killing them with his air strikes. It seems that the operation is becoming a matter of assisting the rebels in their attempt to overthrow the government.I honestly don’t think that the US would be blamed much if it did assist in overthrowing the government but we can’t do that.

If we did there would be no way that we can condemn other countries for doing the same. The humanitarian part of the operation has been successful but where do we draw the line? Anything more would have the definite appearance of helping to overthrow the established government of United States has publicly stated that it is not attempting to single out the President of Libya for assassination. Well this is good and legally there isn’t ground to do so, but I would think that privately the situation is entirely different. In fact the assassination of President Gadhafi would solve many of the problems associated with this situation. Now don’t get me wrong on this one. I am not advocating that we engage in hunting and eliminating President Gadhafi, neither am I saying that any such operation is ongoing. The facts are the facts though and they won’t change. The reason for the uprising in the first place is because of the iron fisted rule that President Gadhafi has had over the country since he took control over forty years ago.

If he were eliminated the problem would be strikes into Libya are designed to knock out the countries command and control facilities so that field commanders can’t pass orders to their subordinates who are doing the actual fighting. This generates confusion among the ranks of the fighting troops and severely limits their ability to respond to hostilities. It also prevents them from being able to retaliate against the aircraft which are attacking Libyan president would certainly be difficult to kill at this time because he will definitely be in hiding in a reinforced secret facility. It would not surprise me if he were not in the country. Any operation to take him out would certainly be a total waste of time because it would require the use of more time and resources than we can afford. Mr. Gadhafi is probably a marked man after this operation anyway. Even if the rebels don’t win the war they will surely target him for assassination. Military Ring Express

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