Thursday, March 24, 2011

U.S. Intelligence on Libya

Interesting that "the U.S. government, now engaged in a fourth day of air strikes against Libyan regime military targets, does not know very much about the rebels who now see it as a friendly ally in their fight to overthrow Muammar Gadhafi" — Who are the Libyan rebels? U.S. tries to figure out — and even more interesting this answer to the question posed in that article's headline — "America is now at war to protect a Libyan province that's been an epicenter of anti-American jihad".

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Blogger Francis Xavier said...

The British Arabists in the FCO have long-standing ties with the tribes from Benghasi, the Gaddafi tribe's historical rivals.

Given the rigour of American analyses before the intervention in Iraq, the American blank slate may not be that bad...

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