Hillary Clinton: A Hawk in the Wings

Hillary Clinton: A Hawk in the Wings

When Barack Obama was running for office in 2008, he was determined to redirect U.S. military efforts away from the “bad war” in Iraq and toward the “good war” in Afghanistan. This commitment to extricate the U.S. military from the dismal aftermath of a botched...
My Memories of Libya

My Memories of Libya

In the early spring 1982, I accompanied former U.S. Senator Jim Abourezk to Libya. National Geographic had asked him to get Libyan permission to film several sites of Roman ruins. He met with officials; I walked Tripoli’s streets. At a coffee shop near the...

Attack on Libya May Unleash a Long War

The United States and its allies launched the war against Libya on the eighth anniversary of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. President Barack Obama says the U.S. will transfer command authority very soon, that military action should be over in “days, not...

Libya Intervention Threatens The Arab Spring

Western air and naval strikes against Libya are threatening the Arab Spring. Ironically, one of the reasons many people supported the call for a no-fly zone was the fear that if Gaddafi managed to crush the Libyan people”s uprising and remain in power, it would...

UN Declares War on Libya

Libya’s opposition movement faces a ruthless military assault. They have already paid a far higher price in lost and broken lives than activists in any of the other democratic uprisings shaping this year’s Arab Spring. They are desperate. So it is not...

Strategic Dialogue: Intervene or Not in Libya?

In our latest strategic dialogue, Adil Shamoo and Islam Qasem square off on the question of whether or not to intervene militarily in Libya. In his initial contribution to the debate, Shamoo urges a “thorough assessment of means and end” before pursuing...
Time Is Running Out for Intervention in Libya

Time Is Running Out for Intervention in Libya

While Muammar Gaddafi is crushing the opposition, Western powers are wasting precious time debating the wisdom of military intervention. Gaddafi will not relinquish power. He is determined to either kill for power or to be killed. As long as Gaddafi has the means to...

Time for Intervention Running Out

Nonetheless, discussion of possible military action continued apace Monday, with Libya topping the agenda of a foreign ministers’ meeting of the Group of Eight in Paris and the U.N. Security Council meeting behind closed doors late Monday to take up an...