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At NATO’s Behest, US to Continue Libya Strikes

Posted by seumasach on April 4, 2011

Oh, okay: if you really need us to keep bombing I suppose we could do one more day.

Jason Ditz

4th April, 2011



Despite making much of the idea that the US would be taking a “supporting role” in the Libyan War as of Sunday, it seems to have taken very little convincing for the Obama Administration to agree to the continuation of its air strikes.

Early Sunday NATO officials started talking up the “request” for the US to launch missiles at Libya, and the Pentagon quickly confirmed that the attacks will continue through at least Monday.

The official explanation is that the much vaunted “bad weather” has really hindered the number of US strikes launched over the past few days. Apparently, then, the war is operating on something akin to a flex-time schedule, with the US making up for its lack of blowing things up in recent days with a fresh salvo Monday.

At the same time, despite all of this weather, NATO has been launching scores of strikes on a daily basis over the past several days. There’s no indication what exactly is being hit in those strikes, but it appears the weather hasn’t stopped these strikes.

But perhaps a more important issue is that the two sides appear virtually stalemated now, and it doesn’t seem that air strikes are going to change that. With complaints of civilian deaths in NATO strikes rising, it is perplexing to see the US looking to lob extra missiles at Libya at this point.

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