Ross Douthat on “The Liberal Way of War”
The Libyan war was begun late and half-heartedly, and today’s stories don’t point to an opposition that can use the air and missile strikes to topple Qadaffi. Skeptics of the allies’ air power need to recall that the Taliban fell in weeks once the Northern Alliance was backed up by special forces and American air power, but there is as yet no indication that Team Obama has authorized the use of American special forces in Libya.
If they are there, Qadaffi’s days are numbered. So hope that Secretaries Clinton and Gates persuaded the force-averse president that winning with special forces on the ground is preferable to a stalemate enforced from the skies.