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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

NATO Officials Say Campaign Effective but Not Model


“NATO officials say the campaign won’t necessarily be seen as a template for further intervention in the Middle East. The Libyan campaign had United Nations backing, giving it a legitimacy that the U.N. isn’t likely to bestow too readily on other interventions, observers say. Cash-strapped Western governments and their war-weary publics have little appetite for more costly and riskier military adventures.” (Wall Street Journal)

Maybe not a template, but how about a justification: “Hey, it worked in Libya . . .”?

FEE Timely Classic

Anti-Interventionism Is Cold Indifference? It Just Ain’t So!” by Gary Chartier