The CIA, the Libyan Rebellion, and the President
... The upshot is this. An event that we Americans were led to believe was an autonomous rising on the model of Egypt turns out to have been deeply compromised from the start, and compromised by American meddling ...
2) From:MARTHA RADDATZ (@martharaddatz) and KIRIT RADIA
Pentagon Confirms First Predator Drone Strike in Libya
Gates also went as far as anyone in the administration has gone so far in saying that the international mission in Libya is trying to get Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi removed from power. That, of course, is not part of the United Nations mandate which calls for steps to protect civilians, and the U.S. and others have tried to frame their actions in that context alone.
"Regime change was always a political goal. And I think that there was an understanding that regime change is complicated and that it works best when it's done from the inside, and that it could take time. And that's why the sanctions and the embargoes and everything are associated with that," Gates told reporters.
"Regime change imposed from the outside, as we have seen in Iraq and in the Balkans, is incredibly difficult and works best, as we have seen in Tunisia and Egypt, when it is done from within. 1) And we are trying to provide enough space -- and in order to protect the opposition from Gadhafi's military, to the extent we can, we are reducing his military capabilities to the point where hopefully those who rose up in many of these other towns, as well as the places that are under siege now, will have a better chance of being successful in bringing about a change there," he added later.1) Italics added by - hv.
What I think:
CIA was meddling inside (Tunisia and) Egypt, too. It wasn't 'an autonomous rising' there either.
Obama's administration needs to do all this, because they ...
want to get Iran, too... Gadhafi's military would be too dangerous during the time of the next big war...
"Regime change from the inside" didn't work inside Iran.