Friday, January 29, 2016

Man Up, France

America is calling for action on Libya but has no military plans to take action. While we obviously need to act in our interests regardless of what other countries do or don't do, I continue to believe France should step up over Libya.

Yes, Libya is a problem, ISIL-wise and otherwise:

"The President directed his national security team to continue efforts to strengthen governance and support ongoing counterterrorism efforts in Libya and other countries where ISIL has sought to establish a presence," the White House statement said, using an acronym for Islamic State.

Not that we have military plans to make an effort, according to our secretary of defense:

Washington is "developing options for what we might do in the future," Carter told reporters.

But he added: "We're watching the situation very carefully, and there's a lot going on there right now. But we haven't made any decisions to take military action there."

I continue to believe that France should take the lead in Libya rather than wasting their time adding to the American-dominated effort in Iraq and Syria.

France was pretty eager back in 2011 to take down Khadaffi. You'd think they would feel some responsibility to follow up when things have turned sour rather than let us (again) re-intervene to win a war we withdrew from before solidifying the win.

Not that we are relieved of responsibility to act in our interests if France won't. But I'd think France would like the glory of their own sector on the front in the ISIL War rather than be a minor sidekick on the main front.

UPDATE: A sniper is at work in Sirte:

In recent weeks, no fewer than three Isil commanders in Sirte have been shot dead from long range, according to local media.