Despite his propensity for writing ghastly sentences like, "There are unbounded downside risks all over the place," when a simple shit is fucked would do, I just want to say that Yglesias has been as good as the mainstream can get on Libya: sensible, duly skeptical, and even, occasionally, observant:
Chris Adams for McClatchy also has a story out headlined “Libyan rebel leader spent much of past 20 years in suburban Virginia”, which is presumably because he really liked the Tyson’s Corner mall and has nothing to do with the location of the CIA or the Pentagon.Shit, that's even funny. This comes just after he notices, as I'm sure most of you already have, that "While President Obama has insisted that no American military ground troops participate in the Libyan campaign, small groups of C.I.A. operatives have been working in Libya for several weeks as part of a shadow force of Westerners that the Obama administration hopes can help bleed Colonel Qaddafi’s military, the officials said." So I guess this whole "no boots on the ground thing" is sort of like, oh, I don't know, the martial equivalent of semiformal attire--tie or open collar? regular or paramilitary?
It seems it was just the other day that pro-rebel enthusiasts here in the West were celebrating the rebel advance. Oh, right, it was just the other day, because the rebels cannot hold territory once they come under attack.He goes on to note some rather dubious activities on behalf of our people-powered allies-manqués in the east--door-to-door raids and all that. Shades of Kosovo, anyone? Memories of Iran-Contra? Plus c'est la même chose.
Sorry, did I say rebel advance? I meant to say glorious triumph of the “liberation movement.” When I see someone write enthusiastically about a foreign “liberation movement,” I ask myself what he is trying to sell me, because there are few more loaded and propagandistic ways to describe an insurrection than that. There are few words in political discourse more abused than liberation, especially when it comes to rebellions. Just eight years since we heard endless cheers for the “liberation” of Iraq, I cannot believe that otherwise reasonable people would resort to such language.