Libya’s Political Minefields

Published March 20th, 2011 by tcarpenter

Are you wondering about what the United States and its allies are getting into by imposing a no-fly zone and launching missile strikes and air strikes against Libya?  Are you worried that by attacking the forces of Muammar Gaddafi the Obama administration may have embarked on yet another unnecessary war that could lead to a messy entanglement? 

I address those and other matters in a new article in The National Interest Online.  The focus of the piece is how Libya is not a cohesive nation-state like most Western countries, but is instead an artificial collection of tribes with a fairly sharp geographic division between the eastern and western parts of the country.   America is wandering into another volatile situation, and as usual, our leaders seem utterly clueless about the potential political pitfalls and minefields.


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