Foreign Policy has the situation in Lybia all sussed out and they have a new and innovative strategery to ensure ol' Moamar el-throat-clearing-sound is run outta town once and for all: Training! Don't arm 'em, the headline reads.
Yeah, let's send in military advisors! We'll train them boys up an' have them do the fighting! What could possibly go wrong? It's daring! It's innovative! It's -- dammit, haven't I seen this movie before?
(Bonus FAIL, from Wikipedia's Military Advisor article: "These soldiers live with their Afghan and Iraq counterparts, often in very austere and stoic conditions...." No! Wrong! "Stoic" is a human behavior, not a bedanged description of physical surroundings! The soldier are probably stoic -- not to mention brave and dedicated -- the conditions are prolly harsh, difficult, etc.)
Drop 'em some more Liberator pistols. Or let France give it a go (um, should we?). Stop replaying the past hoping what didn't work once will work this time.
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