Yesterday, we learned the Brits and the French were sending advisers (see this post at QP). Today, we add Italy to the list. (Much to Munger's amusement.)
Isn't it interesting that the largest contingents are coming from the NATO members that are relatively geographically proximate to the conflict, and so more likely to absorb refugees? Saideman's emphasis on xenophobia as a motivation for intervention is looking more and more persuasive.
But, listen folks, mission creep stops here. Nevermind that there was no talk of advisers when this all began. This time, when government officials from these nations insist that there will be no further involvement, they mean it.
And this is purely a NATO issue now. The US has washed its hands of it. Really. Seriously. And there's not going to be any pressure for the US to get more involved again. Nope, none. Not even on Congress' radar. Besides, "(i)f the Lord Almighty extricated the US out of Nato and dropped it on the planet of Mars so we were no longer participating, it is bizarre to suggest that Nato and the rest of the world lacks the capacity to deal with Libya," according to Joe Biden.
Quite striking that the only way the Vice President of the US can imagine that the US would not take part is if some all-powerful exogenous force transported the US to Mars. That's how you know not to take anything else he says about the US's attention being focused elsewhere seriously. Maybe the administration would rather be focused on Iran, Egypt, North Korea, etc. But when the sh*t really hits the fan in Libya and Nato asks the US for help, is the US really going to say no?
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