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Method in NATO Libya Madness?

Somebody in the UK government seems to be talking to the FT.

Yesterday’s news that the UK government joined France in offering the Great Loon a chance to stay in Libya after giving up power struck many observers — including this one — as a sign of incoherence and strategic despair.

This morning an FT editorial makes a strong case that, au contraire, the retirement offer is part of a complex and calculated strategy for getting him out.  Let’s hope so; and let’s hope it works.

Still, it’s hard to conclude that the situation in Libya is anything but a mess — and one wonders too where the money and the political will can be found to stabilize Libya post Loon.  Last time I looked, Britain, France and the US were all cutting budgets — and their populations show no eagerness for new nation building ventures.

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