Saturday, March 26, 2011

"Laureates and Leaders"

"At the Pentagon, war planners were ordered to develop contingency plans for a no-fly zone over Libya. Warships, aircraft and Marines quietly deployed to the Mediterranean Sea -- an extraordinary process that continued despite requirements for U.S. military units to help Japanese relief efforts after the devastating earthquake and tsunami March 11.

By the time the U.N. Security Council finally passed Resolution 1973 on March 17 -- authorizing "all necessary measures ... to protect civilians" in Libya and "establish a ban on all flights" -- the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marines were ready for action. French President Nicolas Sarkozy was ready to lead. Our president was not."

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