Courtesy of Arnaud de Borchgrave
Gadhafi has regrouped his forces inside major towns on the road to Benghazi. They can't be bombed by French or other allied planes without inflicting major civilian casualties. Germany and Italy are against any bombing.
London says the NATO command structure (now globocop bifurcated between Afghanistan and Libya) is in charge while Paris plugs "a contact group of nations," names not specified. And the Arab League is rapidly growing disenchanted.
The Western coalition has deployed sufficient power to make sure Gadhafi cannot crush the revolt but not enough to remove him from power. Eventually one side is going to tire. The United States, Britain and France cannot afford to run up large war costs.
Gadhafi is sitting pretty with at least $70 million in cash and $7 billion in gold bullion -- enough to keep his troops and African mercenaries happy. All the signs spell stalemate.
The United States, Britain and France aren't prepared to wait indefinitely. In that case, boots on the ground will be needed. But domestic opinion in all three countries is against it.
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Can't we arm and train the rebels in Benghazi to do the job with allied air power? Not as long as Gadhafi holds the cities. The loss of civilian life would turn the Arab world against the Western powers.