Two thoughts on Libya today:
First, it looks like there will be no no-fly zone. The military is saying that a no-fly zone would be “very complicated” to organize, and they are saying it in so many venues that it has to be a concerted message. I don’t know whether that message originates from the Pentagon or the White House, but I do know that the White House is ultimately in charge. Now, it may be true that a no-fly zone would be a very complicated operation, but the military organizes very complicated things all the time. If they were directed to do so, they would manage.
Second, how fortunate is it that Qaddafi gave up his nuclear program in 2003? (Yes, that was the Bush Administration’s doing.) Imagine what this civil war would look like if one or both sides had nuclear weapons.