No sooner had the no-fly zone been set up than the Libyan Lunatic declares a cease-fire.
Libya declared a ceasefire in the country to protect civilians and comply with a United Nations resolution passed overnight, Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa said on Friday.
"We decided on an immediate ceasefire and on an immediate stop to all military operations," he told reporters.
Earlier Friday, Moammar Gadhafi's regime defiantly closed Libya's airspace to all traffic while the West made plans to enforce a no-fly zone and prevent his forces from attacking rebels after the UN authorized “all necessary measures” to protect the Libyan people, including airstrikes.
So, now what?
Do we just sit back and merely enforce the no fly zone? Do we continue with the military buildup and pursue "regime change"? Or do we live with a stalemate until Gadhafi figures out how to bring the rebelling tribes into 'compliance' covertly?
With all the bullshit going around since this shit started (Should we help the rebels, should we not? - Who should help the rebels, who should not?), I'll betcha nobody gamed out this scenario.
Via C&L, a few things to think about concerning Libya:
So what should our forces do if Qaddafi quashes the rebellion despite the no-fly zone? Do we slink away quietly? Or, as is perhaps more likely, do we escalate our military intervention with either more aggressive rules of engagement, or the introduction of ground forces, to rescue the routed rebels? Shouldn't we consider whether we want to take on such a commitment before we head down a path of supposed limited intervention that could tilt steeply toward a much deeper involvement?