What's Libya Like?

Friday, March 25, 2011


As the situation in Libya has evolved over the past month, from street demonstrations to civil war to international intervention, commentators across the world have searched for a historical analogy. Is Libya like Vietnam? How about Iraq? Kosovo? Bob talks to Foreign Policy's managing editor, Blake Hounshell, about whether these analogies are at all meaningful and makes him choose a favorite.

Comments [4]

Philip Prindeville from Portland, OR

I'm sure our servicemen and -women responding to the call of duty will react with the good grace that we've come to expect of them, when the liberal media elides the truth about the Liberation of Kuwait for the purposes of their political agenda.

You dishonor their sacrifice.

And how ironic that the immediately after this piece, you ask, and answer ("no"), "Is NPR biased?"

I disagree: this piece answers resoundingly, but unintentionally, "yes, and very much so."

Mar. 31 2011 03:24 PM
Philip Prindeville from Portland, OR

"I know that there are a lot of people out there that are worried about the risks of this US-led intervention in Libya, but this is the first time, I think, we've ever seen Arabs cheering on a U.S. intervention in their country."

Mr. Hounshell: What planet were you on when Kuwait was liberated?

Mar. 31 2011 03:15 PM
Uplift from South Carolina

Is Hounshell lying, stupid, or ignorant when he states:

"There are very few pragmatic reasons to go in [to Libya], aside from saving civilians from an impending massacre."

1. Oil.

2. If it were true that our only goal were to prevent civilian casualties, then we'd already be on the ground in force in Sudan and half a dozen other places.

3. OIL.

Mar. 29 2011 12:20 PM
Jack from Chicago

Didn't the Arabs applaud our entry in Kuwait?

There are politics on both side of this; Obama is only slightly less political than Newt.

Mar. 28 2011 01:50 PM

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