In the wake of a plea for help from besieged rebels in the Libyan city of Misurata, three Western powers have announced that they will send military advisors and one said Wednesday that it would step up airstrikes against Moammar Kadafi's military.
Italian Defense Minister Ignazio La Russa said 10 military instructors would be sent and details were being worked out. He spoke Wednesday after meeting with his British counterpart, Liam Fox.
France and Britain had announced earlier that they would send military officers to Libya to help rebel forces organize and bolster the NATO air campaign that has failed to rout Kadafi's military.
Of course it starts with military advisors, and then maybe you send some crack special units—your Delta Forces or whatever—and then, well, we all know where it goes next. (Wasn't Qaddafi supposed to be a guaranteed easy removal? Oops!) Will we ever learn this particular lesson or do we have to go bankrupt and prevent us from trying to try again?
This all seems so tempting because it’s easy to kill people but harder to win a war.