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Over the Horizon: Libya and the Afghan Model Revisited

Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011

Over the past few days, Libyan rebels supported by NATO airstrikes have seized most of Tripoli. The rebels' apparent military success has quieted, at least for the moment, many critics of NATO's military strategy in Libya. While a full account of the lessons learned from the conflict must await the writing of a full history -- not to mention the end of the actual war -- the events of the past few days demand a degree of re-evaluation of how the campaign was conducted.

Indeed, this column has offered several critiques of NATO's performance, including commentary on the dubious legality of airpower campaigns, ruminations on the effectiveness of strategic airpower in Libya and a potentially premature set of "lessons learned" from the conflict. ...

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