US General Negative on NATO Handling of Libya; Suggests Ground Troops

Posted on April 8, 2011

The end of European respect for the US is nigh.  The negative remarks of  Army General Carter Ham (the US general who led our troops in Libya) to the press about NATO’s handling of the war in Libya and hinting at ground troops to solve the stalemate are damming.

If the Government shuts down, one of the first shut downs should be General Ham’s mouth.  Ham and Joe Biden’s daughter (see her remarks on Trump here) seem to be in charge of White House press releases in the absence of POTUS and a competent Congress.

(CBS/AP) WASHINGTON – The United States may consider sending troops into Libya with a possible international ground force that could aid the rebels, according to the general who led the military mission until NATO took over.

Army Gen. Carter Ham also told lawmakers Thursday that added American participation would not be ideal, and ground troops could erode the international coalition and make it more difficult to get Arab support for operations in Libya.

Ham said the operation was largely stalemated now and was more likely to remain that way since America has transferred control to NATO.

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He said NATO has done an effective job in an increasingly complex combat situation. But he noted that, in a new tactic, Muammar Qaddafi’s forces are making airstrikes more difficult by staging military forces and vehicles near civilian areas such as schools and mosques.

The use of an international ground force is a possible plan to bolster rebels fighting forces loyal to the Libyan leader, Ham said at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.

Asked if the U.S. would provide troops, Ham said, “I suspect there might be some consideration of that. My personal view at this point would be that that’s probably not the ideal circumstance, again for the regional reaction that having American boots on the ground would entail.” [Follow the link above to read remainder of this article.]

Before gas prices get too $8 per gallon,  there will be people marching on Washington about this war – just as they did during the Viet Nam “conflict.”

No matter how things turn out in Libya, we need to remember it is a sovereign nation. The US can’t go around the world armed and not really dangerous trying to IMPOSE forms of government on others, curb their powers or disrespect their borders. If we do that, who will respect ours? This is a dangerous precedent.

Who is to say that Brazil and BRIC will not declare a no-fly zone over the US and bomb the dummy in the White House for turning this nations citizens against each other.