There is no plan.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said that
beyond seeking an end to the violence in Libya, “a final result of any
negotiations would have to be the decision by Colonel Gadhafi to
On the other hand, Admiral Mullen:
Adm Mike Mullen, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of
Staff, said the outcome of military action from the air was "very
uncertain" and made it clear that Washington did not see the goal of
Operation Odyssey Dawn as removing the Libyan leader from power.
On the third hand, Sarkozy and Cameron:
Nicolas Sarkozy, the president of France, has said
that the only logical conclusion to the military campaign was the
removal of Col Gaddafi. David Cameron has also reiterated demands for
the Libyan leader, who yesterday vowed a "long war", to step down.
On the fourth hand, Barack Obama
In a statement made in Brazil on a five-day trip to
Latin America, he described the mission against Libya as a "limited
military action in Libya in support of an international effort to
protect Libyan civilians".
On the fifth hand, Barack Obama
President Obama demanded Thursday that the embattled
Libyan leader, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, “step down from power and
leave” immediately, and said he would consider a full range of options
to stem the bloodshed there,
On the sixth hand, Amr Moussa
“What is happening in Libya differs from the aim of
imposing a no-fly zone, and what we want is the protection of civilians
and not the bombardment of more civilians,” insisted Arab League chief
and Egyptian presidential hopeful Amr Moussa.
I have no doubt that the military personnel running the operation are quite competent, and Admiral Mullen appears to have read and understood the text of the UN resolution. It appears, however, that the "world leaders" who came up with this resolution spent less time thinking about it than most of us would spend deciding where to eat lunch.
The real reason for choosing to go after Libya didn't have much to do with the amount of killing going on - plenty of other places in Africa and the MiddleEast where as much, or worse, is going on. It just looked, for a brief period, like some ripe low-hanging fruit. Just give it a bit of a nudge and down it would come. As soon as things start to look difficult, the consensus is falling apart.