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This is the Way the Coalition Crumbles

Live by consensus, die by consensus:

Deep divisions between allied forces currently bombing Libya worsened today as the German military announced it was pulling forces out of NATO over continued disagreement on who will lead the campaign…. The infighting comes as a heated meeting of NATO ambassadors yesterday failed to resolve whether the 28-nation alliance should run the operation to enforce a U.N.-mandated no-fly zone, diplomats said. Yesterday a war of words erupted between the U.S. and Britain after the U.K. government claimed Muammar Gaddafi is a legitimate target for assassination.

This is where the fetishization of multilateralism has led. The Coalition of Babel stands to deify the mad dog of the Middle East by granting him the unearned ability to confound the great military powers of the West and live to tell the tale. The intervention is noble and necessary, but without unapologetic American leadership it will crumble beneath the weight of its own good intentions.



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