Who's Ready for Post-Gaddafi Ground Troops in Libya?

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March 29 2011 3:12 PM

Who's Ready for Post-Gaddafi Ground Troops in Libya?

Spencer Ackerman reports:

During a Senate hearing on Tuesday, Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island asked Adm. James Stavridis about NATO putting forces into "post-Gadhafi" Libya to make sure the country doesn’t fall apart. Stavridis said he "wouldn’t say NATO’s considering it yet." But because of NATO’s history of putting peacekeepers in the Balkans — as pictured above — "the possibility of a stabilization regime exists."

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Ken Pollack discussed this yesterday at AEI, wondering if there might be a need for a two-year occupation of Libya to stabilize the broken country after Gaddafi falls. We've had U.N. and NATO commitments like this before, and they've been fairly uncontroversial -- certainly, in 2000, few Republicans were calling for all U.S. troops out of the Balkans.

David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

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