Time was running out for Libya's revolution last night as Muammar Gaddafi's forces routed rebels in the east of the country, driving them into retreat from the town of Brega under a rain of rockets and shells, and opening up the road to the principal opposition stronghold, Benghazi.The US Navy.
With western countries paralysed by disagreements over military intervention, the exhausted and terrified rebel army piled into pickup trucks with machine-guns mounted on the back or towing anti-aircraft guns and raced away from a sustained assault by rocket launchers and artillery to which they were ill equipped to respond.
Maybe Obama is waiting for just the right moment to strike, but it sure doesn't seem like it. I hope I'm wrong. The whole thing is bizarre. The combat is all going on right on the coast. Libya's only threat to our carriers would be from submarines and they don't have any that can put out to sea. All this chatter about no fly zones is just silly. If you used our Naval air power as ground attack for the rebels, Gaddafi would lose almost instantly.