Posted: Mar 21, 2011 10:28 PM by Kristy Davis
Updated: Mar 21, 2011 10:28 PM
BATON ROUGE - Lieutenant general Russel Honore operated in Egypt for three months and has first hand experience in Northern Africa. He says the US will soon have to define a mission of want to keep this conflict short.
Instead of entering the conflict immediately they the US spent three weeks rallying allies.
But the movement from no fly zone to violent conflict seemed to happen overnight.
General Honore believes most people were shocked by the swift action, because their comparing it to no fly zone imposed on Saddam Hussein in the 90s. In that instance the zone was established to keep Hussein from flying his aircraft beyond a different latitude and longitude. That was expected to keep the Kurds safe from an attack.
But in this case, the "freedom fighters" are located within their own home country. That difference gives defense forces more leverage.
But Honore says this action is obviously about more than just defending civilians, saying "the intent of everybody is for Ghadafi to go. The two don't match."
And he says that must happen quickly if allies expect to avoid another unpopular ground war. "So diplomatic channels are going to have to stay open with him. They're going to have to cut a deal with him, find a place for him to go, him and his boys. Find a country to take him." Said Honore