Lessons of Libya

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April 3, 2011
In These Times    
Posted in PND Commentary

"America’s new war in Libya was guaranteed to be yet another fist-pumpin’, high-fivin’ remake of a big-budget 1980s action movie -- the kind of scripted, stylized Top Gun-like production that gets audiences to cheer wildly and ask few questions. Almost three weeks in, Operation Odyssey Dawn has no doubt delivered on that promise -- it has a blockbuster $100-million-per-week budget, a comic-book-grade villain in Col. Moammar Gadhafi and the modern media’s obedient transcription of U.S. government pronouncements. What war proponents did not bank on, however, was this latest exercise in 'shock and awe' also unmasking unspoken and uncomfortable realities at the twilight of American empire." (04/02/11)


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