The myth of precision-guided coercion

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June 22, 2011
by Franklin C. Spinney  
Posted in Commentary, PND Commentary

"At the end of May the British press was filled with stories headlined 'Gaddafi to be told to stand down or face Apache attack.' As of this writing, the Apaches have attacked, but Gaddafi has not stood down. The Apache threat is a case study in the sterile but financially lucrative marriage of coercive diplomacy to surgical strikes by precision guided weapons. What passes for a war strategy in Libya is now a comic opera starring NATO as an understrength, self-referencing techno bully, who acts as if he is now so fearsome that he does not even need a carrot to go with his stick." (06/22/11)  

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