Thursday, March 31, 2011

Libya meets specific conditions

LAT: 'Obama indicated in his speech to the country Monday that Libya met a set of specific conditions for military action, including an international mandate, a broad coalition willing to take part and appeals from Libyans themselves. Rebels in eastern Libya quickly formed an alternative government and sought foreign intervention through establishment of a no-fly zone.

"I don't know if those circumstances could be duplicated anyplace else," Obama told ABC News on Tuesday. He added that in each case, he needed to measure the national and international interest, and the possibility of success versus the risks involved.

While the death toll has risen into the dozens in Syria, officials point out that it is still far lower than the thousands feared killed in Libya, and probably many fewer than would be needed to build foreign support for military intervention there.'

Is oil a big factor in meeting those specific conditions?


Maury said...

What does oil have to do with it? Qaddafi was selling all he could produce. The quickest way to get the oil back on the market, and get western oil workers back on the job, would be to let Qaddafi quash the rebellion. That ain't happening.

Iraqi Mojo said...

'The conflict has reduced Libya’s exports to a “trickle,” the International Energy Agency says. It pumped 1.6 million barrels a day in January, according to Bloomberg estimates.

Still, if Libya can resume exports of around 600,000 to 700,000 barrels a day under Qatar’s proposed plan, Brent prices may fall by at least $5 a barrel “in short order,” the analysts said.'