Gingrich: Libya Most Badly Executed War Since WWII
Newt Gingrich on Libya: "This is as badly executed, I think, as any policy we've seen since WWII, and it will become a case study for how not to engage in this type of activity."
This is as badly executed, I think, as any policy we’ve seen since WWII, and it will become a case study for how not to engage in this type of activity.
Gingrich and I agree that there are many problems with the Libya operation conceptually. Unlike Gingrich, I thought it was a bad idea weeks ago and never wavered.
But, seriously, he can’t think of a single military intervention over the last 65 years more poorly executed?*
The man got his BA in 1965, his MA in 1968, and his PhD in 1971. In history. If memory serves me right, there was a war going on thenabouts that many consider to have been somewhat flawed.
Gingrich was in Congress from 1979 to 1999, culminating in the Speakership from 1995 to 1999. Does he not remember the Desert One debacle? Black Hawk Down?
And, granting that we’re only four days into this operation, some might argue that the Iraq War is in the running for being as poorly executed as the Libya no-fly zone.
via Taegan Goddard
*I’m resisting here parsing Gingrich’s spoken words literally, assuming instead the most generous interpretation of what he meant. I’m confident he didn’t mean to imply that WWII was poorly executed and that by “any policy” he meant only those of this sort.