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calendar   Wednesday - March 30, 2011

Well No Kidding

Trained Army vs. Ragged Mob: Army Wins Every Time

Libyan rebels getting their asses whupped




Hey, maybe we should arm them! Sanctions? What sanctions?
Hey, maybe we should send in our troops to help them out? No troops on the ground promise? What’s that?

This can’t qualify as an iteration of the law of unintended consequences because nobody can possibly be that stupid and oblivious. Can they. Is he? Geez. Obama, The Quicker Fucker-Upper.




Libyan rebels fled in headlong retreat from the superior firepower and tactics of Muammar Gaddafi’s troops on Wednesday, highlighting their weakness without Western air strikes to tip the scales in their favor.  The rapid reverse comes just two days after the rebels raced westwards along the all-important coastal road in hot pursuit of the government army whose tanks and artillery were demolished in five days of aerial bombardment in the town of Ajdabiyah.

Gaddafi’s army first ambushed the insurgents’ convoy of pick-up trucks outside the “brother leader’s” hometown of Sirte, then outflanked them through the desert, a maneuver requiring the sort of discipline entirely lacking in the rag-tag rebel force. The towns of Nawfaliyah, Bin Jawad and Ras Lanuf fell in quick succession to the lightning government counter-strike.

“They are coming from the desert,” yelled one fighter among a group of a dozen rebels 10-15 km (6-8 miles) west of Brega training their guns south into the Sahara. Wisps of dust could be seen rising in the distance.

Scores of rebel pick-ups and cars streamed past them in a chaotic caravan east toward Brega. In town after town, Gaddafi force’s have unleashed a fierce bombardment from tanks, artillery and truck-launched Grad rockets which has usually forced rebels to swiftly flee.

“These are our weapons,” said rebel fighter Mohammed, pointing to his assault rifle. “We can’t fight Grads with them,” he said before joining the rush toward Brega.

Without Western air strikes, the rebels seem unable to make advances or even hold their positions against Gaddafi’s armor.

Rebel forces lack training, discipline and leadership. There are many different groups of volunteers and decisions are often made only after heated arguments.

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Grad launch truck fires 40 122mm rockets in 20 seconds

Each rocket can fly 13 miles and carries a 41lb warhead

It can reload and fire again in <5 minutes. You can't fight this thing with a rifle


So I guess the US is about to take the blame for the rebel’s loss. To “make things fair”, in addition to all their planes and radars, we would have to blow up every tank, truck, radio, ammo dump, fuel dump, and piece of artillery the Libyan Army has. Thousands of them, I’m sure. Tens of thousands. Which would change the very nature of the “kinetic military endeavor” from “no-fly” to “shock and awe”. Which would cost us billions. It would be Gulf War I all over again. And even then their army would still have major advantages: numbers, training, communication, common ammunition, chain of command. All of which these rebels lack. If even 2/3 of Gadaffhi’s army stay loyal, there is simply no way that the rebels can win. No. Possible. Way. And that doesn’t even take Momo’s crazy Tuareg mercenaries into consideration. The only way for the rebels to win is for us to knock off Gaddafhi and send in the Marines. At least they’ve been there before.

Thanks Obama. WTF have you gotten us into?


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