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  •  You left out this part: (8+ / 0-)
    But the explanation becomes a little less tidy when you consider that the quickest way to restore order to world oil markets would simply have been to let Gadhafi wipe out the rebels, something he seemed poised to do before the U.N. Security Council vote authorizing a no-fly zone. That would have been hard-headed realpolitik.

    The situation we're in now, in which Western military might prevents Gadhafi from a quick victory, but keeps in place the conditions for a long-drawn-out civil war, actually predicts the worst possible outcome for oil markets. The brutal truth about intervention in Libya is that whether or not it was motivated by oil or economic concerns, the prospects for a quick resolution and ensuing calm in oil markets are bleak. That's a lesson we should have learned from Iraq.

    It's reasonable to think that oil  a factor in the decision making process, one way or the other. But it's a stretch to say that it is the reason. Nor do I think that Ed Markey, good congressman he may be, is the sole abriter of US foreign policy.

    •  I didn't say it was (2+ / 0-)
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      the reason.

      My two linked pieces don't work perfectly together. Leonard, who wrote the second piece, is unaware of the Wilileaks story (the basis of my first one) showing that Gaddafi wad defying the west on oil. Hence allowing him to remain wasn't in the interest of the U.S., and it's not a stretch to think it his defiance might have something to do with the fact that NATO is trying to kill him.

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