"When you're in a hole, stop digging." - not Newt Gingrich
Two days after Newt Gingrich's stunning flip-flop on imposing a no-fly zone over Libya, Gingrich scrambled back to Fox News to do damage control. Instead he added a new flip-flop to his resume, this time on the use of air power to protect civilians in Libya.
From Think Progress, Gingrich last night and Gingrich two weeks ago:
GINGRICH: If they’re serious about protecting civilians, you can’t do that from the air. Gadaffi is going to use light infantry, he’s going to use his secret police. He’s going to be in the cities, he’s going to be inside buildings. Your not going to be able to do that with air power. This is a fundamental mistake. And I think is a typical politician’s over-reliance on air power.
GINGRICH: All we have to say is that slaughtering your own citizens is unacceptable, and we’re intervening. And we don’t have to send troops, all we have to do is suppress his air force, which we can do in minutes. And then we have to say, publicly, that he is gone, that the military should switch sides now. … The fact there’s no more Libya air power, and the fact that the United States has come out decisively for replacing him, I suspect the military will dump him.