The road to 10,000 armed soldiers begins with a single step; a mere budgetary line charge and adjustment, a few supply planes and a small dedicated group of fighters who have to be nurtured through the embryonic stage to be of help in the arduous task of nation building.This Christopher Stevens story is getting more bizarre with each passing news item. Planned you say or just exceptional turnaround time from the D.C. bureaucracy? …
Eight million bucks just doesn’t go to far today. Maybe there is a zero missing….If it looks like a pile of cow turd, and it smells like a pile of cow turd…. The fruits of the Hilary Clinton and Robert Gates pooling of resources to allow greater crisis flexibility….And what about Libyan sovereignty. Sound like father knows best, again back to Orientalism. Its common currency to demonize other nations by saying such and such a trait is intrinsic to their mother’s milk, but what of the whitest West? …..
(see link at end)…The Pentagon and State Department are speeding up efforts to help the Libyan government create a commando force to combat Islamic extremists like the ones who killed the American ambassador in Libya last month and to help counter the country’s fractious militias, according to internal government documents….
The Obama administration quietly won Congress’s approval last month to shift about $8 million from Pentagon operations and counterterrorism aid budgeted for Pakistan to begin building an elite Libyan force over the next year that could ultimately number about 500 troops. American Special Operations forces could conduct much of the training, as they have with counterterrorism forces in Pakistan and Yemen, American officials said.
The effort to establish the new unit was already under way before the assault that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans at the United States Mission in Benghazi, Libya. According to an unclassified internal State Department memo sent to Congress on Sept. 4, the plan’s goal is to enhance “Libya’s ability to combat and defend against threats from Al Qaeda and its affiliates.” A companion Pentagon document envisions that the Libyan commando force will “counter and defeat terrorist and violent extremist organizations.” Right now, Libya has no such capability, American officials said.
A final decision on the program has not been made, and many details, like the size, composition and mission of the force, are still to be determined. But American government officials say they have discussed the plan’s broad outlines with senior Libyan military and civilian officials as part of a broader package of American security assistance. …Mr. Wehrey cautioned that many Libyan officers and soldiers would also need training in English to help them understand various manuals….Read More:http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/16/world/africa/us-to-help-create-libyan-commando-force.html