Keeping the Iraqi and Afghan experiences in view now the U.S strategy on Libya is going to take a Machiavellian twist, that is to consider for arming the Libyan Opposition against Ruling Libyans. Even though the U.N.Security Council resolution 1973 did not give mandate to U.S.-allies to arm the Libyan rebel opposition, this move would dispense with the U.S.-allies Ground Offensive against the Gaddaffi, and Libiyan Opposition forces could be used as American-allies Ground Forces in the on going war against Gaddafi troops.
In the beginning it self President Obama has declared that in the Libyan conflict U.S. is not going to deploy Ground Forces keeping the past experiences in view. Launching a Ground Offensive could lead to heavy losses for U.S.-allied forces, and also it is difficult to recognize who are Gaddafi forces and who are Opposition Forces on ground. And moreover there is no comprehensive commitment among the allies themselves, how many Ground troops from each country must be landed on Libya. United States is not willing to lose even a single soldier’s life on Libya at this point of time as criticism is mounting on Obama at domestic front. So confrontation with Gaddafi forces on Ground could be suicidal for U.S.-allied forces, as aerial attacks have not yet completed their missions. French Army General Edouard Guillot on Friday i.e. 25, March afternoon declared that Libyan Military operation would last for several weeks. That means mission is not going to end in short period, as assumed earlier.
So pitting rebel Libyans against Gaddaffi forces is the best strategy of Attrition left to U.S.-allies, to minimize their losses on ground, as landing on ground at this point of time means a suicidal attempt for U.S-allies, strategically speaking. Overhead bombardments and indigenous rebel forces would grind down the Gaddafi forces and lead to water down the will of Gaddafi and his forces to prolong the confrontation.
Unlike the Lyndon B.Johnson’s political war on Vietnam, President Bush fought military war on Iraq and won it, but with considerable losses. But this time it is going to be a Machiavellian war pitting once own nationals against themselves by arming them, to end the war with zero losses on Ground.