Why Gaddafi's Fall Is in America's Interests

(Wall Street Journal) Paul Wolfowitz - Libya may not rise to the level of a "vital interest," but preventing it from becoming a haven for terrorists if Gaddafi survives comes very close. Gaddafi's fall would provide inspiration for the opposition in Syria and perhaps even Iran, whereas his survival would embolden the regimes in power there to cling on. The sooner Gaddafi goes, the greater the impact will be. The conflict in Libya is as much psychological as it is military. The key to Gaddafi's removal is convincing those still fighting for him that they are fighting for a lost cause. For some reason, Gaddafi continues to use Egyptian-owned Nilesat communication satellites to broadcast his propaganda, incite violence, and support his military. We should persuade the Egyptians to stop carrying the channel. The writer, a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, was the deputy secretary of defense from 2001 to 2005.

2011-06-24 00:00:00

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