August 25, 2011
So the worst-kept secret of the Libyan campaign is out – the SAS are busily hunting down Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, having orchestrated the rebels’ stunning advance on Tripoli. So much for David Cameron’s insistence that there would be no British boots on the ground in this conflict.
It was, in my view, inevitable that Mr Cameron should turn to the SAS to save his own political skin. As I have written on numerous occasions since the start of this conflict, you can’t overthrow determined dictators like Gaddafi from 20,000 feet.
By July the logic of this argument was obvious as the entire campaign was running into the sand, with Gaddafi still clinging to power after Nato had flown in excess of 16,000 combat missions, and the rebels in total disarray. Enter the SAS to save the day.