Joshua Hersh
The Huffington Post
August 5, 2011

A growing chorus of conflict and international policy experts say the NATO-led, U.S.-supplied military effort in Libya is going quite badly — and the political process there may be getting even worse.

“This is a real mess, and people need to wake up,” said Hugh Roberts, who until last month was the director of the International Crisis Group’s North Africa Project and has closely tracked the conflict.

Five months ago, the U.S. joined European and Arab allies in launching airstrikes against the regime of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, at a moment when his far superior forces seemed poised to massacre a peaceful uprising in the eastern city of Benghazi. Since then, however, the military effort has found itself at what America’s top admiral recently called “a stalemate.” Gaddafi remains alive, and at large.

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