This after ground attacks on Sirte (about four hours worth) accompanied by NATO air assaults upon the same city.
Any hope that NATO or the UN would or could somehow manage to undertake this latest desert adventure without serving US interests, under US command, ought to be utterly dispelled by a knowledge of the actual command structure in place.
And while NATO is not exclusively staffed by officers and soldiers of the US, it has no existence without it. NATO is an instrument for the extension of American foreign policy. American foreign policy is conducted with the interests of the American ruling class in mind.
Barack Obama, that fucking Arthurian sneak, serves those interests. As did each and every one of his predecessors. You do not hand a man a standing army, a budget and a list of enemies and expect him to make peace. You give him these things to make war.
Although Clausewitz is dated in so much as the Westphalian order is degrading before our eyes, he could never have been more right on the purpose of military force. Metals and material are extracted from the earth, refined by human labor, built into increasingly complex killing machines and instruments of violence - so that those who own them and those who own the ones who wield them can get what they want on the comparative cheap. It is, on their terms, far lest costly to spend treasure on warfare, to kill, harass, maim and imprison those who oppose them, than it is to share.
Ponder that, humanitarian interventionists. Think fucking hard.
War is, from the vantage of those who benefit, cost effective. Like organized ownership, organized violence has a purpose. It has a stable function, repeatable over place and time. Its function is to monopolize force, to make persons into managed instruments of harm; to use human labor to produce weapons and systems of suffering which reduce or prevent threats to power.
To use human labor to produce violence in order to prevent human labor from emancipating itself from violence and control.
Warfare also captures societies in a permanent gambit - defend the warmakers who control you, or fall prey to their opponents. Protection rackets to make the mafias and tongs look like kindergarten imitators. Which, in truth, they are.
What appears to be inconsistent, haphazard and patchwork application of humanitarian or democratic first principles (in the jargon of modern media and academic parlance) is in fact the consistent application of a single principle: the investment in organized violence serves the interests of those who rule far better than any comprehensive or above board investment in cooperation.
And while there is no grand conspiracy of perfect and perfectly evil competence, as Monsier IOZ has very recently explained, there is no humanitarian impulse in the exercise in power. The powerful may pity, but they cannot afford to care.
They would rather make and bury corpses than give up their loot. Start here. Start with this.
This is why the NATO mission is run by a US naval officer.
And why it will never be run by the local vegan coop.
UPDATE (via BDR): So you think they aren't invested in a particular outcome, eh?