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Friday, March 25, 2011

Media-Whore D'Oeuvres


"With the precise mission of the intervention unclear and exact command and control structures yet to be decided (though the intervention itself is already begun, a summit in London on March 29 will supposedly hash out the details) it is no surprise that Europeans seem to lack a consensus as to what the exit strategies are. Ultimately some sort of NATO command structure will be enacted, even if it is possible that NATO never gives its political consent to the intervention and is merely 'subcontracted' by the coalition to make coordination between different air forces possible. U.S. military officials, on the other hand, have signaled that a divided Libya between the Gadhafi-controlled west and the rebel-controlled east is palatable if attacks against civilians stop. Resolution 1973 certainly does not preclude such an end to the intervention. But politically, it is unclear if either the United States or Europe could accept that scenario. Aside from the normative issues the European public may have with a resolution that leaves a now-thoroughly vilified Gadhafi in power, European governments would have to wonder whether Gadhafi would be content ruling Tripolitania, a pared-down version of Libya, given that the bulk of the country’s oil fields and export facilities are located in the east." (STRATFOR)



"If a picture's worth a thousand words, we should probably just shut up right about now but the divine (Carmen Dell’Orifice) tends to inspire sonatas of praise. We'll just say this: She just turned 80 years old and she is a better model now than she was 50 years ago. No joke. Beautifully styled editorial with well-chosen looks that she can make sing for the camera (in Vanity Fair). And there's no question the clothes look better on her than on the one-quarter-her-age runway models. The woman's a legend for a reason." (TomandLorenzo)

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