Saturday, January 19, 2013

That Didn't Take Long

From triumphant intervention in the desert to hopeless quagmire in under a week: that didn't take long, and it must be some kind of record. In fact, the maneuver phase of this war is not yet over, however, and the postwar statebuilding has not yet begun:
In a column Friday in Le Monde, Natalie Nougayrède wrote that the French endgame is unclear. “In launching itself militarily in the front line, France also takes on a responsibility” for the reconstruction of the state, she said. “The after-intervention — we have seen it elsewhere in the world — is the true headache of interventions. The ultimate test will be there.”
True, but the war has to play out first.