Does the West have the patience for a counterinsurgency operation in Libya?
I do not have any confidence in the Obama administration or the rest of NATO leadership at this point when it comes to the hard work of dealing with a failed state. They lack the patience and the will as was demonstrated in the retreat from Iraq that allowed ISIL to metastasize. It will take a large force to provide the force to space ratios needed to protect the people and suppress the terrorists. Does anyone really trust Obama with such an operation at this point?
To stabilize the country and defeat the Islamic State, the U.S. and its European allies must overcome violent local rivalries.