Rear Adm. Russell Harding, the deputy commander of NATO forces in Libya, admitted today that NATO killed over a dozen rebel soldiers but refused to apologize. What struck me as the most odd was his statement that NATO did not know rebels had tanks when I have seen numerous pictures in the popular press of rebels driving tanks. It is a bit disconcerting that NATO intelligence is worse than mine.
Harding said “it would appear that two of our strikes yesterday may have resulted in the deaths of a number of TNC forces . . . I’m not apologizing,” Harding told reporters in Naples, Italy. “The situation on the ground was extremely fluid and remains extremely fluid. And up until yesterday we had no information that the TNC or the opposition forces were using tanks.” Now we know why Harding did not choose either intelligence or diplomacy as a career.
In the meantime, we have now spent over $1 billion and are now saying we could send in ground troops into our new war.