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“Why Did the U.S. Hand Off the Libyan War to NATO?”

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Why did the U.S. military agree to do the “heavy lifting” in the opening days of the war with Libya — launching long-range bombing strikes from the continental U.S., among other martial fireworks — before handing off the next nearly six months (and counting!) to our NATO allies? Is this a new way of waging war on the cheap for the U.S. military? A template for future multi-national military campaigns? John Nagl of the Center for a New American Security and yours truly discuss the issue with Andrew Exum, a former Army officer now with CNAS, and Paul Hughes, a retired Army colonel and Libya expert now with the U.S. Institute of Peace.

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