“Why Did It Take the U.S. So Long to Recognize the Libyan Rebels?”

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After five months of bombing the government of Muammar Gadaffi, the U.S. finally recognized Libya’s rebel forces. Was this the right decision, and, if so — why did it take so long? Paul Hughes, a retired Army colonel now with the U.S. Institute of Peace, and Andrew Exum, a Center for a New American Security fellow who has led combat units in Afghanistan and Iraq, chew over the merits of diplomatic recognition with John Nagl of CNAS and me.