Hopefully, the rebels will

Hopefully, the rebels will show their true strength in defending Benghazi, and will turn the tide.

Jay,

As the financial guru book states "hope is not a strategy. The "rebels" in Benghazi are obviously full of vinegar owing to Sarkozy's recognition - and yes, I'm sure they now believe the French won't let Bengazi fall. If that is true, then their strategy is both clever and has succeeded.

Like you said, Ras Lanuf and Brega are meaningless - the logistics of the move to Benghazi from Brega will be beyond any immediate lunge - so the key is France. But why with Sarkoz do it?

Well, maybe they've struck some deal to snarf the oil and gas exports out from under the Italians and at cheaper prices. If true, it would be worth a French no-fly zone with a bunch of legionnaires in mufti to stiffen the defense of the new "frontier" somewhere west of Benghazi.

As the French make us Americans look like doofus' when it comes to exploiting former colonials - they are really good at this - I wouldn't find this surprising at all.

Tim

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