The brega situation is

The brega situation is interesting.  Two days ago we were being told that the government had just sailed through and taken it.  But it looks like these amateurs are hanging on by their fingertips.

I think a big part of our problem in figuring out what is happening stems from the laziness of the press and media.  They get a press release from Gaddafi's people, edit it slightly and then release as if it is a) their own work and b) reliable news.

There's also the fact that young hotheads wearing bandanas and firing AK47s into the air makes good footage while the patient preparation for a showdown in Benghazi would be  pushing our pitiful attention spans - so they don't show it or even talk about it.

And lastly, if anyone is still awake, it is much easier to say that one side is winning or losing than it is to report a complicated and fluidly developing situation where the balance of advantage is (yawn!) complicated....

I still think that Gaddafi is finished.  I'm becoming ambivalent about the need for help from outside though.


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