Former Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates David Mack
says it would be a “terrible idea” for the United States to lead the attack to topple Libyan despot Moammar Gadhafi and Arab nations should take the lead. Mack, who also served in Libya when Gadhafi came to power in 1969, said Thursday on MSNBC the French should be involved – as they armed the Libyans.
“I think it`s a terrible idea if the Americans – if the Americans lead. I think that Secretary [of State Hillary] Clinton had it exactly right – we want to see Arab leadership,” Mack told “Hardball” host Chris Matthews. “We want to see Arab participation.
“I favor us being junior partners,” he said. “And since the French are the ones who sold the Libyans all that high-performance aircraft in the Libyan inventory, I think the French better be out there shooting some of those aircraft down.
“Let’s not forget – I worked on the Iraq no-fly zones. It was a French resolution … basically, that got us in,” Mack said. “And the first time they saw that some Iraqi civilians were going to be killed, they said ‘bye-bye’ and they left us in charge of it for 12 years.”
Mack stressed turmoil in Libya threatens Egyptian security and it could be the first Arab country to get militarily involved in the battle to prevent a continued Gadhafi massacre of his own people.
“They share a border with Libya – turmoil in Libya threatens their own security. They’ve got about a million Egyptians maybe working in Libya,” Mack said. “And the Egyptians have got a very large, capable air force.
“I think that they would be an overpowering presence, if they would come in. Now, the Libyans might be nervous about that, but I talked to a Libyan American businessman the other day who – and I thought he would be opposed to the idea – and he said: ‘No, we’re desperate enough. We’d like – we’d take the Egyptians.’”
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