Posted on | August 21, 2011 | 9 Comments
More than five months after the launch of Operation Odyssey Dawn — which was supposed to have toppled Moammar Qaddafi’s regime in a matter of days — Libyan rebels say they’re finally on the verge of victory:
Euphoric Libyan rebels have pushed to the western outskirts of Tripoli without meeting any resistance after they overran a major military base that defends the capital.
Associated Press reporters with the rebels said they reached the Tripoli suburb of Janzour around nightfall Sunday. They were greeted by civilians lining the streets and waving rebel flags.
Hours earlier, the same rebel force of hundreds drove out elite forces led by Muammar al-Qaddafi’s son in a brief gunbattle. The fighters hauled off truckloads of weapons and advanced full speed toward the capital. . . .
An Associated Press reporter with the rebels saw them take over the base of the Khamis Brigade, 16 miles west of the capital, on Sunday. The base has been defending Qaddafi’s stronghold of Tripoli. After a brief gunbattle, Qaddafi’s forces fled.
Qaddafi’s 27-year-old son Khamis commands the 32nd Brigade, also known simply as the Khamis Brigade, one of the best trained and equipped units in the Libyan military. . . .
Qaddafi’s “days are numbered,” the White House says again for the umpteenth time. From Day One of this operation, Obama, Hillary and other administration figures have repeatedly declared that Qaddafi’s “days are numbered,” but they didn’t tell us the number was “at least 150,” and even now we don’t know how many of those numbered days still remain.
As long as Qaddafi is killed or captured before Nov. 6, 2012, the White House will proclaim it a triumphant vindication of the president’s policy.