As the rebels in Libya seek and destroy what is left of the Col. Qaddaffi’s regime, it is said that cash flow is tight amongst the rebels and keeping the government a float (i.e. paying government employees, keeping oil production running, etc) is impossible without the help of other nations. The United Nations is planning a vote to unfreeze more than 1 billion dollars in assets which belong to the Libyan people. With the country still in turmoil and Qaddaffi nowhere to be found, hostilities need to cease and order maintained so that a transitional and/or temporary government be put in place. Without any structure of a government, the Libyan rebels should be viewed as anarchist and monies should be withheld until a new governing council is formed.
The Obama Administration is one of the nations that is culpable in creating such a chaotic disarray in Libya. With US’s encouragement and air strikes, the rebels produced a power vacuum that will be tough to replace after Qaddaffi’s 40 plus years as a dictator. Sure support the rebels but without good Intelligence these emerging leaders, we find ourselves in a quandary as to what leaders will ultimately choose democracy and maintain the United States and other Western Civilizations as mentors and allies.
This is probably why Republicans cried for “boots on the ground” when entering the Libyan conflict. Now that we haphazardly entered into destroying this sovereign nation, the United Nations (i.e. United States is the majority partner) will be identified to rebuild this Libya. So as the drawdown of US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan draws near, we should expect some forces to enter Libya to assist with their rebuild. The Special Operations Command which houses both, civil affairs and psychological operations assets, have their work cut out for them. Not only should SOC forces be working with rebel leaders now establishing ties and educating them on a path or transition to power but also they need to find a military force within the country to install some semblance of order.
As of right now, rebels are not accountable for what they do. They are encouraged capture or kill the former dictator in hiding and his supporters/sympathizers. I am no fan of dictatorships but I am also not a fan of anarchy which is apparently rampant in Libya. We may find ourselves in a similar predicament like Iraq where millions of dollars go unaccounted for or wasting billions to rebuild a country that is not ready for reconstruction. Once a governing council or transitional government is set up then we must revisit the sending supplies, support, aide, and other technical help to aide Libya’s new leadership in building a better state.