Victor Davis Hanson gets his facts wrong again:
There was a reason why after bombing Milosevic out of power, we inserted ground troops. Thus Serbia (and Iraq, for that matter) is not now quite Libya.
There was a reason why NATO sent ground forces into Kosovo, which was to secure its de facto separation from Serbia. The air war in 1999 did not drive Milosevic from power. He remained in power for over another year. NATO ground forces never entered the rest of Serbia. Indeed, the demand that NATO forces have the run of the entire country was one of the outrageous conditions in the Rambouillet agreement that caused Milosevic to reject the U.S. proposal on Kosovo, and that rejection was then used as the excuse to begin the bombing. Milosevic was eventually compelled to yield on Kosovo, but he did not go along with this demand. Besides, there was never any need for an occupying force in the rest of Serbia. Hanson’s comments on Kosovo in this article are completely wrong on the facts. I have pointed out the post-Gaddafi disorder and lawlessness in Libya several times, but the idea that the conditions in post-invasion Iraq were significantly better than the current state of affairs in Libya is deranged.