The involvement of NATO forces in the ousting of Mu’ammar Gheddafi has been controversial since the beginning of the Libyan crisis. The fracture between those in favour of a direct involvement, and those wishing to keep out of the crisis provides for a clear example of the divergences existing within the Alliance.
The decision of the Obama’s administration to maintain a low profile both before and after NATO took officially charge of the multinational intervention seems to confirm the lack of unity of purpose.
The success of the military operation is unlikely to solve the internal contradictions. The request of the Libyan TNC to delay the end of the operation for at least a month and the possibility of an involvement of NATO forces in a “stabilization” mission have exposed the divisions within the interventionist camp itself.
The potential mission creep rises further questions over the aims and goals of the Alliance.