Panetta: Some NATO allies in Libya could be exhausted in 90 days

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta visiting Camp Dwyer in Afghanistan, July 10, 2011.

From Phil Stewart, Reuters:  New U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Monday that some NATO allies operating in Libya could see their forces "exhausted" within 90 days.

"The problem right now, frankly, in Libya is that … within the next 90 days a lot of these other countries could be exhausted in terms of their capabilities, and so the United States, you know, is going to be looked at to help fill the gap," Panetta said, speaking to troops in Baghdad. . . .

"They’re going to have to develop their defense capabilities. They’re going to have to invest in that kind of partnership as well. We can’t be the ones to carry the financial burden in all of these situations. Others have got to do it as well…" Panetta said.

"I’m a believer in partnerships but when you talk about partnerships, dammit you gotta be partners. And that means you got to be able to put up, you know, an equivalent amount of capability so that you can really be partners when we have to go to war."  (photo: AP)

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