Both the defence chiefs of the US and the UK, Robert Gates and Liam Fox, have met in Washington to seek a way out of the current stalemate in Libya. More than a month of air strikes have failed to dislodge the Libyan leader, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.
British Defence Secretary Liam Fox put a positive gloss on the situation:
“We’ve seen some progress made in Misrata, and it’s very clear that the regime is on the back foot. The sooner Colonel Gaddafi recognises that the game is up, the better…. It is also appalling for us to see the sight of young mercenary soldiers being pushed to the front lines of places like Misrata, and it’s a sign of desperation from a regime that they resort to these sort of tactics.”
Choking off the supply of arms to Gaddafi’s forces is one way to stop him. But both Gates and Fox also want NATO to increase its momentum of air strikes and are calling again for more commitment from fellow alliance members.