As Andrew McCarthy at National Review Online wrote yesterday,
The Libyan mujahideen (aka the “rebels”) have reportedly entered Tripoli, captured at least one of Muammar Qadhafi’s sons, and are closing in on Qadhafi’s compound. It appears that those who wanted Qadhafi supplanted by an unknown that is known only to include virulently anti-American Islamists are about to get their wish. Here’s hoping that they are right and I am wrong about what happens next.
McCarthy has reason to be worried. As Stratfor pointed out, “The decision to frame the National Transitional Council as an optimal replacement to the Qadhafi regime was made in haste, when policymakers had very little information on the identity of the rebel forces” (August 2).