- The wish that bombing would easily/quickly lead to the desired outcome.
- The stated refusal to put boots on the ground.
- The impatience of the
More importantly, it is a good thing I held off on posting a new game (in honor of the anniversary of the end of Lost and my fantasy game). When will Qaddafi lose power? Either to violence or to quitting? Rather than holding a draft, I am simply going to offer up options and folks choose via comments which time period they will take (or none at all):
First, one can choose the rest of May--that Qaddafi will fall soon, very soon.
Second choice is first week of June (1st-7th), perhaps hoping that the anniversary of Kosovo is a harbinger of things to come.
Next: June 8th-20th--Qaddafi just wants to outlast Milosevic's record.
June 20th to July 3rd--things start to get too hot for Qaddafi, jail cell in cool Hague sounds good.
July 4th--if it is good enough for Will Smith, it is good enough for Qaddafi.
July 5th-28th--Qaddafi wants to give a gift to me or my many relatives who have a birthday in this period.
July 29th-August 30th--Qaddafi wants to sneak out while most of Europe is on vacation.
August 31st-Sept 4th--Big events seem to happen during the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association (Katrina), so Qaddafi will quit while most of the American experts are otherwise indisposed.
Sept 5th to the end of the year--slow but steady wins the race?
Last possible choice: Qaddafi lasts as long as the world (if the world ends on Jan 1st 2012). This is the choice for the NATO doubters--that the effort fails and Qaddafi sticks around.
In this game, the choice is Q or not Q. If Qaddafi is replaced by a military regime, that is still a win for NATO for the purposes of this game. After all, we do not know what the outcome is in Egypt, except for Mubarak is gone.
My bet would be on the middle of June. One of these compounds that NATO hits will eventually hit Q or his supporters will start to step away from him.
Oh, and the stakes: if you win, you get to have a guest post here at the Spew where you can post whatever you like, including most embarrassing tale about me.