Jonathan S. Landay, national security and intelligence correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers, discusses how Libya’s popular uprising against Col. Gaddafi has descended into civil war; loyalist forces laying siege to strategic rebel-held cities; the end of protests in Tripoli; how humanitarian airlifts could be possible without bombing air defenses or maintaining a no-fly zone; and why US intervention is the least bad option for Libya, despite multi-generational US support for ME/NA autocracies.
MP3 here. (29:24)
Jonathan S. Landay, national security and intelligence correspondent, has written about foreign affairs and U.S. defense, intelligence and foreign policies for 15 years. From 1985-94, he covered South Asia and the Balkans for United Press International and then the Christian Science Monitor. He moved to Washington in December 1994 to cover defense and foreign affairs for the Christian Science Monitor and joined Knight Ridder in October 1999.
He speaks frequently on national security matters, particularly the Balkans. In 2005, he was part of a team that won a National Headliners Award for “How the Bush Administration Went to War in Iraq.” He also won a 2005 Award of Distinction from the Medill School of Journalism for “Iraqi exiles fed exaggerated tips to news media.”