US Intelligence Chief Predicts Gadhafi's Forces will Triumph Over Rebels

Rebel fighters in Libya are unlikely to beat the forces loyal to ruler Moammar Gadhafi, says the US director of national intelligence.

James Clapper pointed out to a Senate panel that the rebels are untrained, poorly organized, and have arms seized from only a few caches, while they face career soldiers and mercenaries with access to Gadhafi's tanks, artillery, and deep cash reserves, the LA Times reports. "I think over time, over the longer term, that the regime will prevail," Clapper said.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told Congress Thursday that he thinks "over the longer term, that the regime will prevail" in Libya's civil war, given Gadhafi's superior weapons and better-trained troops. After initial losses, those troops do appear to be driving the rebels back.