Gadaffi would be still in power if his regime security forces were intact and having not being bombed by us.. So I think your on the money. With the added caveat, of an outside chance of the Iranians actually crossing the gulf.I wondered the same. Is the best of the armed forces focusing on regime protection, as is the case elsewhere in the region (?)
When your enemy is pinned down defending static positions and your reduced to hiring third worlders, that accounts for the houthis continued survival and now success.