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US Senator John Kerry wants allies to 'crater' airports
theaustralian.com ^ | March 8, 2011 | Brad Norington

Posted on 03/07/2011 6:38:31 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY

THE Obama administration is under renewed pressure to impose a no-fly zone over Libya after a leading US senator disputed the Pentagon's view that it would require a military attack.

Senator John Kerry yesterday said the US should prepare for a no-fly zone, with its allies, to thwart attempts by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to massacre large numbers of civilians.

As the White House retreated from the proposal, the senator said the US should consider "cratering" Libyan airports to disable Colonel Gaddafi's air force.

"The last thing we want to think about is any kind of military intervention, and I don't consider the no-fly zone stepping over that line," Senator Kerry said.

His opinion carries weight as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and an important Democratic ally of President Barack Obama.

He contradicted Defence Secretary Robert Gates, who condemned "loose talk" about a no-fly zone last week, saying it amounted to military intervention. "A no-fly zone begins with an attack on Libya to destroy the air defences," Dr Gates told a congressional committee hearing.

Speaking on CBS, Senator Kerry said: "That's actually not the only option for what one could do. One could crater the airports and the runways and leave them incapable of using them for a period of time."

The senator, a Vietnam War veteran and Democratic presidential nominee in 2004, was backed by senior Republican colleague John McCain.

(Excerpt) Read more at theaustralian.com.au ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: johnfkerry; libya

1 posted on 03/07/2011 6:38:39 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Kerry ought to know what he’s talking about... He was in Vietnam.


2 posted on 03/07/2011 6:40:25 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: Free ThinkerNY

He’s an idiot and ought be completely ignored.


3 posted on 03/07/2011 6:41:22 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want to be on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

if he wants it, it would be a bad thing.


4 posted on 03/07/2011 6:41:37 PM PST by Christian Engineer Mass (25ish Cambridge MA grad student. Many younger conservative Christians out there? __ Click my name)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

If any if the crater affects him, does he get a purple heart?


5 posted on 03/07/2011 6:41:48 PM PST by struggle ((The struggle continues))
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To: Brilliant
He still SO wants to be President.....
6 posted on 03/07/2011 6:42:11 PM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (Sharia? No, thanks.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

John F’n Kerry is a war hawk. These alternate universes are hard to keep up with.


7 posted on 03/07/2011 6:43:34 PM PST by Rebelbase
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Figures, McKerry.


8 posted on 03/07/2011 6:43:51 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Doncha just long for the good old gays when dropping munitions on a sovereign country required a Declaration of War from the congress?
9 posted on 03/07/2011 6:44:00 PM PST by CaptainKip
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To: Free ThinkerNY

We need to stabilize things, not destabilize them. We’re playing into Putin’s hands otherwise. On the other hand, high priced oil might be just what we need to get rid of Obama in 2012 so we can develop an energy policy that involves drilling and refining. No good options. It’s a great time to be an American...


10 posted on 03/07/2011 6:44:23 PM PST by RC one (CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN! YES WE CAN! FUBO!)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

“John Kerry reporting for Duty.”
If Ted Kennedy was still alive
he’d already be bombed.


11 posted on 03/07/2011 6:44:43 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Kerry should bow out and let Daley, the only Democrat with proven experience destroying airports over night, run this
operation.


12 posted on 03/07/2011 6:45:02 PM PST by CrazyIvan (What's "My Struggle" in Kenyan?)
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To: CaptainKip

days


13 posted on 03/07/2011 6:45:29 PM PST by CaptainKip
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To: Free ThinkerNY

John Kerry, warmonger.

14 posted on 03/07/2011 6:47:58 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

"I'm here to crater your airport. Can you point me to Concourse C?"

15 posted on 03/07/2011 6:48:10 PM PST by EternalVigilance (...in the name of Liberty, of patriotism & & every thing dear to the American character... W. Travis)
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To: CaptainKip
Doncha just long for the good old gays

No. *\;^)

16 posted on 03/07/2011 6:48:18 PM PST by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|http://pure-gas.org|Must be a day for changing taglines)
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To: tet68
If Ted Kennedy was still alive
he’d already
still be bombed.
17 posted on 03/07/2011 6:49:39 PM PST by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|http://pure-gas.org|Must be a day for changing taglines)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
"The last thing we want to think about is any kind of military intervention, and I don't consider the no-fly zone stepping over that line," Senator Kerry said.

Uh...dropping bombs on airports isn't "any kind of military intervention"? What is it, then?

18 posted on 03/07/2011 6:50:03 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Brilliant

>> He was in Vietnam.

In Cambodia for Christmas if I’m not mistaken.


19 posted on 03/07/2011 6:50:09 PM PST by Gene Eric (It's time to move forward.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1080568/posts

Hannity Book: Kerry Objected to Reagan’s Bombing of Terrorist Gadhafi
| 2/18/04


20 posted on 03/07/2011 6:51:13 PM PST by digger48 (a)
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To: Gene Eric

"After I eat this they're going to dangle me over your runways and I'm going to crater them."

21 posted on 03/07/2011 6:52:26 PM PST by EternalVigilance (...in the name of Liberty, of patriotism & & every thing dear to the American character... W. Travis)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Helicopters do not need much of a runway to take off or land.


22 posted on 03/07/2011 6:52:33 PM PST by Andy from Chapel Hill
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To: sionnsar

"Look, that ball almost knocked me senseless and it didn't move one hair. Of course I can crater runways with my head."

23 posted on 03/07/2011 6:56:05 PM PST by EternalVigilance (...in the name of Liberty, of patriotism & & every thing dear to the American character... W. Travis)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Did he ask Jane Fonda about this?


24 posted on 03/07/2011 6:57:38 PM PST by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: onyx

When you think how close this certifiable moron came to the Oval Office it’s damned scary.


25 posted on 03/07/2011 6:57:43 PM PST by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Dallas59

"Well, the bloody fool said he was willing to give peace a chance, as long as he could crater a few runways once in awhile. So, I said sure...and then he threw his medals over the fence."

26 posted on 03/07/2011 6:59:59 PM PST by EternalVigilance (...in the name of Liberty, of patriotism & & every thing dear to the American character... W. Travis)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
"The last thing we want to think about is any kind of military intervention, and I don't consider the no-fly zone stepping over that line," Senator Kerry said.

Idiot. You don't implement a no-fly zone with old 737s from US Air, it is done with military aircraft flying in their airspace. You know what? They're probably not going to like that. They'd no-doubt use air defense assets to try to shoot down our patrol aircraft. Maybe they'd send their fighters up to try to either shoot our aircraft down or chase them off.

The point is, a no-fly zone is going to mean military forces shooting ordnance at each other. I don't know about where Mr. Kerry comes from, but when military forces start exchanging fire...where I come from that's "military intervention" and even "war."

His simplistic idea of cratering runways won't necessarily work either. You'd have to crater the taxiways. In the case of Mitiga, you'd probably have to crater that long straight highway that's less than a mile from the airport too. (usable as an alternative?) That'd make us real popular with the Libyans...

27 posted on 03/07/2011 6:59:59 PM PST by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: Gene Eric
President-elect RMN ordered him sent there.
28 posted on 03/07/2011 7:00:20 PM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: Lurker

"El Presidente, do you need any runways cratered?"

29 posted on 03/07/2011 7:02:15 PM PST by EternalVigilance (...in the name of Liberty, of patriotism & & every thing dear to the American character... W. Travis)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

30 posted on 03/07/2011 7:07:14 PM PST by EternalVigilance (...in the name of Liberty, of patriotism & & every thing dear to the American character... W. Travis)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
There is no reason, Senator Kerry, that aging senators need to be going into the airports of Libyans in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children, you know, women, breaking sort of the customs of the – of – the historical customs, religious customs. Whether you like it or not ... Libyans should be doing that.

Source quote, in case you don't get the sarcasm:

John F'n Kerry: "US Soldiers terrorize kids"

31 posted on 03/07/2011 7:09:20 PM PST by GenXFreedomFighter
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To: EternalVigilance

Does poofed hair count as a cover?


32 posted on 03/07/2011 7:16:51 PM PST by CrazyIvan (What's "My Struggle" in Kenyan?)
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To: CrazyIvan

Must.


33 posted on 03/07/2011 7:19:17 PM PST by EternalVigilance (...in the name of Liberty, of patriotism & & every thing dear to the American character... W. Travis)
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To: onyx
He’s an idiot and ought be completely ignored.

No, no... I think he's onto something. I think there should be a solo flight into Libyan airspace. And to paraphrase General Shelton; just as soon as Kerry gets his flight qualification, he can fly as low and slow as he wants.
34 posted on 03/07/2011 7:19:21 PM PST by Renderofveils (My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music. - Nabokov)
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To: Renderofveils

traitorous embarrassment skerry should threaten to throw his well-deserved 4 Purple Hearts onto their runways. By the way, he got them from his “service” in Viet Nam.


35 posted on 03/07/2011 7:22:40 PM PST by hal ogen (1st amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

36 posted on 03/07/2011 7:24:41 PM PST by crosshairs (Appeasement is surrender in slow motion.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Kerry certainly has turned his back on his Peace-Nik Winter Warrior days and become a reborn war-monger, hasn't he?
If he gets a paper cut will he claim another Purple Heart?

Bombing airport runways is one thing, but what if Jen-Jiss Khan is there?

PS - Did you know Kerry was in Vietnam?

"They told the stories at times they had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam in addition to the normal ravage of war, and the normal and very particular ravaging which is done by the applied bombing power of this country."

-- John Kerry "Winter Soldier" testimony, 1971


37 posted on 03/07/2011 7:27:20 PM PST by Iron Munro ("Our country's founders cherished liberty, not democracy." -- Ron Paul)
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To: Renderofveils

Wonderful! LOL. I almost wrote, *you first, Traitor/Senator*


38 posted on 03/07/2011 7:31:29 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want to be on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Amazing all these leftist doves growing fangs all of a sudden. LOL

Like Gates said. To establish a no fly zone you need to start with air superiority. That means shooting down opposing planes. AKA a shooting war.


39 posted on 03/07/2011 7:37:14 PM PST by headstamp 2
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To: Brilliant

He was in Cambodia too.


40 posted on 03/07/2011 7:40:49 PM PST by badgerlandjim
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Wow John.....That sounds very “Ghenghis Khan” of you.


41 posted on 03/07/2011 7:43:54 PM PST by Right Brother
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To: Free ThinkerNY
When I was over in Turkey the year Regan got shot A Libyan sub got inside the security area of an aircraft carrier. Talk is cheep.
42 posted on 03/07/2011 7:50:20 PM PST by Domangart
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To: Brilliant

Of course the Libyans are using helicopters not jets. I guess the great Senator and Viet Nam veteran doesn’t know that helicopters don’t need runways.


43 posted on 03/07/2011 7:59:25 PM PST by airedale
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To: Right Brother

44 posted on 03/07/2011 8:17:55 PM PST by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: Brilliant
Kerry ought to know what he’s talking about... He was in Vietnam.

And Cambodia. It was seared into his memory.

45 posted on 03/08/2011 4:22:47 AM PST by glorgau
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

That was my first thought. But I doubt he has the guts to challenge Hussein.


46 posted on 03/08/2011 4:27:37 AM PST by jersey117
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; Delacon; ...

Thanks Free ThinkerNY.
Senator John Kerry yesterday said the US should prepare for a no-fly zone, with its allies, to thwart attempts by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to massacre large numbers of civilians. As the White House retreated from the proposal, the senator said the US should consider "cratering" Libyan airports to disable Colonel Gaddafi's air force. "The last thing we want to think about is any kind of military intervention, and I don't consider the no-fly zone stepping over that line," Senator Kerry said.
He remembers how effective these tactics were back when he listened to the broadcast remarks of President Nixon in 1968.


47 posted on 03/09/2011 3:09:37 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: SunkenCiv

This washed-up, exposed, aging commie, idiot gigolo should sit down and shut up, or we should act as if he has.


48 posted on 03/09/2011 3:27:48 PM PST by TheOldLady
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