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Inside the White House-Congress Meeting on Libya (Obama Spox: U.S. involvement "days not weeks")
The Cable, Foreign Policy ^ | Friday, March 18, 2011 | Josh Rogin

Posted on 03/18/2011 6:46:21 PM PDT by kristinn

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The other lawmakers in attendance (beside Sen. Richard Lugar R-IN) were Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-TX), Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Sen. John Kyl (R-AZ), Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA), Rep. Buck McKeon (R-NY), Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), and Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA).

Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough held a conference call with top Congressional staffers on Friday afternoon where he emphasized Obama's "deep respect for Congress in all of these matters," and gave a read out of the White House meeting. A recording of the call was provided to The Cable.

"The president expects the preponderance of our involvement to last a matter of days, not weeks," McDonough said.

"At the front end of this effort, the United States will contribute our unique capabilities to neutralize air defenses and military equipment that threatens civilians and civilian-populated areas to enable ongoing enforcement operations led by our partners," he said. "We will then enable and support other countries to enforce the no-fly zone...with us in a support role.... It will not be an open ended effort by the United States."

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NATO, which is organizing command and control of the no-fly zone, enforcement of the arms embargo, and humanitarian assistance operations, could finished their planning as early as today, McDonough said. He also confirmed that in addition to the no-fly zone and the "no-drive zone," planning is ongoing for a "no-sail zone," which would allow greater enforcement of the arms embargo authorized by the new U.N. resolution.

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(Excerpt) Read more at thecable.foreignpolicy.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: berman; boehner; cantor; chambliss; durbin; feinstein; hoyer; kerry; kyle; levin; libya; lugar; mcconnell; mcdonough; mckeon; nodrivezone; noflyzone; nosailzone; obama; pelosi; reid; rogers; roslehtinen; ruppersberger
See also FP's article from last night titled Inside Classified Hill Briefing, Administration Spells Out War Plan for Libya (barf alert).

After today, I don't ever want to hear one word from the Democrats and McGrahamnesty about George W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld and Iraq. Ever.

1 posted on 03/18/2011 6:46:29 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

Obama get authorization to go to war from congress yet?


2 posted on 03/18/2011 6:49:39 PM PDT by 4rcane
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To: 4rcane

You beat me to it. I must have missed the Congressional resolution.


3 posted on 03/18/2011 6:51:13 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: FreedomPoster

Oh the irony, Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize


4 posted on 03/18/2011 6:53:05 PM PDT by 4rcane
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To: 4rcane

He is on his way to Brazil to ask them!


5 posted on 03/18/2011 6:53:18 PM PDT by Keen-Minded
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To: 4rcane

All the liberal talking heads are praising Obama for not “Rushing to war” like Bush. They must have missed the months of debate and approval in both congress and the UN.


6 posted on 03/18/2011 6:56:17 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: kristinn

Oh, Goody! Yet another war to fight at Taxpayer Expense!

Finally viewed ‘The King’s Speech’ last night. I’m sure 0bama will do a Top-Notch, Capital, Bully job in leading America through THIS crisis, as did King George VI and Winston Churchill in WWII...

*SIGH* *Rolleyes* *Barf*

Wonder if that Churchill Bust will be makin’ it’s way back to The White House in the near future? LOL!

I cannot BELIEVE this DOPE is our president. And even as I TYPE it, I cringe, because I sound like every @sshole I’ve worked with in ‘The People’s Republik of Madistan’ while they raged against President Bush for 8 years...and are now strangely silent on their Boy King...

Go figure! ;)


7 posted on 03/18/2011 6:57:20 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: kristinn

A community organizer, not a community leader.

A war organizer not a war leader.

90 minutes notice to congress... figures.


8 posted on 03/18/2011 6:57:38 PM PDT by mrsmith
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To: kristinn
But Graham responded to Lugar's caution in an interview with The Cable, saying that the risk of doing nothing and allowing Qaddafi to remain in power after Obama said "he must go" is far greater than that of getting involved militarily.

I am speechless...

9 posted on 03/18/2011 6:58:20 PM PDT by TaxPayer2000 (The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a republican form of government,)
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To: kristinn
Sen Saxby Chambliss (R-TX

News to me!

But he isn't any worse than Cornyn and Hutchison.

10 posted on 03/18/2011 7:01:11 PM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: cripplecreek

I think it was almost a year of debates which ended with approval from both UN and US congress to go to war


11 posted on 03/18/2011 7:04:20 PM PDT by 4rcane
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To: TaxPayer2000
Qaddafi is nuts. After Obama spoke they better take him down or he'll be bombing every commercial plane with Americans aboard out of the skies.

Of course, Barry just talked...didn't follow up.

12 posted on 03/18/2011 7:05:13 PM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: TaxPayer2000

Obama’s PRIDE is on the line here. We must go to war to defend his pride!


13 posted on 03/18/2011 7:06:16 PM PDT by 4rcane
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To: kristinn
Groan...
What's in this for us?
What's in it for the Libyans?
Replacing a madman with Al Queda backed islamic fundamentalists is not a win win proposition...
This is not worth one American life (or hangnail), nor one American dollar. If France, Malta, Qatar, and the blue helmet squad from the U.N. won't to lead the way - let them.

These clowns in the White House, and the Republicans that give them cover, are a pox on this Nation.

2 Chronicles 7:13-14 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

There are locusts and pestilence in the Land (primarily in Washington D.C.) ...
Its long past time to humble ourselves, and pray, and to seek our LORD's face, and turn from our wicked ways...

14 posted on 03/18/2011 7:07:58 PM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: kristinn

I wonder if our illegal war will be over before Obama returns from vacation? /half-sarc


15 posted on 03/18/2011 7:13:37 PM PDT by PghBaldy (Like the Ft Hood Killer, James Earl Ray was just stressed when he killed MLK Jr.)
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To: kristinn

These people are crazy.


16 posted on 03/18/2011 7:14:13 PM PDT by Mariner (USS Tarawa, VQ3, USS Benjamin Stoddert, NAVCAMS WestPac, 7th Fleet, Navcommsta Puget Sound)
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To: PghBaldy

Bill Clinton thought his war on Yugoslavia would be over in days.


17 posted on 03/18/2011 7:16:16 PM PDT by kristinn (Lowering the IQ on FR since Jul 31, 1998)
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To: 4rcane

It took a while just going into Afghanistan.


18 posted on 03/18/2011 7:21:09 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: kristinn

Wait just a cotton pickin’ minute (raciss!) Where’s McCain in that lineup? What does McCain think? We can’t wait ‘til Sunday to find out!


19 posted on 03/18/2011 7:25:22 PM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Public education is WELFARE.)
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To: kristinn

I HOPE it is over quickly. I shudder to think what may happen with this idiot in charge.

One thing that is very bizarre about this is the seemingly slap-dash aspects to this. Maybe I missed it while I was dealing with other things and paying attention to Japan, but I don’t recall Obama going before Congress or the public to call for this.


20 posted on 03/18/2011 7:29:36 PM PDT by PghBaldy (Like the Ft Hood Killer, James Earl Ray was just stressed when he killed MLK Jr.)
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To: kristinn

Khadaffi can cause a lot more damage to the USA than we might be bargaining for.


21 posted on 03/18/2011 7:31:14 PM PDT by Rome2000 (OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM)
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To: kristinn

Has Prime Minister Soros given his approval yet? Nothing happens until he does.

Ah... the trip to Rio...


22 posted on 03/18/2011 7:41:13 PM PDT by ScottinVA
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To: cripplecreek

The planning was underway at the CIA within hours of 9/11. The team leaders were named within the first week. Specialists arrived in Afghanistan within ten days, and preparations for the attack were fixed within two weeks. The Bush Administration did not screw around.


23 posted on 03/18/2011 7:42:52 PM PDT by Melchior
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To: kristinn

This will dilute our ability to respond to Iran when they unleash their proxies against Israel.


24 posted on 03/18/2011 7:42:56 PM PDT by AU72
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To: kristinn

You are correct, the Bosnia adventure was only going to last a year. The no-fly zone in Iraq was in effect for years. This one will last much longer than a few days.


25 posted on 03/18/2011 7:43:41 PM PDT by phormer phrog phlyer
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To: PghBaldy
I HOPE it is over quickly. I shudder to think what may happen with this idiot in charge.

Don't believe for a second 0bama's lie about "not sending ground troops." Murphy's Law applies enough to warfare without a dumbass like 0bama in charge. If we think 0bama's pride is on the line now... wait until we find the "no-fly zone" didn't deter the Libyan Army from taking Benghazi.

26 posted on 03/18/2011 7:47:50 PM PDT by ScottinVA
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To: kristinn

“No-sail zone.” I always thought those were called “blockades.” And they were, by international law, an act of war.

Where’s the liberal freaks and Paulestinians out there screaming “no blood for oil?” WHERE ARE YOU MAGGOTS?

}:-)4


27 posted on 03/18/2011 7:50:50 PM PDT by Moose4 ("By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!")
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To: kristinn

Obama spox??

Is that Obama’s pox?


28 posted on 03/18/2011 8:03:43 PM PDT by Hardraade (I want gigaton warheads now!!)
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To: Melchior

Just reviewed Operation Mockingbird. The CIA is accused of killing JFK because he wanted to destroy it. The CIA also claimed to own anyone of importance in the media. Obama was reported to be a CIA agent. Old news, I know, but good to remember what we are dealing with.


29 posted on 03/18/2011 8:11:24 PM PDT by charlie72
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To: 4rcane

very good point. The President can just commit US forces to war without congressional authorization now?

haven’t heard anything about the war powers resolution or constitutional issues.

hopefully someone in the GOP brings it up. I notice of course that the media is conspicuously silent. Not a word from.


30 posted on 03/18/2011 8:19:52 PM PDT by jeltz25
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To: 4rcane

another thing is Obama and his people are not stupid. they know that if this goes well and Qadaffi is taken out Obama will benefit immensely. Leaders always do from a show of stength and from winning wars/taking action. See Bush after the Gulf War, Clinton in Kosovo, W in Afghanistan/Iraq, Thatcher in the Falklands, etc...

Watch, the talking point will be “Obama finished the job Reagan couldn’t. Reagan couldn’t even hit Qadaffi he missed him and took out some tents instead. Obama finished Qadaffi off, and with no US casualties to boot.” Most Americans will buy it.


31 posted on 03/18/2011 8:25:39 PM PDT by jeltz25
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To: TaxPayer2000

I wonder how these dumba$$es in DC would feel if their children were being sent to Libya to defend dear leader’s PRIDE?!?!?

What a banana republic we have become and RINOs like Graham are not helping...but then I have heard Lindsey swings in a childless crowd....


32 posted on 03/18/2011 8:33:49 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: lonestar

Actually...sad to say, he is a rino from Georgia : /

Prayers for Japan.
Tatt


33 posted on 03/18/2011 9:11:43 PM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." DorothyBernard)
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To: Keen-Minded

LOL


34 posted on 03/18/2011 9:21:50 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: kristinn
This is Obama though so this is different. Unlike Bush and his crowd this is done with good intentions.

That makes all the difference in the world.
35 posted on 03/18/2011 9:58:48 PM PDT by JSteff ((((It was ALL about SCOTUS. Most forget about that and HAVE DOOMED us for a generation or more.))))
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To: 4rcane

He has 90 days.... same amount of time he took to decide to do anything in the first place.


36 posted on 03/18/2011 10:01:08 PM PDT by JSteff ((((It was ALL about SCOTUS. Most forget about that and HAVE DOOMED us for a generation or more.))))
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To: kristinn
Bill Clinton thought his war on Yugoslaviawhere he successfully cleared out a predominantly Christian region and turned it into like 5 different islam countries. Way to go Bill.

Thanks Bill and all the liberals.You successfully turned back the clock on Balkan history, and put a Caliphate right back on the gates of Austria.
37 posted on 03/18/2011 10:14:33 PM PDT by JSteff ((((It was ALL about SCOTUS. Most forget about that and HAVE DOOMED us for a generation or more.))))
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To: 4rcane

Can a war criminal have a Nobel Peace Prize?


38 posted on 03/18/2011 10:17:16 PM PDT by woofie
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To: AU72

All part of his plans.


39 posted on 03/18/2011 10:17:16 PM PDT by JSteff ((((It was ALL about SCOTUS. Most forget about that and HAVE DOOMED us for a generation or more.))))
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To: kristinn

“The president expects the preponderance of our involvement to last a matter of days, not weeks,” McDonough said. “

Not entirely our choice to make once the game is afoot.


40 posted on 03/18/2011 10:30:14 PM PDT by PLMerite (Thanks for fixing the clock.)
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To: kristinn

Quagmire


41 posted on 03/18/2011 10:48:56 PM PDT by keat
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To: kristinn
US readying plans to enforce Libya no-fly zone

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he believes President Barack Obama has authority to commit U.S. forces to participate in the no-fly zone without congressional approval.

But he said he hopes Congress will bless the move once it takes place.

Thanks, Linseed! /s


42 posted on 03/18/2011 10:50:19 PM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/15/08 and why?)
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To: cripplecreek

Congress didn’t declare war then, either. When the Constituion is ignored, bad things happen.


43 posted on 03/18/2011 10:53:27 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX
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To: JSteff
Bill Clinton thought his war on Yugoslavia where he successfully cleared out a predominantly Christian region and turned it into like 5 different islam countries. Way to go Bill.

Wow...I thought I was the only one in the world to be against this war..thanks. I feel better. No sarc here. Now the muslims we saved are killing and invading all Christians land. Yep. Way to go indeed.
44 posted on 03/18/2011 11:25:21 PM PDT by American Dream 246 (Open your eyes. Freedom is not a one day fight. Enemies of Freedom are legion.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
And here is our boy-king at the meeting with advisors:

(advisors = the old white balding geezers front and center)

45 posted on 03/19/2011 12:41:10 AM PDT by spokeshave (WTF....the only thing 0bambi's investments will get us is a bullet train to bankruptcy.)
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To: kristinn

We have completely surrendered our sovereignty to the UN.


46 posted on 03/19/2011 3:59:40 AM PDT by cmj328
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To: cmj328

The war monger nobama is OK with putting American soldiers’ lives on the line for his confused, feckless foreign policy. I just heard a liberal moron on CSpan who said he “loved” nobama state “well, this will at least get some of our troops out of Afghanistan.” God help us all. The mentally deficient and confused are in charge...and killing people. Let’s see...we are already involved in two wars that the LIBDIM asshats have a problem with and their great leader, nobama, gets us involved in yet another. Someone should talk to nobama, the Nobel Peace prize recipient and convince him to resign immediately. What confused, ignorant people are “leading”.


47 posted on 03/19/2011 4:35:33 AM PDT by hal ogen (1st amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: kristinn

Oh, I get it now. Liberals will tolerate a war to end war. It’s for the children

I have said since the beginning that the Messiah’s salvation would be a war. I thought it would be a war, a real war. He has decided to enter a pissing match and call it a war. It will not qualify


48 posted on 03/19/2011 4:40:44 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. D.E. +12 ....( History is a process, not an event ))
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To: spokeshave

Well, that’ll never work, LOL! Everyone knows that Boy King Professional Muslim Agitators are waaaaay more smart than rich, old, white Christian men! ;)


49 posted on 03/19/2011 5:12:54 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: ScottinVA

Given that the election is next year, Obama better hope this adventure is over soon.


50 posted on 03/19/2011 5:33:01 AM PDT by PghBaldy (Like the Ft Hood Killer, James Earl Ray was just stressed when he killed MLK Jr.)
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