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Operation Odyssey Dawn
National Trview Online ^ | March 19, 2011 | Daniel Foster

Posted on 03/19/2011 8:41:15 PM PDT by Repealthe17thAmendment

U.S. and British warships have reportedly launched the opening salvo of the intervention in Libya — called Operation Odyssey Dawn — firing some 110 Tomahawk cruise missiles at Qaddafi anti-air defenses, mostly on the coast of Western Libya and extending between Tripoli and Benghazi. Word is that U.S. AFRICOM will run the first few days of the operation in an effort to “shape the battlefield” before turning over command to another member of the coalition.

The initial launch also included the launching of American electronic warfare aircraft.

The Post suggest that the administration has been has been “reluctant to lead the operation,” and “would quickly turn over control to its international partners after the opening salvos.”

CNN’s Ed Henry reports from an administration official that the Pentagon is planning for “heavy, kinetic action” on the part of U.S. forces, lasting “days, not weeks.”

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton seemed to underscore that point:

“We did not lead this. We did not engage in unilateral actions in any way, but we strongly support the international community taking action against governments and leaders who behave as Gaddafi is unfortunately doing,” Clinton said.

In addition to the missile attacks, at least 20 French jets have begun enforcing the no-fly zone over Benghazi, already destroying at least one suspected pro-Qaddafi vehicle. More here.

In a statement from Brazil, President Obama said of the intervention:

“I am deeply aware of the risks of any military action, no matter what limits we place on it . . . I want the American people to know that the use of force is not our first choice, and it’s not a choice that I make lightly. But we can’t stand idly by when a tyrant tells his people that there will be no mercy.”


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: libya; obama; war
They gave this war a stripper name?
1 posted on 03/19/2011 8:41:18 PM PDT by Repealthe17thAmendment
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To: Repealthe17thAmendment
Operation Odyssey Dawn

Sounds gay.

Fitting I suppose, considering everything...

2 posted on 03/19/2011 8:43:25 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Nice 'til I'm not.)
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To: Repealthe17thAmendment

They better hope this clown didnt get ahold of any anti ship missiles.
Seems to me the Brits lost a ship or two back in their little ditty with Argentina.


3 posted on 03/19/2011 8:46:23 PM PDT by crz
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To: EternalVigilance

They better call it Odyssey Down. One French jet downed so far.


4 posted on 03/19/2011 8:48:55 PM PDT by DTA
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To: Repealthe17thAmendment

Someone on Twitter suggested a more appropriate name—Operation Bracket Buster.


5 posted on 03/19/2011 8:54:22 PM PDT by Rufii
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To: EternalVigilance

Sounds like a frigging cruise ship.


6 posted on 03/19/2011 8:57:30 PM PDT by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
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To: Rufii

How about “Operation Down Low on Libya”


7 posted on 03/19/2011 8:59:04 PM PDT by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
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To: wetgundog
Sounds like a frigging cruise ship.

Yeah. Obama's Operation Rio Love Boat

8 posted on 03/19/2011 9:00:12 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Nice 'til I'm not.)
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To: Repealthe17thAmendment

So, is Obama foolish enough to think this will endear him to “hawks” of the conservative persuasion?

Will it?


9 posted on 03/19/2011 9:01:07 PM PDT by FourPeas
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To: DTA

I’m very sorry to hear that.


10 posted on 03/19/2011 9:04:04 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Nice 'til I'm not.)
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To: EternalVigilance
I’m very sorry to hear that.

Don't be. It's not true.

"We deny (that), all the planes that went out today have returned," spokesman of French General Staff, Thierry Burkhard was quoted by AFP as saying.

Previous report by Libyan official television said one French plane was shot down by Libyan force in the region of Tripoli.


11 posted on 03/19/2011 9:11:09 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: crz

The Libyan Navy does some missile craft. I don’t know which side the Libyan Navy has backed in the fighting. The Tomahawk land attack missile has a much longer range than any anti-shipping missile the Libyans have so the shooters should be in no danger.


12 posted on 03/19/2011 9:18:15 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY ("The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen." -Dennis Prager)
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To: Repealthe17thAmendment
Everything is symbolic with them.. http://messagenetcommresearch.com/myths/bios/dawn.html - remember the Greek Temple with the pillars...once you noticing it - it's everywhere. :) ...even the color of Michelle's black and red dress was deliberate...I need someone to join me in my madness...
13 posted on 03/19/2011 9:20:33 PM PDT by bronxville (Sarah will be the first American female president.)
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To: bronxville

The link got messed up...(perhaps as well)...
http://messagenetcommresearch.com/myths/bios/dawn.html


14 posted on 03/19/2011 9:23:14 PM PDT by bronxville (Sarah will be the first American female president.)
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To: Straight Vermonter
Glad to see that it was just Libya's version of Baghdad Bob.

What should we call him; Libya Luke or Tripoli Tim?

Dang, they just don't have that same ring, do they?


15 posted on 03/19/2011 9:24:58 PM PDT by Stonewall Jackson (Democrats: "You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.")
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To: GATOR NAVY

That is ship to ship. The exocet can be fired from the air.


16 posted on 03/19/2011 9:25:14 PM PDT by crz
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To: GATOR NAVY
The last I saw, the rebels had control of Libya's only operational frigate, a corvette, and about half of the missile boats, which leaves the Loyalists with a corvette and 8-10 missile boats.

There was a report a few days ago that Rebel forces sank two Loyalist ships, but I don't know if that has been confirmed.

Supposedly, there are still two old Foxtrot submarines tied up alongside dock, but they haven't been to sea since 2003 and are considered to be inoperable.

17 posted on 03/19/2011 9:29:39 PM PDT by Stonewall Jackson (Democrats: "You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.")
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To: Repealthe17thAmendment

People inside the building give names for everything.

If you don’t have a super-secret-name for your operation you ain’t squat!


18 posted on 03/19/2011 9:31:40 PM PDT by sauropod (The truth shall make you free but first it will make you miserable.)
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To: Rufii

ROFLMAO!


19 posted on 03/19/2011 9:32:16 PM PDT by sauropod (The truth shall make you free but first it will make you miserable.)
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To: GATOR NAVY

Geez Chief. You got a few in. My poor ol uncle had 38 in. 30 full time. I dont know if the other 12 count or not in the reserves.


20 posted on 03/19/2011 9:35:00 PM PDT by crz
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To: Stonewall Jackson
Dang, they just don't have that same ring, do they?

I don't know, I kinda like Tripoli Tim.

21 posted on 03/19/2011 9:39:40 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: Repealthe17thAmendment
Instead of Operation Odyssey Dawn, how about Operation Delta Dawn? There's even a theme song available!
22 posted on 03/19/2011 10:11:43 PM PDT by Rufii
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To: Repealthe17thAmendment
Instead of Operation Odyssey Dawn, how about Operation Delta Dawn? There's even a theme song available!
23 posted on 03/19/2011 10:11:52 PM PDT by Rufii
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To: Straight Vermonter

Thanks.


24 posted on 03/19/2011 11:15:01 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Nice 'til I'm not.)
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To: Rufii
Someone on Twitter suggested a more appropriate name—Operation Bracket Buster.

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'Operation Arugula' (Zer0 does Al-Qaeda's dirty work - Can you say 'caliphate coalition'?)

Is this the first time we ever started a war and the President was outside of the country and on vacation?

Libya - Col Qaddafi-1sm

25 posted on 03/19/2011 11:38:45 PM PDT by BobP (The piss-stream media - Never to be watched again in my house)
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To: Repealthe17thAmendment
100 million in missiles go poof!!!

Mike

26 posted on 03/20/2011 4:09:01 AM PDT by MichaelP (The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools ~HS)
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