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Gates says Libya not 'a vital interest' for US
AP via Yahoo! News ^ | March 27, 2011

Posted on 03/27/2011 6:18:07 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he doesn't think Libya is "a vital interest" for the United States, but he does say the North African nation is part of a region that's of vital American interest.

Gates tells NBC's "Meet the Press" that "we clearly have interests" in Libya, though he doesn't believe it's a vital American interest.

Obama said that when innocent people are being "brutalized" and when a leader such as Gadhafi threatens "a bloodbath that could destabilize an entire region" and when other countries are ready to help save lives, then it's in "our national interest to act."

Gates tells ABC's "This Week" that he doesn't think Libya posed an actual or imminent threat to the U.S. before military operations began last weekend.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: failure; libya; obama; robertgates

1 posted on 03/27/2011 6:18:09 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Newspeak


2 posted on 03/27/2011 6:21:21 AM PDT by Doofer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Of course if there is no vital interest of America then that makes the war right ala Kosovo

I wonder if the entire country has been taking the crazy pills.

An American Expat in Southeast Asia

3 posted on 03/27/2011 6:21:48 AM PDT by expatguy (Support "An American Expat in Southeast Asia" - DONATE)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Vital means what?? There are a lot of American Businesses that have bveen hurt by the embargo.


4 posted on 03/27/2011 6:27:52 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

No matter who ends up in control of Libya, they will have to sell their oil. Maybe not to us, but at least into the international marketplace.

I don’t like Ghaddafi and have no problem sending missles into his tent. As to saving the Libyans at large, no matter how that turns out, these folks will still see us as infidels when all is said and done.

I just don’t want to risk US troops to save someone who will likely hate us anyway.


5 posted on 03/27/2011 6:28:16 AM PDT by umgud
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I think he told truth and lied at the same time.


6 posted on 03/27/2011 6:29:11 AM PDT by mewykwistmas
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Kinetic Bureaucrat Spin (KBS)


7 posted on 03/27/2011 6:31:46 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
We should use the US military only in areas which as explicitly declared to be a "vital interest".
We should use the US military only after Congress has issued a formal Declaration of War (barring the need for a quick response to an attack against us).
We should explicitly declare that when we are at war, we reserve the right to use nucelar weapons, and that these weapons are central to our strategy of quickly and decisively winning wars.
We should disavow any notion of nation-building. We don't have an empire. We don't build empires. We don't build nations. Our military exists to kill people and to break things. Do not annoy us.
8 posted on 03/27/2011 6:46:38 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Does this ass make my country look small?

9 posted on 03/27/2011 6:51:47 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

but he does say the North African nation is part of a region that’s of vital American interest.

What he does mean is Libya is muslim and the chosen one is going to protect muslim interest and Gadaffy.

We should not be supplying Muslims with weapons that will be used against Americans in the future.


10 posted on 03/27/2011 6:55:01 AM PDT by chainsaw
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Translation: George Soros doesn’t own any Libyan oil wells.


11 posted on 03/27/2011 7:15:04 AM PDT by Dr. Sheldon Cooper (If Mohammed were alive today, he wouldnÂ’t be allowed to live within 1000 yards of a school.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Then why the h-e-double toothpicks are we over there?????


12 posted on 03/27/2011 7:33:49 AM PDT by RetiredArmy (The Lord Said It and I Believe it. Read your Bible. These are the end time events.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Obama said that when innocent people are being "brutalized" and when a leader such as Gadhafi threatens "a bloodbath that could destabilize an entire region" and when other countries are ready to help save lives, then it's in "our national interest to act."

Obama's remarks sound just like what Mrs. Palin said on Facebook:

NATO and our allies should look at establishing a no-fly zone so Libyan air forces cannot continue slaughtering the Libyan people. We should not be afraid of freedom, especially when it comes to people suffering under a brutal enemy of America. Here’s to freedom from Gaddafi for the people of Libya. --Mrs. Palin

13 posted on 03/27/2011 7:40:55 AM PDT by Huck (Fools make feasts and wise men eat them - Poor Richard)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

So the US military’s job now is to protect European oil flows and security against immigration?

The blood and treasure of the US is at the world’s disposal and at the whim of elites who would not sacrifice their own or their family’s blood and treasure for this nonsense.

I’m sick of these people.


14 posted on 03/27/2011 7:50:34 AM PDT by quesney
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

IMPEACHMENT


15 posted on 03/27/2011 8:36:08 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Obama:If They Bring a Knife to the Fight, We Bring a Gun (the REAL Arizona instigator))
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16 posted on 03/27/2011 8:52:06 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
QUADAFFIBELLS
17 posted on 03/27/2011 9:12:59 AM PDT by FrankR (The Evil Are Powerless If The Good Are Unafraid! - R. Reagan)
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To: quesney

And our so called allies, the countries benefiting from the action in Libya, are now claiming to not own the military action.


18 posted on 03/27/2011 9:22:06 AM PDT by dhs12345
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

It’s almost like he’s begging someone to start impeachment procedures with his comments. Any takers? I didn’t think there would be


19 posted on 03/27/2011 9:28:07 AM PDT by wiseprince
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
P>Hussein's left wing world view is dangerous to America's national; interest.
20 posted on 03/27/2011 10:32:55 AM PDT 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: Oldeconomybuyer

Which is precisely why Barry is there.


21 posted on 03/27/2011 10:33:36 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Vital for American jobs. selling replacement weapons to NATO.

Do we want more GUNS or BUTTER? This is an economic war. Its a War for JOBS, TECHNOLOGY INVESTMENTS, and to Get re-elected as he wants to get people back to work with new jobs in the defense industry when all HELL breaks loose.

AXELROD AND OBUMMER have this scripted out to not only destroy the economy when WORLD WAR III erupts but he also knows that he can do anything he wants as he only answers to GEORGE SORO’S.


22 posted on 03/27/2011 11:00:59 AM PDT by ncfool (The new USSA - United Socialst States of AmeriKa. Welcome to Obummers world or Obamaville USSA.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

We could be in Obama’s LIE-BYA for years to come!


23 posted on 03/27/2011 1:08:24 PM PDT by 2harddrive
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
In other words he can't sell this thing.

Obama's ineptitude has made Gates' job difficult, put us at risk long term, grossly expanded the imperial presidency and accomplished nothing in the vital American interest.

24 posted on 03/27/2011 2:30:46 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Let me be clear, Mr President: the UN is not the US Congress.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Exactly WHO? is paying us for this.


25 posted on 03/27/2011 8:59:55 PM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date which will live in Infamy.)
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To: andy58-in-nh

Superb! :)


26 posted on 03/27/2011 9:16:10 PM PDT by Aleya2Fairlie
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