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How Long Will U.S. Forces be Involved in Libya? White House Says Nobody Knows
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Posted on 03/27/2011 6:55:48 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

How Long Will U.S. Forces be Involved in Libya? White House Says Nobody Knows

March 27, 2011 8:41 AM

The United States has been at war in Afghanistan for almost ten years, at war in Iraq for almost eight years and at war in Libya for nine days.

On “This Week,” ABC News’ Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper asked Secretary of Defense Gates how much longer we might be there.

“Some NATO officials say this could be three months, but people in the Pentagon think it could be far longer than that. Do you think we'll be gone by the end of the year? Will the mission be over by the end of the year?” Tapper asked

“I don't think anybody knows the answer to that,” Gates said.

(Excerpt) Read more at blogs.abcnews.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: gates; knownunknown; libya; obama
Who's on first?
1 posted on 03/27/2011 6:55:53 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

If this kind of stuff keeps up, Hillary will run against the “absentee-Commander-in-Chief” by claiming she was the one taking all those 3 a.m. calls which he was being Vacationer-in-Chief.


2 posted on 03/27/2011 6:58:28 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Sub-Driver

Oh.. so it’s o.k. when zero does it. but when bush says no time line it’s the end of the world, ok.. got it.


3 posted on 03/27/2011 7:00:36 AM PDT by cableguymn
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To: Sub-Driver

It will be days, not weeks. We will not have boots on the ground. That’s what Obama said and he always tells us the whole truth. Did I mention, John Kerry served in Vietnam?


4 posted on 03/27/2011 7:01:14 AM PDT by Dutch Boy
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To: Dutch Boy
John Kerry served in Vietnam?

John Kerry was a waiter? Probably never got one tip.

5 posted on 03/27/2011 7:03:50 AM PDT by bigheadfred (Beat me, Bite me...Make Me Write Bad Checks)
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To: Sub-Driver

prez obozo said that we have no troops in libya,

but the internet and later o’reilly said we have

camp lejeune marines on the ground.


6 posted on 03/27/2011 7:05:49 AM PDT by ken21 (dem taxes + regs + unions = jobs overseas.)
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To: Sub-Driver; All
Connecting the dots…

Al Qaeda's Foreign Fighters in Iraq (2007 U.S. Military Academy Report)

Libyan Islamists 'join al-Qaeda' (November 2007)

Gaddafi regime fed names of jihadists to the CIA and to Britain

Libya frees 214 Islamists (March 23, 2010)

Libya frees 37 Islamist prisoners (September 1, 2010)

Libya frees 12 more political prisoners (February 4, 2011)

Libya Islamists 'seize arms, take hostages' (February 20, 2011)

Al Qaeda sets up 'Islamic emirate' (February 24, 2011)

Al-Qaeda commander calls for overthrow of Gaddafi and introduction of Sharia Law (March 14, 2011)

Libya: the West and al-Qaeda on the same side

Saving the Libyan Islamists

Libyan rebels: “Now is the time of Jihad!”

Rebel Commander in Libya Fought Against U.S. in Afghanistan

7 posted on 03/27/2011 7:07:48 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

We will be in Libya till January 2012


8 posted on 03/27/2011 7:11:09 AM PDT by shadeaud ("If you can't beat them, arrange to have them beaten." -- George Carlin B)
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To: TomGuy
Obama's actions while president, especially since January, 2011 point to the very real possibility that he will not seek the democrat party nomination.

I think he's had it and I think his wife has had it as well. His wife will not tolerate the possibility of another 4 years in Washington. That being said, I think most clear headed observers know that almost any republican opponent would wipe the floor with Obama in the 2012 general.

9 posted on 03/27/2011 7:11:34 AM PDT by atc23
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To: atc23

I beg to differ...Obama craves power and will not give it up without a fight.
Once you sat in the big chair...it isnt easy to get off it.


10 posted on 03/27/2011 7:15:05 AM PDT by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: Dutch Boy
Yes-from the slime infested mouth of our president came the words to our nation regarding the length of our involvement. He said, and oh gag me, let me CLEAR on this, "days not weeks-and NO BOOTS on the ground"

Idiot.

Er, has it been ' days' yet?

11 posted on 03/27/2011 7:16:01 AM PDT by Republic (The entire White House presidential team needs to grow up and face facts!)
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To: atc23

Don’t rule out the stupid party foisting another McCain on us to ruin that chance.


12 posted on 03/27/2011 7:16:48 AM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: ken21

Please, anyone, correct me if I am wrong, but is it not in our interest for Ghaddafi to prevail here and wipe out the rebels?

The Rebels are largely Al Queda or Muslim Brotherhood. The best thing is to let these two factions hammer it out.

Prop up the rebels just enough so they can compete against Kaddaffee...and then there’s a protracted war.

I say we phase out slowly, and let Kidahfee fight these people for the next several months.....

Once the rebels take over they’ll tell us to f-off.....


13 posted on 03/27/2011 7:17:43 AM PDT by nikos1121 (Worst president in my lifetime by far..... Hoping for -24 today.)
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To: Sub-Driver

probably keeping it going just because there are no jobs for these men and women at home.


14 posted on 03/27/2011 7:19:43 AM PDT by television is just wrong
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To: Yorlik803
Once you sat in the big chair...it isnt easy to get off it.

Yep.

Soooo many vacation spots, so little time, even with another 4 years.
15 posted on 03/27/2011 7:22:53 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: nikos1121

it looks like the moslem brotherhood and al queda will

take advantage of the so-called “pro-democracy” movements

in arab countries.

american and european policies are helping this.

kosovo is an example.


16 posted on 03/27/2011 7:24:31 AM PDT by ken21 (dem taxes + regs + unions = jobs overseas.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Looks like we the US are slouching toward an entry strategy

It is laughable to be even asking these idiots about their exit strategy

I predict the Libyan “rebels” are going to turn out to be the taliban redux..... except with rolexes and twitter


17 posted on 03/27/2011 7:28:14 AM PDT by silverleaf (All that is necessary for evil to succeed, is that good men do nothing)
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To: ken21

Exactly. If there are not peace keepers there, the rebels if they take over, will slaughter the other side...

Syria is really the key here and what happens there.

I’d like to see the opposition take the ruler there are big time....Let them fight it out...

All in all, unless the West is in some control, I see Egypt, Libya, Syria and Iran all attacking Israel....

And it will come sooner than later....

The only way they come out ahead this time is through their nukes....

I wonder what range the Israeli nukes can hit, assuming they have them on their subs also...


18 posted on 03/27/2011 7:31:19 AM PDT by nikos1121 (Worst president in my lifetime by far..... Hoping for -24 today.)
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To: Yorlik803

I disagree with you. I think he actually doesnt like it. He tries to escape it as much as possible.


19 posted on 03/27/2011 7:43:07 AM PDT by Walkingfeather
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To: Sub-Driver

No real reason to go in when we did, no coherent plan to prosecute the war, and no goal to declare victory and leave.

It’s the way a community antagonizer operates.

FUBO


20 posted on 03/27/2011 7:47:16 AM PDT by hattend (Obama got his 3am call about Egypt. The call went right to the answering machine.- Sarah Palin)
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To: shadeaud
...till January 2012

What happens then?

21 posted on 03/27/2011 7:49:54 AM PDT by hattend (Obama got his 3am call about Egypt. The call went right to the answering machine.- Sarah Palin)
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To: hattend
What happens then?

Obama gets re-elected. The poster was indicating the date that a Republican (conservative?) president would be sworn in, but this country is too far gone.

22 posted on 03/27/2011 8:05:25 AM PDT by Right Brother
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To: Walkingfeather

He likes the power but he dont like the work that goes along with it. That is why he has all the Czars and had Billy clinton do the talking on the press confrence.
He cant be bothered with details...he is a idea man...lol


23 posted on 03/27/2011 8:20:36 AM PDT by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: shadeaud

I think your timing is off.

Probably earlier.

Israel will probably be attacked in early December and will hold out until the war peaks Dec 21(?), 2012.

at which point, America will be annihilated.

I think that is a far safer bet... I am siding with the accuracy of Ezekiel. Besides, there are others who bet on that same date.


24 posted on 03/27/2011 8:46:34 AM PDT by himno hero
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25 posted on 03/27/2011 8:48:39 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: atc23

“Obama’s actions while president, especially since January, 2011 point to the very real possibility that he will not seek the democrat party nomination.”

Obama served his purpose for the “One World Government” party. He will retire a multi-billionaire and will do University speaking tours to promot the One World Government solution.

This couldn’t have been scripted any better. Question is, who will be the first Conservative Supreme Court justice to suffer Arkancide. Because without a LIberal court, the Commies cannot take our guns away. And without the guns, they cannot control us.


26 posted on 03/27/2011 9:09:10 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Have you terrorized a terrorist today?)
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To: wally_bert

Don’t rule out the stupid party foisting another McCain on us to ruin that chance.


Yep.


27 posted on 03/27/2011 9:15:21 AM PDT by unkus
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To: Sub-Driver

This will be Vietnam all over. Mission creep for something, whatever that is, we shouldn’t be doing.


28 posted on 03/27/2011 10:05:51 AM PDT by Vendome ("Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it anyway")
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To: nikos1121

You are correct.


29 posted on 03/27/2011 10:07:26 AM PDT by Vendome ("Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it anyway")
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To: nikos1121
is it not in our interest for Ghaddafi to prevail here and wipe out the rebels?

It's in our interest to step aside and let the civil war happen as it happens. Unfortunately the administration went off half-cocked and may be on the wrong side of things. If they realize this, it might explain why Obama claims Gaddafi remaining in power as an acceptable outcome.

More likely he's just afraid to be seen as calling for regime change which he effectively did a month ago. He's boxed himself in and putting us all at risk with his incompetence.

30 posted on 03/27/2011 3:22:15 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Has "let me be clear" become a drinking game yet?)
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To: Vendome
Mission creep for something, whatever that is, we shouldn’t be doing.

I hope not. The signs aren't too encouraging. When first announced our role was going to be limited to logistical support for the French & UK. Right away that was tossed out. We were the "tip of the spear" with tomahawks and B-2 bombing runs.

31 posted on 03/27/2011 3:26:45 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Has "let me be clear" become a drinking game yet?)
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To: newzjunkey

The world isn’t as stoopid as this administration seems to think they are.

We are absolutely running the show. Logistics, Marine Radar, AWACS, Satellite, Telemetry, Special Forces for Lazing, Cruise missiles(which reminds me, I need to purchase stock in companies that replenish used stores).

There’s more and I’m sure we could spend all day listing them but suffice it say the “Zerolition” with their meager contributions can’t effect any change nor affect the outcome without the tremendous number of assets we bring to armed conflict.


32 posted on 03/27/2011 3:44:12 PM PDT by Vendome ("Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it anyway")
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To: Sub-Driver
A question for anyone with knowledge. Serious!

FOX has shown a couple of talking head retired Colonel/Lt Colonel's who insist there are "boots on the ground in Libya" to provide laser designation on targets. Now, I'm not a weapons 'spert and don't claim to be. But my understanding of modern smart weapons (guided bombs, cruise missiles, whatever) is that they have GPS/inertial/map-following/terrain-following and other guidance systems that can put the weapon within a few feet of bullseye without need for laser guidance. Also that most modern aircraft that launch laser-guided weapons have their own onboard laser designators.

Are we being fed BS, or more likely, is my understanding of smart weapons completely screwy?

33 posted on 03/27/2011 4:57:02 PM PDT by Don Carlos (Don't tell mom I'm running for congress. She thinks I still play piano in a whorehouse.)
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To: Sub-Driver

The conflict in Libya will last until it is no longer of use to the left, after our force has been sufficiently weakened and more of our best and bravest have been killed off.

Impeach now!


34 posted on 03/27/2011 5:20:04 PM PDT by ronnyquest (Barack H. Obama is the Manchurian Candidate. What are you going to do about it?)
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