Skip to comments.US officials: Libyan operation could last months
Posted on 03/27/2011 7:46:58 AM PDT by quesney
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S.-led military action in Libya has bolstered rebels fighting Moammar Gadhafi's forces, but the international operation could continue for months, the Obama administration says.
NATO's top decision-making body was to meet Sunday to expand its enforcement of the no-fly zone to include air strikes against Libyan ground targets.
The military progress follows deep criticism against Obama from lawmakers upset that the administration hadn't sought greater congressional input on Libya.
But asked on ABC's "This Week" if that would mean a U.S. military commitment until year's end, Gates said, "I don't think anybody knows the answer to that."
The lack of clarity on that question reflects a worry for lawmakers clamoring to hear fuller explanations from the administration on why the U.S. was embroiling itself in another Muslim conflict and what the ultimate goals of the intervention are.
Asked if the Libyan conflict posed a threat to the United States, Gates said it was "not a vital national interest" but he insisted that the situation nevertheless demanded U.S. involvement..
Clinton noted how the strife affects Europe's key interests, from oil to immigration, and that their concerns were important...
"When it comes to Libya, we started hearing from the U.K., France, Italy, other of our NATO allies," she added. "This was in their vital national interest."
Those themes will likely be taken up by Obama, who cited "significant success" in the war and defended the U.S. intervention as lawful and critical to save thousands of lives. In his weekend radio and Internet address, he noted that the U.S. cannot get involved in every world crisis, but said if Gadhafi was threatening a "bloodbath that could destabilize an entire region ... it's in our national interest to act. And it's our responsibility."
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Obama: "...it's in our national interest to act. And it's our responsibility..."
When it come to everyone and everything except the interests of the average American taxpayer, solider and boder-state resident, apparently.
This is not a surprise.
Odumbo lied from the beginning when he said it would be over quickly.
No one in their right mind believed it.
Waiting for the Anti-War protests from the left.
waiting... and waiting... and waiting..
There go billions more of our taxpayer dollars.
Naha, Obammy campaigned on saving money by getting out of these BUSH driven skirmishes!
He's not doing it unless we are MAKING money by doing it!
I want to know how in the hell Obama’s Libyan war is in our national interest!
But asked on ABC’s “This Week” if that would mean a U.S. military commitment until year’s end, Gates said, “I don’t think anybody knows the answer to that.”
Pity the American soldier and pray for him/her. Gates doesn’t know; Obummer doesn’t know. Meanwhile the soldiers die...
First it was: “Days, not weeks”, now it’s: “Months, not years”.......we all know what comes next....
Nailed it, not one damn bit of our business, lies, lies, and more lies, from dumbest guy in the room.
If the republicans don’t grow a pair and put an end to this crap I will vote third party from now until I die.
Every WAR that the US has participated in the POTUS has given a nation wide speech either from the Oval Office or in Congress.
Here Bozo is having US planes, personal, ect... attacking Libya, helping terrorists (I'm not defending Gadaffi but this is a lose lose).
Meanwhile when protesters staged an uprise in Iran Bozo was dead silent.
Obummer wants a Muslim Brotherhood Caliphate led by the Hitler in Iran.
What's next? Obama helping Chavez quell protesters in Venezuela?
Call your Rep and demand IMPEACHMENT NOW!!!
And we are surprised how?
I’d like to know where Boner’s committee for impeachment is??
Quagmire. Rush to war.
No blood for oil.
c a l i p h a t e
now that we are the largest muslim nation,
or have you forgot?
This is NOT about Libya.
Ever notice all the reports that we have sided with the “rebels” , AKA AlQaeda?
Easy ... in Obama's world view. The war is in Obama's interest and he is the nation. Il Duce II.
Obama the Liar’s contribution to the forthcoming muslim caliphate at our expense. Where is the outrage from the Republicans?
Either you have a pipe dream or they do. Caliphate with what - no world class military anything, armed with stolen planes, improvised devices and suicide vests? Nah, hardly a winning formula.
At least Al Qaeda will be grateful for US air support against Khadaffi. Surely that is worth a few billion $...
If this was about Europe we would have Khadaffi stay in power since he has almost been an ally these last few years. The motivation here is not realpolitik, but something far more frightening.
Babies, a gazillion petro-dollars and their enemies have a civilizational deathwish... That is a winning formula. They don’t need a single division to conquer the west when we allow them to migrate here and outbreed us.
You would be surprised what a army of stupid people can move. AND when they take over the weapons of the host or target countries they have what they need.
Just WAIT for them to overthrow France and get more nuclear weapons.
No blood for oil.
Don't you just love irony?
In reviewing government projects, always take the promised completion time, double the numerical eelment, and move to the next larger specific descriptive measure.
One hour becomes 2 days.
4 days becomes 8 weeks.
One month becomes two years, etc
Works every time.
- The war is not meant to be won, it is meant to be continuous. Hierarchical society is only possible on the basis of poverty and ignorance. This new version is the past and no different past can ever have existed. In principle the war effort is always planned to keep society on the brink of starvation. The war is waged by the ruling group against its own subjects and its object is not the victory over either Eurasia or East Asia, but to keep the very structure of society intact. - ~ 1984 G. Orwell
And therein lies the conundrum.
In Iraq and Afghanistan, even in Pakistan...they are our sworn enemy.
but in the “revolutions and rebels” we are again on the same side as Osama bin Laden?
While I agree this is a mess, much more to the point if has been a failure of command for quite sometime. Failing to properly define and identify the enemy due to political correctness, now places America in a very odd position.
GOP, your ass is on the line.
We have fallen to the point where we have the enemy in the White House.
There is no confusion on that.
His efforts are giving AlQaeda significant advantage in their objectives at America’s expense.
We dunn bin hornswoggled!
“months” could mean “indefinitely.”
The republicans are cowering in their offices waiting on “Boo Hoo Boner” to tell them what to do. “Boo Hoo” is trying to regain his composure so he can talk without his voice breaking.
The Pill and Abortion are not their creations, they are our civilization deathwish.
I’ve lost all hope in the GOP. The GOP controlling all three branches didn’t do us much more good than when the dems controlled all three.
American’s really need to start considering a regime change of their own
American companies are being hurt by the embargo....
Well said. When Gingrich thinks he has the right stuff, the GOP end is near.
This will come as a great shock to the vast majority of Obama’s base, who don’t have any clue what the words “odyssey” or “dawn” mean on their own, let alone what it means when you put them together. I’m sure they were expecting a weekend getaway.
...some old fashioned democracy....Its well overdue. Right now, the Muslim in Chief is lining America up against Israel, thereby ~ America is his next target for the same principles.
In reality? America by siding against Israel is going to be smote.
God himself promised.
This is the problem, either no one knows where this mess is headed or it is moving along by design.
obama, the man who promises peace, and leaves nothing but destruction in his wake.
The man is not only a menace to America, he is literally a menace to the human race.
Clinton claimed we would leave Bosnia by Christmas.........he just never specified which Christmas.
where are the war protestors????? this is obamas fault!
How will we know when someone won??
The democratization of Islam is going to take a lot longer than six months or six years or six decades.
Democratization of islam is pointless when islam commands death and subjugation for non-believers.
Democracy is simply evil when it means that the 80% of Egyptians who think muslims who find God should be killed can have their way. -Just as islam commands.
Islam is evil and cannot be made to be good. All the things we hold to be good are things islam opposes. Either we destroy islam or islam destroys us. Al else is simply wishful thinking.
Obama: "...it's in our national interest to act. And it's our responsibility..."
Not it is NOT Barry. If it's anyone's 'responsibility', it's Italy's.
From the CIA World fact Book:
Background: The Italians supplanted the Ottoman Turks in the area around Tripoli in 1911 and did not relinquish their hold until 1943 when defeated in World War II. Libya then passed to UN administration and achieved independence in 1951.
Languages: Arabic, Italian, English, all are widely understood in the major cities.
I'd say it was the UN's responsibility but as we know they're useless. Plus most all their 'Blue Helmets' are American Military personnel 'conscripted' into 'their army' and we don't need that crap again (or ever).
The valuable part of the Libyan situation may not take all that long to resolve. The rebels have retaken the important oil ports of Brega and Ras Lanuf, and are headed to Sirte, Qadaffi’s dreamed of new capitol. If Sirte falls quickly, then there is mostly open road to the area of Misrata which has been rebelling heroically. Three quarters of the oil areas are now in the hands of the rebels and could probably start exporting again in a few weeks. See my latest post of AOL News with 500 more photos. I looked at the first 50 which showed rebels in control of the above two oil ports plus several smaller towns on the main road to Sirte.
“Democracy is simply evil when it means that the 80% of Egyptians...”
Democracy for Democracy’s sake will always end in evil, once the wrong mobs have control of it, and in Islam that is a given from the beginning, since their rule of law is Sharia, and their gift to humanity is jihad.
If the Rebels are such great people then why not put in the ground forces needed to end this in a week or two tops??