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Gates on casualities in Libya
Politico44 ^ | 03/27/11 | POLITICO STAFF

Posted on 03/27/2011 12:18:14 PM PDT by ColdOne

"The truth of the matter is we have trouble coming up with proof of any civilian casualties that we have been responsible for. But we do have a lot of intelligence reporting about Qadhafi taking the bodies of the people he’s killed and putting them at the sites where we’ve attacked. We have been extremely careful in this military effort, and not just our pilots but the pilots of the other coalition air forces have really done an extraordinary job.”

This comment by Gates came on "This Week" as to whether Libya was a vital interest to our country:

"It was not a vital national interest to the United States, but it was an interest: … the engagement of the Arabs, the engagement of the Europeans, the general humanitarian question that was at stake … You had a potentially significantly destabilizing event taking place in Libya that put at risk potentially the revolutions in both Tunisia and Egypt.”

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: egypt; gates; libya; obama; tunisia; waronterror

1 posted on 03/27/2011 12:18:14 PM PDT by ColdOne
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To: ColdOne
Wow! So we're putting troops in harm's way (i.e., Somalia) to ensure the success of the Tunisian and Egyptian "revolutions." Fabulous. Have we determined whether or not these rebels are Al Qaeda yet?

Mrs. Prince of Space

2 posted on 03/27/2011 12:32:38 PM PDT by Prince of Space
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To: ColdOne

“You had a potentially significantly destabilizing event taking place in Libya......”

We do today and it is of Obama’s making.


3 posted on 03/27/2011 12:39:39 PM PDT by Gator113 (I'll be voting for Sarah Palin, Liberty, our Constitution and American Exceptionalism.)
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To: ColdOne

Civilian casualties only matter to the left if the president is a Republican...


4 posted on 03/27/2011 12:47:50 PM PDT by Triton42
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To: ColdOne
It was not a vital national interest to the United States, but it was an interest

Another piece of the invisible, amorphous Obama Doctrine falls into place:

"Non-vital interests attract random kinetic military activity."

5 posted on 03/27/2011 1:03:31 PM 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: ColdOne
"The truth of the matter is we have trouble coming up with proof of any civilian casualties that we have been responsible for. But we do have a lot of intelligence reporting about Qadhafi taking the bodies of the people he’s killed and putting them at the sites where we’ve attacked.

I have no doubt that this is true, but Gates would never get away with a broad, unsupported statement like this if he were defending the Bush Administration. In fact, I don't think he'd have the cajones to defend a republican administration in this manner.

6 posted on 03/27/2011 3:16:36 PM PDT by Tallguy (Received a fine from the NFL for a helmet-to-helmet hit.)
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To: Tallguy

I am I stupid. We have more intellegence on what the Lybian troops are doing than we have on what our troops are doing??? If you have a bridge, I’ll buy it.


7 posted on 03/27/2011 4:51:44 PM PDT by JimmyMc
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To: Tallguy
Qadhafi taking the bodies of the people he’s killed and putting them at the sites where we’ve attacked I had CNN on last week. Nick Robertson I think his name is was telling whoever that Qadhafi was doing this. When Sadam was doing this CNN was nowhere to be found back in the day... They sicken me so much the left.
8 posted on 03/27/2011 6:48:12 PM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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9 posted on 03/27/2011 8:05:57 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Has "let me be clear" become a drinking game yet?)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; Delacon; ...

Thanks ColdOne.


10 posted on 03/28/2011 7:40:41 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: ColdOne; Candor7
..."The truth of the matter is we have trouble coming up with proof of any civilian casualties that we have been responsible for. But we do have a lot of intelligence reporting about Qadhafi taking the bodies of the people he’s killed and putting them at the sites where we’ve attacked...

Says Gates...that's got to be because allah akbar screaming, heavily armed muslim fanatics wouldn't lie, right?

11 posted on 03/28/2011 7:54:43 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (FAIR DINKUM!)
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