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US Ending Its Air Combat Role in Libya (Video of 'Rebels' Running Away)
ABC News ^ | April 1, 2011 | ROBERT BURNS

Posted on 04/01/2011 3:40:14 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner

The Pentagon is about to pull its attack planes out of the international air campaign in Libya, hoping NATO partners can take up the slack.

The announcement Thursday drew incredulous reactions from some in Congress who wondered aloud why the Obama administration would bow out of a key element of the strategy for protecting Libyan civilians and crippling Moammar Gadhafi's army.

"Odd," ''troubling" and "unnerving" were among critical comments by senators pressing for an explanation of the announcement by Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs chairman Adm. Mike Mullen that American combat missions will end Saturday.

"Your timing is exquisite," Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said sarcastically, alluding to Gadhafi's military advances this week.

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


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: combat; libya; obama; rebels
Cut and run.
1 posted on 04/01/2011 3:40:18 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

This should be an impeachable offense, but it won’t be.

What a miserable farce. They found out that most of the rebels were Al Qaeda.


2 posted on 04/01/2011 3:45:43 AM PDT by dforest
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
"uhhh..mmm... did I say 'I got your back?'

Because I meant, 'I smoke crack..."


3 posted on 04/01/2011 3:46:39 AM PDT by mylife
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

I think this is Obama admitting it was a mistake. He has almost no support on this.


4 posted on 04/01/2011 3:47:29 AM PDT by Sprite518
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Just think Obama gave his “War” speech Monday and is bailing out on Friday...

Priceless...


5 posted on 04/01/2011 3:48:53 AM PDT by Sprite518
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To: Sprite518

He must have an early tee time.


6 posted on 04/01/2011 3:50:43 AM PDT by mylife
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To: mylife

1st laugh of the day!


7 posted on 04/01/2011 3:50:55 AM PDT by dforest
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To: indylindy
They found out that most of the rebels were Al Qaeda.

They sure did, and now Obama's running away from the mess he created.

8 posted on 04/01/2011 3:52:08 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: indylindy

9 posted on 04/01/2011 3:53:29 AM PDT by mylife
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Epic failure for Orotula!


10 posted on 04/01/2011 3:54:13 AM PDT by DarthVader (That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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To: Sprite518

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When the walls
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When the walls
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Down
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
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11 posted on 04/01/2011 3:56:32 AM PDT by mazda77 (Mike Hogan - JAX Mayor)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

So how about all those CIA guys and the marines on the ground. Are they gonna get pulled out?

And whats this about “hoping” that NATO will pick up the slack. Don’t you make a decision like this AFTER you talk with NATO?


12 posted on 04/01/2011 3:56:43 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

At first he was taking his orders from Samantha Powers, Susan Rice and Hillary, but then he suddenly got the message from Zulu Shabazz and Calypso Louie Farrakhan to leave Daffy Ghaddaffi alone.

What we are seeing is his loyalty to Shabazz and Farrakhan.

That’s just a theory, let me make one thin perfectly clear.Obama hasn’t got an f’ing clue as to what to do.He has stepped in it and can’t get it off his shoe.


13 posted on 04/01/2011 3:59:25 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
Not that we have any friends in Libya, but this is yet another message from the US to our allies.

"You can't count on us. Your best hope is to make a deal with our enemies"

14 posted on 04/01/2011 4:03:13 AM PDT by CDFingers (Liars and Commies and Czars Oh My!)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Uh, April Fools?


15 posted on 04/01/2011 4:05:02 AM PDT by ResponseAbility (Prepare for battle and never forsake the Lord...unknown)
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To: driftdiver

“.....hoping NATO partners can take up the slack.”

Obama, and hope. The guy is a mental case, and should be in a padded cell so as not to hurt the beasts, and the little children.

Impeach the incompetent sunnuvabitch.


16 posted on 04/01/2011 4:07:54 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

0bummer is a joke


17 posted on 04/01/2011 4:11:45 AM PDT by therightliveswithus
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To: ResponseAbility

” Uh, April Fools? “

So much of what our Gummint does sounds like it *should* be an “April Fools” prank —

Today is gonna be a long day......


18 posted on 04/01/2011 4:11:54 AM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

The nitwit has had a very bad week. LOL!


19 posted on 04/01/2011 4:13:52 AM PDT by VeeP22
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
I will stand by my prediction made "officially" last night. The U.S. is going to send "line" ground troops into Libya eventually--and Obama will not go to Congress to get a resolution for it.. The surest sign of this prediction is that Obama has categorically promised to not do so.

NATO will not pick up the slack--and then what I call "The Kissinger Effect" will take hold. U.S. prestige will be on the line--along with Obama's colossal ego.

I hope that I am wrong.

20 posted on 04/01/2011 4:14:34 AM PDT by Lysandru ((Former Wrestler))
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
The Pentagon is about to pull its attack planes out of the international air campaign in Libya, hoping NATO partners can take up the slack.

When a Democrat administration says this it means, we are going to take a break, rearm, and get back in the fight tomorrow morning and finish them off.

21 posted on 04/01/2011 4:16:53 AM PDT by ReformedBeckite ( post 1 of 3 I'm only allowing my self each day)
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To: Uncle Ike

Most confusing April First...ever.


22 posted on 04/01/2011 4:21:35 AM PDT by ResponseAbility (Prepare for battle and never forsake the Lord...unknown)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

The part of his base that reminded him of his Nobel Peace Prize became louder than the part that wanted to avoid a humanitarian crisis. So now he has appeased both.


23 posted on 04/01/2011 4:23:20 AM PDT by Rennes Templar
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To: indylindy
"They found out that most of the rebels were Al Qaeda." HITTI: THE ASSASSINS Al Qaeda is the modern day offspring of the mountain fortress Alamut, where they opposed the Caliphate and any that would defy their control. Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden's second in command,is believed to be an adherent of this sect. The Assassins, and today's Al Qaeda, have the same intentions as of old....control the middle east. "About 1090, a "Grand Master", whom the Crusaders referred to as "The Old Man of the Mountain" took hold of a fortress, Alamut, known as the "Eagles Nest". This was in Northern Persia up in the mountains at about 10,000 feet. The Alamut Assassins were a secret organization, one of history's strangest religious sects. It began a long campaign of terror against its perceived enemies of Islam. The lowest devotees or young initiates were called fidais. They were required to carry out the orders of the leaders with dispatch and blind obedience. Marco Polo encountered the Alamut stronghold in 1271. He recounted that the "Grand Master", Hasan ibn al Sabbah, had re-created a garden right out of Mohammed' descriptions of Paradise in the Koran, complete with a number of nubile young women. The fidais were given heavy doses of hashish and then brought into the garden. They believed they were actually in Paradise. After about five days of wine, women and fine food, they were again drugged with hashish and taken from the garden. Of course, when hashish wore off, the fidias wanted to go back to the garden. They were told they could return, forever, if they obeyed the Master without question and absolute fidelity or were killed in the process. (Does this have a familiar ring to it?)" The Al Qaeda maybe Islamic, but they have a first priority....control. Obama, hasn't a clue.....or does he?
24 posted on 04/01/2011 4:35:33 AM PDT by Puckster
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

WTF? Hope it’s an April Fool joke.


25 posted on 04/01/2011 4:36:50 AM PDT by rfp1234 (Le Parti du The'. Ne marchez pas sur moi!)
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To: rfp1234

The whole nobama administration is a bad (very, very bad) April Fool’s joke. nobama hates you, hates your family, hates Americans, hates Free America, hates the Constitution and hates the Bill of Rights. nobama is a hate crime foisted upon the USA.


26 posted on 04/01/2011 4:41:23 AM PDT by hal ogen (1st amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: Sprite518
LOL! Obama admitting a mistake (chortle, chortle) - you crack me up.
27 posted on 04/01/2011 4:41:46 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (The less I say, the more I'm right...)
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To: driftdiver

” A retired Army general, James Dubick, wrote Thursday in a war commentary that a necessary next step is to place NATO combat air controllers on the ground — to include Americans — to precisely direct air power. Trainers also are needed, he wrote.”

Let’s see, who was it who was screaming about our sending Americans to Viet Nam? Hmmm...ah yes, the DEMOCRATS. Now they want to send our men and women troops to help the Muslim Brotherhood. Where’s Jane Fonda now?

Obama’s acting as though he solved the problem by getting NATO into the fight is pathetic. NATO IS America. NATO IS our young men and women.


28 posted on 04/01/2011 4:43:01 AM PDT by kitkat ( I sure HOPE that it's time for a CHANGE from Obama.)
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To: Puckster
Addendum
29 posted on 04/01/2011 4:45:06 AM PDT by Puckster
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To: ReformedBeckite
The Pentagon is about to pull its attack planes out of the international air campaign in Libya, hoping NATO partners can take up the slack.

Yes, but all the refueling, AWAC's & Recon birds will be American. You can bet on that much. Some of the fighters boring holes in the sky awaiting a Libyan with a death-wish will also be US.

30 posted on 04/01/2011 4:52:59 AM PDT by Tallguy (Received a fine from the NFL for a helmet-to-helmet hit.)
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To: kitkat

The only tangible thing that we are going to gain from this mess is that the EU will secure its energy interests in Libya. That’s it, period.

We are spending US blood & treasure to help Italy, France & Germany with their fuel supply.

We don’t even need to defeat Khaddafi to do this. What we need to do is keep him & his forces bottled up and away from the oil fields. A costly & messy victory that will need constant policing until Khaddafi’s people decide to “do him”.


31 posted on 04/01/2011 4:57:38 AM PDT by Tallguy (Received a fine from the NFL for a helmet-to-helmet hit.)
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To: Sprite518

“I think this is Obama admitting it was a mistake. He has almost no support on this.”

Agree. And regardless of support, maybe he’s learning about nation-building from Iraq. We pick a side, and that side is automatically looked at by everyone else there as a tool of the US...we cannot win.


32 posted on 04/01/2011 5:01:07 AM PDT by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts))
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To: mylife

Or Moochelle is bugging him about their next vacation.


33 posted on 04/01/2011 5:05:33 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Imagine.... a world without islam.)
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To: driftdiver
"Hope" that NATO will "pick up the slack"? It is stunning that these a**hats don't seem to be aware of the fact that we are NATO!
34 posted on 04/01/2011 5:28:17 AM PDT by katana
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To: ResponseAbility
Most confusing April First...ever.

I agree. So much of what the administration has been doing under Obama has been bizarre, it's going to be impossible sorting things out today.

35 posted on 04/01/2011 5:44:05 AM PDT by Liberty1970 (Ephesians 2:8-10)
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To: Liberty1970

“The Pentagon is about to pull its attack planes out of the international air campaign in Libya, hoping NATO partners can take up the slack. “

Whoah whoah whoah... “Hoping NATO take up the slack?”

This idiot needs to be impeached just for being incompetent. Never mind being an unamerican racist AfroMarxist.


36 posted on 04/01/2011 5:51:27 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (HaveTs you terrorized a terrorist today?)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Un mentioned were the air traffic control provided by the Awacs. Are they leaving too and or does NATO sans the USAF have AWACS

The Saudi’s do. Are they via the Arab League providing AWACS control?


37 posted on 04/01/2011 5:57:33 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. D.E. +12 ....( History is a process, not an event ))
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

I thought I saw Joe Biden coming out of that mosque with two suitcases full of Qadaffi’s money.


38 posted on 04/01/2011 9:27:41 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: blueunicorn6

no that was Joe Biden heroicly recovering Tarp money paid out to lybian banks...


39 posted on 04/01/2011 10:26:29 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; Delacon; ...

Thanks Virginia Ridgerunner.
"Odd," ''troubling" and "unnerving" were among critical comments by senators pressing for an explanation of the announcement by Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs chairman Adm. Mike Mullen that American combat missions will end Saturday.
Okay, maybe we're about to enter the Mother of All Pass The Popcorn Moments.


40 posted on 04/01/2011 6:25:00 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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