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Obama authorizes drone strikes in Libya
The Hill ^ | April 21, 2011 | Daniel Strauss

Posted on 04/21/2011 1:40:39 PM PDT by jazusamo

President Obama has authorized the use of aerial drone strikes in Libya to aid rebels fighting to oust dictator Col. Moammar Gadhafi, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced Thursday.

Gates stressed that even though the United States will begin using the armed Predator drones in Libya, American soldiers will not be deployed to the country. He said the Libyan people will have to remove Gadhafi themselves, though the U.S. "can provide them with some cover from the air."

The announcement falls in line with the Obama administration's pledge to not put American boots on the ground to remove Gadhafi from power. Obama has called for Gadhafi to step down, and authorized military strikes to enforce a no-fly zone but has repeatedly said that the U.S. would not deploy ground forces to topple the regime.

After the United Nations passed a Security Council resolution approving a multinational no-fly zone over Libya in March, the United States briefly took the lead in enforcing the no-fly zone before NATO assumed command.

Gates said that as of Thursday the U.S. had two armed predator drones flying on missions in Libya.

"They are uniquely suited for areas — urban areas where you can get low collateral damage, and so we're trying to manage that collateral damage, obviously, but that's the best platform to do that with," Gates said. "They're out there for a full day working the targets."

The announcement by Gates comes a day after other nations in the multinational effort to remove Gadhafi from power announced that they were sending military advisers to help the rebels. On Wednesday, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Italian Defense Minister Ignazio La Russa announced that their respective nations were joining Britain in sending military advisers to help the rebels.

Gates said the U.S. will not be following in their footsteps.

"They're not our boots on the ground," Gates said. "We never made that commitment for anyone else."

—Last updated at 4:13 p.m.


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1 posted on 04/21/2011 1:40:45 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

I thought this thing would be over in days not weeks or months.


2 posted on 04/21/2011 1:43:12 PM PDT by GoCards (RUN SARAH RUN)
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To: GoCards

It’d be nice to have an adult for a CINC.


3 posted on 04/21/2011 1:47:47 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Just curious when are we going to get a report on who these rebel fellas are?


4 posted on 04/21/2011 1:47:53 PM PDT by JIM O
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5 posted on 04/21/2011 1:48:29 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: JIM O

Me too and I doubt it’ll be anytime soon. I firmly believe Obama was informed of it before he committed and just ignored it.


6 posted on 04/21/2011 1:51:10 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: GoCards
This thing can end in a moment with a single bunker buster.

I eagerly await a renegade command group to deliver a few dozen hellfires via drone in the general DC area.

7 posted on 04/21/2011 1:52:45 PM PDT by mmercier (games without frontiers)
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To: jazusamo
The phone system may not be cool and high tech, but nobody gets to play with silent killing machines from above like Obamma, with impunity.

He's quite the button pusher.

8 posted on 04/21/2011 1:54:25 PM PDT by blackdog (The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop)
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To: jazusamo

US Ground troops will be in Libya en masse by the end of May. Count on it.


9 posted on 04/21/2011 1:56:21 PM PDT by Thunder90 (Fighting for truth and the American way... http://citizensfortruthandtheamericanway.blogspot.com/)
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To: GoCards

DAYS NOT WEEKS .......... and only NO FLY ENFORCEMENT


10 posted on 04/21/2011 1:56:57 PM PDT by traumer
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To: Thunder90
US Ground troops will be in Libya en masse by the end of May. Count on it.

Yep. That MEU ain't steaming around off the coast for recreational purposes, that's for damned sure.

11 posted on 04/21/2011 1:57:58 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Thunder90

Yep, we committed ourselves when the first missile was launched.


12 posted on 04/21/2011 1:58:00 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: jazusamo

I wonder, has kadaffy authorized drones (or their equivalent) in Wash DC???


13 posted on 04/21/2011 2:00:34 PM PDT by RobinOfKingston (An election is not a (national) suicide pact.)
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To: jazusamo

“Mission Creep”..................sounds like ‘Nam.


14 posted on 04/21/2011 2:01:27 PM PDT by Rushmore Rocks
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To: mmercier

How about a couple MOABS? If I remember correctly those things only cost us $50K each. Good deal.


15 posted on 04/21/2011 2:03:08 PM PDT by JIM O
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To: jazusamo
So obummer will let military people get killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, while he pays illegal war in Libya. Where is targeted assassination covered in the no fly zone.
16 posted on 04/21/2011 2:03:20 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: org.whodat

Illegal War. Impeach NOW.


17 posted on 04/21/2011 2:05:39 PM PDT by rokkitapps
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To: Thunder90

I’ve no doubt you’re right, if not by then shortly after.


18 posted on 04/21/2011 2:05:52 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

So flying drones will enforce the UN’s no-fly-zones by shooting ground troops so other troops can kill Libyan soldiers.


19 posted on 04/21/2011 2:05:57 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: jazusamo

I’m surprised Gadaffy hasn’t gone directly after the Brown Clown! He has the $$$$.Obummer targeted him, SOOOOOOO?


20 posted on 04/21/2011 2:08:18 PM PDT by Renegade
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To: jazusamo

I have a friend who was supposed to be deployed to Afghanistan early next year. He was ordered to report earlier (June) for early deployment. He suspect a possible deployment to Libya.


21 posted on 04/21/2011 2:08:18 PM PDT by Thunder90 (Fighting for truth and the American way... http://citizensfortruthandtheamericanway.blogspot.com/)
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To: jazusamo
"They're not our boots on the ground," Gates said. "We never made that commitment for anyone else."

Good thing the CIA dudes are partial to sandals.

22 posted on 04/21/2011 2:11:32 PM PDT by FourPeas
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To: jazusamo

“They’re not our boots on the ground”, Gates said. He continued, “Them boots was made in Canada.”


23 posted on 04/21/2011 2:13:00 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Lurker

Unless the 26MEU has been rotated back with its ARG, there are two MEUs in the Med. The 22MEU sailed 14 days ago. Also there are about 3500 troopers of the 173rd A’borne BDE in Vincenza Italy. That’s as many as 7K high quality light infantry within a day’s deployment of Libya.


24 posted on 04/21/2011 2:17:00 PM PDT by xkaydet65 (IACTA ALEA EST!!!)
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To: jazusamo

He’s pulling another Bill Clinton trick.

Clinton not only fought the war against Yugoslavia on the wrong side, he expended almost all our military supplies in the process, particularly cruise missiles.

So he could say he was not spending much on his good little war. And so the Democrats could blame Bush when he had to spend a ton of money just to fill the empty supply warehouses back up.


25 posted on 04/21/2011 2:30:33 PM PDT by Cicero
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To: Cicero

Yep, it’s been awhile but the last count I saw on cruise missiles was a little over 120, that’s a bunch.


26 posted on 04/21/2011 2:38:39 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
Doesn't keeping a conflict in a constant state of stalemate
assure that more non-combatants end up room temperature?

Typical liberal view of compassion.
If it makes you feel good about yourself the results don't matter.

27 posted on 04/21/2011 3:57:54 PM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/15/08 and why?)
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To: RobinOfKingston
I wonder, has kadaffy authorized drones (or their equivalent) in Wash DC???

He doesn't have to. Everyone in DC already is a drone.

28 posted on 04/21/2011 4:00:25 PM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/15/08 and why?)
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To: jazusamo
Why don't we just put an end to this fiddling around and use Libya as a chair for Mooshelle and crush them?

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29 posted on 04/21/2011 4:57:33 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: EGPWS

Yowser! Thought she was on a healthy food kick:)


30 posted on 04/21/2011 5:02:26 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Soon my kids will be deployed to Libya. For what? This is madness. From an incompetent idiot. God help us, can we survive 18 more months of this?


31 posted on 04/21/2011 5:15:07 PM PDT by Indy Pendance
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To: EGPWS

What a tub.


32 posted on 04/21/2011 5:16:08 PM PDT by Indy Pendance
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To: Indy Pendance

This turkey being the CINC is a tragedy that I pray we can survive until 2013 but I sometimes wonder.

Prayers for our military, Indy!


33 posted on 04/21/2011 5:24:57 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: dfwgator

What happened to the days when this great country started or joined wars to win?


34 posted on 04/21/2011 5:31:50 PM PDT by AGreatPer (Voting for the crazy conservative gave us Ronald Reagan....Ann Coulter)
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To: jazusamo

I’m praying.


35 posted on 04/21/2011 5:55:40 PM PDT by Indy Pendance
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To: blackdog

Nobel Peace Prize winner!


36 posted on 04/21/2011 6:10:41 PM PDT by Aroostook25
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To: jazusamo

Impeach him. He has become a dictator and has no authority— Not even the crappy UN. It is a fricken “NO FLY ZONE”!! Those people are not “flying” Stop this illegal assault on the people of libya NOW!!


37 posted on 04/21/2011 6:19:11 PM PDT by k5kor
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To: jazusamo

And so it begins.

Massive mistake.


38 posted on 04/21/2011 6:43:55 PM PDT by RepublitarianRoger2
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I fear Libya will become the next “Forgotten War”.


39 posted on 04/21/2011 7:21:39 PM PDT by Michael Barnes
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To: mmercier
This thing can end in a moment with a single bunker buster.

In Washington.
40 posted on 04/21/2011 7:49:16 PM PDT by Thrownatbirth (.....Iraq Invasion fan since '91.)
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To: jazusamo

There is nothing stopping the current of a future President from using E.O.’s or existing precedent to execute drone strikes on American soil against American citizens.

Why would we be surprised a President would authorize it abroad?


41 posted on 04/21/2011 7:49:27 PM PDT by JerseyHighlander
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To: GoCards

I heard tonight on Judge Andrew Napalitano’s TV show that no less than 60% of the American people want NO MORE DEBT!!! ZERO—. That is huge. We must let our own congressman know — no more.


42 posted on 04/21/2011 7:55:24 PM PDT by k5kor
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To: Indy Pendance
Soon my kids will be deployed to Libya. For what?

The oil spice must flow...

43 posted on 04/21/2011 8:07:03 PM PDT by Doofer
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; Delacon; ...

Thanks jazusamo.
has authorized the use of aerial drone strikes in Libya to aid rebels fighting to oust dictator Col. Moammar Gadhafi

44 posted on 04/21/2011 8:17:23 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: All; GoCards
It's only been a month since this war began.

Obama insisted we're not doing "regime change" and yet somehow he appears frustrated Gaddafi hasn't yet fallen.

We keep committing more and more resources for something that was sold as a "no fly zone" to prevent genocide of civilians. The emperor has no clothes. What will it take for the anti-war left to protest?

Hellfires are only about $68,000 per copy but operating costs of these drone attacks is more than just the missile cost. This is so clearly not about protecting civilians, I'm amazed anyone continues to repeat that pretence.

45 posted on 04/21/2011 8:51:00 PM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: JIM O; GoCards; jazusamo
Just curious when are we going to get a report on who these rebel fellas are?

You'll know after a radical Al Qaeda led government emerges in Libya to replace a government that had not caused the US Government any problems for decades.

Same thing in Egypt, Obama supports the Muslim brotherhood who will direct their attention to the destruction of Israel.

The MSM will tell you he's trying when all the while he couldn't cause more economic havoc unless he tried. Or is he?

Riots in Iran were of no interest to our Closet Muslim POTUS as they are already committed to the destruction of Israel.

Far fetched you say? Naw, it's obvious but Americans can no longer think and face the obvious until the MSM tells them the answer.

Obama couldn't cause any more economic havoc unless he was trying. Or is that if he tried harder?

46 posted on 04/21/2011 10:05:11 PM PDT by politicianslie (A taxpayer voting for Obama is like a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders)
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To: SunkenCiv
Drones? Isn't Joe Biden busy enough sleeping at Obama's speeches as it is?

Cheers!

47 posted on 04/21/2011 11:06:34 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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Good news. Use the drones. Catch Gaddafi‎ and put him on trial, finally, for Pan Am 103.
48 posted on 04/21/2011 11:27:37 PM PDT by NoRedTape
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To: jazusamo
if the objective is the removal of the mad 'colonel' then why not just grab him ???

of course thats just too obvious and easy, being as though theres 2 whole cities for him to 'hide'...

49 posted on 04/22/2011 5:31:56 AM PDT by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: jazusamo

On what authority is oBama opening a new front in an undeclared war against a foreign, sovereign nation?

Does no one in congress have the stones to stop this madman? (and I don’t mean Kadaffy).


50 posted on 04/22/2011 7:32:31 AM PDT by wrench
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