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Report: Administration weighing military strike against Libya attackers (Oct surprise?)
The Hill ^ | 10/15/2012

Posted on 10/15/2012 5:01:35 PM PDT by markomalley

The White House is considering a strike against militants responsible for the death of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others — if and when it can track down the perpetrators, The Associated Press reported.

The AP, citing current and former administration officials, reports that the Obama administration is weighing whether the short-term payoff of retribution against al Qaeda for the Sept. 11 attack in Libya is worth the trade-off of potentially elevating the group's stature. There is also concern about alienating governments that could help fight terror in the region, according to the AP.

The United States has put special operations forces on standby and moved drones in the skies above Libya, which would be ready to strike from Libya to Mali in response to the attack.

The report follows news last week that the Joint Special Operations Command was preparing information on suspects for potential missions to kill or capture the militants.

White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan traveled to Libya last week to meet with Libyan President Mohamed Magariaf and other government officials.

A White House spokesman did not confirm the AP report to The Hill.

The discussion of potential counterstrikes comes with Republicans criticizing the Obama administration’s response to the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.

Republicans have blasted the administration for shifting its position, first blaming the attack on an anti-Islamic video posted online before labeling it a terrorist attack.

The Libya attack has thrown foreign policy into a more pronounced role in the presidential campaign, and forced the Obama camp to play defense in an area where the president was thought to have a clear advantage.

Vice President Biden vowed at last week’s debate that the United States would find those responsible for the attack on the U.S. Consulate.

“We will find and bring to justice the men who did this,” Biden said.

The FBI has launched an investigation into the attack. But it took agents — accompanied by a military escort — three weeks to reach the scene of the attack in Benghazi.

If the United States were to attack those responsible for the Libya attack, there could be retaliation by the militant groups.

A spokesman in northern Mali said the September attack would be multiplied “by 10” if the United States targets them, according to the AP.


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: benghazi; johnbrennan; leakers; leaks; libya; looselipssinkships; mali; mohamedmagariaf; northafrica

1 posted on 10/15/2012 5:01:38 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

So would this be Obama’s Second or Third American-Libyan War?


2 posted on 10/15/2012 5:03:09 PM PDT by Diogenesis (Vi veri veniversum vivus vici)
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To: markomalley

But they claim Romney is politicizing Benghazi


3 posted on 10/15/2012 5:03:34 PM PDT by tsowellfan
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To: markomalley

Wow, after 3 weeks and then 12 hours at the crime scene the FBI have cracked the case wide open.


4 posted on 10/15/2012 5:04:20 PM PDT by AU72
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To: markomalley

5 posted on 10/15/2012 5:04:32 PM PDT by Brandonmark (2012: Our Hope IS Change!)
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To: markomalley
Zero balls and zero brains....

.... go take a public opinion poll

...... then run the poll in Madison and Berkeley...

flaming idiot!

6 posted on 10/15/2012 5:08:52 PM PDT by ptsal (E)
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To: markomalley
Yeah, they expect us Americans to go out and put US flags on our cars and have victory parades and all hail our hero....
This is not Gulf War I


7 posted on 10/15/2012 5:10:14 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: markomalley

But I thought the video was the cause?.?.?.


8 posted on 10/15/2012 5:10:25 PM PDT by wny
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To: AU72
Dumb SOB King Obama administration. These idiots had 2.1 billion of funds to allow proper security at the complex. Understand that they did not want this security in belief that low profile would make things more friendly.

DUMB ASSES. THESE MILITANT MUSLIMS WANT TO KILL US NO MATTER WHAT. IMPEACH KING OBAMA!!!!!!

9 posted on 10/15/2012 5:12:04 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: markomalley

A month ago this would have been prudent. Now that all local intelligence gathering is either dead or in hiding, they think they’ve got a pinpoint strike opportunity? I’m worried for the poor schmucks working at the local aspirin factory.


10 posted on 10/15/2012 5:12:40 PM PDT by BillyBonebrake
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To: markomalley

Unless they bring in the hide of Mullah Omar, it’ll be just another wag-the-dog effort.


11 posted on 10/15/2012 5:14:05 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: markomalley
Zero balls and zero brains....

.... go take a public opinion poll

...... then run the poll in Madison and Berkeley...

flaming idiot!

12 posted on 10/15/2012 5:14:15 PM PDT by ptsal (E)
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To: BillyBonebrake
Oct 4th: Exclusive: Former CIA Official: Obama 'October Surprise' Airstrike in Libya 'Would Be Criminal
13 posted on 10/15/2012 5:15:12 PM PDT by tsowellfan
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To: markomalley
...if and when it can track down the perpetrators...

No worries, Zero has already had his Muslim Brotherhood brothers paint a black X on an aspirin factory or a baby formula factory in preparation for a prompt presidential response.

14 posted on 10/15/2012 5:15:42 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: markomalley

Chucky’s in the Whitehouse with his finger on the red button. I don’t think human life on either side would be the main concern of this Administration, only self preservation. How blase have they been about the deaths of these Americans up until now? It seemed that their utmost concern was that Muslims would be offended somehow.

This would be just one more opportunity for Barrack Obama to profit from the blood and treasure of our military.


15 posted on 10/15/2012 5:19:04 PM PDT by Aleya2Fairlie
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To: BillyBonebrake
A month ago this would have been prudent. Now that all local intelligence gathering is either dead or in hiding, they think they’ve got a pinpoint strike opportunity? I’m worried for the poor schmucks working at the local aspirin factory.

[LIKE]

16 posted on 10/15/2012 5:20:13 PM PDT by lightman (If the Patriarchate of the East held a state like the Vatican I would apply for political asylum.)
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To: markomalley

We all know there is no way they’ll find “who” did all of this. They’ll kill a few Libyans and claim justice was done. And those who worship him will heap praise upon him.


17 posted on 10/15/2012 5:20:57 PM PDT by Terry Mross
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To: markomalley
"Report: Administration weighing military strike against Libya attackers (Oct surprise?)"

.... More like a chance to collect and destroy evidence and the deepening of the cover up of a botched "October Surprise" under the guise of a "Military Strike."

18 posted on 10/15/2012 5:36:46 PM PDT by R_Kangel ( "A Nation of Sheep ..... Will Beget ..... a Nation Ruled by Wolves.")
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To: markomalley

I have a nice dog for sale - his name is “Wag”.


19 posted on 10/15/2012 5:40:54 PM PDT by Nip (TANSTAAFL and BOHICA)
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To: markomalley

Even the dumbassed American voter will not fall for a stunt like this. After lying for two weeks and letting the killers get away The Disaster thinks blowing up some random landscape is going to help him? Not likely.


21 posted on 10/15/2012 5:53:42 PM PDT by arrogantsob (The Disaster MUST Go. Sarah herself supports Romney.)
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To: markomalley
White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan traveled to Libya last week to meet with Libyan President Mohamed Magariaf and other government officials.

I might be mistaken but didn't Mohamed Magariaf get replaced by somone else since then?

22 posted on 10/15/2012 5:55:49 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: LooneyTick
I would imagine any planes to be involved would already be on their carriers in the Mediterranean.
23 posted on 10/15/2012 5:57:26 PM PDT by arrogantsob (The Disaster MUST Go. Sarah herself supports Romney.)
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To: piasa
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2012/10/14/libya-congress-prime-minister/1633091/

prime minister

24 posted on 10/15/2012 6:06:39 PM PDT by Just mythoughts (Please help Todd Akin defeat Claire and the GOP-e send money!!!!!)
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To: Just mythoughts

thanks!


25 posted on 10/15/2012 6:14:00 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: piasa
You are welcome.
26 posted on 10/15/2012 6:24:29 PM PDT by Just mythoughts (Please help Todd Akin defeat Claire and the GOP-e send money!!!!!)
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To: markomalley

Horse hockey. Zero had 6 hours to get Marine and navy air cover in there. He didn’t even have an NSC meeting. He’s gonna wag the dog and laugh about killing an aspirin factory janitor at 3:30 in the morning as a martyr for the cause.


27 posted on 10/15/2012 6:27:40 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: markomalley

Anything to avoid another debate !!


28 posted on 10/15/2012 6:32:30 PM PDT by SecondAmendment (Restoring our Republic at 9.8357x10^8 FPS)
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To: markomalley

Obama is like the guy in the commercial where he’s sitting with a gal at a romantic dinner. She looks at him and says, “I love you.” He sits there in a trance and she gets up in disgust and walks out. Five seconds later he say, “I love you.” That’s about as good as Obama’s timing is. Leading from the rear is following.


29 posted on 10/15/2012 6:34:46 PM PDT by Harley (Those that don't engage in politics are destined to be governed by inferiors. -Plato)
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To: arrogantsob

It doesn’t take them long to get to the carriers!! One over ocean fueling and they are there!!They do this all the time. Where do you think they practice???


30 posted on 10/16/2012 8:03:02 AM PDT by LooneyTick (Of all the things in life I've lost, I miss my mind the most!)
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To: LooneyTick
I assume that the planes are on board when carriers are cruising the Mediterranean or Indian Ocean.
31 posted on 10/16/2012 9:35:04 AM PDT by arrogantsob (The Disaster MUST Go. Sarah herself supports Romney.)
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To: markomalley

There is nothing to bomb in Libya.


32 posted on 10/16/2012 10:59:26 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (Obama = Allende on drugs.)
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To: markomalley

There is nothing to bomb in Libya.


33 posted on 10/16/2012 10:59:59 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (Obama = Allende on drugs.)
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To: arrogantsob

Never assume, they switch flight crews all the time. If one crews has been practicing for a mission what good would they be over here!! If you assume You will make an “Ass” of “U” and “Me”.


34 posted on 10/16/2012 11:11:40 AM PDT by LooneyTick (Of all the things in life I've lost, I miss my mind the most!)
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To: LooneyTick

I doubt they switch crews “all the time”. Carrier crews, including pilots, are out for months at a time. If The Disaster is seeking to Wag the Dog he isn’t flying in new crews. The bombing runs you heard almost certainly have nothing to do with what may be happening.


35 posted on 10/16/2012 11:19:32 AM PDT by arrogantsob (The Disaster MUST Go. Sarah herself supports Romney.)
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To: arrogantsob
Well how much experience do you have monitoring the Bombing range?? I saw them practicing for the Shock and awe and that happened, just saying!! I'll have to talk to my buddy who works there and pick his brain a little. But my friend who was on the JFK told about the crews so I'll let him know he's a dumb ass and doesn't know what he's talking about!! Your tagline does suit you especially the last part!!
36 posted on 10/16/2012 11:34:16 AM PDT by LooneyTick (Of all the things in life I've lost, I miss my mind the most!)
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To: LooneyTick

Gee, I am sorry I did not swallow with no reservations the pronouncements of such an expert. Especially such a touchy one. I mean you did hear something at sometime, who can argue with that?


37 posted on 10/16/2012 11:42:38 AM PDT by arrogantsob (The Disaster MUST Go. Sarah herself supports Romney.)
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