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  • Military jet scrambled near Aptos when plane flies in presidential no-fly zone

    02/13/2015 8:54:43 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 11 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 02/13/15 | Calvin Men
    Social media was abuzz Friday afternoon when a military fighter jet buzzed Seacliff State Beach to warn a private pilot that he was violating a temporary flight restriction in place for President Barack Obama’s visit to the Bay Area, according to the California Highway Patrol.
  • BREAKING: FAA Issues Flight Warning Over FERGUSON, MO – Effective Immediately

    08/12/2014 12:19:36 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 190 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 8-12-2014 | Jim Hoft
    BREAKING ALERT—–FAA WARNING –Airspace restriction over Ferguson, Missouri– All commercial pilots in the country are getting this notice.Notice to Airmen: Airspace restriction over Ferguson.FYI: Ferguson, Missouri is located right next to Lambert International Airport in St. Louis, Missouri.A local commercial pilot and former military aviator informed The Gateway Pundit that there is a no fly zone and this is extremely uncommon.
  • Libya sets Benghazi no-fly zone after clashes

    05/18/2014 6:48:33 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | May 17, 2014 | Unattributed
    A no-fly zone has been imposed over Libya's second city of Benghazi, the army has announced. The move follows clashes between a paramilitary force and Islamist militants which resulted in 43 deaths and more than 100 injuries. The BBC's Rana Jawad in the capital, Tripoli, says that the no-fly zone declared by the army chief is an attempt to prevent the new paramilitary force from using air power against Islamist militias in Benghazi. Our correspondent say that it is unclear how the army will deliver on its statement to shoot down any military aircraft flying over the city. The Libyan...
  • Bundy Ranch No-Fly Zone MAP

    04/12/2014 1:32:24 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 26 replies
    FAA ^ | Apr 11, 2014 |
    Airspace Definition: Center: NAVAID() (Latitude: 36º46'24"N, Longitude: 114º11'13"W) Radius: 3 nautical miles Altitude: From the surface up to and including 3000 feet AGL Effective Date(s): From April 11, 2014 at 2140 UTC To May 11, 2014 at 1434 UTC
  • BREAKING: Airspace Over Bundy Ranch Now A No-Fly Zone (NOTAM Issued!)

    04/11/2014 8:04:21 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 554 replies
    FAA ^ | 4-11-2014
  • Does Barack Obama Sing the Tiger Song?

    12/20/2008 8:26:34 PM PST · by Calpernia · 22 replies · 991+ views
    How many have heard of Nadhmi Auchi? Why are we not hearing more about him? Nadhmi Auchi was born in 1937. He is an Iraqi born British-resident and Britain's 22nd wealthiest individual. Nadhmi Auchi co-conspired with fellow Baathist Saddam Hussein in 1959 to assassinate then Prime Minister Abd al-Karim Qasim. Rezko and Obama are both financially connected to him. MSNBC reports that Nadhmi Auchi had helped Orascom (which owns Djezzy GSM), owned by Onsi Sawiris, gain a contract to set-up mobile phone networks in post-Saddam's Iraq. As per Orascom's annual report, page 65, Huawei Technologies is listed as a subsidiary...
  • Fighter jets chases down small planes near Obama's Florida resort

    02/16/2013 10:19:30 PM PST · by george76 · 36 replies
    CNN ^ | Feb 17 2013
    Fighter jets intercepted two small planes that violated flight restrictions set up in Florida for President Barack Obama's visit. The first, a Cessna 152 ... The military's North American Aerospace Defense Command sent a F-16 fighter jet and a Coast Guard helicopter to intercept the plane, he said.The F-16 flew with the plane until it landed at Witham Field in nearby Stuart... Five hours later, F-16s intercepted a Lancair 320, a smaller craft that seats two passengers
  • 3 planes breach no-fly zone over Obama vacation

    02/18/2013 7:30:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 18, 2013 9:08 AM EST
    Federal Aviation Administration officials say they’re investigating three more apparent breaches of the no-fly zone above President Barack Obama’s vacation spot along Florida’s Atlantic coastline. …
  • Obama's Good War

    03/31/2011 12:48:57 AM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 31, 2011 | James Lewis
    Well, well, well, so Obama has embarked on his third war in little more than two years. You've got to admit that "flexibility" is his middle name. Or at least one of his middle names: Barack Barry Hussein "Flexibility" Soetoro Obama, Jr. Those are the names we know so far, but The Donald thinks there might be more. Whodda thunk? Here we are barely into the first week of what started out as a "No-Fly Zone" and it is now turning out to be Air Al Qaida. Ten years ago, AQ had a mere four civilian airplanes to crash into...
  • Panetta: Syria no-fly zone "not on the front burner"

    08/14/2012 2:35:10 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies ^ | August 14, 2012
    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says plans to set up a no-fly zone over parts of Syria are "not on the front burner," despite persistent calls from rebel forces there that they need the added protection from escalating regime air strikes. In an interview with The Associated Press on Monday, Panetta said he is confident the U.S. could successfully enforce a no-fly zone over Syria, but doing so would require a "major, major policy decision" that has not yet been made. "We have planned for a number of contingencies that could take place and one of those possible contingencies is developing...
  • Friday Afternoon Roundup - The Dead Baby Media

    06/02/2012 4:50:11 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 4 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | Friday, June 01, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    THE DEAD BABY MEDIA If the text on that one is too small for you, it's a CNN piece headlined, "Why the Syrian regime is killing babies." There's not much to add to that. The Syrian regime may be killing babies, but CNN killed journalism. With some help from the New York Times, the Washington Post and the BBC. Anyone who has spent time in the Middle East knows quite well that parading around dead bodies is part of the Muslim ceremony of rallying for the next attack. These aren't funerals, these are corpse parades and the corpses are often...
  • Arab states, Turkey plan 'No-Fly Zone' over Syria ("backed by American logistic support")

    11/22/2011 4:39:17 PM PST · by dynachrome · 64 replies ^ | 11-22-11 | unattributed
    Senior European sources said that Arab jet fighters, and possibly Turkish warplanes, backed by American logistic support will implement a no fly zone in Syria's skies, after the Arab League will issue a decision, under its Charter, calling for the protection of Syrian civilians. The sources told Kuwait's al Rai daily that the no fly ban will include a ban on the movement of Syrian military vehicles, including tanks, personnel carriers and artillery, adding that this move would aim at curbing the movement of Assad forces, and cripple their ability to bomb cities. The European sources said the no fly...
  • Rights group: Bodies of 53 apparent Gadhafi loyalists found in Libyan hotel

    10/24/2011 3:30:37 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 40 replies
    cnn ^ | 10/24/2011 | staff
    The bodies of 53 people, believed to be supporters of ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, has been found in a hotel that was under the control of anti-Gadhafi fighters, Human Rights Watch said Monday. The rights group said it found the bodies clustered together at Hotel Mahari in Sirte on Sunday. About 20 residents were putting the bodies in body bags to prepare them for burial when Human Rights Watch found them. "We found 53 decomposing bodies, apparently (Gadhafi) supporters, at an abandoned hotel in Sirte, and some had their hands bound behind their backs when they were shot," said...
  • Russia: Geneva Convention flouted in Gaddafi death

    10/21/2011 7:31:39 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 16 replies ^ | October 21, 2011
    (Reuters) - Russia believes that Muammar Gaddafi should have been treated as a prisoner of war according to the Geneva Conventions and should not have been killed, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday, calling for an investigation into his death. "We have to lean on facts and international laws. They say that in a course of armed conflicts international humanitarian rules written in Geneva conventions are enforced," Lavrov said in a radio interview. Gaddafi died in unclear but bloody circumstances shortly after the fugitive former strongman was captured by transitional government forces on Thursday, two months after he was...
  • Qaddafi's Downfall, Obama's Victory

    08/23/2011 2:37:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | AUG 22 2011
    For Barack Obama, "leading from behind" has never looked so ... decisive. With Libyan rebels celebrating in downtown Tripoli, and Muammar el-Qaddafi apparently in hiding, the president's supporters are claiming vindication for a much-criticized approach to regime change in the Arab world. Obama's strategy amounted to staying resolutely behind the scenes throughout the five-month NATO air operation. To wit: Don't say the United States is openly engaged in ousting Qaddafi. Don't even concede the United States is going to war. Take cover behind a political imprimatur for action from the Arab League and United Nations, and let Europe lead the...
  • DOCUMENT: Libya's Draft Constitutional Charter

    08/22/2011 8:04:16 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 13 replies
    National Journal ^ | August 22, 2011
    Part 1, Article 1: “Islam is the Religion of the State, and the principal source of legislation is Islamic Jurisprudence (Sharia).”
  • Former Obama Adviser Says President 'Vindicated' on Libya Strategy

    08/22/2011 1:02:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 22, 2011 | Peter Nicholas
    Moammar Kadafi’s fall from power would be a vindication of the Obama administration’s strategy in Libya after the president endured months of criticism for “leading from behind” and letting European allies take a more upfront role in fighting Kadafi’s forces, a former adviser to Obama said. “The administration is entirely vindicated,’’ said Bruce Riedel, a senior fellow with the Brookings Institution who has advised three presidents on the Middle East and south Asia. “They said from the beginning that the primary actor here needed to be the Libyans and they weren’t going to put boots on the ground.’’ After briefly...
  • Obama: Libya slipping from grasp of tyrant

    08/21/2011 8:11:40 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 21, 2011
    VINEYARD HAVEN, Mass. (AP) -- Following a day of dramatic developments in Libya, President Barack Obama said Sunday night that the situation there had reached a "tipping point" and that control of the capital was "slipping from the grasp of a tyrant." He called on Moammar Gadhafi to accept reality and relinquish power.
  • Gaddafi is stronger than ever in Libya

    08/01/2011 11:17:54 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 27 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Friday 29 July 2011 | Richard Seymour
    Supporters of Muammar Gaddafi participate in a demonstration in Tripoli, Libya, 28 July 2011. War on Libya has not gone well. Kim Sengupta's report on Wednesday detailed this starkly: "Fresh diplomatic efforts are under way to try to end Libya's bloody civil war, with the UN special envoy flying to Tripoli to hold talks after Britain followed France in accepting that Muammar Gaddafi cannot be bombed into exile. The change of stance by the two most active countries in the international coalition is an acceptance of realities on the ground. Despite more than four months of sustained air strikes by...
  • U.S. warns Libyan rebels to get their act together

    08/01/2011 8:30:40 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 43 replies
    CNN ^ | August 1, 2011 | Elise Labott and Jill Dougherty
    Libyan rebels carry the coffin of assassinated Army Chief Abdel Fatah Younis on July 29 in Benghazi, Libya. Even as it prepares to hand over the Libyan embassy in Washington to the rebel government, the State Department is warning the Transitional National Council to get its act together. An administration official told CNN the United States has warned the TNC that this is a "do-or-die moment" for the organization to carry out a credible and thorough investigation of the killing of its military commander, Abdel Fatah Younis. Last week's mysterious assassination has raised concerns that it might have been carried...
  • Gadhafi spokesman calls death a sign of rebel weakness

    07/31/2011 3:29:06 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | July 30, 2011 | Joe Sterling and Ivan Watson
    Details murky on Libya rebel chief death Tripoli, Libya (CNN) -- The killing on Thursday of the top rebel military commander shows that those forces are in disarray, a spokesman for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi said Friday. Gen. Abdul Fattah Younis and two other rebels were killed after the country's main rebel organization, the Transitional National Council, sought to question him about military matters and allegations that he or those close to him had ongoing ties to Gadhafi, Younis' supporters said. Younis' killing represents "more proof that the transitional council of the traitors is not able to lead any sort...
  • Libyan rebels' military chief shot dead

    07/28/2011 2:56:17 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 27 replies
    CBS/AP ^ | July 28, 2011
    A May 2011 file photo of General Abdel-Fattah Younis, the senior military officer leading rebel forces against Muammar Qaddafi. A former interior minister and head of Special Forces, Younis was considered a key supporter of Qaddafi before defecting The head of the Libyan rebel's armed forces and two of his aides were killed by gunmen Thursday, the head of the rebel leadership said. The death of Abdel-Fattah Younis was announced at a press conference in the de facto rebel capital, Benghazi, by the head of the rebels' National Transitional Council, Mustafa Abdul-Jalil. He told reporters that rebel security had arrested...
  • Britain To Expel Gaddafi's Embassy Staff

    07/27/2011 3:03:24 AM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Sky News ^ | 7/27/11
    The UK is to expel all employees of the Libyan Embassy, Sky sources have said, in a move likely to increase Muammar Gaddafi's isolation. There are eight staff members who work at the embassy in Knightsbridge, west London, Sky understands. Foreign editor Tim Marshall said the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) would replace the Gaddafi workers. "This is the official British confirmation and when all the existing Gaddafi staff are out, the NTC representatives in London will come in, and they will be officially recognised as representing the state of Libya," he said. More to follow...
  • France suggests plan for Gaddafi to stay in Libya

    07/20/2011 8:48:29 PM PDT · by Borough Park · 11 replies
    Gaddafi insists he will neither step down nor flee the country he has led for four decades. With the Nato-led air campaign against Gaddafi's forces entering its fifth month and the fighting in a stalemate, the international community is seeking exit strategies. French President Nicolas Sarkozy met in Paris on Wednesday with three rebel leaders from the western port city of Misurata who are seeking aid and arms to move toward Tripoli. Sarkozy announced no specific measures in response. Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said France wants to keep "a very close link" with the rebels "to see how we can...
  • Libyan Opposition Leaders Ask Sarkozy for Help

    07/20/2011 8:57:56 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 2 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | JULY 21, 2011 | DAVID GAUTHIER-VILLARS
    Libyan rebel leaders met with France's President Nicolas Sarkozy here on Wednesday and asked him to support their plans to mount a military offensive on Tripoli aimed at toppling Col. Moammar Gadhafi. The delegation of rebel chiefs, which included senior officers from the port city of Misrata and a member of Libya's National Transitional Council, the main opposition group to Col. Gadhafi, said they needed more weapons and logistical assistance to oust the North African autocrat. "With a little help from some friends, we will be in Tripoli very soon, within days," NTC member Souleiman Fortia told reporters after the...
  • Libya: world leaders kick start peace negotiations as US recognises rebels

    07/16/2011 3:16:19 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 6 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | July15,2011 | Richard Spencer
    World leaders on Friday told a UN special envoy to negotiate a peace deal with Col Gaddafi that could see Libyan leader stay in the country after stepping down. Abdul Elah al-Khatib, the special envoy, was asked by the Turkish foreign minister, host of a one-day summit attended by Nato and other leaders, to present a peace deal in the next two weeks. It would have to be negotiated first not only with Col Gaddafi but with the rebel leadership in Benghazi. Nato also increased the military and diplomatic pressure on the Gaddafi regime in careful mix of carrot and...
  • Four senators welcome administration’s recognition of Libyan rebels

    07/15/2011 3:29:01 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 41 replies
    WaPo ^ | July 15, 2011 | Felicia Sonmez
    Four of the Senate’s top voices on foreign policy voiced their support Friday for the Obama administration’s move to formally recognize rebel leaders as the legitimate governing authority of Libya. “We welcome the Administration’s decision to recognize the Transitional National Council (TNC) as the legitimate governing authority of Libya,” said Republican Sens. John McCain (Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman (Conn.) in a statement.
  • U.S. recognizes Libya rebels as legitimate government

    07/15/2011 9:33:20 AM PDT · by Cementjungle · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | 07/15/2011 | Tulay Karadeniz
    ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Rebel leaders won recognition as the legitimate government of Libya from the United States and other world powers on Friday in a major boost to the rebels' faltering campaign to oust Muammar Gaddafi. Recognition of the rebels, announced by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a meeting in Turkey of the international contact group on Libya, is an important diplomatic step which could unlock billions of dollars in frozen Libyan funds.
  • Rebels Briefly Lose Control of Western Libyan Town

    07/13/2011 7:58:55 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 2 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 13, 2011 | C. J. CHIVERS
    Outside Qawalish, Libyan rebels took cover on Wednesday during a rocket attack by loyalists of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi. QAWALISH, Libya — Military forces loyal to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi counterattacked and briefly recaptured this front-line town from opposition forces on Wednesday, but they were beaten back by a large rebel force late in the day. Though the battle was fluid and its outcome perhaps not final, by evening the fighting appeared to be confined to exchanges of rocket and mortar fire from a mile away or more and some skirmishing beyond the town’s eastern edge. Armed rebels roamed the abandoned town...
  • France tells Libya rebels to seek peace with Gaddafi (Obama's losing his illegal war)

    07/10/2011 3:15:27 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 29 replies
    reuters ^ | 7/10/2011 | By Lamine Chikhi
    A French minister said on Sunday it was time for Libya's rebels to negotiate with Muammar Gaddafi's government, but Washington said it stood firm in its belief that the Libyan leader cannot stay in power. The diverging messages from two leading members of the Western coalition opposing Gaddafi hinted at the strain the alliance is under after more than three months of air strikes that have cost billions of dollars and failed to produce the swift outcome its backers had expected. French Defense Minister Gerard Longuet signaled growing impatience with the progress of the conflict when he said the rebels...
  • Senior Rebel Is Doubtful Qaddafi Can Be Routed

    07/08/2011 7:08:38 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 17 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Thursday, July 7, 2011 | KAREEM FAHIM
    <p>Colonels and commanders who defected from Libya's military attended a ceremony in June to proclaim support for the revolution.</p> <p>RUJBAN, Libya — For months now, military leaders in the rebel capital, Benghazi, have boldly predicted lightning advances by their fighters and an imminent rout of the forces loyal to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi in Tripoli that would finally snuff out his brutal four-decade rule.</p>
  • War by Euphemism

    07/02/2011 6:50:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | July 1, 2011 | Paul Greenberg
    War is the health of euphemism. As was demonstrated once again when Robert Gates, who now has served as secretary of defense under two successive presidents, appeared on Fox News the other day. Mr. Gates is (a) a dedicated public servant whose competence the country has relied on for years, and (b) an honest man obliged to explain his boss' disingenuousness. It ain't easy, but he gives the assignment his unconvincing best. For example: Asked whether the country is engaged in hostilities in Libya, a legal point of some interest in the debate over the War Powers Act, our game...
  • Nato reviews Libya campaign after France admits arming rebels

    06/29/2011 9:56:08 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 30 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Wednesday 29 June 2011 | Nick Hopkins
    New Libyan rebel recruits train near Benghazi. France today admitted arming rebels in partsof the country, in apparent defiance of the UN mandate Nato is reviewing the conduct of its military campaign in Libya after France admitted arming rebel fighters in apparent defiance of the UN mandate. The revelation surprised officials in Nato's headquarters in Brussels and raised awkward questions about whether the French had broken international law – UN resolution 1973 specifically allows Nato nations to protect civilians in Libya, but appears to stop short of permitting the provision of weapons. Nato has consistently said it would not arm...
  • Analysts blame faulty assumptions for prolonged Libya war

    06/29/2011 9:51:40 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 19 replies · 1+ views
    CNN ^ | June 29, 2011 | Moni Basu
    Libyan rebels carry away a comrade wounded during fighting with forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi on June 7. It was supposed to have been over in a few days. World powers would go in with fighter jets and the world's most sophisticated precision-guided weapons to render Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi powerless. But that's not the way things happened. As NATO's airstrikes crossed the 100-day mark, analysts blamed a host of faulty assumptions, including success based solely on surgical airstrikes, for a protracted war that some fear could drag on for more months. "It's absolutely wrong to think that...
  • Lacking aim, support and cash, Nato still bombs Libya

    06/29/2011 9:54:07 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 15 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Monday 27 June 2011 | Andrew Murray
    <p>Mourners carry coffins during funeral for nine clerics allegedly killed in a Nato airstrike in Tripoli on 14 May.</p> <p>Over 100 days of war and counting. The news from David Cameron's high-altitude attempt to pick winners in Libya's civil war is gloomy for those who believed, back on day one, that a quick win in the north African desert was going to rehabilitate the damaged doctrine of "liberal interventionism".</p>
  • Stress Begins to Weigh on Qaddafi Loyalists

    06/26/2011 7:43:35 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 3 replies
    CBS News ^ | World Watch June 8, 2011 | John Bentley
    <p>A smoke plume rises into the sky over Tripoli, Libya, June 7, 2011 following a NATO airstrike.</p> <p>TRIPOLI - The strain of having to run a regime besieged by almost hourly airstrikes and a local rebellion is taking not only a physical toll on senior officials here, but a psychological one as well.</p>
  • U.S. Says Gadhafi Might Flee Tripoli

    06/23/2011 8:36:53 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 23, 2011 | ADAM ENTOUS AND JULIAN E. BARNES
    WASHINGTON—New U.S. intelligence shows Col. Moammar Gadhafi is "seriously considering" fleeing Tripoli for a more secure location outside the capital, according to U.S. officials, raising the prospect that the Libyan leader's hold on power is increasingly fragile.
  • Obama chooses own legal advice

    06/20/2011 11:33:46 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 8 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 06/19/11 | POLITICO STAFF
    President Obama overruled top Defense and Justice Dept. lawyers in his interpretation of legal authority to continue the U.S.’s role in the war in Libya, the New York Times reported late Friday citing sources familiar with the deliberations. Obama chose to adopt the advice of senior members of his own legal team over top lawyers at the Pentagon and the Justice Dept., arguing that U.S. involvement in the NATO operation fell short of “hostilities,” which would have resulted in Obama having to seek congressional approval to continue American participation in the conflict.
  • Nato Airstrike: Libyan Government Claims Civilians Killed

    06/19/2011 9:12:20 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 2 replies
    youtube ^ | 19 June 2011 | Sam Kiley
    Nato is conducting an urgent investigation into an airstrike on a residential area of Tripoli, which the Libyan government claims has killed nine people. In a statement Nato said the incident followed a deliberate strike on a missile site operated by pro-Gaddafi forces - and that it would be 'sorry' if the review proved it was caused by a Nato weapon. Sky's Security Editor Sam Kiley - who is reporting under the supervision of the Libyan government - has sent this report from the Libyan capital Tripoli.
  • NATO admits mistakenly striking Libyan opposition forces

    06/18/2011 1:52:52 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 28 replies
    CNN ^ | June 18, 2011 | CNN Wire Staff
    In its statement, NATO said that "a column of military vehicles, including tanks," were spotted Thursday around al-Brega where Gadhafi forces "had recently been operating." During what it called "a particularly complex and fluid battle scenario," leaders in the military alliance ordered a strike after determining these vehicles posed "a threat to civilians."
  • White House defends the legality of Libya mission

    06/16/2011 12:12:52 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 16 replies
    AP ^ | June 16, 2011 | N/A
    SNIP Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., who has introduced a resolution similar to the House measure, said he was amazed that the administration did not believe U.S. forces were facing "hostilities" in Libya, saying generals have told lawmakers otherwise in classified briefings. "The way the administration handled this entire affair left people on both sides of the aisle very perplexed," said Corker, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Adding to the congressional pressure on Obama, a bipartisan group of 10 lawmakers on Wednesday sued the president for taking military action against Libya without war authorization from Congress. The lawmakers...
  • War Powers Act Does Not Apply to Libya, Obama Argues (Obama claims he's above the law)

    06/15/2011 12:44:58 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 173 replies
    NY Times ^ | 6/15/2011 | Charles Savage
    The White House is telling Congress that President Obama has the legal authority to continue American participation in the NATO-led air war in Libya, even though lawmakers have not authorized it. In a broader package of materials the Obama administration is sending to Congress on Wednesday defending its Libya policy, the White House, for the first time, offers lawmakers and the public an argument for why Mr. Obama has not been violating the War Powers Resolution since May 20. On that day, the Vietnam-era law’s 60-day deadline for terminating unauthorized hostilities appeared to pass. But the White House argued that...
  • Canada recognizes rebel council as Libya government

    06/14/2011 2:37:43 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 7 replies
    National Post ^ | June 14, 2011 | Tobi Cohen
    OTTAWA — Canada’s involvement in Libya could continue well into the future, Defence Minister Peter MacKay hinted Tuesday during a Parliamentary debate aimed at extending this country’s contribution to the NATO mission there by 3 1/2 months. “Canada needs to continue its commitment to Libya until the terms of UN Security Council Resolution 1973 are met and until NATO’s goals, as agreed upon by our allies and partners, are achieved,” he said. “We must ensure that all attacks and threats of attack against civilians have ended.” The comments came as the government also said it would officially recognize rebels fighting...
  • Boehner warns Obama that Libya will violate war powers

    06/14/2011 2:03:28 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 117 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 06/14/11 3:34 PM | By: Susan Ferrechio
    House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, sent President Obama a letter Tuesday afternoon warning him that the operation in Libya will be violating the War Powers Resolution by this Sunday, which marks the 90th day of U.S. military involvement in the country. Boehner wants "a clear explanation of the legal standing under the War Powers Resolution," that Obama is using to justify continuing the operations behind Sunday. The letter is below. June 14, 2011 Dear Mr. President: Five days from now, our country will reach the 90-day mark from the notification to Congress regarding the commencement of the military operation in...
  • Defense Secretary Warns NATO of ‘Dim’ Future (NATO is U.S.)

    06/10/2011 3:45:40 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 9 replies
    ny times ^ | 6/10/2011 | Thom Shanker
    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates bluntly criticized NATO nations on Friday for what he said were shortages in military spending and political will, warning of “a dim if not dismal future” for an alliance at risk of becoming irrelevant in a dangerous and uncertain world. Mr. Gates slammed NATO nations for failing to meet their commitments in Afghanistan — or for imposing sweeping restrictions on those forces they do send — which he said hobbled the mission. And despite NATO’s decision to take command of the air war in Libya, the alliance is running out of bombs after just 11...
  • Gates blasts NATO, questions future of alliance

    06/10/2011 2:27:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 6/10/11
    U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says America's military alliance with Europe, which has been the cornerstone of U.S. security policy for six decades, faces a "dim, if not dismal" future. In a blunt valedictory address Friday in Brussels, Gates questioned NATO's viability, saying its members' penny-pinching and lack of political will could hasten the end of U.S. support. NATO was formed in 1949 as a U.S.-led bulwark against Soviet aggression, but in the post-Cold War era it has struggled to find a purpose.
  • Gadhafi loyalists launch new push against Misrata

    06/08/2011 3:10:48 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | June 8, 2011
    Libyan kids help refurbish weapons Forces loyal to embattled Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi launched a new attack on the rebel-held city of Misrata on Wednesday, with anti-government forces reporting intense shelling from three sides of the city. Thousands of government troops attacked around 6 a.m. (11 p.m. Tuesday ET), with 13 rebels reported dead by evening. Mohamed Mokhtar, a rebel fighter wounded in Wednesday's fighting, accused government troops of infiltrating rebel lines in cars bearing rebel flags. Dr. Khaled Abu Falgha, a spokesman for Misrata's Hekma hospital, said it was the bloodiest day in a week in the besieged city....
  • Kucinich Resolution on Libya

    06/03/2011 5:24:04 PM PDT · by Congressman Tom McClintock · 13 replies
    Tom McClintock | Tom McClintock
    House Floor Remarks, June 3rd M. Speaker: Lets be clear: without prior Congressional authorization, under the War Powers Act, the President may only commit armed forces to hostilities for sixty days if there is a direct attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions or its armed forces. There was none, so there is no sixty day clock and the President’s unprovoked attack on Libya – from Day One – constituted an illegal and unconstitutional act of the highest significance. If the President felt there was moral justification to attack Libya, he was constitutionally required to make his case...
  • Obama’s nonwar in Libya--White House forges bipartisan coalition against wartime weaseling

    06/03/2011 4:07:46 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 3, 2011 | Editorial
    The White House has finally forged a bipartisan consensus in Congress. Unfortunately for President Obama, lawmakers are uniting in opposition to his approach to the ongoing U.S. involvement in the Libyan civil war. Some see the operation as an ill-advised and useless military venture; others argue that Mr. Obama is breaking the law. On Friday the House took up two nonbinding resolutions regarding the Libyan adventure. Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich, Ohio Democrat, called for the withdrawal of all U.S. military support within 15 days. His resolution attracted 148 votes, 87 of which were from Republicans. A second resolution, submitted by...
  • McCain: Lack of full U.S. military commitment hurts Libyans

    05/29/2011 9:44:12 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 39 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 2011-05-29 | Ben Wolfgang
    Sen. John McCain on Sunday said Libyan civilians are dying in large part because the Obama administration has refused to commit the full weight of the nation’s military to the fight to overthrow strongman Col. Moammar Gadhafi. “This thing could have been over a long time ago,” Mr. McCain, an Arizona Republican who was the party’s 2008 presidential nominee, said on “Fox News Sunday.” (snip) A quicker end to the fighting, which must include the removal of Col. Gadhafi from power, Mr. McCain said, would make it less likely that terrorists would gain a foothold in Libya.