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  • US officers oppose releasing names of dead troops

    08/09/2011 5:34:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    AFP ^ | 8/9/11 | Dan De Luce
    The chief of the secretive US special operations command has lobbied against the release of names of American commandos killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, officials said Tuesday. Thirty US troops were killed on Friday when their Chinook helicopter was shot out of the sky in a remote Afghan valley, but in a break with Pentagon practice, the identities of the dead service members have not been released. The dead included 22 members of the elite Navy SEAL commandos and three Air Force special operators, and senior officers overseeing the special forces are reluctant to publicly identify the slain...
  • 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, Britain seek exit from Libya

    07/26/2011 7:49:34 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 146 replies
    AFP ^ | 27 July 2011
    <p>With their Libya bombing campaign dragging on unresolved, France and Britain have been forced to accept ruler Muammar al-Gaddafi may stay there if he quits power, despite calls for international justice.</p> <p>Britain denied the joint position was a climb-down after it had repeatedly called for him to quit the country, while France last week was the first to openly suggest he could stay under a negotiated settlement.</p>
  • 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...
  • Libyan Rebels Accused of Pillage and Beatings in Towns They Captured

    07/12/2011 7:36:44 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 12, 2011 | C.J. Chivers
    Rebels in the mountains in Libya's west have looted and damaged four towns seized since last month from the forces of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, part of a series of abuses and apparent reprisals against suspected loyalists that have chased residents of these towns away, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday. The looting included many businesses and at least two medical centers that, like the towns, are now deserted and bare. Rebel fighters also beat people suspected of being loyalists and burned their homes, the organization said. The towns that have suffered the abuses are Qawalish, which rebels seized last week, Awaniya,...
  • 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>
  • Gaddafi's New Forces: The Teenagers and Women Keeping Libya's Rebels from Taking Tripoli

    07/08/2011 6:56:40 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 1 replies
    Time ^ | Friday, July 08, 2011 | Ahmed Jadallah
    A female Libyan soldier fires in the air during Libyan's leader Muammar Gaddafi supporters march, protesting the coalition air strikes, in front of his compound Bab al-Aziziya in Tripoli, June 7, 2011. "They told us al-Qaeda fighters infiltrated the country," the shy 16-year old says, standing in a non-descript building in the coastal city of Misratah where rebels are holding their prisoners. Murad nervously bites his nails as he relates how forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi plucked him out of school and shipped him to fight at the front against a "foreign conspiracy aimed at occupying the country."...
  • EDITORIAL: Obama’s hostility to the truth--White House needs to own up to its war in Libya

    07/05/2011 5:54:30 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 5, 2011 | Editorial
    President Obama dismissed criticism of his Libya policy last week, saying, “A lot of this fuss is politics.” Regardless of action on Senate Joint Resolution 20, the McCain-Kerry plan to authorize the limited use of force in Libya, the more important issue is Mr. Obama’s unwillingness to own up to his decisions in his role as commander in chief. Mr. Obama took the country to war in Libya, and he should admit it. The fuss goes beyond politics, beyond whether Mr. Obama’s policies are in the U.S. national interest and even beyond whether American military action has been effective. The...
  • U.S. Expands Its Drone War Into Somalia

    07/02/2011 6:03:03 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    NY Slimes ^ | 7/2/11
    WASHINGTON — The clandestine American military campaign to combat Al Qaeda’s franchise in Yemen is expanding to fight the Islamist militancy in Somalia, as new evidence indicates that insurgents in the two countries are forging closer ties and possibly plotting attacks against the United States, American officials say. An American military drone aircraft attacked several Somalis in the militant group the Shabab late last month, the officials said, killing at least one of its midlevel operatives and wounding others. The strike was carried out by the same Special Operations Command unit now battling militants in Yemen, and it represented an...
  • U.S. forces STILL flying hundreds of bombing raids over Libya as Obama says America is only....

    07/02/2011 10:20:15 AM PDT · by Diogenesis · 40 replies
    Mail Online (UK) ^ | July 2, 2011 | Mail Online (UK)
  • War by Euphemism

    07/02/2011 6:50:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 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...
  • Defiant Gadhafi threatens attacks in Europe

    07/01/2011 11:13:14 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | July 1, 2011
    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- A defiant Moammar Gadhafi threatened Friday to carry out attacks in Europe against "homes, offices, families," unless NATO halts its campaign of airstrikes against his regime in Libya. The Libyan leader, sought by the International Criminal Court for brutally crushing an uprising against him, delivered the warning in an audio message played to thousands of supporters gathered in the main square of the capital Tripoli.
  • Russia says arming Libyan rebels violates UN vote

    07/01/2011 4:38:13 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies
    reuters.com ^ | June 30, 2011
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday that arming Libyan rebels was a "crude violation" of a U.N. Security Council resolution that imposed a comprehensive arms embargo on Libya from February. "We asked our French colleagues today whether reports that weapons from France were delivered to Libyan rebels correspond with reality," Lavrov told journalists. "If this is confirmed, it is a very crude violation of U.N. Security Council resolution 1970, which was adopted by consensus." France became the first NATO country on Wednesday to openly acknowledge arming rebels seeking to topple Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, who...
  • 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>
  • NATO’s Libya campaign drags on

    06/25/2011 7:24:23 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 17 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Saturday, June 25, 2011 | Michael Birnbaum and Ernesto Londono
    NAPLES — As NATO bombs began to rain on Libya in March, President Obama and other Western leaders assured their war-weary publics that the campaign to protect civilians from Moammar Gaddafi’s crackdown would be over within weeks. Now the coalition’s springtime incursion has stretched to summer and Gaddafi’s resilience has startled the leaders who committed to the operation. Calls are growing to end it even as NATO pleads for more time. As the campaign enters its fourth month, NATO officials insist that it is succeeding and that Gaddafi will become the Arab Spring’s third casualty. But that will happen, they...
  • Why Obama’s stand on Libya is absurd

    06/26/2011 1:47:09 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | June 21, 2011 | JACOB SULLUM
    During the Bush administra­tion, when the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel got into the habit of rationalizing whatever the president wanted to do, Indiana University law professor Dawn Johnsen dreamed of an OLC that was willing to “say no to the president.” It turns out we have such an OLC now. Unfortunately, as Barack Obama’s defense of his unauthorized war in Libya shows, we do not have a president who is willing to take no for an answer. While running for president, Obama criticized George W. Bush’s lawless unilateralism in areas such as torture, warrantless surveillance and detention of...
  • "Our troops are exhausted!" Rep. West on Cavuto

    06/22/2011 11:14:53 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 3 replies
    YOUTUBE ^ | June 23, 2011 | swampsniper
    LTC West on Libya and Obama's folly.
  • Did Obama Overstep In Libya? Noted Lawyer David Rivkin Has Answer

    06/21/2011 8:10:33 PM PDT · by Martin_Schmidt · 11 replies
    Official Wire ^ | 06/21/2011 | Brent Baldwin
    Did Obama Overstep In Libya? Noted Lawyer David Rivkin Has Answer International law expert to host Federalist Society teleforum on Libyan debate Published on June 21, 2011 by Brent Baldwin (OfficialWire) WASHINGTON, D.C. (USA) OfficialWire PR News Bureau 1 Constitutional lawyer David Rivkin Former White House lawyer, David B. Rivkin, Jr. has written extensively about the powers granted to presidents by the U.S. Constitution. Rivkin, the lawyer who successfully initiated the constitutional debate on the 2010 Affordable Care Act (“ObamaCare”), has achieved renown as one of the nation’s “staunchest defenders of the Constitution.” His legal opinions stem not from a...
  • Nato admits civilians died in Tripoli bombing raid

    06/21/2011 3:07:11 AM PDT · by grundle · 5 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | June 19, 2011
    NATO air strikes killed nine civilians in the Arada neighbourhood of Tripoli, which is a known anti-Gaddafi stronghold, the regime said Sunday. The incident occurred a day after the government accused NATO of specifically targeting civilians. AFP - NATO said Sunday it was investigating Libyan claims that nine civilians, two of them of toddlers, were killed in an alliance air raid... Libyan government spokesman Mussa Ibrahim told AFP that a NATO air strike on a residential district of Tripoli early on Sunday killed nine people... Earlier in the day, journalists had been shown the bodies of five people, one of...
  • Scores of U.S. Strikes in Libya Followed Handoff to NATO

    06/20/2011 10:26:20 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 14 replies
    NYTimes ^ | June 21, 2011 | By CHARLIE SAVAGE and THOM SHANKER
    Since the United States handed control of the air war in Libya to NATO in early April, American warplanes have struck at Libyan air defenses about 60 times, and remotely operated drones have fired missiles at Libyan forces about 30 times, according to military officials. The most recent strike from a piloted United States aircraft was on Saturday, and the most recent strike from an American drone was on Wednesday, the officials said. While the Obama administration has regularly acknowledged that American forces have continued to take part in some of the strike sorties, few details about their scope and...
  • The Hubris of Barack W. Obama

    06/20/2011 2:37:10 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 30 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Monday, June 20th, 2011 | Conor Friedersdorf
    He rose to the presidency insisting that process matters. On Libya, he's shown contempt for it. Barack Obama appealed to some voters in 2008 because he seemed to understand that process matters. His predecessor, George W. Bush, felt tremendous pressure to prevent another terrorist attack. Anyone in his position would've been tempted to go Jack Bauer, breaking normal protocol and even laws in service of keeping us safer. Upon reflection, however, America learned that those protocols and laws were there for a reason. That in their absence the hubris of leaders is unleashed. That innocent people get tortured, average Americans...
  • 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.
  • 'Ronald Reagan would be disappointed in you': John McCain attacks Republican field

    06/19/2011 5:33:49 PM PDT · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 57 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 6/19/11 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Republican Senator John McCain today ripped into the current crop of GOP candidates, accusing them of breaking with the party's traditions by preaching 'isolationism.' Mr McCain, the Republican candidate in the 2008 presidential elections, said if former President Ronald Reagan were still alive he would have been disappointed in last week's Republican presidential debate in which candidates voiced impatience with U.S. military efforts in Afghanistan, Iraq and now Libya. Mr McCain told ABC's This Week: 'He would be saying: "That's not the Republican Party of the 20th century, and now the 21st century. That is not the Republican Party that...
  • Boehner Blasts Obama Claims on Libya

    06/16/2011 7:51:20 AM PDT · by kristinn · 91 replies · 1+ views
    USA Today | Thursday, June 16, 2011 | David Jackson
    Headline and link only for USA Today.Also, the AP has a short article that matches the headline given:House speaker says Obama argument on Libya doesn't pass the 'straight face' test
  • Dennis Kucinich Gets Nasty With CNN's Brooke Baldwin

    06/15/2011 2:01:20 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 59 replies
    U.S. Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich showed his nasty and perhaps sexist side in his treatment of CNN Anchor Brooke Baldwin just moments ago on CNN Live. While fielding questions about his lawsuit against the Obama Administration for the U.S. military involvement in Libya, Brooke asked him an essentially rhetorical question of why he calls it a "war" when, at present, the U.S. doesn't have a large set of ground soldiers there. "That's a silly question," Kucinich angrily responded, and which completely lost any chance of this blogger's positive mention of Kucinich in this matter. "If it looks like a war,...
  • President Obama Rejected DOJ and DOD Advice, and Sided with Harold Koh, on War Powers Resolution

    06/18/2011 6:10:48 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Lawfare ^ | June 17, 2011 | Jack Goldsmith
    Charlie Savage has the amazing story that President Obama “rejected the views of top lawyers at the Pentagon and the Justice Department when he decided that he had the legal authority to continue American military participation in the air war in Libya without Congressional authorization.” The Acting head of the Office of Legal Counsel, Caroline Krass, and the General Counsel of the Department of Defense, Jeh Johnson, advised the President that military activities in Libya constituted “hostilities” under the War Powers Resolution and thus Section 5(b) of the WPR required him to terminate or scale back the mission after May...
  • Obama's Gift to Samantha Powers

    06/18/2011 9:44:46 AM PDT · by Meet the New Boss · 9 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 17 June 2011 | Stanley Kurtz
    Over at the Lawfare blog, Jack Goldsmith has some thoughts on the Obama administration’s war powers argument. Whatever you think of the War Powers Act, Goldsmith’s second point is of particular interest: The Administration argues that its operation is legitimated and limited by the U.N. Security Council Resolution. It does not really explain why it thinks this. But in any event, the “no danger to troops” theory, combined with the heavy reliance on the Security Council Resolution, suggest that the Administration is creating a principle of unilateral presidential war power for U.N.-sponsored interventions from a distance. In practice, this principle...
  • NATO bombs Tripoli, sending Khadafy into rage

    06/18/2011 12:22:59 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 26 replies
    Boston.com ^ | June 18, 2011 | By Adam Schreck and Hadeel Al-Shalchi
    Provoked by renewed daylight NATO bombing of his capital, Libyan leader Moammar Khadafy raged against the alliance yesterday, screaming his message and daring Western forces to keep it up. Khadafy spoke in a telephone call that was piped through loudspeakers to a few thousand people demonstrating in Tripoli’s Green Square at the end of a day when NATO intensified bombing runs across the capital. State television carried the Khadafy message live, then repeated it a few minutes later. “NATO will be defeated,’’ he yelled in a hoarse, agitated voice. “They will pull out in defeat.’’ The sound of automatic weapons...
  • Report: Obama overruled lawyers on Libya air war

    06/17/2011 9:37:22 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 78 replies · 1+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | June 18 2011 | AP
    President Barack Obama decided he could continue the air war in Libya without congressional approval despite rulings to the contrary from Justice Department and Pentagon lawyers, according to published reports.
  • 2 Top Lawyers Lost to Obama in Libya War Policy Debate

    06/17/2011 6:54:40 PM PDT · by Hoodat · 168 replies
    NY Times ^ | 17 June 2011 | Charlie Savage
    WASHINGTON — President Obama rejected the views of top lawyers at the Pentagon and the Justice Department when he decided that he had the legal authority to continue American military participation in the air war in Libya without Congressional authorization, according to officials familiar with internal administration deliberations. Jeh C. Johnson, the Pentagon general counsel, and Caroline D. Krass, the acting head of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, had told the White House that they believed that the United States military’s activities in the NATO-led air war amounted to “hostilities.” Under the War Powers Resolution, that would have...
  • NATO first to blink in Libya (or how NATO allies will leave General Obama holding the bag)

    06/16/2011 1:13:46 PM PDT · by chuckee · 27 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 6/6/2011
    Reflecting frustration at NATO's inability to achieve quick results in a campaign some had forecast would be over in days or weeks, the U.S. defense secretary rounded on European allies last week for failing to back the mission the alliance took over in late March. "The mightiest military alliance in history is only 11 weeks into an operation against a poorly armed regime in a sparsely populated country," Robert Gates said, "yet many allies are beginning to run short of munitions, requiring the U.S., once more, to make up the difference." Now it's not only bombs, but the planes to...
  • Obama's unauthorized war on Libya costs $9,421,000 a day: Are you getting your money's worth?

    06/16/2011 4:54:23 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 14 replies
    LA Times ^ | June 16, 2011 | Andrew Malcolm
    The Obama administration is spending almost $9.5 million every single day to blow things up in Libya because the president has determined that is in the country's national interest, this country's national interest, not Libya's. You may not have noticed the $392,542 flowing out of the national treasury every hour, day and night, since those first $1.5 million Tomahawks flashed from the launch tubes back on March 19. But Libya's dictator Moammar Kadafi has. Not enough to quit, mind you, because he can hide while his troops do the dying and killing. Kadafi's military might has been degraded sufficiently by...
  • 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...
  • Low-key Marine, Gen. John R. Allen, to take over Afghan war at high-stakes time

    06/14/2011 7:37:39 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 7 replies
    WaPo ^ | Tuesday, June 14, 5:33 PM | Craig Whitlock
    Of all the members of President Obama’s new national security team, Lt. Gen. John R. Allen, tapped as the fourth commander in two years to run the war in Afghanistan, may have the toughest assignment. In the coming days, Obama is expected to make a key strategic decision about how many troops the United States can afford to withdraw from Afghanistan without giving ground to the Taliban. To execute that high-stakes plan, he’ll turn to Allen, 57, a low-profile Marine with no Afghan fighting experience but with a reputation as a military turnaround specialist. Unlike the household name he is...
  • 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...
  • Libya rape victims face 'honour killings'

    06/14/2011 9:46:54 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | July 14th 2011 | Pascale Harter
    Libyan women and girls who become pregnant through rape risk being murdered by their own families in so-called "honour killings", according to aid workers. Rape is a sensitive topic worldwide, but in this country it is even more of a taboo. "In Libya when rape occurs, it seems to be a whole village or town which is seen to be dishonoured," says Arafat Jamal of the UN refugee agency, UNHCR. Libyan charities say they are getting reports that in the west of the country, which is particularly conservative, Col Muammar Gaddafi's forces have tended to rape women and girls in...
  • Libya: Coalition forces prepare two-pronged blitz to finish off Gaddafi

    06/11/2011 9:33:16 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | May 28, 2011 | Richard Spencer & Ruth Sherlock
    British, French and other Nato forces were on Saturday night preparing a two-pronged blitz to try to finish off Col Gaddafi as already slender hopes for a peaceful resolution to the Libyan crisis faded. The first daytime bombing raid on the Libyan capital Tripoli on Saturday morning heralded a new stage in the military campaign against the Gaddafi regime. It hit a military storage base in the centre of Tripoli that has been subject of repeated raids all week. But a military spokesman said a separate mission the night before had taken out watchtowers on the leadership's Bab al-Azizia compound...