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  • House weighs barring funds for Libyan operation

    07/07/2011 12:36:44 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 8 replies
    CBS money watch ^ | July 07, 2011 | N/A
    The House on Thursday weighed whether to prohibit funds for the U.S. military operation against Libya in a constitutional showdown with President Barack Obama. Calling the war illegal because Obama never sought congressional consent, Republicans and Democrats pressed for two measures — one to bar funds for military activities and equipment used against Libya, and a second to prevent funds for U.S. military participation in the NATO-led mission against Moammar Gadhafi's forces. Lawmakers argue that Obama violated the 1973 War Powers Resolution that requires a president to seek congressional approval within 60 days of the first military strikes, a move...
  • Liberty and Loss

    07/04/2011 11:42:41 AM PDT · by madprof98 · 6 replies
    National Review (The Corner) ^ | July 4, 2011 | Mark Steyn
    I’m afraid my Fourth of July column this year casts a bit of a damper on the fireworks. Perhaps the most depressing aspect of Obama’s speech last week was one so obvious it was barely remarked upon. As spokesperson for the spendaholic class, the President essentially told the world: Nothing’s gonna change. We’re gonna spend spend spend the republic into the abyss. In my soon to be imminently forthcoming book, I quote one of the most poignant lines from the Declaration of Independence, one that never made it into the final text – Thomas Jefferson’s parting words to his fellow...
  • Libya rebels prepare for push on Tripoli: reports

    07/03/2011 10:46:40 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 5 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | July 03, 2011 | By Kristen Chick,
    Leaders of Libya’s rebel forces say they are ready to launch an offensive toward Tripoli, the capital city controlled by embattled leader Muammar Qaddafi, from an enclave southwest of the capital. The announcement came after NATO intensified airstrikes in the west of the country and as the African Union (AU) put forward a plan for peace negotiations and urged its member states not to honor an International Criminal Court (ICC) arrest warrant for Colonel Qaddafi. Rebel spokesman Colonel Ahmed Omar Bani told reporters in Benghazi, the rebel capital in the east, late on Saturday that rebel fighters will advance from...
  • Gaddafi can stay in Libya if he quits: rebel chief

    07/03/2011 10:38:16 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 10 replies
    Chicagotribune. ^ | July 03, 2011 | Maria Golovnina
    Muammar Gaddafi is welcome to live out his retirement inside Libya as long as he gives up all power, Libya's rebel chief told Reuters on Sunday in the clearest concession the rebels have so far offered. Gaddafi is still holding on to power, five months into a rebellion against his 41-year rule and despite aNATO bombardment and an International Criminal Court arrest warrant for crimes against humanity. "As a peaceful solution, we offered that he can resign and order his soldiers to withdraw from their barracks and positions, and then he can decide either to stay in Libya or abroad,"...
  • Sudanese army seizes southern Libyan town (Sudan invades Libya - 400 miles inside Libyan territory)

    07/02/2011 3:46:59 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 101 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | Jul 1, 2011 | Damien McElroy
    Officials overseeing the no-fly zone enforced by Nato over Libya said the Sudanese move north of border had not encountered resistance from troops loyal to Col Muammar Gaddafi. Since the February uprising against his regime, the Libyan leader's forces have been concentrated around Tripoli, the capital; Sirte, the eastern town that is Col Gaddafi's birthplace and Sebha, the desert outpost where the dictator grew up. Officials said control of the town of Kufra and nearby military base granted the Sudanese a key strategic foothold between the regime and the opposition Transitional National Council (TNC) which holds the eastern seaboard and...
  • Clinton: NATO mission in Libya is on track

    07/02/2011 9:36:56 AM PDT · by CharlyFord · 15 replies
    CNN World ^ | July 2, 2011 | CNN Wire Staff
    (CNN) -- The NATO mission in Libya is on track, with pressure on leader Moammar Gadhafi mounting and the rebel forces growing stronger, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Saturday. "We need to see this through, and we are in complete agreement that we will," she said, speaking alongside Spanish Foreign Minister Trinidad Jiminez in Madrid. Clinton also dismissed a threat by Gadhafi to take the war to Europe, made in an audio message broadcast Friday
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • How limited is the U.S. mission in Libya?

    07/01/2011 11:09:59 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | July 01, 2011 | By JOHN VANDIVER
    STUTTGART, Germany — Following President Barack Obama’s comments during a Wednesday news conference, in which he said the U.S. is no longer carrying the bulk of NATO’s military load in Libya, there has been much back and forth about what exactly the U.S. role is in Operation Unified Protector. Set against a debate about the constitutionality of the mission, the White House has defended American engagement in the campaign. The Obama administration says the scope of the U.S. engagement is limited in nature with a special focus on providing logistical support to allies, as well has suppressing Libyan air defenses...
  • Continuing 'Odyssey Dawn' op in Libya testing patience of Congress

    06/28/2011 10:55:11 AM PDT · by SoonerStorm09 · 3 replies
    Red Dirt Report ^ | June 27, 2011 | Andrew W. Griffin
    OKLAHOMA CITY -- Congress is not very happy with President Obama over his decision, back in March, to involve the American military in the NATO-led bombing operations in Libya. Specifically, Congress is outraged with Obama ignoring the War Powers Act of 1973, which requires the president to consult Congress before becoming involved in “hostilities.” Congress claims the “humanitarian bombing” operations – to quote Tulsa’s U.S. Rep. John Sullivan – qualify as war or “hostilities.” Obama’s lawyers, meanwhile, disagree and say that since “Operation Odyssey Dawn” does not rise to that level and there are no “boots on the ground,” at...
  • Obama’s Libya Venture and Double Standards

    06/28/2011 7:46:35 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar
    Frontpage Mag ^ | June 28, 2011 | Bruce Thornton
    The champion of shameless chutzpah has always been the guy who murders his parents then throws himself on the mercy of the court because he’s an orphan. But White House spokesman Jay Carney might be the new champ, given his response to the House vote not to authorize President Obama’s un-war in Libya: “We think now is not the time to send the kind of mixed message that it sends when we are working with our allies to achieve the goals that we believe are widely shared in Congress.” A Democrat like Carney has to be brimming with chutzpah to...
  • How Obama Bungled Libya

    06/28/2011 7:24:26 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 16 replies
    MSNBC ^ | June 28, 2011 | N/A
    SNIP Last week, when asked to support U.S. military activities in the oil-rich nation, the House of Representatives voted “present.” The House overwhelmingly rejected an explicit authorization of force, but also rejected an effort to prohibit its funding. If anyone needed evidence as to why the founding fathers did not give Congress the authority to “make war,” this was surely it. If we consider what to do next, the answer seems to be not much. The House's contradictory signals left our allies in dismay, and seemed to encourage Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan strongman, to continue to hold out. The end...
  • House Rejects Measure To Continue US Role in Libya

    06/24/2011 9:48:11 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 91 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 6-24-11 | DONNA CASSATA
    <p>WASHINGTON – The House has voted down a measure giving President Barack Obama the authority to continue the U.S. military action against Libya.</p> <p>The vote was 295-123 on Friday. The congressional action has no immediate effect on American involvement but represents a repudiation of the commander in chief.</p>
  • House rejects measure backing Libya mission

    06/24/2011 9:58:16 AM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | 6/23/11 | Alan Silverleib
    The House of Representatives registered its disapproval of U.S. involvement in the NATO-led Libya campaign Friday, solidly rejecting a resolution expressing support for American military engagement in the war-torn North African country. The resolution -- similar to a measure introduced in the Senate by Sen. John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, and Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona -- lost in a 295-193 vote. Republicans voted overwhelmingly against the measure, while Democrats voted more narrowly in favor of it.
  • "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.
  • Italy defence minister sends signal on NATO Libya unity

    06/19/2011 3:24:49 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 51 replies ^ | June 18, 2011
    ROME, June 18 (Reuters) - Any Italian debate about the possibility of ending active involvement in the NATO campaign in Libya could encourage its allies to push for a non-military resolution, Defence Minister Ignazio La Russa said in a newspaper interview published on Saturday. "I say that the government and parliament thinking about a date for the closure of our active participation could serve as a stimulus to our British, French and American allies to find a diplomatic way out of the crisis," he told the daily Corriere della Sera. La Russa said Italy could "consider the hypothesis of setting...
  • Un-strategic Victory in Libya

    06/20/2011 10:44:08 PM PDT · by Rabin · 1 replies
    RUSI ^ | 1 June 2011 | Michael Clarke, Director-General
    The wheel is turning in Libya and the NATO-led coalition is on the verge of success. The anti-Qadhafi rebels may not be able to anticipate their own success so soon, but the external powers now have a good chance in a matter of weeks …
  • 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...
  • As West labors in Libya and Syria, Russia seizes an opportunity

    06/18/2011 6:23:02 PM PDT · by decimon · 3 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | June 17, 2011 | Howard LaFranchi
    With the West, including the United States, stuck in a military stalemate in Libya, Russia is busy offering itself to the region as the un-NATO. Just weeks after abstaining (rather than vetoing) a United Nations Security Council resolution authorizing the use of force in Libya, Russia is now pressing for a diplomatic solution to replace military intervention in Libya. And Russia modeling itself to the region as an alternative to an interventionist West does not stop there. It also is balking at a Europe-sponsored and US-backed UN resolution on Syria it says it fears would be used as a pretext...
  • Libyan rebels blame West for lack of cash ("Rebels" admit their campaign is a failure)

    06/18/2011 5:15:50 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 28 replies
    yahoo ^ | 6/18/2011 | Reuters
    Rebels waging a drawn-out war to oust Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi have run out of money, their oil chief said on Saturday, and he accused the West of failing to keep its promises of urgent financial aid. His comments came as cracks were appearing in the NATO alliance over its 3-month bombing campaign against Gaddafi, with some allies showing mission fatigue and the United States accusing some European allies of failing to pull their weight. The rebels have made several gains in the past few weeks, but remain far from seizing their ultimate prize -- Gaddafi's powerbase of Tripoli and...