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  • Libyan Leader Gaddafi Threatens To Attack Europe

    07/09/2011 8:38:09 AM PDT · by Strategy · 16 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | July 9, 2011
    Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on Friday threatened Europe with retaliation for a NATO-led military campaign, saying he will send hundreds of soldiers to launch attacks there. "Hundreds of Libyans will martyr in Europe," Gaddafi told a multi-thousand-strong crowd in Sabha some 500 miles south of the capital Tripoli in a speech shown on national television, adding that NATO will regret "when the war moves to Europe."
  • NAS Whidbey planes returning from Libya operations

    07/09/2011 5:03:39 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 7 replies
    seattletimes ^ | July 09, 2011
    The Navy says five Growler warplanes are returning Saturday to the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station after supporting coalition forces in Libya. The Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 Scorpions originally deployed in November to Iraq. After March the planes took part enforcing the no-fly zone in Libya against the forces of Moammar Gadhafi. The Navy says VAQ-132 was the first EA6B Prowler squadron to transition to the Boeing-built Growler planes, a Super Hornet variant. It was the first Growler squadron to deploy and the first to conduct an entire eight-month expedition from land. Most such squadrons operate from aircraft carriers....
  • 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
    reuters.com ^ | 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...
  • Nato says Libya 'uses mosques as shields'

    06/18/2011 1:08:23 PM PDT · by darkside321 · 22 replies
    Nato has accused Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi of using mosques and children's parks as shields as his forces "systematically and brutally" attack the Libyan people. The statement came in response to Libyan charges that Nato deliberately targeted civilian buildings. Libya has insisted it is in talks with rebels, despite their denials. Rebels also say their administration is running out of cash as donors' pledges have not materialised. , said his administration had run out of cash and had not yet received any of the funds promised by donors. "All of these people we talk to, all of these countries,...
  • Reid backs Obama on Libya, War Powers Act

    06/18/2011 1:23:34 PM PDT · by Justaham · 12 replies
    Politico.com ^ | 6-18-11
    When it comes to the conflict in Libya, President Barack Obama has an ally in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. The Nevada Democrat on Friday broke with the Senate's No. 2 Democrat and backed the White House's position that Obama does not need congressional approval to continue U.S. military operations in the north African nation. "The War Powers Act has no application to what's going on in Libya," Reid said Friday night during an appearance on PBS's "The NewsHour." "We did an authorization for Afghanistan; we did one for Iraq. But we have no troops on the ground there [in...
  • 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."
  • Does Obama Think He Is the King?

    This is pretty disturbing news coming from the New York Times, a paper which is finally starting to focus on abuse of power in the Obama administration.  So the Office of the General Counsel, backed up by Obama's own Attorney General and the Pentagon's General Counsel all said that our Libya intervention counted as "hostilities" and therefore would require Congressional approval to continue past May 20th.  Did Obama listen to them? Of course not.  He found other lawyers that gave him an analysis that allowed him to do whatever he wanted and just followed them.  This is all highly irregular...
  • 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...
  • House members to sue Obama administration over Libya mission

    06/15/2011 9:09:57 AM PDT · by topher · 70 replies
    CNN.com ^ | June 15, 2011 | From Deirdre Walsh and Brianna Keilar
    House members to sue Obama administration over Libya mission From Deirdre Walsh and Brianna Keilar June 15, 2011 11:45 a.m. EDT Washington (CNN) -- A bipartisan group of House members will file a lawsuit Wednesday challenging U.S. participation in the Libya military mission. Meanwhile, President Barack Obama is set to defend U.S. military involvement in Libya to Congress, according to the White House. The administration will provide a report to address a June 3 House resolution that raised questions about the president's goal in Libya, how he hopes to achieve that goal, why he has not sought congressional authorization for...
  • 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...
  • President Rejects Need for Congressional Approval of Libyan Military Operation

    06/17/2011 10:22:52 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 35 replies
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 16 June 2011 | John Semmens
    The Obama Administration rejected contentions that the attacks on Libya that he authorized beginning in March must conform to rules laid down by the 1973 War Powers Act. “The intent of the War Powers Act was to restrain then President Nixon from abusing his authority,” State Department legal adviser Harold Koh argued. “Ultimately, it was his abuse of Presidential powers that led to his impeachment and resignation. That crisis has passed. The War Powers Act is no longer needed.” Aside from the alleged “narrow historical applicability” argument, Koh also parsed the phrasing of the Act. “Strictly speaking, the War Powers...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Panetta: Obama Can Unilaterally Use Military to Protect ‘National Interests’

    06/17/2011 5:46:44 PM PDT · by Robert Drobot · 38 replies
    CNSNEWS.COM ^ | Monday, June 13, 2011 | Matt Cover
    (CNSNews.com) - CIA Director Leon Panetta, who President Barack Obama has nominated to be secretary of Defense, told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday that he believes the president can unilaterally use military force, without congressional authorization to “protect our national interests.”Panetta’s claim of broad unilateral presidential power to initiate U.S. military action absent an attack or imminent threat to the United States came in response to a question from Sen. John McCain—who said he agreed with Panetta.The U.S. is now involved militarily in Libya even though Congress has never authorized that involvement.
  • Jordan renews support for Libya revolution

    06/17/2011 12:12:08 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Jordan Times ^ | June 13, 2011 | By Hani Hazaimeh and Petra
    His Majesty King Abdullah on Monday renewed Jordan’s support for the Libyan people in their pursuit of a better future, according to a Royal Court statement. During a meeting with Mustafa Abdel Jalil, the head of the Libyan National Transitional Council, the King stressed that Jordan will continue to provide humanitarian, medical and logistical assistance to the Libyan people to enable them to overcome these difficult conditions and to move into a new phase of security and stability. Abdel Jalil briefed the King on the latest developments, voicing appreciation for the Kingdom’s support of the Libyan people. Royal Court Chief...
  • Danish F-16s running out of bombs over Libya

    06/17/2011 12:04:47 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 34 replies · 1+ views
    F-16.net ^ | June 10, 2011 | Asif Shamim
    F-16s’s operating against forces loyal to Colonel Gaddafi in Libya are running out of bombs according to a June 9 report. A request to the replenish stocks has been made to the Netherlands. "The Danish F-16s are about to run out of bombs to continue to attack Libya," the daily Politiken said, citing unnamed defence sources. "The Danish military has therefore asked Holland for help," it added. A spokesman for the Danish military's logistics division could not confirm the report but said his department was speaking to other coalition partners about supplies. "It is our job to always support operations...
  • RNoAF F-16s to exit Libya operations

    06/17/2011 12:01:00 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 6 replies · 1+ views
    F-16.net ^ | June 10, 2011 | Asif Shamim
    The Government of Norway has announced its plans to reduce its fighter contribution and withdrawal from Operation Unified Protector. The RNoAF will reduce its F-16 contribution to four jets and will totally withdraw it forces from the NATO-led operation by August 1st, the government said Friday. Defense Minister Grete Faremo said she expects understanding from NATO allies because Norway has a small air force and cannot "maintain a large fighter jet contribution for a long period." The Norwegian government stresses in a statement that it is important that Norway continues to contribute to supporting the implementation of UN Security Council...
  • 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
  • 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...
  • Europe doesn't have the firepower

    06/15/2011 10:42:46 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 22 replies
    LibérationParis ^ | 6/15/2011 | Bernard Guetta
    Now that they are involved in Libya, Europeans have discovered that they do not have the means to achieve their ambitions. And without the backing of military means, EU diplomacy will not be credible in a strategic region for Europe. This is the logic behind the need for common defence programmes. Chess game between Anders Fogh Rasmussen of NATO and Syrian president Bachar al-Assad, with Gaddafi as a piece Bernard Guetta It was an American who spilled the beans. The reason why a majority of European countries are not participating in air support operations for the Libyan uprising is not...
  • Capuano joins suit against US action in Libya

    06/15/2011 10:42:49 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 4 replies · 1+ views
    boston.com ^ | June 16, 2011 | By Theo Emery
    With unease mounting in Congress over the US military role in Libya, Representative Michael E. Capuano joined a bipartisan lawsuit today challenging US involvement, which the White House sought to justify in a report to lawmakers. Capuano, a Somerville Democrat, is one of 10 plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed in federal court in Washington. The suit contends that US involvement is illegal because President Obama committed US resources to the conflict without permission from Congress. "For me this is not about Libya, it's about the Constitution," Capuano said in an interview. "It wouldn't matter where we were or what we...
  • NATO: Can the Europeans Defend Themselves? Alliance of the Unwilling

    06/15/2011 10:06:43 PM PDT · by coldphoenix · 10 replies
    NYTimes ^ | June 15 2011 | Josef Joffe
    The irony couldn’t be thicker. Here are 500 million inhabitants of the European Union with a gross domestic product that is the world’s largest. Yet the U.S., dragged along by Little Napoleon, a k a Nicholas Sarkozy, flies most of the sorties -- not to speak of providing all the World War IV stuff like space-based surveillance the Europeans can’t field themselves. So Europe doesn’t want to put in its money where its mouth is, and Germany hasn’t even opened it. Unlike neutral Sweden, Europe’s No. 1 power has strictly refused to go along, mumbling that “force never solves political...
  • 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...
  • John McCain keeps up Libya push

    06/14/2011 10:56:31 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 48 replies
    Politico ^ | 2011-06-15 | Meredith Shiner
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Tuesday that a resolution he’s spent months crafting on Libya will likely call on the White House to increase its communication with Congress, an addition that could help pick up support for the stalled measure. Last week the Foreign Relations Committee postponed a mark up of McCain’s resolution, written in partnership with Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.), fearing the measure would not get enough votes. “I think as the situation has evolved in Libya, and frankly the lack of consultation and reporting to Congress has gone on, then we will be working on more...
  • US Congress votes against Libya funding

    06/13/2011 10:33:40 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 42 replies
    AFP via Breitbart ^ | June 14, 2011
    The US House of Representatives voted to prohibit the use of funds for American military operations in Libya. Lawmakers adopted the amendment to a military appropriations bill by a vote of 248 to 163. A number of members of Congress have recently expressed their dissatisfaction at President Barack Obama's decision to go ahead with operations in Libya in March and to continue without congressional authorization. The amendment, introduced by Democratic representative Brad Sherman from California, invokes the War Powers Resolution, a 1973 law that limits presidential powers on sending troops abroad into combat zones without the consent of Congress. Sherman's...
  • Administration Insists Libyan War Actions Legal

    06/11/2011 1:02:57 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 16 replies
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 11 June 2011 | John Semmens
    Presidential Press Secretary Jay Carney deflected Congressional charges that the Administration is not in compliance with the War Power Act. Under that Act, any military action against another country cannot go beyond 60 days without express Congressional approval. “As the President sees it, Congress hasn’t told him to stop what he’s doing in Libya,” Carney reminded. “I mean, the 60-day threshold has come and gone. Congress is within its rights to block funding for this war. The fact that they haven’t tells me they are okay with it.” Carney also cited a resolution co-authored by Senators John McCain (R-Ariz) and...
  • Libya rebel council may include extremists, Panetta says

    06/10/2011 9:28:01 AM PDT · by Jim 726 · 8 replies
    Reporting from Washington— President Obama's nominee for secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, told the Senate that he is concerned that some leaders of Libya's opposition may be extremists, even as officials disclosed that U.S. aid for those fighting Moammar Kadafi will fall far short of what the rebel group says it needs. Panetta, currently the CIA director, told lawmakers during his confirmation hearing Thursday that worries about some members of the rebels' ruling body, the Transitional National Council, are "legitimate" and that U.S. officials are "watching very closely."
  • 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.
  • Obama's Libya debacle

    06/09/2011 12:00:57 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    President Obama is in deep water, well over his head, in the misbegotten Libya adventure into which he dragged America. His public statements reveal the degree of the debacle.On the 18th of March 2011, ABC News reported: President Obama told a bi-partisan group of members of Congress today that he expects the U.S. would be actively involved in any military action against Libya for "days, not weeks" after which he said the U.S. would take more of a supporting role. Later in the same week in Brazil per MSNBC: He portrayed the relatively limited U.S. role as a cost-saving measure...
  • Gaddafi more defiant as NATO bombards Libya’s capital

    06/07/2011 4:27:03 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 12 replies
    WaPo ^ | Tuesday, June 7, 4:30 PM | Simon Denyer
    TRIPOLI, Libya — NATO rained scores of bombs on the Libyan capital in a rare daytime assault throughout Wednesday, but Moammar Gaddafi responded swiftly with a vow that his people would never surrender. Huge explosions rattled windows and nerves across Tripoli during a bombardment that lasted from late morning to early evening. Jets buzzed overhead, and plumes of dark gray smoke billowed into the sky. The Libyan government said 60 bombs fell on the city, killing 29 people. Reporters in Tripoli counted about 35 explosions. President Obama said that NATO had made significant progress during its campaign and that it...