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  • NATO Says Qaddafi's Sixth Son, Three Grandsons Killed in Airstrike

    04/30/2011 4:08:36 PM PDT · by The Chief · 120 replies · 1+ views
    Foxnews.com ^ | 4/30.2011
    Almost got Qaddafi!
  • Libya: pro-Gaddafi forces cross into Tunisia

    04/29/2011 12:53:02 PM PDT · by mojito · 10 replies · 1+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/29/2011 | Unattributed
    Pro-Gaddafi forces fired shells into the town of Dehiba, damaging buildings and injuring at least one resident, and a group of them drove into the town in a truck, local people and a Reuters photographer in the town said. The Libyan government troops were pursuing anti-Gaddafi rebels from the restive Western Mountains region of Libya who fled into Tunisia in the past few days after Gaddafi forces overran the border post the rebels had earlier seized. "There were lots of clashes in the town this morning. Lots of gunshots. The Tunisian military clashed with Gaddafi's forces ... Some of Gaddafi's...
  • Oscar Nominated Documentary Filmmaker And Photographer Reportedly Killed In Libya

    04/20/2011 9:47:13 AM PDT · by library user · 46 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 20, 2011 | by Glynnis MacNicol
    ~ EXCERPT ~This is terrible news.  And important to note the details are still sketchy. But there are reports that photographers Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros have been killed in Libya.The news was first posted on fellow photographer Andre Liohn's Facebook page.  Liohn is reportedly at the hospital. Hetherington was nominated for a Oscar this year for the documentary Restrepo which he co-directed with journalist Sebastian Junger.Chris Hondros is a Pulitzer-Prize nominated war photographer whose work has appeared in the NYT, Newsweek, and the Economist, to name a few. The two were reportedly covering the fighting in Misrata.  Yesterday Hetherington tweeted:...
  • James Clapper (Obama Intel boss) says Libya's Muammar Gaddafi will prevail

    03/10/2011 1:57:40 PM PST · by iowamark · 37 replies
    BBC ^ | 03/10/2011 | BBC
    The US national intelligence director has predicted embattled Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi will defeat the rebels challenging his grip on power. James Clapper told the US Senate that Col Gaddafi's superior military force would prevail over the long term. And Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the US would not act in Libya without international authorisation. Meanwhile, Libyan rebels are fleeing the port of Ras Lanuf after sustained attacks by Col Gaddafi's forces. In Washington, Gen Clapper, who is the top intelligence adviser to US President Barack Obama, told the Senate he saw no evidence Col Gaddafi would step...
  • Qaddafi Forces Reportedly Fire Cluster Bombs Into Civilian Areas

    04/15/2011 11:19:46 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 38 replies
    Forces loyal to Muammar Qaddafi have reportedly been firing into residential neighborhoods with cluster bombs, which have been banned by much of the world, witnesses told The New York Times on Friday. The newspaper, citing accounts of survivors and physical evidence found on the ground, said such weapons by definition cannot be fired precisely, and thus place civilians lives at great risk when fired into populated areas
  • Qaddafi Taunts West as NATO Seeks More Attack Planes

    04/15/2011 6:32:08 AM PDT · by dennisw · 6 replies
    bloomberg | 4 15 2011
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-04-14/qaddafi-taunts-as-nato-seeks-more-warplanes-to-hit-his-forces.htmlKind of amusing article. Gadaffi is on state TV pumping his fists in victory while France and USA refuse to supply more ground attack planes to the NATO commander...whoever that wuss might beHillary said--- “Qaddafi is testing our determination”  I'll bet he is you moron. She is as incompetent as the Kenyan
  • Dear Obama: Please Stop the Airstrikes, Love -Gadhafi … PS: Good Luck in 2012!

    04/06/2011 3:54:31 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 4 replies
    The Blaze ^ | April 06, 2011 | Emily Esfahani Smith
    Via Business Insider comes news of a rambling three-page missive that Libya’s crazy-man Moammar Gadhafi sent off to President Barack Obama yesterday: In the letter, sent Wednesday, Gadhafi says his country had been hurt more morally than physically by the NATO campaign and that a democratic society could not be built through missiles and aircraft. He also repeated his claim that his foes are members of al-Qaida. Gadhafi addresses Obama as “our son” in the letter and says he hopes Obama will win re-election in 2012.
  • Qaddafi Sends A Letter To Obama Asking Him To Stop Airstrikes, Wishes Him Luck In 2012

    04/06/2011 12:37:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/06/2011 | Gus Lubin
    Qaddafi has sent a rambling three-page letter to Obama imploring him to stop the airstrikes, according to the AP. In the letter, sent Wednesday, Gadhafi says his country had been hurt more morally than physically by the NATO campaign and that a democratic society could not be built through missiles and aircraft. He also repeated his claim that his foes are members of al-Qaida. Gadhafi addresses Obama as "our son" in the letter and says he hopes Obama will win re-election in 2012. This isn't the first time he praised Obama or called him "our son." But the president hasn't...
  • Libyan rebels condemn NATO over Gaddafi advance

    04/06/2011 1:56:41 AM PDT · by Jim 726 · 21 replies
    BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – The head of Libya's rebel army has condemned NATO for its slow chain of command in ordering air strikes to protect civilians, saying the alliance was "letting the people of Misrata die every day". The besieged city of Misrata, the only big population center in western Libya where a revolt against Gaddafi has not been crushed and which faces army tanks and snipers, is now the priority for NATO air strikes, alliance officials said earlier. "NATO blesses us every now and then with a bombardment here and there, and is letting the people of Misrata die...
  • U.S. Ending Its Air Support of No-Fly Zone in Libya, Leaving NATO to Take Reins

    04/02/2011 2:50:41 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | 04/02/2011 | Fox News
    The Pentagon is about to pull its attack planes out of the international air campaign in Libya, hoping NATO partners can take up the slack. The announcement Thursday drew incredulous reactions from some in Congress who wondered aloud why the Obama administration would bow out of a key element of the strategy for protecting Libyan civilians and crippling Muammar Qaddafi's army. "Odd," ''troubling" and "unnerving" were among critical comments by senators pressing for an explanation of the announcement by Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs chairman Adm. Mike Mullen that American combat missions will end Saturday.
  • Who Are the Libyan Rebels? Doesn’t the President Care? cont’d

    04/02/2011 12:07:17 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | Mar 31, 2011 | Peter Kirsanow
    We bombed Qaddafi’s forces because they were killing civilians. So Qaddafi’s forces began dressing like civilians. So the rebels began killing civilians. So NATO is warning the rebels not to kill civilians, otherwise NATO will bomb the rebels. But the rebels are dressed like civilians.So NATO may end up killing civilians. In other news, the administration continues to debate arming the rebels who are dressed like civilians. But Qaddafi’s forces are also dressed like civilians. So we may be arming Qaddafi’s forces who are killing civilians while we also bomb the rebels who are killing civilians and bombing civilians who...
  • Obama’s Missionless War--If you don’t have a mission, it’s hard to know when it’s accomplished

    04/02/2011 11:58:36 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | April 2, 2011 | Mark Steyn
    If I recall correctly, we went into Libya — or, at any rate, over Libya — to stop the brutal Qaddafi dictatorship killing the Libyan people. And thanks to our efforts a whole new mass movement of freedom-loving democrats now has the opportunity to kill the Libyan people. As the Los Angeles Times reported from Benghazi, these democrats are roaming the city “rousting Libyan blacks and immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa from their homes and holding them for interrogation as suspected mercenaries or government spies.” According to the New York Times, “Members of the NATO alliance have sternly warned the rebels...
  • The Senators Sway

    04/02/2011 8:03:31 AM PDT · by ventanax5 · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | Andrew C. McCarthy
    John McCain, Joseph Lieberman, and Lindsey Graham are the Senate’s most energetic proponents of sinking the nation ever deeper into the Libyan morass. In a joint interview on Fox last weekend, Senators McCain (R., Ariz.) and Lieberman (I., Conn.) were breathless in their rendering of the “freedom fighters” and the “Arab Spring” of spontaneous “democracy.” Friday they upped the ante with a Wall Street Journal op-ed, rehearsing yet again what an incorrigible thug Qaddafi is and how “we cannot allow [him] to consolidate his grip” on parts of Libya that he still controls. For his part, Senator Graham (R., S.C.)...
  • Head of African Union: UN blocked mediation efforts in Libya

    03/30/2011 6:04:51 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 4 replies · 1+ views
    The Pajamas Media Tatler ^ | March 29, 2011 | John Rosenthal
    In an interview with the French-language magazine of African affairs Jeune Afrique, the head of the Commission of the African Union, Jean Ping, has said that an African Union (AU) delegation attempting to mediate between the warring parties in Libya was denied authorization to visit the country by the UN Security Council. The five-member delegation was scheduled to visit the Libyan capital Tripoli on March 20 and Benghazi, the capital of the rebellion, on March 21. The bombing of Libya by coalition forces began on March 19.
  • Liberal War Illusions

    03/30/2011 4:36:19 AM PDT · by chickadee · 23 replies
    FrontPage ^ | 3/29/11 | Thomas Sowell
    You don’t just walk up to the local bully and slap him across the face. If you are determined to confront him, then you try to knock the living daylights out of him. Otherwise, you are better off to leave him alone. Anyone who grew up in my old neighborhood in Harlem could have told you that. But Barack Obama didn’t grow up in my old neighborhood. He had a much more genteel upbringing, including a fancy private school, in Hawaii. Maybe that is why he thinks he can launch military operations against Moammar Qaddafi, while promising not to kill...
  • Am I Evil For Wanting Qaddafi To Win? (Vanity Post)

    03/29/2011 3:09:36 PM PDT · by Amos McCoy · 60 replies
    3/29/11 | Amos McCoy
    To begin with, you will not fond a more patriotic man who loves America then me, but when I watch what is going on I am truly confused as to who it the enemy and who is the friend. maybe I am confused by who is really more evil in this whole scenario, Obama and the radical Islamic fascists he is supporting or Qaddafi and his deranged followers. I normally always support our military in everything they do, but how can I honestly support an action that I believe is being done for the specific purpose of putting the very...
  • From Pallywood to Hezbollahwood to Qaddafi-wood?

    03/29/2011 9:40:49 AM PDT · by PRePublic
    From Pallywood to Hezbollahwood to Qaddafi-wood?Is Libyan Arab Republic going 'Pallywood?' Obama's Libya decision debated before speech to nation - CNN.com 27 Mar 2011 ... On the same program, Gates also said that Gadhafi is placing bodies of people his regime has killed at the sites of some missile strikes by ... http://www.cnn.com/2011/POLITICS/03/27/us.libya/index.html As in the typical desperation practiced routinely by the fake "victims" who are called "Palestinians," that when they lack "enough" photos of casualties (like when they fail in their tricking of destly civilian crowds to die for the sake of Pali-Victimhood cult, or when they can not...
  • Obama’s Libya Address: A Primer

    03/28/2011 11:43:43 AM PDT · by Neoavatara · 9 replies
    Neoavatara ^ | March 28, 2011 | Neoavatara
    So Mr. Obama finally decided that the American people should be informed about his reasoning on why he has started a third war in the Islamic world. For Obama, it is incomprehensible why he did not do this earlier. Two weeks into this mission, opposition to the policy is hardening not only on the right, but on the extreme left as well. But in any case, Obama’s moment to educate us is here. What questions must he answer?
  • Rumsfeld: There's a 'Reasonable Possibility' Qaddafi Could Last Out Reluctant Coalition in Libya

    03/27/2011 8:58:30 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 6 replies
    Fox News--On the Record ^ | March 22, 2011 | Greta Van Susteren
    See interesting video HERE... VAN SUSTEREN: Well, it seemed so unbelievable at the time, and then just two years ago, not under -- not under your watch, but under the new administration in Scotland, releasing -- one of the killers of Pan Am 103 goes home, and he's embraced by Libya, a huge hero. He's still a hero now. And it's, like, the United States just -- on that particular incident, that we've looked the other way, and you know, we've done -- we almost rewarded him. RUMSFELD: There -- I mean, old phrase that, in fact, I talk about...
  • Flashback: MI6 'halted bid to arrest bin Laden' (and paid Al Qaeda to kill Qaddafi in 1996)

    03/27/2011 12:22:27 PM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 3 replies
    The UK Guardian ^ | November 10, 2002 | Martin Bright
    British intelligence paid large sums of money to an al-Qaeda cell in Libya in a doomed attempt to assassinate Colonel Gadaffi in 1996 and thwarted early attempts to bring Osama bin Laden to justice. The latest claims of MI6 involvement with Libya's fearsome Islamic Fighting Group, which is connected to one of bin Laden's trusted lieutenants, will be embarrassing to the Government, which described similar claims by renegade MI5 officer David Shayler as 'pure fantasy'. (snip) The Libyan al-Qaeda cell included Anas al-Liby, who remains on the US government's most wanted list with a reward of $25 million for his...
  • Libyan rebels sweep westwards. Moving towards Tripoli as dynamics of conflict change in their favor.

    03/27/2011 12:18:58 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 03/27/2011 | Andrew England, Ras Lanuf, Peter Spiegel
    Libyan rebels recaptured the eastern oil town of Ras Lanuf and advanced farther west on Sunday, reclaiming territory after western air strikes destroyed regime tanks, armoured personnel carriers, rocket launchers and trucks. The rapid push westwards by opposition forces, who just over a week ago had been under siege in Benghazi, underlined how air strikes against Muammer Gaddafi’s forces by US, French, Canadian and British fighter jets have changed the dynamics of the conflict. The rebels, mostly volunteers with little or no training and light weapons, had been overwhelmed by the better equipped and better trained regime forces. But western...
  • Former U.S. Ambassador John Bolton Wants To Target Qaddafi For Assassination

    03/27/2011 9:29:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/26/2011 | Lloyd Grove
    The former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations—and possible GOP candidate in 2012—tells Lloyd Grove of his decidedly undiplomatic solution to the crisis in Libya: Assassinate the dictator. Plus, Babak Dehghanpisheh reports from Libya on the rebels' key victory in Ajdabiya. Former ambassador John Bolton, President Bush's decidedly undiplomatic envoy to the United Nations who is considering running for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, has a decidedly undiplomatic solution to the crisis in Libya: The United States should terminate Muammar Gaddafi with extreme prejudice. Speaking Saturday afternoon in Des Moines, Iowa, at Republican Rep. Steve King's Conservative Principles Conference—a cattle...
  • Libya Islamists 'seize arms, take hostages' (This is how it all started--with an Al Qaeda attack)

    03/25/2011 7:14:53 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 26 replies
    Middle East Online ^ | February 20, 2011 | Middle East Online
    TRIPOLI - Islamist gunmen have stormed a military arms depot in Libya and a nearby port and seized numerous weapons and army vehicles after killing four soldiers, a security official said on Sunday. The group also took several hostages, both soldiers and civilians, and is "threatening to execute them unless a siege by security forces is lifted" in Al-Baida, the official said, asking not to be named. "This criminal gang assaulted an army weapons depot and seized 250 weapons, killed four soldiers and wounded 16 others" in the Wednesday operation in Derna, which lies east of Al-Baida and 1,300 kilometres...
  • Qaddafi's son: Airstrikes are "big mistake"

    03/24/2011 9:28:58 PM PDT · by americanophile · 48 replies
    CBS News ^ | March 20, 2011 | CBS News
    (CBS/AP) The son of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi accused Western powers on Sunday of making a "big mistake" by carrying out airstrikes against the country. "One day you'll wake up and you will find out that you were supporting the wrong people," Saif al-Islam Qaddafi told ABC's "This Week." His father vowed a "long war" after the U.S. and European militaries blasted his forces with airstrikes and more than 100 cruise missiles, hitting air defenses and at least two major air bases, and shaking the Libyan capital Tripoli with explosions and anti-aircraft fire. The strikes gave immediate, if temporary, relief...
  • Palin Reflects on Libya, Trip to Israel

    03/23/2011 10:49:19 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 27 replies
    Former Alaska governor on Obama and coalition strategy against Qaddafi, the bus bombing in Jerusalem and her Middle East trip
  • Obama Requested $1.7 Million Increase To Qaddafi 1 Month before US Attack

    03/24/2011 11:30:39 AM PDT · by tsowellfan · 22 replies
    Obama Requested $1.7 Million Increase To Qaddafi 1 Month before US Attack While President Obama calls Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi a threat to his own people, just one month before attacking Libya the president asked Congress to increase U.S. aid for Qaddafi's military to $1.7 million. According to State Department figures, the money was earmarked to train Libyan military officers, improve its air force, secure its borders and to counter terrorism.
  • Libya’s Backseat Drivers - The Arab League is not a force for good in the Middle East.

    03/24/2011 7:52:24 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 6 replies
    National Review Online ^ | MARCH 23, 2011 | Claudia Rosett
    Maybe the next time Pres. Barack Obama is tempted to follow the leadership of the Arab League, he’ll think twice. Having brandished the Arab League’s call as the classiest of multilateral credentials for going to war in Libya, and praised its members as partners, Obama is now left with little more from this crew than promises and the on-again off-again hectoring of Arab League secretary-general Amr Moussa. To be sure, there are good arguments for intervening in Libya. As leader of the free world, the U.S. is called upon by its own decency and democratic values to act when longtime...
  • Libya: What Is Our End Game?

    03/23/2011 5:57:45 PM PDT · by Neoavatara · 7 replies
    Neoavatara ^ | March 23, 2011 | Neoavatara
    I have been a proponent for some kind of intervention in Libya since the earliest days of the revolution. I certainly would have favored arming the rebels and giving them tactical assistance. I thought the costs of such intervention were worth it, with minimal downside. I, like everyone else with a brain, is against ground troop involvement. But the UN sanctioned No Fly Zone, along with the American strategy in this mission, makes utterly no sense. Let us step back a minute and look at the entire picture. Libya was the last of the North African countries to tip over...
  • Down with Qaddafi! Viva Whomever!

    03/23/2011 2:07:38 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 10 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | March 23, 2011 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Sun Tzu, Thucydides, and Caesar wrote about war… the army and navy have war colleges… an entire industry exists to support it, to study it, to improve its prosecution. After four millennia of development, we should be pretty good at it by now, shouldn’t we? But for all the technical aspects – the geography, logistics, strategy, talents, equipment, and sheer numbers to consider – there is also something about war that cannot be mastered. However much we know in advance, however well we plan, there are always surprises, both in things we could have planned for, but failed to, and...
  • Obama Administration Sends Mixed Messages on Libya, Unrest in Congress Grows (U.S.A. Leaderless)

    03/23/2011 10:39:40 AM PDT · by yoe · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 23, 2011 | Staff
    The Obama administration is sending mixed messages about the direction, purpose and effect of the U.S.-led missile strikes on Libya, with conflicting statements from the top about leader Muammar al-Qaddafi's grip on power five days into the campaign. The campaign may be in the midst of a key transition. A senior defense official told Fox News that missile strikes have essentially ended and that no more Tomahawk missiles are expected to be fired unless necessary. The next step is to hand control over to coalition commanders for patrol of the no-fly zone. But administration officials have not offered a clear...
  • For crying out loud, Barry - Make up your mind! Should Gaddafi stay? Or should he go?

    03/23/2011 7:12:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/23/2011 | Rick Moran
    Should Gaddafi stay? Or should he go? Obama on Monday:"It is U.S. policy that Qaddafi needs to go," Obama said, during a brief press conference alongside Chilean President Sebastian Pinera in Santiago. "We've got a wide range of tools in addition to our military efforts to support that policy."Obama on Tuesday: "You are absolutely right that as long as Qadhafi remains in power, and unless he changes his approach and there are significant reforms in the Libyan government that allow the Libyan people to express themselves, there are still going be potential threats against Libyan people-unless he is going to...
  • Obama: "We have already saved lives" (averted a possible "catastrophe" in Libya)

    03/22/2011 4:00:33 PM PDT · by maggief · 30 replies
    CBSNews ^ | March 22, 2011 | Brian Montopoli
    Appearing in El Salvador Tuesday, President Obama said the military action in Libya has "already saved lives" by slowing down Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi's attacks on his own people. Mr. Obama said the coalition offensive averted a possible "catastrophe" because it forced Qaddafi's forces to pull back, saying "the American people and military should be proud" that lives were saved. "In Benghazi, a city of 700,000 people, you had the prospect of Qaddafi's forces carrying out his orders to show no mercy," he said. "That could've resulted in catastrophe in that town. Qaddafi's forces have pulled back because of this...
  • Fight or Flight

    03/22/2011 7:11:11 PM PDT · by Retain Mike · 3 replies
    World Magazine ^ | March 26, 2011 | Jamie Dean
    Libya’s upheaval triggers life-or-death migration—up to 20,000 a day—to countries with enough chaos of their own. For Nigerian Ike Emanuel, a perilous trek across Libya's harsh desert turned into an unexpected funeral procession for the youngest member of his family: The 35-year-old migrant worker said he buried the tiny body of his infant daughter after she died of exposure during the flight from Libya's chaos. "We spent three days in the desert and she was a little baby of six months, and she could not endure the cold," Emanuel told Reuters on March 2. "I am going home with nothing."...
  • CAIR Officials Sought Gadaffi Money

    03/22/2011 3:10:55 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 1 replies
    Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), asked Muammar Gaddafi to underwrite CAIR's efforts in the United States during a September 2009 audience with the Libyan dictator. According to an account of the meeting in a Libyan news website, Awad was joined by two other leading CAIR officials in praising Gaddafi's leadership and asking him to help underwrite a program to distribute 1 million copies of the Quran to government officials and the general public in America and to help start up a new foundation Awad was trying to launch
  • Gaddafi regime fed names of jihadists to the CIA and to Britain

    03/22/2011 3:06:36 PM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 26 replies
    The Australian ^ | March 22, 2011 | Alexi Mostrous
    COLONEL Muammar Gaddafi's regime secretly provided information to Britain and the US on Islamic extremists in the east of Libya, according to leaked diplomatic cables and intelligence sources. The names of hundreds of suspects were passed to the CIA and British intelligence. “There was a strong, shared concern between Gaddafi and the US and UK Governments about radical Sunni jihadist terrorists, including the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG),” Paul Pillar, a CIA veteran who negotiated with Libya over its nuclear program, told The Times. Diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks paint eastern Libya as a fertile ground for radical extremism. One...
  • A Message to the Black President From Farrakhan

    03/22/2011 8:02:12 AM PDT · by Alaphiah123 · 4 replies
    Creating Orwellian Worldview ^ | 3/22/11 | Alaphiah
    It was the Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad who wrote the book A message to the Black Man in 1965. March 19, 2011 the present leader of the Nation of Islam, Louis Farrakhan has a message to a particular Black man, the president of the United States Barry Hussein Soetoro. Farrakhan obviously disagrees with Barry Hussein Soetoro’s recent announced third war in Libya. Farrakhan is so displeased with the president that he broadcast his message to president Barry Hussein Soetoro over the radio. My advice would be, why don’t you organize a group of respected Americans and ask for...
  • Costs of Libya Operation Already Piling Up

    03/21/2011 10:41:17 PM PDT · by Marine_Uncle · 27 replies
    National Journal article ^ | March 21, 2011 | Megan Scully
    With U.N. coalition forces bombarding Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi from the sea and air, the United States’ part in the operation could ultimately hit several billion dollars -- and require the Pentagon to request emergency funding from Congress to pay for it. The first day of Operation Odyssey Dawn had a price tag that was well over $100 million for the U.S. in missiles alone. And the U.S. military, which remains in the lead now in its third day, has pumped millions more into air- and sea-launched strikes targeting air-defense sites and ground-force positions along Libya’s coastline....
  • The Libyan, er, ‘Rebels’: ‘Now, the time of jihad has arrived!’

    03/21/2011 7:33:34 PM PDT · by Signalman · 14 replies
    Right Wing News Watch ^ | 3/21/2011 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Author: Andrew C. McCarthy Why do intervention proponents insist on calling them rebels when they call themselves mujahideen -- Muslim warriors fighting a jihad? At Pajamas, John Rosenthal has details of a report by French jounralist Marc de Chalvron, who was embedded with the Libyan "rebels" before they were turned back by Qaddafi's forces. They refer to their battle as "the jihad" -- Islamic holy war. (At least that's what they interpret jihad to mean. They apparently haven't gotten the memo from Georgetown that jihad is really a peaceful internal struggle for personal betterment, a solemn commitment to brush after...
  • Obama: Yes, Qaddafi must go — but maybe not through military means (nuance)

    03/21/2011 3:01:38 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/21/2011 | Allahpundit
    From this afternoon’s presser in Chile, here’s his attempt to square weeks of “Qaddafi must go” rhetoric with the fact that the resolution passed by the Security Council conspicuously omits any “Qaddafi must go” rhetoric. How to make that add up? If I understand his answer correctly, it’s simple: Emphasize that the U.S. will stay strictly within the parameters of the UN resolution, using military means only to protect Libyan civilians, but note that we’ll continue to use non-military means to force Qaddafi from power. Regime change is still official U.S. policy, in other words; it’s just that we’ll use...
  • Sudan: Hypocrisy of NCP And Double Standards of the [racist] Arab Media‎

    03/21/2011 12:58:57 PM PDT · by PRePublic · 1 replies
    allafrica ^ | Mar 4, 2011
    Sudan: Hypocrisy of NCP And Double Standards of the Arab Media‎ AllAfrica.com - Mahmoud A. Suleiman - Mar 4, 2011 The League's member state allowed al-Bashir to travel around their countries without being apprehended! Hypocrisy and racist double standards are the force ... It seems that the opportunist authoritarian racist National Congress Party (NCP) regime in Khartoum found joy and delight in the events in Libya favourable to grab political revenge against its archenemy the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) through statements issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that it does not exclude the participation of the Darfur rebels...
  • At War In Libya: How Long Will It Last? Will Qaddafi Be Gone? [Who Knows..]

    03/20/2011 2:21:10 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 29 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | March 20, 2011 | Brad Knickerbocker, Staff Writer
    Libyan rebels drive past a burning tank and other military vehicles of Muammar Qaddafi’s army that were hit by coalition forces on the road from Benghazi to Ajdabiyah on Sunday, March 20.-Newscom With US bombs and missiles hitting Libyan targets, lawmakers and other observers want to know how long the fighting will continue and whether Muammar Qaddafi will be forced from power.
  • Libya Uprising Raises Crucial Questions on Rebels .

    03/20/2011 1:32:37 PM PDT · by darkside321 · 37 replies
    The Libyan revolution that began as a spontaneous uprising a month ago is posing crucial questions for the U.S. and allies: Who, if anyone, is in charge, and what does the disparate rebel coalition want to achieve beyond ousting Col. Moammar Gadhafi? The nature of the Libyan revolution has become an especially critical issue now that the U.S., European nations and Canada have unleashed a wide-scale air and missile campaign against Col. Gadhafi's regime, throwing the West's firepower behind the rebels' faltering forces. On Sunday, the rebels' capital, Benghazi, remained in their hands, thanks to airstrikes that hit an advancing...
  • Libya: the West and al-Qaeda on the same side

    03/20/2011 2:00:59 PM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 66 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | March 18, 2011 | Richard Spencer
    Statements of support for Libya's revolution by al-Qaeda and leading Islamists have led to fears that military action by the West might be playing into the hands of its ideological enemies. WikiLeaks cables, independent analysts and reporters have all identified supporters of Islamist causes among the opposition to Col Gaddafi's regime, particularly in the towns of Benghazi and Dernah. An al-Qaeda leader of Libyan origin, Abu Yahya al-Libi, released a statement backing the insurrection a week ago, while Yusuf Qaradawi, the Qatar-based, Muslim Brotherhood-linked theologian issued a fatwa authorising Col Gaddafi's military entourage to assassinate him.
  • 'Who The Hell Do You Think You Are?' Farrakhan Blast Obama For Calling For Qaddafi to Step Down

    03/20/2011 11:11:20 AM PDT · by Nachum · 75 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/20/11 | Staff
    Farrakhan goes on a rant on Chicago radio about Obama calling for Qaddafi to step down. FARRAKHAN: "I warn my brother do you let these wicked demons move you in a direction that will absolutely ruin your future with your people in Africa and throughout the Arab world...Why don't you organize a group of respected Americans and ask for a meeting with Qaddafi, you can't order him to step down and get out, who the hell do you think you are?
  • West backs off calls for Libya regime change as Qaddafi warns of 'long war'

    03/20/2011 8:47:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | 03/20/2011 | Robert Marquand
    European and US airstrikes continued to pound Libyan military positions Sunday for the second day of "Operation Odyssey Dawn,” hours after Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi promised a “long war” from an undisclosed bunker. SNIP SNIP "We are ready for a long war. You are not prepared for a long war in Libya. We are prepared. This is a very happy moment we are living," Qadaffi said Sunday in an address on state TV, adding the leaders of the West would “fall like Hitler … Mussolini.” After French jets destroyed four Libyan tanks outside the de facto rebel capital of Benghazi...
  • Farrakhan Blasts Obama For Calling For Qaddafi to Step Down (Video)

    03/19/2011 5:57:15 PM PDT · by bimboeruption · 37 replies
    HotAirPundit ^ | March 19, 2011 | Unknown to me
    Farrakhan goes on a rant on Chicago radio about Obama calling for Qaddafi to step down, this is from yesterday. Louis Farrakhan with radio host Cliff Kelley on WVON-AM 1690 Chicago. FARRAKHAN: "I warn my brother do you let these wicked demons move you in a direction that will absolutely ruin your future with your people in Africa and throughout the world...Why don't you organize a group of respected Americans and ask for a meeting with Qaddafi, you can't order him to step down and get out, who the hell do you think you are?
  • "Who The H--- Do You Think Your Are?" Farrakhan Blast Obama For Calling For Qaddafi to Step Down

    03/19/2011 12:56:44 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 109 replies
    http://www.hapblog.com/ ^ | March 19, 2011 | Farrakhan
    Farrakhan goes on a rant on Chicago radio about Obama calling for Qaddafi to step down, this is from yesterday Louis Farrakhan with radio host Cliff Kelley on WVON-AM 1690 Chicago See Video clip HERE And full video Farrakhan warns, advises Obama on Libya FARRAKHAN: "I warn my brother do you let these wicked demons move you in a direction that will absolutely ruin your future with your people in Africa and throughout the Arab world...Why don't you organize a group of respected Americans and ask for a meeting with Qaddafi, you can't order him to step down and get...
  • Obama's Women Pushed War Against Libya

    03/19/2011 10:49:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Nation ^ | March 19, 2011 | Robert Dreyfuss
    <p>We’d like to think that women in power would somehow be less pro-war, but in the Obama administration at least it appears that the bellicosity is worst among Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice, and Samantha Power. All three are liberal interventionists, and all three seem to believe that when the United States exercises military force it has some profound, moral, life-saving character to it. Far from it. Unless President Obama’s better instincts manage to reign in his warrior women – and happily, there’s a chance of that – the United States could find itself engaged in open war in Libya, and soon. The troika pushed Obama into accepting the demands of neoconservatives, such as the Weekly Standard's Bill Kristol, Joe Lieberman and John McCain, along with various other liberal interventionists outside the administration, such as John Kerry. The rode roughshod over the realists in the administration.</p>
  • The Palin Doctrine emerges

    03/19/2011 8:55:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Wizbang ^ | March 18, 2011
    The New York Sun carries a piece sure to stir up the Palin haters and embolden the Palin lovers: The call by the Arab League for Western military intervention in an Arab state -- in this case asking that a UN "no-fly zone" be imposed over Libya - is not only without precedent but it puts in formal terms what Governor Palin stated three weeks ago should have been America's response to the political and humanitarian crisis now unfolding there. The former GOP vice presidential candidate was being interviewed on February 23rd on national television by Sean Hannity on a...
  • Qaddafi's 'letters' to Obama and others “To our son, his excellency, Mr Baracka Hussein Obama..."

    03/19/2011 7:10:35 AM PDT · by Til I am the last man standing · 33 replies
    BBC ^ | 3-19-11 | BBC
    “To our son, his excellency, Mr Baracka Hussein Obama. I have said to you before, that even if Libya and the United States of America enter into a war, god forbid, you will always remain a son. Your picture will not be changed. I want you to remain in the same image. I have all the people of Libya with me, and I’m prepared to die and we have all the men, children and women with me. Nothing more. Al Qaeda is an armed organization, passing through Algeria, Mauritania and Mali. What would you do if you found them controlling...