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  • Charles Ortel: Bring ‘regime change’ to Qatar

    10/10/2014 11:50:35 AM PDT · by Randall_S · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 10, 2014 | Charles Ortel
    For years, leaders in both political parties have allowed Qatar and Qatari entities to work against American national interests. Now “regime change” is necessary there, if the civilized world is to destroy radical, Islamist, jihadists and live in peace. The Obama administration, already proven wrong on so many key foreign policy matters, is certainly incorrect to count Qatar as a friend of the United States and our longstanding allies in October 2014. Qatar opened a spigot through which massive sums of money flow to politically connected cronies inside our country, and entities located there continue to work against American values...
  • White House seeks to replace Netanyahu? ID'd 'moderate' leader who can push for Palestinian state

    03/17/2014 10:20:42 AM PDT · by Nachum · 98 replies
    WND ^ | 3/17/14 | Aaron Klein
    TEL AVIV – In recent weeks, representatives for the Obama administration have held meetings with a senior politician here in which the U.S. delegates brought up the possibility of replacing Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister, according to an informed Jerusalem diplomatic source. The meetings were held with Israel’s popular finance minister, Yair Lapid, founder and leader of the Yesh Atid Party, which became the second-largest party in the Knesset winning 19 seats in the last election. The diplomatic source said the Obama administration identified Lapid as a moderate who could be helpful in pushing the Israeli government into accepting the...
  • U.S. would seek regime change in North Korea if attack occurs

    04/04/2013 11:40:47 AM PDT · by illiac · 130 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4/4/13 | Rowan Scarborough
    The U.S. would oust the communist regime in North Korea if it uses its nuclear weapons or launches an all-out invasion on South Korea and the 28,500 American troops stationed there, national security sources say. The Obama administration has not articulated such a far-reaching retaliation, even as North Korean leader Kim Jong-un threatens to attack both the South Korean and the U.S. mainland. But national security sources say it is a common assumption within the Pentagon and U.S. Pacific Command that a full-force attack by Pyongyang would put in place a contingency plan of massive retaliation against the North aimed...
  • Gadhafi Loyalists Still Battling New Western-backed Rulers in Libya

    10/24/2012 6:22:15 PM PDT · by robowombat · 2 replies
    New American ^ | Monday, 22 October 2012 09:31 | Alex Newman
    Gadhafi Loyalists Still Battling New Western-backed Rulers in Libya Written by Alex Newman A year after the execution of former Libyan despot Moammar Gadhafi at the hands of Western-backed rebels, forces opposed to the new Tripoli-based regime ruling parts of Libya are still fighting on. According to news reports, assorted Libyan militias supposedly aligned with the embattled new government have been shelling the Gadhafi-loyalist stronghold of Bani Walid all weekend in a bid to quash the late dictator’s remaining die-hard supporters. Officials with the new government said the fighting reflected the fact that not all of Libya had been “liberated”...
  • Obama backs Muslim Brotherhood again (Romney Wrong on Syria)

    05/29/2012 8:38:03 PM PDT · by man_in_tx · 5 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | May 28, 2012 | Aaron Klein
    JERUSALEM – In the latest “Arab Spring” uprising, the U.S. is backing protesters, many of whom, informed Middle Eastern security officials tell WND, are now pressing to openly announce an affiliation with the Muslim Brotherhood. The Syrian opposition has been plagued by infighting, with competing divisions sparring with each other even since the movement began in September of last year....
  • From an ex-CIA spy: US must exploit new split in Iran's Revolutionary Guard

    01/10/2012 6:07:53 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 7 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 1/10/2012 | Reza Kahlili
    A serious split is developing within Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard, with one faction favoring the overthrow of the dictatorial regime. This presents a window of opportunity for the West to support regime change before the Islamic Republic successfully tests nuclear weapons. Once the regime has those nuclear bombs, that opening will be much narrower. Iran has tried hard to show strength in the face of sanctions aimed at pressuring Tehran to quit its suspected nuclear-bomb and missile development programs. Iranian leaders are now flexing their military muscles in the strategic waterway, the Strait of Hormuz, threatening to shut it down...
  • May: Why Iran is not America's enemy

    01/06/2012 8:16:09 AM PST · by nuconvert · 36 replies
    Ventura COuntry Star ^ | January 5, 2012 | Clifford D. May
    JERUSALEM — Iran is not our enemy. The regime that enriches itself while murdering, oppressing and impoverishing ordinary Iranians, the regime that incites genocide against Israel, threatens its neighbors in the Persian Gulf and vows to bring about a "world without America" — that is our enemy. This was one of the key points driven home by a trio of extraordinary individuals gathered for a dinner in Tel Aviv last week. At the table were Bernard Lewis, for my money the greatest living historian of the Middle East; Uri Lubrani, Israel's envoy to Iran before the fall of the Shah...
  • Tony Blair calls for regime change in Iran and Syria

    09/09/2011 4:08:47 AM PDT · by UKrepublican · 9 replies
    Tony Blair calls for regime change in Iran and Syria as he blames Tehran for prolonging the conflict in Iraq after the 2003 invasion. In an interview to mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the former prime minister warns that the Middle East would be "very, very badly" destabilised if Iran acquired nuclear weapons.
  • Qaddafi's Downfall, Obama's Victory

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

    08/22/2011 9:03:57 AM PDT · by Lazamataz · 43 replies
    The Sovereign Independent. ^ | August 22, 2011 | By By Stephen Lendman
    They appear daily like weeds on all topics. As a result, Times reports aren’t fit to read, let alone print. August 18 was no exception, publishing lies about Libyan insurgent victories. On August 18, headlining, “Libyan Rebels Gain Control of Oil Refinery as Qaddafi Forces Flee,” Kareem Fahim’s article was pure Pentagon propaganda, duplicitously lying to readers. Yet he said “(r)ebel fighters claimed complete control of a sprawling (Zawiyah) oil refinery, seizing one of (Gaddafi’s) most important assets after just three days of fighting and delivering the latest in a string of small victories that have suddenly put the rebels...
  • Gaddafi under siege: Two CIA-backed groups, an al-Qaeda-linked LIFG on top of power stakes

    08/21/2011 11:26:05 PM PDT · by Qbert · 8 replies
    Asian Tribune ^ | 8/22/2011 | Daya Gamage
    With the imminent departure of Muammar Gaddafi from absolute power as the rebels are closing on Tripoli two CIA-backed Libyan groups and an al-Qaeda affiliated Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), a declared foreign terrorist organization (FTO) by the US State Department since 2004, could emerge as real power in Libya when it is clear that the rebel military forces are a patchwork of armed groups, former soldiers and freelance militias including self-appointed neighborhood gangs. The main rebel group, based in Benghazi in the country's east, consists of former government ministers who have defected, and longstanding opposition figures, representing a range...
  • Obama: Libya slipping from grasp of tyrant

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

    08/18/2011 6:19:25 PM PDT · by Justaham · 20 replies ^ | 8-18-11 | STEVEN LEE MYERS
    The United States and several of its major allies on Thursday called on Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, to give up power. The carefully choreographed announcements came after months of popular protests and increasingly deadly reprisals that the United Nations commissioner for human rights said amounted to crimes against humanity by the Syrian authorities. President Obama, who had faced criticism for not acting more assertively, ordered the freezing of all Syrian assets within American jurisdiction, banned imports of Syrian oil and barred American citizens from having any business dealings with the Syrian government, which the administration once courted in the hopes...
  • AP sources: US call for Assad departure imminent

    08/18/2011 4:32:48 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 24 replies
    U.S. officials say the Obama administration is ready to make an explicit call for Syrian President Bashar Assad to leave power and has notified Arab and European allies that an announcement is imminent.
  • US wants India to act against Syria

    08/13/2011 12:57:22 AM PDT · by tsowellfan · 5 replies
    WASHINGTON: Stepping up pressure against the Assad regime in Syria, the US has asked India and China, with major investment in Syria's energy sector, to join Washington in curbing the crackdown on protests there. "We've issued more sanctions, tougher sanctions. We're working with our European and other friends," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in an interview with CBS. "But what we really need to do to put the pressure on (President Bashar al-) Assad is to sanction the oil and gas industry, and we want to see Europe take more steps in that direction." "We want to see China...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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>
  • 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 Official: Gadhafi a Legitimate Target

    06/09/2011 7:41:27 PM PDT · by kristinn · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | Thursday, June 9, 2011 | Fran Townsend
    A U.N. resolution justifies the targeting of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, a senior NATO military official with operational knowledge of the Libya mission told CNN Thursday. NATO has been ramping up pressure on the regime, employing helicopters last weekend for the first time against Gadhafi's military vehicles, equipment and forces. Explosions are heard often in Tripoli, evidence of allied air strikes. NATO began bombing Libya on March 31, under a U.N. mandate to protect civilians during the fighting between government forces and rebels who have seized most of eastern Libya.
  • McCain: Lack of full U.S. military commitment hurts Libyans

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

    05/23/2011 5:14:11 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 49 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Monday 23 May 2011 | Richard Norton-Taylor
    The UK is to send helicopters to Libya following similar announcements by France. Britain and France are to deploy attack helicopters against Libya in an attempt to break the military stalemate, particularly in the important coastal city of Misrata, security sources have told the Guardian. In a significant escalation of the conflict, the Apaches – based on HMS Ocean – will join French helicopters in risky operations which reflect deepening frustration among British and French defence chiefs about their continuing inability to protect civilians. Apaches, which are being used in counter insurgency operations in Afghanistan, can manoeuvre and attack small...
  • Obama asks Congress for a resolution of support on Libya (Congress has not authorized the mission)

    05/20/2011 5:50:18 PM PDT · by Libloather · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/20/11 | Jamie Klatell
    Obama asks Congress for a resolution of support on LibyaBy Jamie Klatell - 05/20/11 08:15 PM ET Sixty days after launching military action against Libya, President Obama on Friday sent a letter to Congressional leaders asking them to pass a resolution supporting the U.S. mission. "I wish to express my support for the bipartisan resolution drafted by Senators Kerry, McCain, Levin, Feinstein, Graham, and Lieberman, which would confirm that the Congress supports the U.S. mission in Libya and that both branches are united in their commitment to supporting the aspirations of the Libyan people for political reform and self-government," Obama...
  • Obama says Kadhafi will go or be forced out

    05/19/2011 2:53:34 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 5/19/11 | Imed Lamloum - AFP
    TRIPOLI (AFP) – Libya's Moamer Kadhafi will "inevitably" leave or be forced from power, US President Barack Obama said on Thursday, as NATO declared it had significantly degraded the strongman's war machine. UN chief Ban Ki-moon told AFP, meanwhile, that attempts to secure a ceasefire in Libya have failed and the humanitarian crisis is worsening. Rebels fighting to overthrow Kadhafi also said they were increasingly concerned about the humanitarian situation in the Nafusa mountains even after a gaining control of the western lifeline city of Misrata. "Time is working against Kadhafi," Obama said in a major speech in response to...
  • Obama Challenges Syria's Assad to Lead Transition or 'Get Out of the Way'

    05/19/2011 10:06:25 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 19, 2011
    President Obama, delivering his first major address tackling the uprisings in the Middle East, offered an ultimatum to Syrian President Bashar Assad, telling him to either support a democratic transition or "get out of the way." Speaking at the State Department, the president sought Thursday to squarely align the U.S. with the ambitions of protesters pushing for economic and political reform. He specifically called out Assad, whose regime has killed hundreds in an effort to quell the unrest in Syria. Obama said the regime must stop shooting and arresting its people.
  • Defiant Gaddafi taunts Nato

    05/13/2011 7:50:07 PM PDT · by Jim 726 · 12 replies
    Muammer Gaddafi taunted his Nato foes on Friday, proclaiming that he was still alive after air strikes on his Tripoli compound. The dictator said, in an audio recording on state television, that he still lived in the “hearts of millions” of Libyans, on a day when his regime said Nato bombs had killed 11 sleeping Muslim clerics in Brega. The colonel’s apparently defiant, if elusive, presence after disappearing from public view for almost a fortnight is a sign of the task facing rebels campaigning to end his rule, despite their military progress this week. He said: “I tell the coward...
  • Gaddafi likely wounded and not in Tripoli: Italy

    05/13/2011 11:37:05 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 12th 2011 | Paolo BiondiMay
    Reuters) - Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has likely been wounded in western airstrikes and has probably left Tripoli, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said Friday. A Libyan government spokesman immediately denied that Gaddafi had been harmed. Frattini told reporters that he believed what he had been told by Giovanni Innocenzo Martinelli, the Catholic bishop in Tripoli, that Gaddafi had probably left Tripoli and had probably even been wounded by NATO airstrikes. "I tend to give credence to the comment of the bishop of Tripoli, Monsignor Martinelli, who has been in close contact over recent weeks, when he told us that...
  • Gaddafi’s Son Saif Al-Arab Killed in NATO Strike

    04/30/2011 4:16:23 PM PDT · by SanFranDan · 112 replies · 1+ views
    BBC via GatewayPundit ^ | 4/30/11 | Jim Holt
    BBC News reported: A Nato air strike in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, has killed the son of the Libyan leader, Colonel Gaddafi, a government spokesman has said. Colonel Gaddafi himself was in the large residential villa which was hit by the strike, the spokesman added, but he was unharmed. His son Saif al-Arab was killed, as well as three of his grandsons. Journalists say the building was extensively damaged and one unexploded bomb remains at the site. Government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim said the villa was attacked “with full power.” “The attack resulted in the matyrdom of brother Saif al-Arab Gaddafi,...
  • 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 ^ | 4/30.2011
    Almost got Qaddafi!
  • Eritrean Refugees in Ethiopia Say 'Enough'; Demand Regime Change

    04/30/2011 8:44:38 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Voice of America ^ | April 20, 2011 | Peter Heinlein
    An Eritrean exile group has held simultaneous rallies in Addis Ababa and refugee camps in northern Ethiopia demanding the ouster of Eritrea's government. The demonstrations coincide with Ethiopia's recent switch to a more hardline approach toward its northern rival. More than 600 Eritrean refugees met at an Addis Ababa hotel Wednesday, all wearing identical paper visors with the word "Enough" printed on the side. "Enough" of what they repeatedly called the dictatorial regime of Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki. Organizers said they were in touch by phone with at least five refugee camps in Ethiopia's Tigray and Afar regions where similar...
  • Graham: Bomb Gadhafi's inner circle, end stalemate (U.S. war in Libya)

    04/24/2011 9:09:14 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 19 replies
    AP ^ | 2011-04-24
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee sees a Libyan stalemate and wants NATO to bomb Moammar Gadhafi's inner circle and military headquarters. South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham says those closest to Gadhafi "need to wake up every day wondering, 'Will this my last?'" Graham tells CNN's "State of the Union" that the quickest way to end the stalemate is "to cut the head of the snake off."
  • McCain: Libya Rebels Need Recognition, Aid

    04/23/2011 3:47:31 PM PDT · by TexasCajun · 30 replies ^ | Friday, 22 Apr 2011 02:50 PM | Bloomberg News
    The U.S. and its allies should provide more air support and financial aid to Libyan rebels, Senator John McCain said in Benghazi after President Barack Obama sent armed Predator on missions over the nation. Those seeking to oust Muammar Qaddafi’s regime are “patriots who want to liberate their nation, they are not al- Qaeda,” McCain told a press conference today in the rebel capital city. The Arizona Republican said North Atlantic Treaty Organization states need to “urgently” increase close air support for rebel ground operations. He also said the rebels’ Transitional National Council should receive some of Qaddafi’s frozen assets...
  • McCain Calls for More Military Support to Anti-Qaddafi Forces During Libya Visit

    04/22/2011 10:32:34 AM PDT · by NWFLConservative · 22 replies
    Fox ^ | 4/22/11 | Fox
    BENGHAZI, Libya -- The Libyan rebels fighting Muammar Qaddafi's forces are getting a shout out from U.S. Sen. John McCain, who is calling for increased military support, including providing weapons, training and giving close air support to the opposition on the battlefield. The Arizona Republican senator said at a news conference Friday in the rebels' stronghold in eastern Libya that all nations should recognize the opposition's Transitional National Council as the legitimate voice of the Libyan people. He said nations need to provide the council with "every appropriate means of assistance," including "command and control support, battlefield intelligence, training and...
  • Obama authorizes drone strikes in Libya

    04/21/2011 1:40:39 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 60 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 21, 2011 | Daniel Strauss
    President Obama has authorized the use of aerial drone strikes in Libya to aid rebels fighting to oust dictator Col. Moammar Gadhafi, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced Thursday. Gates stressed that even though the United States will begin using the armed Predator drones in Libya, American soldiers will not be deployed to the country. He said the Libyan people will have to remove Gadhafi themselves, though the U.S. "can provide them with some cover from the air." The announcement falls in line with the Obama administration's pledge to not put American boots on the ground to remove Gadhafi from power....
  • Obama, Cameron discuss tightening pressure on Gaddafi

    04/20/2011 4:48:47 PM PDT · by keat · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | Wed Apr 20, 2011 6:45pm EDT | Jeff Mason and Steve Holland
    Washington (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron Wednesday discussed the need to increase diplomatic and economic pressure on Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, the White House said. The two leaders agreed that U.N. Security Council resolutions demanding that the Libyan government cease violence against civilians must be fully implemented. "In addition to increasing military pressure and protecting civilians through the coalition operation that NATO is leading, the leaders discussed the importance of increasing diplomatic and economic pressure on the Gaddafi regime to cease attacks on civilians and comply with U.N. Security Council resolutions," a White House statement...
  • FBI Counter-Terror Official: Al Qaeda 'Thrives' After Dictators Fall

    04/17/2011 6:02:15 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 11 replies ^ | April 15, 2011 | LEE FERRAN
    On the same day reports emerged of a new al Qaeda video that praised the revolutions sweeping the Arab world, one the U.S.'s top counter-terror officials warned the terror organization "thrives" in the political unrest that follows. "The governments of Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen have drastically changed in the last six months," FBI Assistant Director of Counter-Terrorism Mark Giuliano said Thursday. "They are now led by transitional or interim governments, military regimes, or democratic alliances with no established track record on counterterrorism efforts. Al Qaeda thrives in such conditions and countries of weak governance and political instability -- countries...
  • Libyan Rebels Say They’re Being Sent Weapons

    04/16/2011 7:58:05 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 12 replies
    NYT ^ | 16 Apr 2011 | Rod Nordland
    BENGHAZI, Libya — Libyan rebels say they have begun receiving arms shipments from abroad, although there has been no independent confirmation of that. The rebel military leader, Gen. Abdel Fattah Younes, on Saturday said in an interview with Al Arabiya, a satellite news channel, that his forces had already received weapons supplies from unnamed nations that support their uprising. A spokesman for the rebels’ National Transitional Council, Mustafa Gheriani, confirmed General Younes’s statement but also refused to provide details. Asked whether any arms shipments had arrived yet, a spokesman for the rebel military, Col. Ahmed Bani, smiled broadly, but then...
  • Not My America Any More

    04/13/2011 10:37:46 AM PDT · by kathsua · 5 replies
    Associated Content ^ | 4/08/11 | Reason McLucus,
    A responsible adult would understand that eliminating a tyrant isn't the end of a process, but the beginning of the process of establishing a new government. The people of Libya should hope that if Obama and the adolescent leaders of NATO destroy their government, that some responsible adults can be found to help the people of Libya establish a government that respects the rights of the Libyan people and doesn't threaten other nation
  • Beastly Brown Blasts 'The Big Greasy Paws Of Dick Cheney'

    03/30/2011 7:58:36 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 24 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    For an MSMer attacking a Republican, there's nothing quite like a wild-animal metaphor. Witness Newsweek/Daily Beast's Tina Brown, claiming on Morning Joe today that the Obama administration is loath to speak of "regime change" in Libya. Why? Because that phrase "has been taken by the big, greasy paws of Dick Cheney." View video here.
  • NATO Commander Says Ground Force May Be Needed If Gaddafi Ousted

    03/29/2011 10:37:27 PM PDT · by Jim 726 · 31 replies
    NATO commander Adm. James Stavridis says it is too early to be talking about an exit strategy from Libya. He said a ground force may be needed if rebels drive Muammar GaddafiMuammar Gaddafi out. "When you look at the history of NATO, having gone through this, as many on this committee have, with Bosnia and Kosovo, it's quite clear that the possibility of [the need for] a stabilization regime exists," he said. "And so, I have not heard any discussion about it yet, but I think that history is in everybody's mind as we look at the events in Libya,"...
  • White House: Helping install 'a democratic system' is goal in Libya

    03/22/2011 12:29:07 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 36 replies ^ | 03/22/11 | Sam Youngman
    The White House suggested Tuesday the mission in Libya is one of regime change, despite emphatic statements from President Obama and military brass that the goal is not to remove Moammar Gadhafi from power. According to a White House readout of a Monday night call between Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the two leaders "underscored their shared commitment to the goal of helping provide the Libyan people an opportunity to transform their country, by installing a democratic system that respects the people’s will." The term "installing" suggests the goal of regime change. In an e-mail, White House...
  • Meanwhile, Iran keeps gaining ground

    03/22/2011 4:11:27 AM PDT · by Scanian
    NY Post ^ | March 21, 2011 | Benny Avni
    'I am with you," President Obama said Sunday in his now-annual address for Nowruz, the Persian New Year. This time, however, he sidestepped the ruling ayatollahs he once tried to lure into "engagement" and instead urged "the young people of Iran" to imitate others in the region and rise up against their oppressors. Better late than never? Obama must realize that he's now in the regime-change business. Yes, that same enterprise he has dismissed so cavalierly since becoming a US senator. Deferring to the United Nations as he launched a Libya airstrike over the weekend only obscured his flip. Yes,...
  • 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...
  • Egypt's future: Transition to what??

    02/04/2011 3:21:42 AM PST · by Scanian · 3 replies
    NY Post ^ | February 3, 2011 | Amir Taheri
    Everyone in Egypt agrees on this much: The "transition" has already started. But they don't agree on what "transition" means -- or on whether it will be dictated by the "street" or choreographed by a nervous regime. Yesterday, new Vice President Omar Suleiman announced that transition talks had begun between the governing National Democratic Party and "the opposition." He also described the protesters' demands as legitimate and promised "much reform" and a referendum. The subtext: Suleiman is now in charge, and President Hosni Mubarak should be allowed to fade away "with dignity." Yet those who seek regime change won't be...
  • The 11 Countries At Risk of Becoming The Next Egypt (Does the Domino Theory still apply?)

    02/01/2011 9:15:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/01/2011 | Gregory White
    Egypt has been embroiled in political turmoil since protests, inspired by those that overthrew the regime in Tunisia, started last week. While Egypt, and its Suez Canal, have been worry one for investors world wide since last week, the next big question is whether this dissent could spread to other countries around the region, and world. It's a challenge to state led authoritarian capitalism, but it is also a response to rising food costs and soaring unemployment. There is also the social media factor, which has allowed protesters to circumvent traditional state run media sources and organize more efficiently. What...
  • International Community Calls for Crackdown on Tunisia Violence

    01/13/2011 5:47:08 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 3 replies
    Voice of America ^ | 13 Jan 2011 | Lisa Schlein
    Calls are growing for the international community to adopt a tougher reaction to the escalating violence in Tunisia. The criticism is particularly vocal in former colonial power France. France has a front-row seat to the unfolding violence in Tunisia. Paris has longtime economic and political ties with its former colony and a large Tunisian diaspora lives in France. Not surprisingly, the three weeks of clashes between protesters and police in the North African country has been top news here. On Thursday, the Paris-based International Federation of Human Rights notched up its estimated death toll in Tunisia to 66. The Tunisian...
  • America’s Grim Options on North Korea

    11/28/2010 6:23:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 42 replies · 1+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | November 28, 2010 | John Parker
    It's now time to bring our full national power to bear on the North Korean problem. For the past week, the stunning report of nuclear scientist Siegfried Hecker regarding North Korea’s uranium enrichment program has been sending shock waves throughout the world. This is indeed an extremely grave development, although the most serious aspect of it is not what most people think, i.e., the mere fact that North Korea has the bomb — that particular horse left the barn several years ago.Instead, the most dangerous aspect of North Korean nuclear-state status is the fact that the DPRK has a very...