Posts Tagged ‘ Libya ’

Illegal war? Congress doesn’t care

May 24, 2011
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Gene Healy  

"Remember when President Obama assured us his Libyan adventure would be over in 'days, not weeks?' To employ a Clinton-era euphemism, 'That statement is no longer operative.' (Translation: I lied.)" (05/24/11)

http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=13132  

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It’s the missions, stupid

May 24, 2011
posted by

Campaign For Liberty Campaign For Liberty
by Doug Bandow  

"So far the U.S. has spent $750 million on the war in Libya. It is difficult to discern any purpose to the conflict, which demonstrates why America is going broke: spending lavishly on 'defense' activities which have nothing to do with defending America." (05/23/11)

http://www.campaignforliberty.com/article.php?view=1446  

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Libya: Tripoli hit hard by NATO air attack

May 23, 2011
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Los Angeles Times    

"First came the roar of fighter jets, then a bright flash on the horizon, and then the impact. It happened at least a dozen times in Tripoli early Tuesday, starting about 1 a.m. The successive concussions stunned a capital that had been struck before during the Western-led bombing campaign, but never this hard. Before long, an angry crowd had gathered outside the hotel where foreign journalists were staying, waving green flags and shouting in defiance of the bombardment." (05/23/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3sd822u  

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Obama on Libya, War Powers: “Whatevah — I do what I want”

May 22, 2011
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ABC News    

"In an effort to satisfy those arguing he needs to seek congressional authorization to continue US military activity in accordance with the War Powers Resolution, President Obama wrote a letter to congressional leaders this afternoon suggesting that the role is now so 'limited' he does not need to seek congressional approval." (05/22/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3kutc7y  

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Libya: NATO claims attacks on Gaddafi’s navy

May 19, 2011
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The Australian [Australia]    

"NATO aircraft have hit eight warships of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's forces in the ports of Tripoli, Al Khums and Sirte, the Atlantic alliance said in a statement. 'NATO and coalition air assets continued their precision airstrikes against pro-Kadhafi regime forces overnight with a coordinated strike against pro-Gaddafi forces in the ports of Tripoli, Al Khums and Sirte,' the statement said." (05/20/11)

http://tinyurl.com/43yanq3  

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The illegal war in Libya

May 19, 2011
posted by

Salon
by Glenn Greenwald  

"This war, without Congressional authorization, is illegal in every relevant sense: Constitutionally and statutorily. That was true from its start but is especially true now. If one wants to take the position that it's not particularly important or damaging for a President to illegally start and sustain protracted wars on his own, then it's hard to see what would be important. That is the ultimate expression of a lawless empire." (05/19/11)

http://salon.com/a/sOTYfAA  

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Libya and the War Powers Act

May 19, 2011
posted by

Downsize DC Downsize DC
by James Leroy Wilson  

"Downsize DC supports a strong defense. But we DON'T support unnecessary wars. Not under Republican Presidents, and not under Democratic Presidents. We especially oppose non-declared wars which, by definition, are un-Constitutional. This is what makes Obama's war against Libya particularly disappointing. He started a war on Libya without a declaration of war from Congress, or any authorization at all. The President does have one paper restraint. Under the War Powers Act, military action initiated by the President must cease after 60 days unless authorization is provided by Congress. The 60th day since President notified Congress about his attack on Libya will be TOMORROW, Friday, May 20th." (05/19/11)

http://www.downsizedc.org/blog/libya-and-the-war-powers-act  

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NATO ups siege on Libya with bombs, leaflets

May 17, 2011
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Voice of America [US state media]    

"NATO is stepping up pressure on the Libyan government's strongholds with targeted aerial attacks and psychological warfare operations. ... Airstrikes by the alliance targeted a building used by Libya's security services in the capital, Tripoli Tuesday, as well as the headquarters of the anti-corruption agency. Both structures were on fire after the bombing." (05/17/11)

http://tinyurl.com/5w4jg7j  

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Netherlands: War crimes prosecutors seek Gaddafi’s arrest

May 16, 2011
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ABC News    

"The International Criminal Court prosecutor asked judges Monday to issue arrest warrants for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and two other senior members of his regime, accusing them of committing crimes against humanity by targeting civilians in a crackdown against rebels. Luis Moreno-Ocampo says Gadhafi, his son Seif al-Islam Gadhafi and intelligence chief Abdullah al-Sanoussi ordered, planned and participated in illegal attacks." (05/16/11)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=13610697  

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Libya: NATO aircraft bomb oil port of Ras Lanouf

May 15, 2011
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Janesville Gazette    

"NATO aircraft blasted an oil terminal in a key eastern city at nightfall Sunday, Libyan TV reported, after Britain urged the alliance to widen its assault on areas controlled by ruler Moammar Gadhafi. Libya's deputy foreign minister Khaled Kaim sharply condemned that call, describing it as a 'provocation.' The Libya TV report said the bombs hit methanol tanks at the oil port of Ras Lanouf, causing leaks. NATO officials had no immediate comment." (05/15/11)

http://tinyurl.com/685eh8c  

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Libya: UN envoy holds cease-fire talks in Tripoli

May 15, 2011
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CNN    

"A U.N. envoy held talks in Libya on Sunday, as NATO warplanes kept up their bombardment of forces loyal to longtime strongman Moammar Gadhafi, Libyan government officials said. The special envoy, Abdul Ilah al-Khatib, visited Tripoli in hopes of negotiating a cease-fire between government and rebel forces, Libyan officials told CNN." (05/15/11)

http://tinyurl.com/5rhszhm  

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Libya: NATO warships “fend off attack”

May 12, 2011
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BigPond News [Australia]    

"Canadian and British warships patrolling waters off Libya beat back a boat attack on the port of Misrata hours after the city's airport fell to rebels, NATO says. The Canadian frigate HMCS Charlottetown and British destroyer HSM Liverpool came together with a French gunboat not under NATO command to fight off the advance by forces backing Muammar Gaddafi's regime in the early hours, the alliance said in a statement." (05/13/11)

 

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Humanitarian intervention

May 12, 2011
posted by

Rad Geek People's Daily
by Rad Geek  

"Lieutenant General Charles Bouchard, Commander of NATO’s Military Operations in Libya, would like you to know that 'NATO is fulfilling its U.N. mandate to stop and prevent attacks against civilians with precision and care.' Protecting Libyan civilians apparently includes taking the time to fire two missile into a family home and executing babies for having the wrong grandfather. But not taking the time to stop and rescue 72 Libyan refugees — people fleeing the war that NATO is practicing with so much 'precision and care'" — from dying of hunger and thirst while adrift at sea." (05/11/11)

http://radgeek.com/gt/2011/05/11/humanitarian-intervention/  

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Libya: Rockets strike Gaddafi’s compound

May 11, 2011
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CNN    

"Four rockets struck the compound belonging to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi Thursday, a Libyan government official told CNN. After the blasts, which could be heard in the center of Tripoli, sirens blared and at least two emergency vehicles could be seen speeding toward the Bab al-Aziziya compound. It was not immediately clear whether anyone was hurt." (05/11/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3rsddzw  

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Why the west is attacking Gaddafi

May 11, 2011
posted by

LewRockwell.com
by Michael S. Rozeff  

"The basic reason is simple. Gaddafi confronts their power. He confronts the status quo of the Empire. He demands greater power for Africa and the African Union. He demands greater power for smaller countries in the United Nations. Gaddafi calls for investigations of past wars. He is calling for a new way forward that reduces the powers of any one or a few countries to dominate the world." (05/11/11)

http://www.lewrockwell.com/rozeff/rozeff352.html  

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Libya: NATO bombs strike Tripoli

May 10, 2011
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Charleston Post and Courier    

"Rebels battled Moammar Gadhafi's forces on a deadlocked front line in eastern Libya, and NATO warplanes struck Tripoli early today in the heaviest bombing of the Libyan capital in weeks. Overnight, NATO warplanes struck at least four sites in Tripoli, setting off crackling explosions that thundered through the Libyan capital. ... On the front line, heavy fighting was reported Monday south of Ajdabiya, a rebel-held town about 90 miles south of Benghazi, the rebel headquarters in the east." (05/10/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3zj8u93  

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Ship trying to flee Libya with up to 600 migrants sinks

May 9, 2011
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The Globe and Mail [Canada]    

"An overcrowded ship carrying up to 600 people trying to flee Libya sank just outside the port of Tripoli, the U.N. refugee agency said Monday, citing witness accounts. Aid officials were still trying to confirm the fate of those people after the vessel broke apart Friday in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya, UNHCR spokeswoman Laura Boldrini said." (05/09/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3ew68fc  

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Fierce fighting reported in Libyan cities

May 8, 2011
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Al Jazeera [Qatar]    

"NATO air attacks have hit Libyan government weapons depots near Zintan, southwest of Tripoli, the capital, according to a rebel spokesman in the town. Separately, two loud explosions rocked a western sector of Tripoli on Sunday as jets flew overhead, witnesses told the AFP news agency. ... Elsewhere in the country, rebels in the contested city of Misurata clashed with government forces near the airport, a rebel spokesman told the Reuters news agency on Sunday." (05/09/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3cdrr9v  

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Libya: Bombing of Gaddafi won’t let up, Clinton warns

May 5, 2011
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CNN    

"U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, meeting with allies, kept up pressure on Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi Thursday, demanding that he 'cease attacks and the threat of attacks' against rebels who oppose his rule. Gadhafi must withdraw all forces from rebel cities they have entered, restore services to those cities, and allow humanitarian aid in, Clinton insisted." (05/05/11)

http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/africa/05/05/libya.war/index.html  

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Libya: 800 flee as aid ship scrambles out of Misrata

May 4, 2011
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Melbourne Herald Sun    

"A ship has scrambled out of the besieged Libyan port of Misrata carrying 800 migrants and civilian casualties during heavy shelling on the town. The ship with limited capacity was forced to leave swiftly, pulling up the ramp to leave behind hundreds of Libyan civilians who also rushed to board in desperation to leave the embattled town, the the International Organisation for Migration said in a statement." (05

http://tinyurl.com/44ojs74  

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Libya: Car bomb explodes at rebel headquarters

May 4, 2011
posted by

Macon Telegraph    

"The general in charge of Libya's rebel forces says a car bomb exploded in front of their headquarters in northeast Benghazi. Gen. Abdel-Fattah Younis says no one was injured, but an APTN cameraman saw a person with an arm cut by shattered glass. The blast apparently blew out windows in a high-rise near Benghazi courthouse, where the rebel committee has its headquarters." (05/03/11)

 

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Italy pledges to seek end date for NATO’s Libya mission

May 3, 2011
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USA Today    

"Italy pledged on Tuesday to seek an end date for NATO's Libya operations as Premier Silvio Berlusconi sought to placate a key government partner opposed to Italian participation in the bombing missions. Italy pledged on Tuesday to seek an end date for NATO's Libya operations as Premier Silvio Berlusconi sought to placate a key government partner opposed to Italian participation in the bombing missions." (05/03/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3dpy4ue  

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Libya: Fighting rages in western mountains

May 2, 2011
posted by

Reuters    

"Forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi stepped up their onslaught on rebel areas of Libya's Western Mountains late on Monday, rebels said, and refugees said towns in the isolated region were on the brink of starvation. At least 10 Grad rockets landed on the town of Zintan, rebel spokesman Abdulrahman told Reuters by telephone." (05/02/11)

http://tinyurl.com/5tsh3hn  

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War in Libya and a powerless Senator

May 2, 2011
posted by

Downsize DC Downsize DC
by Jim Babka  

"Poor Rob Portman. He is just a Senator. War in Libya? He is impotent. Specifically ... The U.N. does the authorizing for him. Perhaps he and his colleagues don't want to be burdened with the tough decisions. And ... The Senator 'awaits' rather than 'demands' the day the President report backs on HIS (the President's) personal goals." (05/02/11)

http://www.downsizedc.org/blog/war-in-libya-and-a-powerless-senator  

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Libyans burn UK, Italy missions after NATO strike

May 1, 2011
posted by

San Antonio Express-News    

"Angry mobs attacked Western embassies and a U.N. office in Tripoli Sunday after NATO bombed Moammar Gadhafi's family compound in an attack officials said killed the leader's second youngest son and three grandchildren, ages six months to two years. ... The bombing did not slow the attacks by Gadhafi's forces on rebel strongholds in the western part of Libya that has remained largely under the control of the regime. The rebel port of Misrata, which has been besieged by Gadhafi's troops for two months, came under heavy shelling Sunday and at least 12 people were killed, a medic said." (05/01/11)

 

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