Posts Tagged ‘ Libya ’

French fraud behind Libya war drive

April 5, 2011
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"The Libyan war has the French, of all people, in the forefront, with President Nicolas Sarkozy’s smug, self-satisfied face mugging for the camera as French fighter jets scream in the skies over Tripoli. The French, who sat out the Iraq war with haughty disdain, are now even more eager than the Americans to get into the thick of it: Sarkozy, in trouble at home, is hoping to distract critics from France’s ever-worsening domestic economic woes and his own party’s diminishing electoral prospects, with a good old-fashioned dollop of Napoleonic tonic. France -- once again thrusting into North Africa in search of its former imperial glory! It’s enough to make one nostalgic for the Ugly American." (04/06/11)

http://tinyurl.com/43aencw  

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Checks and imbalances

April 5, 2011
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The American Prospect
by Scott Lemieux  

"It was inevitable that someone, somewhere in Congress, was going to object to President Barack Obama's military intervention in Libya. 'I believe that the president should first seek a congressional debate on a declaration of war under Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution,' declared Republican Sen. Richard Lugar. 'President Obama's unilateral choice to use U.S. military force in Libya is an affront to our Constitution,' echoed Republican Rep. Roscoe Bartlett of Indiana. One source of opposition, however, is surprising: Barack Obama himself." (04/05/11)

http://prospect.org/cs/articles?article=checks_and_imbalances  

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Libya: Rebels, invaders nix post-war role for Gaddafi’s sons

April 4, 2011
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Winston-Salem Journal    

"A diplomatic push by Moammar Gadhafi's regime ran into trouble Monday as opponents at home and abroad rejected any solution to the Libya conflict that would involve one of his sons taking power. While a Gadhafi envoy lobbied diplomats in European capitals, Italy became the third nation to declare that the rebels' interim council in Libya is the only legitimate voice for the people of the North African nation." (04/04/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3e42whq  

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Libya: West showcases new weapons for sale

April 4, 2011
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MSNBC    

"Almost every modern conflict from the Spanish Civil War to Kosovo has served as a test of air power. But the Libyan operation to enforce U.N. resolution 1973 coincides with a new arms race — a surge of demand in the $60 billion a year global fighter market and the arrival of a new generation of equipment in the air and at sea. For the countries and companies behind those planes and weapons, there's no better sales tool than real combat. For air forces facing cuts, it is a strike for the value of air power itself." (04/04/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3lhknfv  

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The benefit of Obama’s war on Libya

April 4, 2011
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Future of Freedom Foundation Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger  

"Lost within the 'humanitarian' rationale that President Obama and his liberal cohorts have provided for the U.S. Empire’s war on Libya is one of the principal benefits of the Libyan War, at least from the standpoint of U.S. officials: the indefinite continuation of the U.S. government’s anti-terrorist powers that have accompanied its decade-long 'war on terrorism.'" (04/04/11)

http://www.fff.org/blog/jghblog2011-04-04.asp  

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Libya and 2012

April 4, 2011
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Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Russel Hasan  

"By intervening in the Libyan civil war and dragging the United States into war with Libya, President Obama has effectively signed his resignation papers. There is no way that he will win in 2012." (04/02/11)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/525  

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Obama’s war of choice

April 4, 2011
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Reason Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"Remember when a crusading president, acting on dubious intelligence, insufficient information, and exaggerated fears, took the nation into a Middle Eastern war of choice? That was George W. Bush in 2003, invading Iraq. But it's also Barack Obama in 2011, attacking Libya." (04/04/11)

http://reason.com/archives/2011/04/04/obamas-war-of-choice  

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High costs may not be the worst aspect of the attack on Libya

April 4, 2011
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Independent Institute Independent Institute
by Ivan Eland  

"As if getting enmeshed in a third simultaneous war — with costs soaring in a time of economic peril, yawning budget deficits, and national debt — when no vital national interest was at stake wasn’t bad enough, that is not the worst of it." (03/30/11)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=3020  

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Oh what a lovely budget item

April 3, 2011
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Reason Reason
by Jesse Walker  

"When Bill Kristol endorsed America's intervention in Libya, the Weekly Standard editor was being completely consistent with everything else he has said about American foreign policy. He just wasn't being consistent with his pose as a proponent of fiscal restraint. It's bracing to watch Kristol twirl so easily from denouncing 'the Democrats' orgy of spending' and complaining about Republicans who 'don't have a credible plan to deal with the debt or the deficit' to jubilating that the president 'didn't shrink from defending the use of force.' But the pundit's gyrations can't obscure a basic reality: You can pay your bills or you can be a global policeman, but you can't do both. Not in 2011." (04/01/11)

http://reason.com/archives/2011/04/01/oh-what-a-lovely-budget-item  

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NATO to US: We need more strikes in Libya

April 3, 2011
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ABC News    

"NATO has asked the United States to continue participating in airstrikes over Libya through late Monday, ABC News has learned. This was done to make up for the bad weather earlier in the week that had hampered targeting of Gadhafi forces and allowed them to push the rebels back to Ajdabiyah." (04/03/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3faj7a2  

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Libya poses dangerous delusion

April 3, 2011
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Christopher Preble  

"The conundrums associated with being the world's sole superpower have been on vivid display over the past two weeks. By launching a war of choice against Libya, President Barack Obama perpetuates the unrealistic expectation that U.S. troops will be deployed on missions that have no plausible connection to national security interests." (04/01/11)

http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=12934  

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Gates calls for limited role aiding Libyan rebels

March 31, 2011
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ABC News    

"The U.S. should avoid developing a closer relationship with Libyan opposition forces, defense leaders said Thursday, telling an often hostile Congress that foreign nations must now take over airstrike responsibilities and any effort to train and equip the rebels. With the U.S. role in Libya at a turning point, the next critical decision is how, if at all, the U.S. chooses to support the opposition forces, particularly in the face of the ongoing budget crisis at home." (03/31/11)

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=13262517  

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Why the Libyan war is a strategic disaster

March 31, 2011
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Downsize DC Downsize DC
by Jim Babka  

"The President's Monday speech was (poorly) used to justify his unconstitutional, undeclared war on Libya." (03/31/11)

http://tinyurl.com/4lertef  

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The wisdom and legality of arming Libyan rebels

March 31, 2011
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Salon
by Glenn Greenwald  

"How many times do we have to arm one side of a civil war -- only for that side to then become our Enemy five or ten or fifteen years later -- before we learn not to do that any more? I wrote earlier on Twitter, ironically, that one good outcome from arming the Libyan rebels is that it will lay the foundation for our new war 10 years from now -- when Commander-in-Chief George Prescott Bush or Chelsea Clinton announce that we must wage war to stop the Libyan faction from threatening its neighbors and supporting Terrorism (with the weapons we provided them back in 2011)." (03/30/11)

http://salon.com/a/sjy8fAA  

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Libya: Obama authorizes covert help for rebels

March 30, 2011
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ABC News    

"President Obama has a signed a secret presidential finding authorizing covert operations to aid the effort in Libya where rebels are in full retreat despite air support from U.S. and allied forces, a source tells ABC News. The presidential finding discusses a number of ways to help the opposition to Moammar Gadhafi, authorizing some assistance now and setting up a legal framework for more robust activities in the future." (03/30/11)

http://tinyurl.com/6xv7x3d  

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Obama on Libya: Defending the indefensible

March 30, 2011
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Freedom's Phoenix Freedom's Phoenix    

"Obama's March 28 television address wreaked [sic] of hypocrisy, lies and disdain for basic democratic values, making an indefensible case for naked aggression against a non-belligerent country. America's media approved." (03/31/11)

http://tinyurl.com/45mhmuo  

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Libya: Renewed US missile barrage amid talks

March 29, 2011
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Coeur d'Alene Press    

"Stepping up attacks far from the front-line fighting, a U.S. Navy ship fired 22 Tomahawk cruise missiles at weapon storage sites around Tripoli on Tuesday, while President Barack Obama said the effectiveness of the allies' fight is a factor in deciding whether to arm the rebels. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, meanwhile, held talks in London with an envoy from the Libyan political opposition group trying to overthrow Moammar Gadhafi." (03/29/11)

 

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UN “authorization” is the emperor’s new fig leaf

March 29, 2011
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Gene Healy  

"Last night, nine days after we began bombing Libya, President Obama went on television to explain what we're up to and what the plan is. It's always nice to be kept in the loop. But the real outrage here isn't that Obama — for once — has been reluctant to make a speech. It's that our Nobel Peace Prize-winning, former constitutional law professor president has launched yet another war in the Middle East without any constitutional authority for doing so." (03/29/11)

http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=12919  

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You lie, Mr. President

March 29, 2011
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"The lives we 'saved' are countless only because they don’t exist: we intervened to prevent a holocaust that never happened -- and there’s no way of knowing (although plenty of reason to doubt) whether it would have happened without Western intervention. This is the kind of lie that Americans like to hear: he’s telling us we’re heroes, not Ugly Americans. Quite literally every other word in his Libya peroration is a lie." (03/30/11)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2011/03/29/you-lie-mr-president/  

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McCain hits Obama on US force limits in Libya

March 29, 2011
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CNN    

"A top Republican hammered the administration's Libya policy Tuesday, criticizing President Barack Obama for his refusal to overtly apply American military force in pursuit of the U.S. goal of removing strongman Moammar Gadhafi from power. ... While [ US Senator John McCain (R-AZ)] is criticizing Obama for failing to use stronger military force against Gadhafi, other Republicans have criticized the president for, in their opinion, failing to adequately explain the extent of U.S. involvement and when it will end." (03/29/11)

http://www.cnn.com/2011/POLITICS/03/29/obama.libya.reaction/  

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The Libya folly

March 29, 2011
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Independent Institute Independent Institute
by Charles V. Pena  

"Constitutionality and selective memory aside, the president was wrong to order the attacks on Libya for three reasons. First, it’s not clear who’s in charge of Operation Odyssey Dawn .... Second, what’s the objective? ... Third — and most importantly — even if the previous two questions are properly addressed, they would be trumped by the fact that U.S. national security is not at stake in Libya." (03/28/11)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=3018  

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We have an illegal war

March 23, 2011
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The American Conservative
by Ben Stein  

"So, we have an illegal war. No honest goal. No way of reaching any meaningful goal except by getting us into a third ground war ... and here's the best part: We don't even know who our allies in Libya are. We don't know if they're pro-Iranian, or pro al Qaeda, or just who the heck they are." (03/23/11)

http://spectator.org/archives/2011/03/23/we-have-an-illegal-war  

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Libya: US rescuers shoot villagers as they welcome downed jet pilots

March 22, 2011
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Daily Mail [UK]    

"Six Libyan villagers are recovering in hospital after being shot by American soldiers coming in to rescue the U.S. pilots whose plane crash-landed in a field. The helicopter strafed the ground as it landed in a field outside Benghazi beside the downed U.S. Air Force F-15E Eagle which ran into trouble during bombing raid last night. And a handful of locals who had come to greet the pilots were hit -- among them a young boy who may have to have a leg amputated because of injuries caused by a bullet wound." (03/22/11)

http://tinyurl.com/48wefkf  

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Libya: Gaddafi escalates war against rebels as fight deepens

March 6, 2011
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Business Week    

"Libyan troops loyal to Muammar Qaddafi used artillery and helicopter gunships in their effort to block the rebels’ advance west from the oil hub of Ras Lanuf toward the leader’s hometown of Sirte. ... Clashes during the past two days have become more deadly as the rebels moved along the Libyan coast toward Tripoli and government troops escalated their use of force in attempting to retake the rebel-held cities of Misurata, about 90 miles east of the capital, and Zawiyah to the west." (03/06/11)

http://tinyurl.com/5v4fmep  

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Libya: Rebels snub Chavez mediation, press on against Gaddafi

March 3, 2011
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Business Week    

"Libyan opposition leaders rejected a mediation offer by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, an ally of Muammar Qaddafi, as armed rebels held out against regime attacks and prepared to push toward the capital of Tripoli. ... The plan, which would involve what Venezuela called “friendly” nations, is a non-starter with the rebels, whose spokesman said Qaddafi 'knows the way to the airport and he can leave.'" (03/03/11)

http://tinyurl.com/4tgqrwe  

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