CNN: US changing war “strategy” to all-out attack on Gaddafi forces

posted at 12:15 pm on March 30, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Is this really a change? For the last eleven days, the US has attacked Libyan military targets almost exclusively under the wide definition of “protecting civilians,” which looks more like air cover for the rebellion. It hasn’t worked very well to stop Moammar Gaddafi, as the rebels now have begun falling back along a long line, losing Ras Lanuf today after retreating in disarray from Sirte yesterday. Misrata is now under “intensified” attack from government forces despite the no-fly zone and its air-to-ground strategy, which has Congress worried about the likelihood of a “stalemate”:

Opposition members in Libya said Wednesday their fighters are working to regain momentum in the face of punishing assaults by forces loyal to leader Moammar Gadhafi.

After days of dramatic advances by rebels, government forces have cranked up their firepower, pushing from Bin Jawad to Ras Lanuf, a key eastern oil town that the opposition seized Sunday, and launching escalated strikes in the western town of Misrata.

Now the US says that NATO may start attacking Tripoli itself, presumably to get to Gaddafi’s command and control functions, which makes perfect sense if the mission objective was regime change. There are no reports of massacres in Libya’s capital at the moment, at least none which NATO or the White House have publicized.If the mission is the protection of civilians, which is what the UN mandate states (which Obama said he would not exceed in his speech Monday night), how will bombing Tripoli accomplish that?  We will increase the odds for significant collateral civilian losses, not decrease them.

The only explanation that makes sense is an attempt to decapitate the regime, a legitimate goal if we knew the nature of the rebels and what would follow afterward.  CNN reports the “flicker of al-Qaeda” testimony from Admiral Stavridis yesterday in a dismissive fashion without mentioning that one of the rebel commanders was captured by the US in Afghanistan in 2002 fighting for the Taliban.  John McCain insists that the rebellion isn’t hoisting the AQ flag, but even Stavridis wouldn’t say that yesterday.

Clearly, air power alone won’t stop Gaddafi unless we just happen to get lucky and kill him, and the shift in momentum back to the government on the ground won’t encourage military units to defect any time soon, either.  We’re either looking at stalemate or escalation, as Obama and the West can’t afford to leave Gaddafi in power after these efforts to dislodge him.  We’ll end up with another Saddam Hussein in North Africa, right where he can wreak a lot of havoc in the underbelly of Europe.


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“Obama is awesome.”
 
- Our Al-Qaeda allies in Libya

rogerb on March 30, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Smart Power!

kingsjester on March 30, 2011 at 12:19 PM

so does this mean the ‘kinetic military action’ now becomes a hyper-kinetic military action?

just trying to keep up with the verbiage and such.

ted c on March 30, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Heh heh.. he said “underbelly of Europe”… heh heh heh

-Beavis

Bat Chain Puller on March 30, 2011 at 12:21 PM

That’s a Peace Prize!

Lily on March 30, 2011 at 12:25 PM

I wonder how many people have figured out the Obama has no idea what to do about Libya.

John Deaux on March 30, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Mr. President, are you at war with Libya in order to bring about regime change? Did they attack us?

Really Right on March 30, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Two thumbs way up from Osama bin Laden! To quote his shout out to Teh Won, “You go girl!”

Ward Cleaver on March 30, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Outrageous buffoonery by both parties…

We have NO money for this sort of nonsense. We are broke. We will be having a rebellion here when the Government finally rolls over like the beached whale it is from all the spending.

PierreLegrand on March 30, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Notice that CNN isn’t really calling out Obama on this. They appear to be blaming the Pentagon instead of their dear leader.

Notice how they provide cover regarding the cost, too.

blink on March 30, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Not to worry, Wolfie and Hack Cafferty will be Fact-Checking that later.

/

Del Dolemonte on March 30, 2011 at 12:32 PM

“I’m not ruling it out,” the president said. “But I’m also not ruling it in. We’re still making an assessment partly about what Khaddafy’s forces are going to be doing. Keep in mind, we’ve been at this now for nine days. And the degree to which we’ve degraded Khadaffy’s forces in those nine days has been significant.”

Right, the ragtags are on the run from one town and oil field to the other.

Then, latest HA thread “US changing war “strategy” to all-out attack on Gaddafi forces”.

Is it a war? Is it a military action? Lefties, you ‘nuanced’ PC morons. No Soldier is worth sacrificing for you, nor are their families. They all deserve better.

Obama, Winning the Future (WTF), one waffling at a time.

Name one people who are free due to Obama (not the Black Panthers).

Schadenfreude on March 30, 2011 at 12:33 PM

” John McCain insists that the rebellion isn’t hoisting the AQ flag….” As if he knows diddly about anything. He’s best used as a reverse barometer. I prefer Meggie Mac’s foreign policy analysis/intel to her dad’s.

What we need right now is a stalemate where both sides are equal and cannot afford to look away from their in house enemy and look outward to attack us. Surely we can find some old T-55′s and a few howitzers, both with ammo, to arm the rebs and produce an ongoing civil war where neither side wins. Or just bailout now, batten down the hatches for Kaddafi’s retaliatory terror strikes while we quietly bribe him to stay cool and we’ll let him live.

JimP on March 30, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Notice that CNN isn’t really calling out Obama on this. They appear to be blaming the Pentagon instead of their dear leader.

Notice how they provide cover regarding the cost, too.

blink on March 30, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Yet, last night Pawlenty said that CNN never lies.

Schadenfreude on March 30, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Protecting the narrative hearlding the historic election of the 1st Black President is all that matters……….

Its all about the Healing!

dmann on March 30, 2011 at 12:34 PM

i wonder how the troops (and particularly the pilots) feel about giving close air support to Al Qaeda?

rplat on March 30, 2011 at 12:34 PM

It took several years for mission creep in Vietnam, and several more years of confusion as to our combat mission there was going to be…and then several more years as we felt our way toward withdrawal…and way too many loses along the way…as politicians in Washington played war games and tried to prove how adept they were at war-fighting from desks thousands of miles away…for what?

In today’s high-tech world, it is taken hours not years for mission creep to obscure the so-called Libyan mission?

This is not accidental…it is intentional.

Why???

Not one American life for Libya. None. Not One!!

coldwarrior on March 30, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Have my representatives voted on any of this yet?

ernesto on March 30, 2011 at 12:35 PM

So he’s exceeding his UN mandate. Tsk, tsk, so much for respecting the rule of international law.

And if there was any doubt about Powell’s Pottery Barn coming to play when this is over, it’s long gone now. PBHO you broke, now you own it. You can’t pawn the fallout off on the Arab League, or the UN or NATO or the Fwench or anyone else. Happy nation building in that miserable, terror-infested sand trap.

MJBrutus on March 30, 2011 at 12:36 PM

Is this really a change?

It depends on whom in the administration we are to believe is in charge. According to Obama, the President, we wouldn’t be enlarging the scope of action. ‘TLSLMA,’ remember?

Now the US says that NATO may start attacking Tripoli itself, presumably to get to Gaddafi’s command and control functions, which makes perfect sense if the mission objective was regime change.

Ed, but the President said repeatedly that it wasn’t. Why on earth are would anyone attempt paper over Obama’s inconsistent words and deeds?

chimney sweep on March 30, 2011 at 12:36 PM

One mistake begets another and so on ‘ad infinitum’.

1 Mistake 1-getting involved in the first place in a country that was no threat to US interests.
2 Mistake 2-since we got involved-waiting too late-after the rebels had already lost momentum.
3 Mistake 3-because current bombing parameters appear to be ineffective, we are on the verge of having Qaddafi win anyway with the added feather in his cap of US-Brit-France failure to stop him.
4 To prevent this scenario-escalate our involvement further-thus increasing the risk that Al Qaeda loving terrorists among the rebels will not only seize power, but will be armed to the teeth with weapons we gave them.

FUNNY THOSE LIBYAN REBELS LOOK JUST LIKE US ARMY RANGERS!!!!

MaiDee on March 30, 2011 at 12:36 PM

but don’t you dare call this a war….no siree bob

cmsinaz on March 30, 2011 at 12:36 PM

Barrt knows jihad since he went to Pakistan and came back Barack.

Watch, tell all books to be released in 2013.

Oil Can on March 30, 2011 at 12:36 PM

blink on March 30, 2011 at 12:23 PM

it’s election season already….

cmsinaz on March 30, 2011 at 12:37 PM

JimP on March 30, 2011 at 12:34 PM

the lsm love the maverick once again since he is the only GOP folk who think dear leader is doing a great job in libya

cmsinaz on March 30, 2011 at 12:38 PM

so does this mean the ‘kinetic military action’ now becomes a hyper-kinetic military action?

just trying to keep up with the verbiage and such.

ted c on March 30, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Dynamical Martialistic Fulfillment.

oldfiveanddimer on March 30, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Well at least Congress voted to approve the escalation…

BadgerHawk on March 30, 2011 at 12:41 PM

They will do whatever they need to do to win the election. Obama’s statements have an operative shelf life of two days, max, and are fraudulent as they are uttered.

Cry the beloved country.

paul1149 on March 30, 2011 at 12:41 PM

Off topic, but Rush is tearing apart a Wisconsin liberal union member right now.

capejasmine on March 30, 2011 at 12:41 PM

Wolfowitz, the has been, wants to recognize the rebels, now that they’r losing.

What idiots inhabit the sphere?

Schadenfreude on March 30, 2011 at 12:42 PM

Without ground troops they won’t touch Daffy. How many troops and equipment did we have on the ground in Iraq? How long was it till we found Saddam? Daffy is sitting in a bunker under a mosque someplace in a hot tub.

The rebels are a joke militarily. Better equipment will do little to aid them as it will take months of training and practice to be effective with it. The only people with any type of training among the rebels are Al Qaeda types and their training is in insurgency, not standing battles and capturing large cities.

I don’t see the point of further bombing at this point either, especially Tripoli. I find it hard to believe there is something that emits a radio signal that we haven’t hit yet so obviously command and control is all local with instructions coming by hand held radio or cell phone.

Are we really going to spend a 1/2 million to a million dollars a pop to take out troop carriers and field artillery? It’s wasteful and they have tons more in garages in every town on the route to Tripoli. You need troops to take out the guys operating them.

Go Big or Go Home. Obama has made it clear he never had any intention of going big in Libya.

Rocks on March 30, 2011 at 12:42 PM

Ward Cleaver on March 30, 2011 at 12:27 PM

 
“You go, girl!”
 
Holy cow that’s funny.
 
Serious question:
Are there allies that might decide to come and help Qhaddafi fight against the fundamentalist revolutionaries democracy-loving freedom fighters?

rogerb on March 30, 2011 at 12:43 PM

Obama: CHARGE!!!

Military Commander: But sir: you just ordered us to back off…

Obama: I was talking to the Treasury Secretary….

landlines on March 30, 2011 at 12:43 PM

CNN: US changing war “strategy” to all-out attack on Gaddafi forces

Hardest hit: Milk factories.

BobMbx on March 30, 2011 at 12:43 PM

We’ll end up with another Saddam Hussein in North Africa, right where he can wreak a lot of havoc in the underbelly of Europe.

okey doke, we’ll see another 20 UN resolutions followed by a GOP president who will take action and get ridiculed for being a unilateralist….repeating history I fear….

cmsinaz on March 30, 2011 at 12:43 PM

AlJazeera:

12:15pm James Bays, outside Ajdabiya, also notes that it might be difficult for coalition pilots to discern Gaddafi’s irregular fighters and mobile mortar teams riding in jeeps and the backs of trucks from the rebels fighting with them.

Duh!

.Timestamp:
12:10pm Bays also describes the tactics being used by Gaddafi’s forces. They send mobile mortar teams several kilometres off the main road, flank the disorganised rebel columns, and begin shelling them from a distance. Almost without fail, the mortar fire – possibly combined with long-range Grad rocket attacks – has forced rebels to retreat.

Perhaps more ominously, Bays says he thinks there could be plainclothed regime spies traveling on the main road with the rebels, feeding information back to Gaddafi’s troops

Days or weeks, not months. We’ll have this wrapped up in plenty of time for the 2012 elections.

a capella on March 30, 2011 at 12:47 PM

The rebels are a joke militarily. Better equipment will do little to aid them as it will take months of training and practice to be effective with it. The only people with any type of training among the rebels are Al Qaeda types and their training is in insurgency, not standing battles and capturing large cities.

Rocks on March 30, 2011 at 12:42 PM

Exactly right. And that is why those whose only criticism of Operation Obama Dawn was that we didn’t get the party started sooner when the rabble were “winning” are so stone cold wrong. They weren’t going to win in Feb, even with an NFZ and they aren’t going to win now with it.

MJBrutus on March 30, 2011 at 12:48 PM

It’s kinetic baby! Yeah!

Scrappy on March 30, 2011 at 12:50 PM

Can’t wait to see Ed Schultz and Rachel Maddow enlist and go to Libya to fight this war for their President!

/turnabout

Good Lt on March 30, 2011 at 12:53 PM

If only Eisenhower had given the Germans had heads-up on the BBC when he was going to launch Operation Overlord (D-DAY).

This is utter stupidity. Obama, you and the military are responsible for running the war. Why are you giving the enemy your battle plan? This is NO way to wage war successfully.

technopeasant on March 30, 2011 at 12:54 PM

Feel the Kineticism™!
And don’t worry about addafi surviving because he’s almost dead anyway. Instead worry about his sons surviving.

OxyCon on March 30, 2011 at 12:55 PM

Shi-yoot. Now we have A-10s running CAS missions in Libya?? God please watch over our pilots, it only takes one Golden BB to bring one down.

EasyEight on March 30, 2011 at 12:57 PM

Mission creep, courtesy of President Creep.

AZCoyote on March 30, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Nice overview of who is doing what to who.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/interactive/2011/mar/08/libya-nato-no-fly-zone-interactive-map

a capella on March 30, 2011 at 12:59 PM

I wonder how many people have figured out the Obama has no idea what to do about Libya anything.

John Deaux on March 30, 2011 at 12:27 PM

bw222 on March 30, 2011 at 1:00 PM

On one side, we have Khaddafi’s merry band of “screw ‘em” mercenaries
On the other side, we have a rag tag band of local jihadists with a “flicker” of al Qaeda
Obama, of course, is siding with the “locals” with that “flicker”

I feel like I’ve seen this movie before.

J_Crater on March 30, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Wouldn’t we all get a you-gotta-be-kiddin’-me chuckle if the head of the Libyan rebels turns out to be Osama Bin Laden?
;-)

albill on March 30, 2011 at 1:03 PM

I can’t help but thinking that the logical endgame of the “protect civilians” line of argument is to partition Libya into tribal sections dependent on which population support of oppose Qaddafi. If this air assault had happened when Qaddafi first started using air power and armor, his own people probably would have dropped him like a rock, but now they are kind of stuck supporting him.

Count to 10 on March 30, 2011 at 1:05 PM

“Days not weeks”::Obama = “Mission accomplished”::Bush

The difference is Obama actually said his.

Chuck Schick on March 30, 2011 at 1:07 PM

Shi-yoot. Now we have A-10s running CAS missions in Libya?? God please watch over our pilots, it only takes one Golden BB to bring one down.

EasyEight on March 30, 2011 at 12:57 PM

I’d actually worry more about another mechanical failure, but yes.

Count to 10 on March 30, 2011 at 1:07 PM

Hey, Since the WRECKING BALL says we’re going to reduce our energy needs by 1/3rd in the next years……..

………we now know how much he intends to reduce our economy.

1/3rd of the U.S. will be living with less.

Thank you Wrecking Ball!!!

PappyD61 on March 30, 2011 at 1:10 PM

The CHANGE is the oil ports are in danger again…

WHY are we fighting for Europe’s oil

golfmann on March 30, 2011 at 1:10 PM

CNN: US changing war “strategy” to all-out attack on Gaddafi forces

In other words – as we all knew as he was delivering his address the other night – Obama was either clueless or lying.

Midas on March 30, 2011 at 1:13 PM

QUAGMIRE …

tarpon on March 30, 2011 at 1:16 PM

Re: Protect the civilian population.

When Qaddafy forces attack rebels the US will attack Qaddafy forces to protect the civilians.

So when the rebels attack Qaddafy forces and kill civilians will the US attack the rebels to protect the civilians on the side of Qaddafy???

albill on March 30, 2011 at 1:16 PM

We must pray for our troops even more now.

This use of “protect” those that can’t protect themselves that Obama mentioned……SCARY CONSEQUENCES.

PappyD61 on March 30, 2011 at 1:22 PM

BBC:

1615: The BBC’s Kevin Connolly in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi says the mood has darkened in the city as news of the government’s advances comes through. He says there is widespread questioning about Nato’s mandate and people are asking why coalition planes cannot take out Col Gaddafi’s tanks and armoured cars.

1609: The BBC’s Ben Brown in Ajdabiya says the town is a place of panic and people there fear pro-Gaddafi troops could be at the gates soon. The rebels have been stopped in their tracks, he says. They have lost Bin Jawad and Ras Lanuf and have been rolled back through Brega. The rebels are in disarray, he adds, and what started as an advance has become a rout.

The noose around Gaddafi’s neck is tightening.

a capella on March 30, 2011 at 1:22 PM

“When you start to take Vienna, take Vienna!”

– Napoleon Bonaparte

Good strategy and tactics are timeless.

Fritz

Old Fritz on March 30, 2011 at 1:22 PM

I believe that this is all part of a plan from Jarrett and Assholrod to eliminate little Bammie’s gravitas problem. His effeminate image as a man-child president will cost him votes in 2012.

This excellent Lybian adventure will allow him to be portrayed as a serious ‘war-president’, pacing the grounds of the White House and pondering military strategy. Wait for it -”how could you criticize a war-president? You’re not being patriotic!”

slickwillie2001 on March 30, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Wouldn’t we all get a you-gotta-be-kiddin’-me chuckle if the head of the Libyan rebels turns out to be Osama Bin Laden?
;-)
 
albill on March 30, 2011 at 1:03 PM

 
It would be portrayed as a brilliant plan by an expert tactician that was calculated as such all along.
 
Hey Barry, here’s an idea- What say you get the bad guys to stop killing innocent civilians in Chicago before you start another war? Work your way up, you know?

rogerb on March 30, 2011 at 1:26 PM

Wait for it -”how could you criticize a war-president? You’re not being patriotic!”

slickwillie2001 on March 30, 2011 at 1:24 PM

The race card is soooo yesterday.

a capella on March 30, 2011 at 1:26 PM

a capella on March 30, 2011 at 1:26 PM

they’ll continue to use it….guaranteed

cmsinaz on March 30, 2011 at 1:32 PM

dissent is not patriotic when there is a dem president in charge…

cmsinaz on March 30, 2011 at 1:32 PM

Isn’t this a curious time in history. For thousands of years, the superior power went in and kicked a$$. And now, as the superior power, we engage in this weird kabuki dance.

Paul-Cincy on March 30, 2011 at 1:37 PM

Is this Obama’s “Bay of Pigs”? If Kaddafi prevails, as it appears he might, what keeps Obama from saying, like Emily Litella, “never mind!”, and turning tail, and running?

Paul-Cincy on March 30, 2011 at 1:41 PM

Øbama changing war “strategy” to all-out attack on Gaddafi forces

You go girl!

Hat Tip: Ward Cleaver on March 30, 2011 at 12:27 PM

petefrt on March 30, 2011 at 1:41 PM

Hmmm. Gaddafi’s hole card? This would make it messy for Scooter.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12901820

a capella on March 30, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Why are we taking sides in Jihad? This quagmire is turning into Obama’s Jihad.

FloatingRock on March 30, 2011 at 1:45 PM

You could easily make the argument that destroying command and control in Tripoli will throw the advancing army into chaos. That would in effect slow their advance and save civilian lives.

jonezee on March 30, 2011 at 1:45 PM

Why???

Not one American life for Libya. None. Not One!!

coldwarrior on March 30, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Please consider detailing your “Why???”. Thanks ahead.

Schadenfreude on March 30, 2011 at 1:46 PM

CNN: Obama Lied

maverick muse on March 30, 2011 at 1:49 PM

Hey, Since the WRECKING BALL says we’re going to reduce our energy needs by 1/3rd in the next years……..

PappyD61 on March 30, 2011 at 1:10 PM

Don’t let ‘em near your thermostat or your car, or you’ll be stuck at home without HVAC.

And what little HVAC we’ll have, we’ll have only when the wind is blowing. :(

petefrt on March 30, 2011 at 1:49 PM

That would in effect slow their advance and save civilian lives.

jonezee on March 30, 2011 at 1:45 PM

The Rebels are not civilians.

FloatingRock on March 30, 2011 at 1:49 PM

If you are opposed to our half-African POTUS killing actual Africans, you’re a racist.

Akzed on March 30, 2011 at 1:50 PM

Whatever the costs, this is probably what we should be doing (and should have been doing the moment Obama called for his ouster, when the rebels were at the gates of Tripoli).

The fact that Obama was (and still might be) considering letting Kadaffi survive is evidence of extreme incompetence. Once he crossed him, he should have known he’d committed us to regime change.

Cross a ruthless dictator who may once have had some strategic value as fodder against Jihadists, and call for his ouster, but don’t follow through. Instead, leave him around to be a thorn in our side, even though he has a known penchant for WMDs and a history of terrorism against us.

It’s as if he thinks Bush screwed up on the Iraq situation so much that he wants to recreate the circumstances that led up to the war, to give someone else a chance to do a better job.*

Whatever you think of Bush’s handling of Iraq, only a fool would fail to realize he was choosing among a host of bad options, which he’d been left with by our failure to crush Saddam when we had the chance.

*(I am not a conspiracy kook who actually believes this. I just wanted to point out how extreme the level of ignorance of fairly recent history is.)

RINO in Name Only on March 30, 2011 at 1:52 PM

It’s completely absurd to compare this war to Iraq.

It’s actually more like Vietnam than anything else.

DarthBrooks on March 30, 2011 at 1:53 PM

Troops on the ground. Troops on the ground.
Lookin’ like a Bush with your troops on the ground.

Ronnie on March 30, 2011 at 1:54 PM

If they just wanted to get Kadaffy, they didn’t need all of this…

Option 1 – Bribe. Semi-reliable.

Option 2 – Drones, Hellfires, Dumb Looks. Degrades capacity at low cost and you can look for targets of opportunity. Semi-reliable.

Option 3 – Hire a decent hitman. We used to be able to do that but the Left hates low cost removals of foreign governments that have waged acts of war against us. Pretty reliable.

Try all 3.

One is bound to work.

But noooooo… we have ‘smart soft power’ on our side.

Sounds like a guy with problems on a date.

ajacksonian on March 30, 2011 at 1:54 PM

Mutant Obama’s “Doctrine”

Destroy all Westernized influences in the Middle East so as to pave Iran’s Sharian global monopoly.

Elitists WANT Sharia Law in place for their own use, knowing that they themselves remain insulated from obedience as “law” only applies to everyone else, namely you and me.

maverick muse on March 30, 2011 at 1:55 PM

Where are all the bodies from the genocide that is supposed to be happening over there and causing this response?

el hombre on March 30, 2011 at 1:56 PM

CNN: Obama Lied

maverick muse on March 30, 2011 at 1:49 PM

The Lord of the Flies is also
The Lord of the Lies

Schadenfreude on March 30, 2011 at 1:58 PM

If we’re striking the enemy forces, we definitely a troop presence on the gound to coordinate. Is Obama still claiming no ground presence?

Daemonocracy on March 30, 2011 at 1:58 PM

Mutant Obama’s “Doctrine”

Destroy all Westernized influences in the Middle East so as to pave Iran’s Sharian global monopoly.

Elitists WANT Sharia Law in place for their own use, knowing that they themselves remain insulated from obedience as “law” only applies to everyone else, namely you and me.

maverick muse on March 30, 2011 at 1:55 PM

The muse gets it, as always.

Schadenfreude on March 30, 2011 at 1:59 PM

We must pray for our troops even more now.
PappyD61 on March 30, 2011 at 1:22 PM

I strongly second that, Pappy.

Brat on March 30, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Name one reason why Saudi Arabia should rely on the U.S. any more.

Imagine if they now go after the nukes. Then they and Iran can use them against the west.

Hide your children. Obama is not looking out for them.

Schadenfreude on March 30, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Meanwhile, we’re slaughtering innocent babies, children and women. Send in the ground troops and we can finish off the hiding survivors…maybe bayonet Gaddafi supporting babies for CNN.

Karmi on March 30, 2011 at 2:07 PM

QUAGMIRE …

tarpon on March 30, 2011 at 1:16 PM

Libs don’t get stuck in quagmires, they just fold up the umbrella and beach chairs and head home.

darwin-t on March 30, 2011 at 2:07 PM

When Q’daffy surrounded that city he gave the civilians quite a bit of time to clear out. I don’t think he has shown any inclination to attack his own civilians and I don’t see how it’s in his interests to do so. And Obama’s rebels are not civilians by any measure, not with vehicle mounted machine guns and artillery.

FloatingRock on March 30, 2011 at 2:09 PM

These fools in Obama’s ‘coalition’ will split Libya in two, as she was before Quaddafi, and call it ‘progress’.

Beware when fools run the world.

Quaddafi, as bad as he is, is way more clever than Obama.

Schadenfreude on March 30, 2011 at 2:14 PM

We must pray for our troops even more now.
PappyD61 on March 30, 2011 at 1:22 PM

I strongly second that, Pappy.

Brat on March 30, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Pray that Americans unite to uphold our Constitution without which all is lost, as things stand.

When Bush first began his Middle Eastern military invasions, following the “friendly fire” killing of Pat Tillman, I wrote here that one of the worst results to anticipate from warring in Islam to supposedly “nation build” would be the annihilation of the bravest true hearts from our American youth. Namely, those who join the US Military in order to defend and protect the US Constitution are being targeted by the globalists running our US authoritarian Government not simply as expendable but to be broken through repeated non-stop deployments. Likely following the ’12 election, the neoconservatives will lead the charge to reactivate the military Draft already being discussed.

May God Protect and Bless the US Constitution and all those who uphold it.

Impeach and Convict Obama AND Biden on Treason asap.

Boehner would fill-in as POTUS until the ’12 election.

maverick muse on March 30, 2011 at 2:15 PM

As usual McCain will look like an @$$ to everyone in retrospect.

burt on March 30, 2011 at 2:17 PM

“I don’t care. Obama is awesome!”

/sarc/

Solaratov on March 30, 2011 at 2:18 PM

Quaddafi, as bad as he is, is way more clever than Obama.

Schadenfreude on March 30, 2011 at 2:14 PM

In military operations, undoubtedly. But in placing faith and bets politically, Qadhafi quantitatively financed Obama’s ’08 election. Obama has no honor.

“Obama” is merely the globalists’ puppet. It isn’t that he’s clever or not. He is simply a propaganda puppet who does as he is told. His “responsibility” is in essence to distance himself from responsibility by remaining irresponsible. His willingness to be used is why the globalists chose to dump the headstrong Hillary in favor of the then unknown Obama for the ’08 DNC POTUS ticket.

maverick muse on March 30, 2011 at 2:23 PM

The Republican Party became the party of war when Irving Kristol switched sides.

burt on March 30, 2011 at 2:36 PM

“Yet, last night Pawlenty said that CNN never lies.
Schadenfreude on March 30, 2011 at 12:34 PM”

Did he really say that or are you just making me LOL?

Darn, and I just ordered my T-Paw as Prez action figures. Complete with SuperDude underwear that goes beneath the Presidential ‘suit’.

JimP on March 30, 2011 at 2:44 PM

JimP on March 30, 2011 at 2:44 PM

Yessiree I saw him say it too. “CNN said they saw the birth certificate and they never lie.”

Brat on March 30, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Obama’s awesome yes indeed!
Dropping bombs on Gaddafi!

Mmmm…, Mmmm…, Mmmmmmm….
Barack Hussein Obama.

Roy Rogers on March 30, 2011 at 2:57 PM

These fools in Obama’s ‘coalition’ will split Libya in two, as she was before Quaddafi, and call it ‘progress’.

Beware when fools run the world.

Quaddafi, as bad as he is, is way more clever than Obama.

Schadenfreude on March 30, 2011 at 2:14 PM

Smart bombs.

Dumb President

Roy Rogers on March 30, 2011 at 2:59 PM

Clearly, air power alone won’t stop Gaddafi

SHOCK! No shit! The ‘higher ups’ in the Air Force tried to sell that “Air Power Alone” idea in the late 40′s. Only to be pulled up by the short hairs when the Korean War came along.

Perhaps someone should tell “The Smartest Man in the World” you don’t own real estate unless you’ve got boots on the ground. Why should Barry worry. He’s already executed his “exit policy”…….it’s all on NATO now.

GarandFan on March 30, 2011 at 3:06 PM

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