Errant NATO strike hits civilians

posted at 2:00 pm on June 20, 2011 by Jazz Shaw

I’m afraid the title pretty much says it all. In the past, Libyan “handlers” for the press have been clearly guilty of staging alleged collateral damage scenes, and even moving bodies from a morgue to make it look like NATO has been killing civilians on a massive scale, but this time it appears the story is confirmed.

NATO said Sunday one of its airstrikes in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, went astray and may have killed civilians. The statement came after the Libyan government accused the alliance of killing nine civilians in an airstrike on a residential neighborhood in the capital early Sunday.

The military alliance said the errant strike early Sunday may have been due to “a weapons system failure.”

A NATO commander says the alliance “regrets the loss of innocent civilian lives and takes great care in conducting strikes.”

The casualties are likely to provide supporters of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s regime a fresh rallying point against the international intervention in Libya’s civil war.

While regrettable, this happens in war time limited, scope limited, kinetic military actions. Initial reports don’t even indicate which country’s plane from the NATO forces fired the shot, but they were apparently aiming for a ground based missile site and experienced a malfunction.

The action in Libya should, by this point, have been clearly defined as a civil war, plain and simple. And each week’s news makes it appear more and more that the battle has settled into a protracted stalemate, with the rebels of various flavors controlling roughly 1/3 of the country, based in Benghazi, and the government controlling the rest. And maybe it’s just me, but Gaddafi doesn’t look any closer to folding up his tent and leaving now than he did in the beginning.

This particular KMA, as I recall, was scheduled to last for “days, not weeks or months.” And technically I suppose that’s true. It has lasted for days… roughly 100 of them at last count. But hey… at least we’re not technically involved in “hostilities” over there, so that should count for something.

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Thank you President Obama.
 
crr6 on May 1, 2011 at 10:45 PM

rogerb on June 20, 2011 at 2:02 PM

Mr. President,

What is the mission again in Libya?

Really Right on June 20, 2011 at 2:03 PM

It’s a sad enough story that I just don’t have the gumption to inject any snark.

search4truth on June 20, 2011 at 2:04 PM

Not hostilities.

Red Cloud on June 20, 2011 at 2:04 PM

If it was the USA directly doing the bombing expect 10 times the media coverage.

Oil Can on June 20, 2011 at 2:06 PM

Obama hardest hit

Schadenfreude on June 20, 2011 at 2:06 PM

Hey, it’s taken 10 years with our D.C. restrained Military in Afghanistan so of course it’s going to take awhile to get rid of a Thug in Libya.

Think how long it would take to get rid of Assad in Syria?

PappyD61 on June 20, 2011 at 2:06 PM

The women in black and code pink are all over this, right? Or are they too busy reading Palin’s emails?

WitchDoctor on June 20, 2011 at 2:06 PM

Days, not weeks.

teke184 on June 20, 2011 at 2:07 PM

It wasn’t a mistaken air strike, it was an unplanned release of hazardous materials by military-owned aeronautical equipment.

Bishop on June 20, 2011 at 2:08 PM

It was a humanitarian bomb of peace.

Didnt Obama pretend to go to war to save thousands of lives? What is the body count at now? Why don’t we know?

Why are al Qaida members in the side we are peace bombing for?

GardenGnome on June 20, 2011 at 2:09 PM

I won’t hold my breath waiting for protesters in front of the White House chanting

Hey, Hey, Barack Hussein,
How many kids have you killed in vain?

What if they gave a war and the anti-war left didn’t show up?

Drained Brain on June 20, 2011 at 2:10 PM

WitchDoctor on June 20, 2011 at 2:06 PM

It’s not fascism or being a cowboy when Dems do it.

Red Cloud on June 20, 2011 at 2:11 PM

Can’t win on every gamble. Qadaffi doesn’t look like he’s going anywhere, unfortunately.
Past time we started talking partitions. Too bad Obama waited until the rebels had already lost.

Count to 10 on June 20, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Liberals protesting Obama:

Obama!
You Pr#ck!
You lied to us!
You D#ck!

Roy Rogers on June 20, 2011 at 2:17 PM

Oh my, he’s lost his “brother” Louis Farrakhan.

Farrakhan says, “We voted for our brother Barack, a beautiful human being with a sweet heart, and now he’s an assassin. They turned him into them.”

The fact that “they” refers to White Devils may be mitigating circumstances.

Drained Brain on June 20, 2011 at 2:18 PM

Someone bring up Reagan’s stuff in Lybia again.
Oh pleez.

Badger40 on June 20, 2011 at 2:19 PM

The fact that “they” refers to White Devils may be mitigating circumstances.

Drained Brain on June 20, 2011 at 2:18 PM

Showing how blacks cannot act upon their own, but are so stupid as to be controlled by whites at every turn behind the scenes.
If I were black, this kind of crap would really pi$$ me off.
He!!, it does pi$$ me off.

Badger40 on June 20, 2011 at 2:21 PM

The fact that “they” refers to White Devils may be mitigating circumstances.
Drained Brain on June 20, 2011 at 2:18 PM

“They” must have left a giant pod next to PBHO’s bed and now look what happened.

Bishop on June 20, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Saving innocent lives is what we’re all about. Say,…is that the whole world laughing at us, I hear?

a capella on June 20, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Code Pink response:

We’re in Libya?

right2bright on June 20, 2011 at 2:22 PM

We’re in Libya?

right2bright on June 20, 2011 at 2:22 PM

No, no. They channeled Charlie Gibson:

Libya? Never heard of it.

lorien1973 on June 20, 2011 at 2:24 PM

being a cowboy when Dems do it.

Red Cloud on June 20, 2011 at 2:11 PM

I so hate this mischaracterization that Dems push.
All the real cowboys I know, including my hubby, don’t do things rashly.
They use common sense & experience & knowledge to reflect upon what they do.
They make a plan, & then they do it.
A good cowboy gets $hit done right.
Obama is no cowboy.
In fact, cowboys hate Obama.
At least all of the ones I know.

Badger40 on June 20, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Reagan took a long time to get congressional approval of a peacekeeping mission once.

Is that what you wanted?

blink on June 20, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Sort of.
IDK enough about the details in ’86.
If the military action he approved was so short in time, then why did he even need Congressional approval when he was retaliating?

Badger40 on June 20, 2011 at 2:29 PM

“Let me be clear- the Bush-era weaponry that killed these civilians…”
 
- President Barack H. Obama
 
(Nah, not really. He’ll never acknowledge that this even happened.)

rogerb on June 20, 2011 at 2:29 PM

The irony:
We campaign in several wars, over many years, and have few instances like this…we relinquish to NATO, and within weeks this happens.
Yes, we “do war better”, we are more “careful”…strange way to put it, but we do care more than any other entity, our military men are better trained, but more than that, they are just plain “better” people.
This happens and I would bet it will happen much more often if the U.S. isn’t fully conducting these operations, with our equiptment.

right2bright on June 20, 2011 at 2:29 PM

In fact, cowboys hate Obama.
At least all of the ones I know.

Badger40 on June 20, 2011 at 2:27 PM

And all the ones you don’t know.

Roy Rogers on June 20, 2011 at 2:29 PM

Surely not the only time of this kinetic action.

Still won’t end the moralizing against Israel.

Ben Hur on June 20, 2011 at 2:30 PM

Surely not the only time of this kinetic action.

Still won’t end the moralizing against Israel.

Ben Hur on June 20, 2011 at 2:30 PM

For every kinetic action there is an equal and opposite kinetic action…
This kinetic action would have been much worse if it was still the Bush war…but it is just a kinetic action, therefore less impact.

right2bright on June 20, 2011 at 2:32 PM

In fact, cowboys hate Obama.
At least all of the ones I know.
 
Badger40 on June 20, 2011 at 2:27 PM

 
And all the ones you don’t know.
 
Roy Rogers on June 20, 2011 at 2:29 PM

 
Most of my cowboy knowledge comes from books, Billy Joe Shaver, and a non-interstate cross-country trip in a little convertible where grown, gruff men working on horseback waved as I passed. God help us if children begin to believe cowboys aren’t an ideal to strive towards.

rogerb on June 20, 2011 at 2:36 PM

Mr. President,

What is the mission again in Libya?

Really Right on June 20, 2011 at 2:03 PM

And spare us the Hopey Changey thing, because we ain’t buying it anymore!

pilamaye on June 20, 2011 at 2:36 PM

GWB Obama hit civilians” –code pink

Schadenfreude on June 20, 2011 at 2:37 PM

rogerb on June 20, 2011 at 2:36 PM

I have a wonderfully authentic ‘cowboy’ book for you.

It’s about the area where we live & ranch.
And it’s got a lot of great stories in it.
I think you would really enjoy it.

Badger40 on June 20, 2011 at 2:37 PM

And all the ones you don’t know.

Roy Rogers on June 20, 2011 at 2:29 PM

Probably mostly.
However, I have met some real wacked out cowboys before who are great hands.
One is a Ron Paul supporter that comes to mind. He’s certifiably nuts.
I’ve also met some enviro wacko vegetarian cowboys before.
They are few & far btwn, but they are out there.

Badger40 on June 20, 2011 at 2:39 PM

blink on June 20, 2011 at 2:31 PM

Thanks for that.

Badger40 on June 20, 2011 at 2:40 PM

Badger40 on June 20, 2011 at 2:37 PM

 
It’s as good as read. Thanks.

rogerb on June 20, 2011 at 2:42 PM

It’s as good as read. Thanks.

rogerb on June 20, 2011 at 2:42 PM

You will love it.
And if you can get past all the wierd mysticism, this is also a really interesting book.
Black Elk Speaks.

Badger40 on June 20, 2011 at 2:45 PM

Lt. Col. / Rep. West is on with Wilkow on XM Patriot right now. Good stuff.

The civilians should not worry about this. They are being hit with Happy Bombs, not Hostile Bombs.

West will be on with Cavuto in a bit.

LegendHasIt on June 20, 2011 at 2:57 PM

This isn’t a real war so those civilians aren’t really dead.

Bishop on June 20, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Sarah Palin had a bull’s eye in an ad. It’s her fault.

pedestrian on June 20, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Wow! I bet those people are happy to know we weren’t being hostile.

tinkerthinker on June 20, 2011 at 3:07 PM

This non-war is costing us 9.2 million dollars a day.Enough already.

sandee on June 20, 2011 at 3:16 PM

This non-war is costing us 9.2 million dollars a day.Enough already.
sandee on June 20, 2011 at 3:16 PM

Sure but those are non-dollars so it’s ok.

Bishop on June 20, 2011 at 3:18 PM

If it was the USA directly doing the bombing expect 10 times the media coverage.

Oil Can on June 20, 2011 at 2:06 PM

Not if the media wants to continue supporting Obama’s “not involved in hostilities” lie.

Midas on June 20, 2011 at 3:52 PM

Badger40: Someone bring up Reagan’s stuff in Lybia again. Oh pleez.

Q: How long was Reagan in Libya?

A: Clearly, not long enough to finish the job.

Reagan (3/86): Gulf of Sidra skirmish
Kaddafi (4/86): Berlin disco massacre
Kaddafi (4/86): TWA840 massacre

Reagan (4/86): Tripoli air assault
Kaddafi (9/86): PA73 massacre
Kaddafi (12/88): PA103 massacre
Kaddafi (9/89): UTA772 massacre

Contrary to popular conceits, Kaddafi clearly bested and outlasted Reagan.

Does anyone imagine Kaddafi is now intimidated by Obambi?

Mark these words: Anything short of a Kaddafi dirt-nap will be a grave mistake.

Terp Mole on June 20, 2011 at 3:56 PM

WitchDoctor: The women in black and code pink are all over this, right?

Kaddafi must be overjoyed to find Ron Paul and Dennis Kookcynic turn our Congressional Quislings into his own private mob of terrorism appeasers.

George Soros and Code Pink couldn’t have done better.

Terp Mole on June 20, 2011 at 3:59 PM

How many more innocents must Kaddafi slaughter before non-interventionists stop defending this terrorist klan?

Munich Olympic Massacre
Constable Fletcher Murder
Rome Airport Massacre
Vienna Airport Massacre
Berlin Disco Massacre
TWA840 Massacre
PA73 Massacre
PA103 Massacre
UTA772 Massacre
IRA proxy massacres
Libyan opposition massacres
Abdullah targeting plot
EU Nurse Prison Rape-Extortion
Swiss hostage extortion
More Libyan opposition massacres

Nemo me impune lacessit?

Terp Mole on June 20, 2011 at 4:04 PM

Welcome to another macabre episode of Kaddafi klan theatre. These “civilians” are likely involuntary human shields.

It is no secret that the coward Kaddafi intentionally (as a rule) surrounds himself with women (bodyguards) and children (orphans).

After Operation El Dorado Canyon (April 1986), Kaddafi “adopted” (post-humously) the child human shield, Hannah.

Every year, Kaddafi monstrously exhumes the memory of that child’s corpse to shake at the West– and mainstream media dutifully parrot his terrorist propaganda lies as fact.

Don’t drink Kaddafi’s Kool-Aid. Kaddafi is no victim. The deaths of his human shield victims remain on his blood-soaked hands.

Terp Mole on June 20, 2011 at 4:10 PM

Terp Mole on June 20, 2011 at 4:10 PM

STFU spammer.

A single post will do, thanks, nimrod.

Midas on June 20, 2011 at 4:18 PM

enter binky, the resident kaddafi-kuddler, to peddle the outlandish fiction that Marco Rubio and John Bolton are tools of the Obama Administration.

*gaze*

Terp Mole on June 20, 2011 at 4:20 PM

Midas explained: STFU

Good point. Only you omitted the mandatory ALL CAPS and exclamation points.

Nevertheless I accept your inability to address the cited evidence as an admission of your intellectual bankruptcy.

*dismissed*

Terp Mole on June 20, 2011 at 4:22 PM

You can’t beat the champ!

Terp Mole on June 20, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Mr. President,

What is the mission again in Libya?

Really Right on June 20, 2011 at 2:03 PM

Shut UP – Gramnesty

antisocial on June 20, 2011 at 4:39 PM

Not to worry, these aren’t real “hostilities” anyway.

Scrappy on June 20, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Breaking: It was French missile that ploughed into a housing block in Tripoli on 19th

19 civilians were killed in a NATO air strike today. On the home of one of Gaddafi’s top official, a day after NATO admitted killing civilians in a separate aerial attack.

A BBC correspondent Jeremy Bowen taken by the Libyan government to see a compound in the suburb of Sorman, says the building has been pulverised. It was the country estate of Khweildy al-Hamidy, a member of the Libyan Revolutionary Command Centre, the inner circle of government.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WF_w0JFvyl0

will13smith on June 20, 2011 at 7:28 PM

binky drooled: I’m claiming that you support Rubio and Bolton’s position on this issue simply because their positions support Obama’s actions on Libya.

Torture your own language ’til you’re blue in the face.

Q: How can you tell when a Kaddafi-kuddler has lost it?

A: When they continue peddling the ridiculous assertion that Marco Rubio and John Bolton are tools of the Obama Administration.

*gaze*

Terp Mole on June 21, 2011 at 1:38 PM

binky moaned: I continue to prevent you from spreading your pro-Obama lies on here Kaddafi-appeasement propaganda.

FTFY

Don’t ape Louis Farrakhan your whole life, Kaddafi-kuddler.

‘Who the Hell Do You Think You Are?

Terp Mole on June 21, 2011 at 1:42 PM