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March 19, 2011
inothernews:

NOT QADDAFI’S GREEN   The U.S. Navy destroyer Barry fired Tomahawk missiles on Saturday, seen through night-vision lenses. American and European forces began a broad campaign of strikes against the government of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi on Saturday, unleashing warplanes and missiles in a military  intervention on a scale not seen in the Arab world since the Iraq war.           (Photo: SFC Nathanel Miller / US Navy via the New York Times; caption via the Times)

If this isn’t on the front page of every newspaper in the country tomorrow, newspapers are doing it wrong. This is Missile Command, except real and much scarier.

inothernews:

NOT QADDAFI’S GREEN   The U.S. Navy destroyer Barry fired Tomahawk missiles on Saturday, seen through night-vision lenses. American and European forces began a broad campaign of strikes against the government of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi on Saturday, unleashing warplanes and missiles in a military intervention on a scale not seen in the Arab world since the Iraq war.   (Photo: SFC Nathanel Miller / US Navy via the New York Times; caption via the Times)

If this isn’t on the front page of every newspaper in the country tomorrow, newspapers are doing it wrong. This is Missile Command, except real and much scarier.

22:13 // 3 years ago

producermatthew:

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi sent President Obama a letter before Operation Odyssey Dawn, calling the President Libya’s “son” and expressing hope that the military action would not “change your image with me.” (MSNBC)

If that’s the case, then Gaddafi and Obama have the most dysfunctional father-son relationship, ever.

20:04 // 3 years ago

Operation Odyssey Dawn’s cost (already!): Over $62 million

  • 110 number of Tomahawk missiles that have been fired by U.S. forces over Libya so far
  • $569,000 the cost of each of those missiles, according to the U.S. Navy’s own fact file on the missiles source

» Oh, and there are other costs, too: It costs a fighter jet thousands of dollars an hour just to get off the ground — for example, according to a 2009 estimate from The Washington Post, an F-22 (one of the types of fighter jets in use over in Libya) costs around $44,000 per flying hour. And that’s not even discussing manpower or intelligence or other technologies in use. War is expensive. Even a couple of hours in.

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19:50 // 3 years ago

producermatthew:

Video: President Obama’s statement on the beginning of military operations in Libya as carried by ABC News.

16:40 // 3 years ago
Hugo Chavez: Nations in airstrikes “care nothing” about Libyans
For those who wanted to see Chavez in a hard hat, here you go. Enjoy. The Venezuelan leader, a key ally of Gaddafi, took some time off from his tour of a road-building project in Caracas to let everyone know what he thinks of the Libyan airstrikes: “They want to seize Libya’s oil and they care nothing about the lives of the Libyan people. These are the men of war … what irresponsibility. Behind this is the hand of the United States and its European allies, instead of taking the path that we have modestly proposed.” In case you were wondering, that peace mission Chavez wanted to make didn’t go anywhere because Saif Gaddafi essentially said Chavez wouldn’t have any idea what was going on. source
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For those who wanted to see Chavez in a hard hat, here you go. Enjoy. The Venezuelan leader, a key ally of Gaddafi, took some time off from his tour of a road-building project in Caracas to let everyone know what he thinks of the Libyan airstrikes: “They want to seize Libya’s oil and they care nothing about the lives of the Libyan people. These are the men of war … what irresponsibility. Behind this is the hand of the United States and its European allies, instead of taking the path that we have modestly proposed.” In case you were wondering, that peace mission Chavez wanted to make didn’t go anywhere because Saif Gaddafi essentially said Chavez wouldn’t have any idea what was going on. source

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16:20 // 3 years ago
producermatthew:

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This information is also being reported by FOX News, NBC News.

producermatthew:

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This information is also being reported by FOX News, NBC News.

15:39 // 3 years ago
As of now our aircraft are preventing [Gaddafi’s] planes from attacking the town
French President Nicolas Sarkozy speaking at a press conference after the emergency Paris summit has confirmed that French fighter planes are already enforcing the no-fly zone over Libya, particularly Benghazi. (via newsflick)
13:02 // 3 years ago
March 15, 2011
21:01 // 3 years ago
March 14, 2011

Crucial hours for Libya: A video from euronews that is, how shall we say, rather grim in its assessment of Libya’s rebellion. Reports have been coming out the last couple days that Muammar Gaddafi’s loyalists in the military can, and it seems increasingly likely will, be victorious over the uprising, absent international support. As we mentioned earlier, though, with France on board for a no-fly zone, and the Arab League endorsing the idea to the U.N. Security Council, it seems more and more likely that the international community will converge on Gaddafi- the question is, when? source

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15:47 // 3 years ago

Will Libya’s rebels hold out long enough to see international support?

  • YES France wants a no-fly zone over Libya ASAP source

» With expected urgency: Reports out of Libya have suggested that rebel forces are significantly over-matched against the military forces still loyal to dictator Muammar Gaddafi, and this article suggests that by the time the international community makes its move, he may already have reasserted control. It’s hard to topple a strongman who, for all his incoherence, viciousness and bombast, still has enough military willing to shoot and bomb their fellow countrymen. France has lauded the Arab League’s request of the U.N Security Council in support of a no-fly zone, and hopes it will lead to expedient action.

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13:12 // 3 years ago