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March 23, 2011

Jon Stewart frickin’ nailed this point about Libya. Obama’s problem right now is that there’s an indirectness to his message … it doesn’t seem like we know what he’s thinking. There’s no explanation. There was no buildup for the situation in Libya in the press, which left a bit of a weird feeling for a lot of people on both sides of the aisle. And don’t even get us started about the name “Operation Odyssey Dawn.” … source

0:13 // 3 years ago
March 22, 2011
14:22 // 3 years ago
May we hope this doesn’t blow up in his hands: Libyans pose with the wreckage of a US F15 fighter jet, after it crashed in an open field in the village of Bu Mariem, east of Benghazi, eastern Libya, Tuesday, March 22, 2011, with both crew ejecting safely. The U.S. Africa Command said both crew members were safe after what was believed to be a mechanical failure of the Air Force F-15. The aircraft, based out of Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, was flying out of Italy’s Aviano Air Base in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn.(AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus) 

May we hope this doesn’t blow up in his hands: Libyans pose with the wreckage of a US F15 fighter jet, after it crashed in an open field in the village of Bu Mariem, east of Benghazi, eastern Libya, Tuesday, March 22, 2011, with both crew ejecting safely. The U.S. Africa Command said both crew members were safe after what was believed to be a mechanical failure of the Air Force F-15. The aircraft, based out of Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, was flying out of Italy’s Aviano Air Base in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn.(AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus) 

14:19 // 3 years ago
We have been careful about this. It’s almost as though some people here are taking at face value Gaddafi’s claims about the number of civilian casualties, which, as far as I’m concerned, are just outright lies.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates • Complaining loudly about reports of civilian casualties caused by Operation Odyssey Dawn. Gates denies the claims. “It’s perfectly evident that the vast majority — if not nearly all civilian casualties —have been inflicted by Gaddafi,” he says. Now, this isn’t to say that he’s wrong … but we have to imagine it’s kind of hard to be careful with anything like a Tomahawk missile. It’s a rough road. source (viafollow)
10:58 // 3 years ago

There goes $30 million: When this F-15 hit the ground and crashed last night (sans crew, who were smart/lucky enough to get out), it added another very large line item onto what’s already been a pretty costly endeavor, based simply on its nature as a wartime endeavor — Operation Odyssey Dawn. And that’s before even counting what’s been destroyed in Libya or the sheer human costs. Mechanical woes were to blame for the crash. source

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10:19 // 3 years ago
March 21, 2011

Way to go, Joint Chiefs chairman: The way Adm. Mike Mullen guards his answers about Operation Odyssey Dawn is a sight to see, and it’s good to know that he got a guy like David Gregory — who won’t call you out on your BS — as a talking post. His careful answers, which sidestep any talk of timetables or what’s next, seem to focus on the idea that Gaddafi will ease up under a high level of pressure. (But they have no plans to force him to step down.) This kind of approach hasn’t worked with Gaddafi anytime in the last 40 years. Why now? source

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0:17 // 3 years ago
March 20, 2011
What is happening in Libya differs from the aim of imposing a no-fly zone, and what we want is the protection of civilians and not the bombardment of more civilians.
Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa • Speaking about the current airstrike campaign in Libya. It’s important to note that the Arab League — who, as you might remember, wanted a no-fly zone in Libya — is speaking out against the current campaign. Moussa says he’s also calling for an emergency Arab League meeting. So this could become more of a “thing” than it already is. source (viafollow)
12:18 // 3 years ago
Adm. Mike Mullen: Operation Odyssey Dawn could end in stalemate
Well … that’s reassuring. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” this morning that a stalemate in Libya was possible. He also noted that the mission, by the way, has a short, narrow scope, which, again, contradicts its name. source
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Well … that’s reassuring. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” this morning that a stalemate in Libya was possible. He also noted that the mission, by the way, has a short, narrow scope, which, again, contradicts its namesource

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11:54 // 3 years ago
You have proven to the world that you are not civilized, that you are terrorists — animals attacking a safe nation that did nothing against you.
Muammar Gaddafi • Offering, on Libyan state television, his personal assessment of the countries currently bombing the heck out of Libya. According to CNN, an image of a fist crushing a plane that said “USA” – which kinda looks like this — flashed on the screen. No symbolism in that whatsoever.  source (viafollow)
11:08 // 3 years ago
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