Obama Warns Gaddafi

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American military intervention in the Libyan crisis took a step closer to becoming a reality on Monday, as the Obama administration announced plans to position air and naval forces near the North African nation. Surprisingly, for a leftist administration that appears to mistrust American military power, a formidable aircraft carrier will be included in these forces, one of the Navy’s most powerful surface vessels. International leaders and analysts, meanwhile, appear to be preparing for the possibility that the apparent standoff between rebel and regime forces will escalate into a bloody, protracted civil war.

After more than a week of making only bland statements about the Libyan crisis, Hillary Clinton, who was in Geneva on Monday to meet with other foreign ministers, strongly indicated the government would use force to stop the bloodshed in Libya that has caused an unknown number of dead (estimated, however, to run in the hundreds).

“Nothing is off the table so long as the Libyan government continues to threaten and kill Libyan citizens,” Secretary Clinton said.

Clinton is not alone in making this sudden about-face. British Prime Minister David Cameron was even more explicit than the secretary of state, when he spoke about using “military assets” to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya. Cameron is asking his defense ministry to draw up a plan. But before a no-fly plan could be implemented, Italy’s foreign minister said a UN mandate would be needed, and his British equivalent, William Hague, agreed, saying “very strong international support” was required.

While Clinton was speaking in Geneva, President Obama was dealing with concerns regarding a UN mandate for action when he met with UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon at the White House on Monday to discuss anti-Gaddafi measures. The UN had adopted sanctions against Libya on Sunday, which included an arms embargo and a travel ban on Gaddafi family members. Obama imposed his own sanctions on the Libyan regime on Friday evening, signing an executive order blocking transactions involving Libyan government assets. So far, the Treasury Department states these assets have added up to $30 billion, making it “the largest amount ever seized in an American sanctions action,” according to a New York Times report.

After the Obama-Ban Ki Moon meeting, America’s ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, told journalists at the White House that discussions dealt primarily with “efforts to end the bloodshed” in Libya. However, Rice said it was still too “early” to consider military action. In her comments, Ambassador Rice also called Gaddafi “delusional” for saying the Libyan people still loved him.

The reason the administration and its allies are suddenly interested in a military solution to the Libyan crisis is likely because a sober assessment of the situation has revealed the Libyan dictator cannot be defeated, at least quickly, by the opposition, and a protracted stalemate could ensue. While the media gave the impression last week that anti-Gaddafi fighters would soon be in Tripoli, the Libyan dictator’s forces proved on Monday they were far from defeated. Regime loyalists launched an offensive, which saw the use of warplanes and, according to an anti-Gaddafi officer, the capture of the town of Ras Lanoof. The Wall Street Journal also reports that 3,000 pro-Gaddafi fighters arrived from Libya’s interior to reinforce Sirte, the Gaddafi tribe’s stronghold on the Mediterranean coast.

The fact European countries now intend to supply anti-Gaddafi forces with weapons underlines the opposition’s equipment plight and indicates that the conflict may be a drawn-out one. Despite the defections from the Libyan military, the anti-government opposition faces an uphill battle against Gaddafi’s forces, which have entrenched themselves in the Tripoli area. A reason for this is that, while the opposition forces may dispose of greater numbers, their core of defectors from Libya’s 50,000 man army, “half of whom are conscripts,” is neither well-trained nor well-armed. The military publication, Strategy Page, states the Libyan army was never “a significant factor in the country, and is neither as large, well-equipped, nor as professional as Egypt’s.”

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  • Viking

    Maybe the West should supply both sides with weapons. As long as the adherents of the religion of murder are killing are spending all their energy, money and resources killing each other, the less energy, money and resources they will spend making trouble for the West.

    • Fred Dawes

      Now that is a real idea.

  • Chezwick_Mac

    Direct military intervention would be a huge mistake. It would basically confer upon us ownership of, and responsibility for, whatever happens in Libya following Qaddafi's fall. The last thing we need is expenditure of more blood and treasure trying to civilize yet another Islamic hell-hole.

    Use moral, political and economic pressure. Qaddafi's days are numbered as is.

  • imnokuffar

    Whut ?

    And how exactly is he going to intervene ?

    The man is a cretin.

    Get rid of him.

    Now !

  • Steve Chavez

    What about his NOBLE PEACE PRIZE? Wouldn't they have to ask for it back especially when he did nothing to deserve it in the first place? They gave it to him on "hope" that he wouldn't attack and defend any U.S. Interests leaving the Communists, Islamists, Socialists, and Progressives to finally get their revenge against the United States, the West, and the Infidels! OBAMA AGREES WITH THAT STRATEGY! He grew up with America Haters, went to church with a RACIST, and has now surrounded himself with a Circle of Communists!

    Hillary Clinton is so tough! They're really scared of her! They're laughing at her! She didn't even have the guts to leave "her man" when he was caught cheating numerous times and probably when she and Chelsea were in the same House! She's a coward when other women would have left with nothing!

    "3:00 AM phone call?" Obama checks the Caller ID and falls back asleep!

    • danica

      I like what you said, communism was my youth in Czechosl, my family before that nazism. I am so sick now what i see. South Side Chicago will be a Paradajz for G. there is infestation of communists+Islamo- fashists, i wonder who will win the conquring at the end? I will sit and watch 3D movie I already have a leading man. Farakan the judge

      • Maggie

        Let me guess.
        Are you the "leading man?"

      • Maggie

        Oh, Wait a minute. I"m confused. Did you say "Farakan" the judge. If Farakan could take just ONE step away from the conciousness of "hate" that he embraces. He MIGHT just see that the "Muslims (who he embraces) conquered and "SOLD" HIS African people to OUR colonists. And ACTUALLY, the Middle East (Islam) STILL has slaves. Just ask the 5,000 Pakastani children who are abducted to ride and train for the Arab Sheik's camel races every year. Remember the Arabs would have sex with darker skinned slave women, but (should a male child be born) out of this consumation, HE WOULD be CASTRATED because the males resulting from this consumation,were black and considered lesser beings. in Islam, homosexuality does not apply to boys under 13. Because they are not considered men. Thereby bypassing that" homosexual" issue Let's view a 3D movie of the "Real Islam", then we can choose, Farkakan, if you are a judge of your own then you are your people's ultimate demise. God bless you.

  • BS77

    It's sad to see most of the West dependent upon these horrible dictatorships and theocratic slave states….for oil. If Libya had no oil, the story would be on the back pages. One more thing….please….no more close ups of Kaddaffi….ugh.

  • antileft

    Such a paragon of man ! -to quote the great Bard – this Quadaffi. What else but to immitate him in the way he a) dresses b) encircles himself with a hundred virgin beauties-abducted, purchased when infants on the slave market ? c)expresses his love and admiration of his people whom he has been strafing, raping, maiming, torturing, stabbing, stretching on the rack etc..Yes, ecce homo ! Well, quaddaffi, mio caro, the missile tubes are being prepped, and they have something in store for ya, and it ain´t vanilla ice-cream or doobie, njet, and they respond poorly to your green-book incantations and ju-ju charms ! Have no worry, they do not miss !!

  • USMCSniper

    China is watching, and has never been impressed with American sabre rattling or gunboat diplomacy as idle threats, and will keep that in mind when they seize Taiwan. Besides, why all this risk to American lives and monetary expense for a bunch of Muslim sand ni*%$ers whop want Sharia law as their end game?

    • Chezwick_Mac

      My friend, I want to say first and foremost that I enjoy your posts and consistently agree with them. I also want to thank you for your service to our country (if you are in fact a USMCSniper).

      Having said that, I must implore you not to use such language. It's an affront to African-Americans, some of whom are conservatives who support our goals and may visit this site regularly.

      Furthermore, language like this validates the otherwise slanderous charges of our ideological enemies, that sites like FPM are the domain of bigots and racists.

      At least consider it.

      • USMCSniper

        African-Americans is a term invented by the shakedown conman the Revvveeerend Jesse Jackson to replace the correct racial term "Negroes". Africa is a continent where semetic, caucasian, and negroid peoples and mixed races reside, so the term is absurb – and Whoppi Goldberg agrees. So restated: "Okay, Besides, why all this risk to American lives and monetary expense for a bunch of Muslim misogynist jihadists want Sharia law and to kill all the Christians as their end game anyway?" Is that better?

        • Chezwick_Mac

          The term is no more "absurd" than Latin-American, Hungarian-American, Jewish-American, etc. But thanks for clarifying where you're coming from.

      • Maggie

        High two buddy!

  • http://www.chick.com Raymond

    Due to the popularity of the "Survivor" shows, Texas is planning to do one entitled,

    "Survivor, Texas-Style!"

    The 8 contestants will all start in Dallas , then drive to Waco ,Austin , San Antonio , over to Houston and down to Brownsville … They will then proceed up to Del Rio , El Paso , Odessa , Midland , Lubbock , and Amarillo . From there they will go on to Abilene , Fort Worth and finally back to Dallas …

    Each will be driving a pink Volvo with bumper stickers that read:

    "I'm a Democrat,"
    "Amnesty for Illegals,"
    "I love the Dixie Chicks,"
    "Boycott Beef,"
    "I Voted for Obama,"
    " George Strait Sucks,"
    "Hillary in 2012"
    "I'm here to confiscate your guns."

    The first one to make it back to Dallas alive wins.

    God Bless Texas !

  • morristhewise

    Seniors in the Middle East need our help, most are reduced to scavenging and begging to survive. There is only one nation wealthy enough to come to their aid. Senior centers have to be built, they will be a place where the aged and senile can be offered some respite from the harsh realities of life. There is no better way of making friends for America then the show of support for those that can not walk alone.

    • USMCSniper

      Oh now we have to provide for the Muslim Jihadists fathers and mothers rather than the ten kids they have had because they are looking after them. Arab Oil rich countries have more money than us. We are broke flat and owe $14,000,000,000,000. Read this and it why: http://buchanan.org/blog/pjb-a-brief-for-whitey-9

    • Fred Dawes

      "Oh My God:.. now we got to help the old monkeys? in the middle east? hey guy what about the 37 billion dollers that monkey Gaddafi got? and why would any rational people help the enemies of freedom ? in world war two the libyan people helped hitlers boys not American guys check your history out! most wanted hitler to win that war.
      Now you want Americans to help the old, that is total madness but under the head money MONEY obama The Great leader of the world of big time monkeys may just do what you want,.. it may just happen. by the way old money bags gaddafi is buying up black amd other armed guys all over the world and killing his own people, i say so what think H-BOMB

  • william wallace

    Suddenly our mighty leadership wants to invade Libya. We were silent on real non-Islamic protests in Iran. Our president is displaying his true beliefs.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    It may be a sure thing, Obama has a secret weapon in his best advisor,
    who by the way may be a surprise, none other than Charlie Sheen. Last
    seen at the White House for and invasion strategy was the Unibomber
    and Al Sharpton, there are others and Mope Daffy for some mysterious
    reason seems unperturbed, what can he know? I just don't get a good
    feeling about this, wouldn't it be better to drill our own oil?………William

  • BS77

    I hope aid and governmental change comes quickly to the Libyans, the elderly, women, children , people attempting to flee into Tunisia……..a humanitarian crisis is unfolding.

  • Fred Dawes

    The boys ( BIG MONEY ) really want us in one more war that will never end and that is how you dismantle a great nation by using wars and this nation will become just one more third world monkey state.
    The Americans will be sold one more BS Line. and BS77 Right now we see more and more elderly people both guys and old woman coming back into the so called work force how about some love for the 80 years old that can not live on the little money from our social befits and all you see will come down like a house of cards really soon.

  • BS77

    I am saying the worst of these events impact people who are not " news worthy.." .the media keeps focused on the crazy mobs and violence….not the elderly, the children, the mothers and fathers who are desperately trying to protect their families from the poverty, hunger and chaos of this situation. Think of how terrifying the shooting, looting, fires and mob insanity are to little children.