Libya live blog: U.S., Britain fired 159 Tomahawks since Saturday
A Libyan rebel ducks for cover behind a sand dune during a failed attempt to take the town of Ajdabiya from Gadhafi's forces Monday.
March 21st, 2011
01:00 AM ET

Libya live blog: U.S., Britain fired 159 Tomahawks since Saturday

The latest developments on the situation in Libya, where coalition forces launched a series of coordinated airstrikes on Saturday after they were convinced Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was not adhering to a cease-fire mandated by the United Nations. Read our complete story and check out our full coverage on unrest in the Arab world. Also, don't miss a gripping, high-resolution gallery of images from Libya.

[11 p.m. Monday ET, 5 a.m. Tuesday in Libya] The United States fired 20 Tomahawk cruise missiles into Libya in the past 12 hours, a military spokeswoman said early Tuesday morning from the Mediterranean Sea. A total of 159 Tomahawks have been fired by the United States and the United Kingdom since an international coalition started Operation Odyssey Dawn on Saturday.

Cmdr. Monica Rousselow, a spokeswoman for the task force, also said one of the three U.S. submarines that participated at the beginning of the operation has since departed the area. She declined to say which submarine.

[8:59 p.m. Monday ET, 2:59 a.m. Tuesday in Libya] In a rare public spat, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev criticized his political mentor, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, for Putin's comments over the use of force against Libya.

Putin on Monday said the U.N. Security Council resolution authorizing a no-fly zone over Libya was "obviously incomplete and flawed." He added that it "resembles a medieval appeal for a crusade in which somebody calls upon somebody to go to a certain place and liberate it."

A few hours later Medvedev weighed in, scolding Putin's comments, without using the prime minister's name. "It is absolutely inexcusable to use expressions that, in effect, lead to a clash of civilizations - such as 'crusades,' and so on. That is unacceptable," Medvedev said.

[8:10 p.m. Monday ET, 2:10 a.m. Tuesday in Libya] CNN correspondent Nic Robertson has rejected a Fox News report that he and other journalists were used as human shields by the Libyan government to prevent a missile attack on Gadhafi's compound.

Libyan government officials brought CNN and other news crews to the compound to view a building that was damaged late Sunday in a coalition air strike. The Fox story, posted on the outlet's website Monday, says the journalists' presence forced a British aircraft to call off firing seven missiles at the area that already had been hit.

Robertson, who was part of the CNN crew cited in the Fox story, called the rival network's report "outrageous and hypocritical." Robertson said a Fox staffer was among the journalists on the trip - which was not mentioned in the Fox report - and that the journalists in the group were hurried through their trip by their minders.

"If they wanted to use us as human shields ... they would have kept us there longer," Robertson said. "That's not what happened."

[7:49 p.m. Monday ET, 1:49 a.m. Tuesday in Libya] More U.S. legislators are expressing concern about the country's involvement in the coalition military operation in Libya. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-District of Columbia, says the president is "stirring up a lot of controversy."

"We're not coordinating with the rebels. Are we going to leave them surrounded, and with the mercy of Gadhafi? I've never seen anything so confused in my life," Norton told CNN.

On the right, lawmakers are demanding the president better explain the U.S. mission in Libya to Congress and the American people, CNN's Dana Bash reports.

"The president should come home and call the Congress back into session and to make his case. He needs to define what the United States' vital mission is here, what is our vital interest, how does he see the potential cost unfolding here," said Rep. Candice Miller, R-Michigan, in an interview from her home district.

[6:32 p.m. Monday ET, 12:32 a.m. Tuesday in Libya] Frances Fragos Townsend, once President George W. Bush's chief counterterrorism adviser and now a CNN commentator, recalls her 2007 visit to the Gadhafi compound in Tripoli where coalition missiles heavily damaged a building on Sunday.

[5:25 p.m. Monday ET, 11:25 p.m. Monday in Libya] CNN's Ed Henry offers a deeper look at U.S. President Barack Obama's comments in Chile regarding Libya on Monday afternoon: Obama repeated Monday that Moammar Gadhafi "needs to go," but he acknowledged the Libyan dictator may remain in power for some time because the allied military mission in North Africa has a more narrow U.N. mandate of just protecting civilians.

Still, Obama noted: "I also have stated that it is U.S. policy that Gadhafi needs to go." Obama said he's still hopeful that other "tools" the administration has used, such as freezing billions in Libyan assets, will eventually help the Libyan people push Gadhafi out.

[5:10 p.m. Monday ET, 11:10 p.m. Monday in Libya] U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, has expressed "apprehension" and "concerns" about U.S. involvement in Libya.

"Specifically, Congress needs to understand the risk involved to the lives of our service members, how long the administration anticipates U.S. involvement, the impact of our involvement on our other national security priorities like Afghanistan, and what the ultimate objective is," Begich, a member of the Senate's Armed Services Committee, said in a statement Monday.

[4:52 p.m. Monday ET, 10:52 p.m. Monday in Libya] U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, who already had expressed concern about U.S. and allied air strikes in Libya, has amped up his criticism of the operation, saying "there are no guidelines for success."

In an interview set to air Monday on CNN's "John King, USA," Lugar, the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the operation has not been clearly defined.

"I do not understand the mission because as far as I can tell in the United States there is no mission and there are no guidelines for success," Lugar, R-Indiana, told CNN's John King. "That may well be true with our allies although conceivably they may have other missions in mind and simply try to get Security Council clearance to proceed."

[4:46 p.m. Monday ET, 10:46 p.m. Monday in Libya] Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's momentum has stopped and rebels have been able to hold onto areas that government forces had been poised to capture just a few days ago, a U.S. official said Monday.

However, an opposition spokesman said Gadhafi's forces have continued to fight in Mistata, the last city in western Libya under rebel control, despite the Libyan government's declaration of a cease-fire. "There is no cease-fire in Misrata," said Mohamed, who would not divulge his last name out of concern for his safety. "The destruction is unimaginable."

Late Monday, state television reported that Misrata was firmly in the hands of Libyan government forces.

[4:42 p.m. Monday ET, 10:42 p.m. Monday in Libya] The U.N. Security Council has decided to not take action Monday on Libya's request for an emergency meeting on attacks. Discussions will likely continue at a planned Thursday briefing on Libya by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.

Libya's government is pressing for an end to what it calls an aggression against the country.

[4:08 p.m. Monday ET, 10:08 p.m. Monday in Libya] Oil prices surged in electronic trading Monday after coalition forces launched an attack on Libyan military targets over the weekend, CNNMoney reports.

The benchmark U.S. contract, West Texas Intermediate, gained as much as $2.28 to top $103 a barrel for April delivery. It later dropped back to settle $1.26 higher at $102.33 a barrel. The more active May contract jumped $1.24 to settle at $103.09 a barrel. It briefly topped $104 in earlier trading.

[3:47 p.m. Monday ET, 9:47 p.m. Monday in Libya] U.S. President Barack Obama is getting heat from a member of his own party regarding the military action in Libya.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich, the seven-term liberal Democrat from Ohio who has twice run for the White House, says Obama committed an "impeachable offense" in deciding to authorize U.S. airstrikes over Libya Saturday without the consent of Congress.

"President Obama moved forward without Congress approving. He didn't have Congressional authorization, he has gone against the Constitution, and that's got to be said," Kucinich told the web site Raw Story on Monday. "It's not even disputable, this isn't even a close question."

[3:33 p.m. Monday ET, 9:33 p.m. Monday in Libya] Below is a video of CNN's Nic Robertson, reporting on explosions that he heard this afternoon in Tripoli. He says he heard at least two blasts, apparently coming from the direction of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's compound. Antu-aircraft gunfire followed the blast.

The new explosions come a day after a building in Gadhafi's compound was damaged in an apparent coalition airstrike.

[3:17 p.m. Monday ET, 9:17 p.m. Monday in Libya] Explosions were heard minutes ago in Tripoli, CNN's Nic Robertson reported.

Robertston, who is in Tripoli, said anti-aircraft gunfire has followed the explosions.

[3:08 p.m. Monday ET, 9:08 p.m. Monday in Libya] President Barack Obama, addressing the situation in Libya during a trip to Chile, told reporters that a condition for the United States to step back from leading the Libyan military mission is the disabling of Libya's air defenses. This is so that NATO allies and other coalition partners can effectively enforce a no-fly zone, he said.

"We anticipate this transition to take place in a matter of days, not weeks," Obama said.

[2:58 p.m. Monday ET, 8:58 p.m. Monday in Libya] U.S. President Barack Obama, addressing the situation in Libya during a trip to Chile, said that "it is U.S. policy" that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi "has to go."

Obama said the core principle of the military mission is that the international community "can't stand by with empty words" in the face of an imminent humanitarian catastrophe such as a leader using military force against his own people.

[1:45 p.m. Monday ET, 7:45 p.m. Monday in Libya] Four New York Times journalists who were reported captured by pro-government forces in Libya last week have been released and have arrived safely in Tunisia, the paper's Executive Editor Bill Keller said Monday in an e-mail obtained by CNN. "We're particularly indebted to the Government of Turkey, which intervened on our behalf to oversee the release of our journalists and bring them to Tunisia," Keller said in the e-mail which was sent to New York Times staff. "We were also assisted throughout the week by diplomats from the United States and United Kingdom."

[12:44 p.m. Monday ET, 6:44 p.m. Monday in Libya] There is no intent to destroy the Libyan military forces, Gen. Carter Ham, a top U.S. commander said Monday, but the coalition will strike against forces that are threatening or attacking civilians, he said.

[12:30 p.m. Monday ET, 6:30 p.m. Monday in Libya] The coalition flew 70 to 80 sorties over Libya on Monday, up from 60 on Sunday, said Gen. Carter Ham, commander of U.S. Africa Command. The United States flew fewer than half of the Monday missions and about half of the Sunday sorties, Ham said.

Canadian and Belgian air force planes flew for the first time Monday. "We are hopeful that other nations will continue to join us," Ham said. "Some have made very firm offers."

[12:26 p.m. Monday ET, 6:26 p.m. Monday in Libya] Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi may remain the leader of Libya after the coalition mission has ended, the commander of U.S. forces said Monday.

"I could see accomplishing the military mission which has been assigned to me and the current leader would remain the current leader," Gen. Carter F. Ham, commander, U.S. Africa Command, said. "Is that ideal? I don't think anyone would say that that is ideal, but I could envision that as a possible situation - at least for the current mission that I have."

[12:19 p.m. Monday ET, 6:19 p.m. Monday in Libya] Coalition strikes not designed to kill Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, Gen. Carter Ham, commander of U.S. Africa Command, says.

[12:10 p.m. Monday ET, 6:10 p.m. Monday in Libya] There are no U.S. or coalition forces on the ground in Libya, Gen. Carter Ham, commander of U.S. Africa Command, says.

[12:05 p.m. Monday ET, 6:05 p.m. Monday in Libya] Coalition mission doesn't include protecting forces opposed to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, Gen. Carter Ham, commander of U.S. Africa Command, said Monday.

[11:32 a.m. Monday ET, 5:32 p.m. Monday in Libya] Coalition members were still working out Monday how the ongoing of maintaining the no-fly zone over Libya would be commanded, U.S. officials said.

NATO could command the coalition's no-fly mission in Libya, but some Arab nations are hesitant to fly under a NATO banner, which has held up the move, said one official, who asked not to be identified due to the sensitivity of negotiations.

The coalition has 10 announced partners: Belgium, Britain, Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, Norway, Qatar, Spain and the United States.

[9:05 a.m. Monday ET, 3:05 p.m. Monday in Libya] The involvement of U.S. military aircraft in strikes on Libya has "plateaued," a spokesman for United States Africa Command says. The U.S. conducted missile strikes overnight, spokesman Vince Crowley said.

[8:23 a.m. Monday ET, 2:18 p.m. Monday in Libya] Four New York Times journalists who were reported captured by pro-government forces in Libya last week have been released and are in the Turkish Embassy in Tripoli, Turkey's ambassador to Libya, Levent Sahin Kaya, told CNN Monday. Read full story.

[7:18 a.m. Monday ET, 1:18 p.m. Monday in Libya] Oil prices surged more than $2 a barrel in electronic trading Monday after coalition forces launched an attack on Libyan military targets on Saturday. The benchmark U.S. contract, West Texas Intermediate, gained $2.11 to $103.18 a barrel for April delivery. The more active May contract jumped $2.21  to $104.06 a barrel.

[6:32 a.m. Monday ET, 12:32 p.m. Monday in Libya] The British Ministry of Defense said it halted a mission to attack a target in Libya because of information about civilians in the area.

"As the RAF GR4 Tornados moved into the area, further information came to light that identified a number of civilians within the intended target area," the ministry said in a statement Monday. "As a result the decision was taken not to launch weapons. This decision underlines the UK's commitment to the protection of civilians."

[6:02 a.m. Monday ET, 12:02 p.m. Monday in Libya] A witness in the Libyan city of Misrata reported "absolute destruction and carnage" by forces supporting leader Moammar Gadhafi on Monday - despite the regime's recent call for a cease-fire.

"Misrata is being flattened and razed to the ground as we speak," said the man, who was not identified safety reasons. "He (Gadhafi) is using tanks and snipers to terrorize the city."

He added, "They are shooting people in the main street and on the back street."

CNN could not independently confirm reports from Misrata early Monday.

[5:57 a.m. Monday ET, 11:57 a.m. Monday in Libya] A group of supporters of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi chanted "Down with the USA" and confronted UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as he was leaving the Arab League buidling in Cairo on Monday, a UN spokesman said.

Spokesman Khawla Mattar said Ban was "fine" and "it was not a serious incident." "They were not chanting anti-UN slogans. They were probably just trying to send a message through the UN," he said.

[4:21 a.m. Monday ET, 10:21 a.m. Monday in Libya] The French government disputed claims of civilian deaths in Libya from recent airstrikes.

"There is no information of killed civilians recorded by the French command," French government spokesman Francois Baroin said on the French TV channel Canal+ Monday.

Libyan ruler Moammar Gadhafi's regime claimed that dozens of people - mostly women, children and clerics - have been killed in the international airstrikes that started Saturday.

"We must be cautious of communication campaigns and propaganda. ... This is a military operation and a communications campaign battle," Baroin said. "We have to trust what the international community is communicating."

[2:14 a.m. Monday ET, 8:14 a.m. Monday in Libya] U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said it would be "unwise" to set specific goals about targeting Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi directly during attacks.

"I think that it's important that we operate within the mandate of the U.N. Security Council resolution," Gates told reporters Sunday while on a plane to Russia. "If we start adding additional objectives, then I think we create a problem in that respect.  I also think that it is unwise to set as specific goals, things that you may or may not be able to achieve."

The Security Council resolution, which passed Thursday, allows member states "to take all necessary measures to protect civilians under threat of attack in the country ... while excluding a foreign occupation force of any form on any part of Libyan territory," according to the United Nations.

[12:34 a.m. Monday ET, 6:34 a.m. Monday in Libya] A coalition military official has confirmed that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's compound was targeted by airstrikes Sunday night. The compound was targeted, the official said, because it contains capabilities to exercise command and control over Libyan forces and the coalition goal is to degrade his military capabilities. Earlier, Western journalists, including CNN's Nic Robertson, were brought inside the compound to survey the destruction.

[10:51 p.m. Sunday ET, 4:51 a.m. Monday in Libya] An announced list of the countries participating in the military coalition: The United States, Belgium, Britain, Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, Norway, Qatar and Spain.

U.S. officials have said they plan to hand over operational control of the military mission in coming days.

soundoff (435 Responses)
  1. rohan

    US & other country must do a defensive operations to savior opposition peoples to Moammar Gadhafi. With this action more civilians will kill rather than civil war in lybia

    March 21, 2011 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
  2. Colonel

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqrhqrCDCIg&w=640&h=360]
    Sarkozy give us back our money that you took for youre campain!

    March 21, 2011 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
    • parkmore

      Little stupid sarkozy is trying to destroy everything in Libya so no one can find and trace of money transaction for his pocket. You do not know what sham on you sarkosy but sham on you. Hope all muslim french people will go to street and request "sarko step down for killing innocent people and racism"

      March 21, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  3. CheckYourWallet

    Any excuse to raise oil prices is being used by the theives on Wall Street. It has absolutely nothing to do with Supply and Demand any more nowadays. Its smoke and mirrors and pure manipulation by those with more power and knowledge than the average investor. Its a casino, unlike anything resembling an investment tool. Why the federal gov. doesn't put a stop to it is beyond the taxpayers perview. Governments should set the price of oil, water, currency, gold, silver, and let the gamblers go to the casinos to place their bets. Buying stocks should require a minimum of a 90 day investment before one can sell, that would stop this computer nano-second scams where millionairs are made in minutes and the average Joe is ripped-off unknowingly (the profits have to come from somewhere).

    March 21, 2011 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  4. Chris

    If he continues to be able to broadcast his defiance to the rest of the world after this multinational campaign, then it is said that the global community will think something is amiss? Hmm, this sound a bit familiar, hey I know another guy just across the way that went through this before, and he's Still broadcasting his defiance to the rest of the world too, hey, he even got his second magazine on the market, this time focusing on women. He's a he'll of guy(literally), I'm sure you know him, that's right, Osama bin laden! Please, let's keep the hypocrisy to a very minimum if we can media machine. Geez.

    March 21, 2011 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. KK

    THE ONLY REASON WE ARE IN LIBYA IS TO PROTECT THE OIL COMPANIES PROFITS. THE SAME REASON WE ARE IN IRAQ!! MORE AMERICAN SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN AT RISK FOR NO LEGITIMATE REASON!! WHEN ARE THE MINDLESS AMERICAN PEOPLE GOING TO SEE WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON?!! WAKE UP YOU BRAINWASHED DUMMIES!!

    March 21, 2011 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  6. mikeybronx

    Is that dirty mutt of a DOG Gaddaffi dead yet? Hopefully they will put his sons out of their misery too!

    March 21, 2011 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. robroy

    ah yes America,what a great crap disturbing nation you folks are.Iraq-Kuwait situation,Saddam moved 400,000 troops,tanks,trucks,apc's across open desert and you folks{Americans} with all your eyes in the skies didn't notice him heading towards Kuwait,Yeah RIGHT !!!! Saddam,murderous madman?you folks again groomed and patted this man for a job well done in the Iraq-Iran war.for Christ sakes WMD'S you folks gave him chemical artillery shells and satellite help to use against Iranian infantry.{he later used these shells against the Kurd's !!!!!. South Korean air liner shot down in the early 80's by Russian fighter.It's a well known fact that American radar installations across southeast Asia watched and tracked this civilian airliner as it veered 800 miles off course,straight towards a top secret missile test site,watched as Russian mig's scrambled to intercept no one apparently picked up the phone to let the South Koreans know that one of their planes was in the frying pan now did they?

    March 21, 2011 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  8. Dolce Vita

    Because they see the facts, the most developed country in Africa. Free education and if you can’t find a job after graduation, government pays you salary. 25% are highly educated, the highest rate in Africa. If he was a tyrant like western media trying to show him, any of those wouldn’t come true. Because tyrants are afraid of educated folks.
    US is not the whole world, they must mind their own business instead of sticking their noses to everywhere. Serbs support him -actually he is one of the representators of anti-imperialism- because they know what being led by traitors means and they don’t want it to take over the world. He has criticized Arab leaders including himself and wants them to take their own responsibility against imperialism.
    Go ahead Colonel, you have the support of Serbia as well.
    Colonel Gadafi go!
    Serbian people support you!

    March 21, 2011 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
    • SgtSerge

      Really? So why are you blaming America when this is the international effort. Pull you head out of your @ss. I am not American and know they have made some poor choices in the past, this is not one of them. GO U.N. GO!!!!!

      March 21, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Godman1234

      Who told you that Libya was the most developed country in Africa? Where did you get that information.? Sorry that is incorrect and looks like you are really ignorant.
      Which Leader kills his own ppeople when they oppose him. Do you know how much money Ghaddafi and his family has stolen from the people of Libya since he came to power? Please get your facts straight. .

      March 21, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alexander Hagen

      Go to Nationmaster.com select crime all countries years of education all countries, infant mortality, longevity, Libya actually beat even the US in many of these categories. I use the scientific method I obtain data analyze it – and then look at methodology when its too good to be true. But Libya's stats are excellent both from the CIA factbook and the UN country indexes – you are not supposed to know this – you are supposed to fall in line – and in answer to which country (a) kills most Libyans this year and (b) kill there own people – I believe NATO will have killed the most people – by keeping a small rebellion alive and fueling it – in addition to direct assaults – on things like University Buildings. This war used a propagandist reason when it started "Benghazi Masacre" and as far as who kills their own people – Abraham Lincoln was one – Governments are not required to allow armed rebellions. Google Libya Conflct Intel

      June 19, 2011 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Charlotte

      Um....what?

      March 21, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Steve

    Ah, the real reason we are there. That oil speculation is a frickin' joke. I would say it would be great to have everyone ride bikes everywhere, but then the government would install a "bike tax," and the preice of rubber would go up and a new tire would cost $50.

    March 21, 2011 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  10. fernando

    Kadafi was not the target of the destruction of his compound. They took it out because it was a command and control center to be able to communicate with his troops.....

    March 21, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  11. Josh

    I'm not even American, but I do love the USA..you're Canada's best ally and I love the friendly people most of u are. I can't stand how the world always sees USA as the bad guy. Iraq was a bad move, but I know for a fact the whole Arab world will blame this no-fly zone thing on the US. At least Canada sent 6 CF-18's LMFAO!!!!!!! LOOK OUT GADHAFI! Thank God we're not sending in ground forces, we might lose our tank (non-plural).

    March 21, 2011 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  12. Sokka1

    The only sane person in this whole matter is Robert Gate.

    March 21, 2011 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  13. downwithneonazies

    russia, china, brazil all caved in and joined the west imperialist parasites in this yet another war crime, because the top priority of the powers that be, from political left to right, is protecting the status quo against the popular uprising that started sweeping the world. the global elite class do NOT like the people of the world waking up to their own power in numbers. they do not like wikileaks and assange, who provide fuel to the popular uprising.

    however, this act against libya will further unite the people of the world in their war against the global parasitic elite. class.

    March 21, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  14. downwithneonazies

    why are all the warmongers on CNN (james rubin), msnbc (....berger), fox (josh bolton) jew? can some zionist shill explain this for us anti-semites?

    March 21, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  15. P

    I don't get it. Do they want are help or not? The thing is are we suppose to just keep spending money and risking coalition soldiers while Gaddafi sits in his compound ordering more of his fearful (of him) military to there deaths. Or should we end this thing and safe hundreds if not thousands of lives.

    March 21, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • ERIC

      what our goverment is doing soooooo wrong we are telling the world that as long as individauals in your country can organise rebals and militia The US goverment will come and back them up ,this isn't democracy in any way. Just imagine what Canada didn't like our president and some people decided to organise a rebal group right here at home in the USA and Canada decided to come and supply them with weapons and surport them in any way posible like giving them military surport , would that be right, becouse thats exaclty what our goverment is doing in Lybia.

      March 21, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • bostongye

      ? First of all, WE'RE not the only country getting involved in this. French planes were actually the first ones to launch strikes from the reports we're getting. Then you got England, Denmark, Canada, and even Belgium. The ARAB LEAGUE is support this for crying out loud! Second, Gadafhi is a tyrant, he's a nightmare and always has been. We're taking advantage of an opportunity that was given to us by his own people. Are we influencing the outcome of a civil conflict to one that we want to see happen as opposed to just "protecting innocent civilians?".... sure. Why not? This guy has supported terrorism in the past and its been a long time coming. Thirdly, the US is facing conflicts within our own borders that are influenced by other countries... Mexican drug cartels and organized crime members with Russian bought weaponry just to name 2, and I'm not even that well read up on these things.

      March 21, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      You cannot compare what is happening to rebels trying uprise here and Canada supporting them. FIrstly our President isn't taking jets and spraying cannon fire into crowds protesting.

      March 21, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • myklds

      The person we are talking here is nothing but a
      Greedy
      Heinous
      Atrocious
      Dectetor
      Abominably and
      Ferociously killing
      Innocent people

      He and his equally devious family members and relatives should be directly targeted and taken down to end this whole mess ASAP and at all cost before thousands more lives will be wasted.

      "WICKED must be SLAYETH to bring forth righteous purposes. It's better that a man should perish than that a nation should dwindle and perish."

      March 21, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • jay

      why we can't USA help their own people getting job and put their economy on track?

      March 21, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken Luu

      We should mind our own business. We have problem that we cannot solve. Leave other people alone. We should not take side in other country's civil war. No excuse. Stop spending money that we don't have. Help our country first. Too many problem in the world. We cannot solve them all. We should not choose between two evils. Who knows the new evil is good for his or her owner countrymen or the world. I don't believe these rebels love their coutry. They are controled by some elements we might not know enough. We should not take side and waste our tax payers' money.

      March 21, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cridd

      I respect you for being honest, Ken, and I am moved by your statement. There are many problems in this country that need to be solved, problems that we as Americans know more about. By going abroad, we push these issues aside, and put off solving them. I think that it is very insightful of you to point out that we cannot assume that we understand what is happening in Libya right now – most of us are strangers there, and cannot be fully aware of the social dynamics that are driving this rebellion.

      However, I see hope in our efforts to liberate Libya. Whether or not all of the rebels are acting out of love for their country, we share something in common with many of them – we abhor tyranny, and believe in justice and human rights. Perhaps by acting now, we are investing in our world's future – in freedom for all citizens.

      We cannot solve all of the world's problems overnight, but we can try, and in trying we can bring ourselves closer to solving some of them.

      March 21, 2011 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
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