March 10th, 2011
04:30 PM ET

U.S. set to send disaster relief teams to Libya

The United States will soon be sending disaster relief teams into eastern Libya, the WH National Security Adviser Thomas Donilon said.

The teams' activities should not be viewed as military operations, Donilon said.

"It can no way shape or form be seen as military intervention," Donilon said. The teams will assess that humanitarian aid is being delivered. "This is purely humanitarian to better assist in a humanitarian way the people of Libya."

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  1. Bob

    What happens when they snipe the humanitarians? Does that slide US into war? I can see it now. We didn't want to go to war but they are attacking US now.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. RR

    Good idea

    Those in the East will need food supplies etc. Libyan troops, planes are likely to do something to endanger the relief workers in a flagrant way giving the US and NATO an opening to go in with military assistance. Look at the big picture people wave the reg flag and the bull will mindlessly charge.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. kren2510

    keep your "disaster teams" why don't you rather send weapons? thought so.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Big Al

    "Safe a man's life and he will never forgive you for it." – Confucious

    March 10, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. manghirmalani

    Come on Americans try to grow up ???????????????????????????

    March 10, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. gunit67

    Not sure why the us government feels the need to get in more stuff.lybia is not part of the us.maybe so they can outsource more jobs to cheep labor countries.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. sweet2th

    At least most of the funding that Obama has done during his presidency has been directed towards the US unlike his republican counterpart Bush. He sent all our resources overseas and now the hypocrite republicans want to complain about the deficit and the state of our economy. We are in this financial crisis because of the Republicans. Now all their rich buddies want to run for office and finish ripping off the middle and lower class to support their lavish lifestyle. This is why I voted for Obama in 2008 and I will be voting for him in 2012. I just hope that in 2012 Americans don't forget about the turmoil that the republicans are causing and forget to vote the bums out.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bootu

      are you crazy? Obama is the vacation president and hasn't done the nation one bit of good. he is one of the worst presidents on record and you follow him? people like you are causing our debt by voting for him. he has yet to do anything to show that he has had 4 years in office. even in the hostage crisis in the gulf, he didn't do anything, and we had to rely on the military. so if you vote for him, you seriously need to learn more instead of following the public's opinion, because i can guarentee you that he wont be president in 2012

      March 10, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lateefah CT

    It continues to amaze me how much our government does not care about us. We pay our taxes and we have no voice, we need to stand up and fight for our voice to be heard.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. John Sandwrs

    Spineless Obama!perfect opportunity to get this idiot out of Libya and all he does is watch, what an idiot president we all elected. I wish Bush was around, he never would sit back Like this current idiot.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • sweet2th

      Let me get this straight. You want Bush back in office. The man that practically distroyed this country by acting "hotheadedly" and sending all our resources overseas and practically bankrupting this country. Maybe you should stop drinking the coolaid.

      March 10, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. HelenHull102951

    I don't get it, some please help me to understand why our own government can't or won't lift a finger to help it's own hungry,homeless,jobless and deprived citizens??? I'm really confused and angry. The only people our gov will help are those of other countries and those that are here illeagally from mexico and any other country that has over-stayed their visas and welcome!!! This is very disheartening and tells the AMERICAN people that our own gov does'nt give a crap about us and our misfortune. What we need here in this country is a "GOOD OLD-FASHION REBELION", if that's what they are looking for then let's rise up and give them one!!! Every foreingor in this country stands and fights and the gov takes notice, well I think it's the AMERICAN PEOPLES time... Anyone agree?

    March 10, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kenny

      HelenHull, our government cannot do that because the businesses that own the government will not allow it since there is no profit in for them for taking care of our own US family.

      March 10, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. RL Turn

    This is going to end horribly for us. We should leave this mess alone and let the international community take the lead. France can handle this one with Italy. When Khadafi or an even crazier lunatic seize back control of Libya, we'll be running around trying to put the lid back on pandora's box.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Remembering Lockerbie

    .. as if anybody is even listening to the American tax payer. They just keep taking and taking and ignoring us. Wonderful system.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. BombardierBob

    This has the looks and feel of a prelude to another American Invasion War. All it takes is the teams to be attacked and we will see under 100,000 troops on the ground pounding the country. Reagan had it right bomb them and take out their air threat and missiles.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Kenny

    Wouldn't it be cheaper and safer to send disaster teams to the USA? Republicans tanked our economy and got the boot and now they have lied their way back into power and the first things they are doing now is wrecking it again. Disaester Refief Teams are needed all around our own country. Don't people realize no nation is going to come to our aid and or give us a helping hand? We need to pull our troops home from around the world in all these countries that are nothing but blood suckers on our economy, secure our own borders, start growing our own food again, take care of our own people first again and start making our own stuff again.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. peter

    Why not look after our own FIRST.... where are the Disaster Relief Teams from France, Italy,Greece and Turkey??....the neighbours ...Why does it always have to be the USA???? PETER.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
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