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. JAG

    "Disaster Relief" = "Guns & Ammo"

    March 10, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. wes

    I think its a load of crap. If we go into a country where the people already hate us its going to be taken as a military action.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Lolguy

    They aren't going to relieve they are going to supply the anti-government forces.

    Whether this is good or bad, is up to you to decide – but let's call it for what it is – they are equipping them and providing them with assistance.

    Hell, they even changed the name from insurgents to rebels.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      Insurgents attack occupying forces. Rebels attack their own government.

      March 10, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Blackbeered

    Sorry, the US has sponsored this uprising and I wouldn't allow any US personnel to enter my country. So, when they're shot on sight, it'll be Obama's fault ... and not grounds for military intervention.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Remembering Lockerbie

    Rumor is that the national liberation front for Libya got some pretty significant backing from western powers before they embarked on this adventure. No surprise, then, to see Sarkozy officially "recognize" the oppostion "government". Germany and Britian have been asked to do the same. No surprise either that NATO has been suggested as a military option. The only thing that is surprising about all this is how some of our elected officials audaciously suggest our tax dollars be spent to get involved in this melee. Guns and bombs is not the 21st century way to a permanent resolution.

    I also wonder why Sarkozy has gleefully taken on the role of provocateur? ... first by banning the face veil in public places in France (the only place a veil IS worn btw) and now by stoking the flames of unrest between waring muslim factions in Libya. I guess there are no real issues in France that require his resolve.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rabbit One

    How about a no fly zone! I think that is what the people wanted. And I think that was the healthy, safe option. Don't let Gadhafi rule you. Man up and do right by your country and the world.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. egore

    What gross idiots some of these comment writers are. Writers who say their voice is not heard miss the point entirely. It's a good thing their miserable whining is NOT heard. Get a life, for God's sake!

    March 10, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Karl

    Huh? Our homeless people live just fine. Seriously, Have you ever seen a starving to death american walking the streets? No, you haven't!! A free northern Africa is the last thing radical islam wants. These people aren't protesting waving down with american signs or up with bin laden. They just want to be free and we should as the leader of the free world help these people be free. Stop being so selfish, if your hungry in America then your just plan stupid or just plan lazy. Plenty of help here for the hungry with flat screen TV's.

    A free northern african nation or a free middle east is the enemy of radical islam and terrorism will fall and we don't even have to send in a ground force.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Remembering Lockerbie

      .. you're right... they're driving around in Toyota pick-up trucks armed with machine guns LIKE THE TALIBAN shouting "Allahu Akbar" everytime they kill. hmmmm.. Do you honestly think these rebel thugs would hesitate to turn weapons against our soldiers? Have you been watching the news this week?

      Not a single tax dollar, not a single drop of American blood toward the creation ot another Bin Laden, another Taliban.

      No, no, and again, NO.

      March 10, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. wes

    Why do we have to get involved. The people in our government need to get their heads out of their butts. We have our own problems not to mention we are still in a war. Why do we need to help libya. Their leader bombed a united states marine base killing a lot of our soldiers. We should have took care of libya then not now.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ralphie

    Is hard being a cop. Everybody hates you until they need you. However is an implied responsibility. We did not need involvement in WW II either.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chris c

    everyone needs to quit crying about having relief teams sent to libya and not poor american cities. If the poor want help they themselves can get it american is a nation of have. And as for the U.S sending teams to libya great the sooner we get gadahfi out the sooner gas and goods prices go down so we AMERICANS can afford to better ourselves

    March 10, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. gabriel g.

    I cant believe you all call yourselves americans, help our own? whats medicare? a homeless person can goto the hospital for free but not the working american. we keep giving the homeless free trips to the hospital and more handouts everyday... have you ever been to a soup kitchen? lol you all are out of your minds, especially that idiot that said he wishes bush was still president. these people in lybia need help, if no one else wants to help them then we as a superpower we need to show some compassion. think what you want but almost all the comments i have read here are ignorant and you people should know what your talking about dont just pretend to know. rise up? lol u mean how the lybians are? all u sorry "Americants" dont have the balls.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. DDVID

    We should try again to bomb Kaddafi- this time we'll have world support.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. JSINGH

    Not Now. Maybe Latter. We cannot risk our young smart men in the crazy country.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. To All Members of the U.S. Congress

    Read the post from AmericanCitizen (second post) 6,000 times and then act on it.
    the disaster is all around us.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
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