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. Tiregal

    They aren't humanitarian teams, they are the US Marines !!

    March 10, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bill pawtucket

    If i recall isn't this the way v. Nam syarted.. "advisors" were sent in then the troops . now they are called "disaster teams" here we go again

    March 10, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Tom

    We're sending Hillary and Obama? They're a team. And they're a disaster.

    March 10, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dgreenspan

    How about relief teams to Gainesville, Florida. Our schools need help.

    March 10, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Andy

    Certainly hoping someone in charge reads this... Sending unarmed DART (Disaster Assistance Response Teams) that normally work for the USAID/OFDA office into any foreign country without that country's permission is asking for a beating. Unauthorized and not-uniformed government employees are legally recognized as being spies, or in today's vernacular as terrorists. They will have zero legal protection. At least military personnel would be accused of an invasion yet still protected under the Geneva Convention.

    March 10, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Tam

    Are we really buying this? It's the start of our invasion into Libya, next we'll move onto Iran, Saudi Arabia, the skys the limit, greedy government wants control over that sweet crude!

    March 10, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kidkoala

    The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:  "If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"  But... the good Samaritan reversed the question:  "If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"  ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

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  9. Jacob Jackson

    If we do get involved, it will be a two day war. Libya has a small population and much of the army appears to be made up of mercenaries who will vanish once the US shows force.

    And I think we should get involved. They need help and we have the capacity to help them. It's the Republican controlled state governments that are cutting back on education and social services, not the federal government.

    March 10, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. mr ed

    so america is gonna send our people there to get us killed for what??? what do these countrys do for us? this country is a joke. if there gonna let kaddafi stay there and kill whoever he wants then nothing is going to change. he needs to be killed and there goverment removed and jailed.

    March 10, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. biff

    Send Aid yes! But no Troops

    March 10, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bill

    The president must think the american people are stupid sending americans in libya and one american or cia agent gets it will give the gov. Excuse to invade the country. Thing are not great here In the us, use the money here to help people In the us. What are..we going do ask china for more money. Some day.china. will call the notes in. Don.t we ever learn any thing from the past.

    March 10, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joke

    When will America learn?

    March 10, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
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  15. Alex

    The problem is simple. Let the African Union soldiers handle the problem. They are already in Somalia and Sudan and are holding up okay. Africa can solve African problems

    March 10, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
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