Libya live blog: U.S., allies launch missiles against Gadhafi forces
A Tomahawk missile is launched from the guided-missile destroyer USS Barry in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn late Saturday night.
March 19th, 2011
09:50 PM ET

Libya live blog: U.S., allies launch missiles against Gadhafi forces

The latest developments on the situation in Libya, where the government declared a cease-fire Friday after the United Nations voted to impose a no-fly zone in response to weeks of bloody clashes between forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi and rebels. 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.

[9:50 p.m. ET, 3:50 a.m. in Libya] A woman in Tripoli says she was awoken this morning by a loud explosion from a nearby military base.

After being shaken from her sleep around 2:20 a.m., she said she heard gunfire and went to the roof of her building to observe.

"Then I heard the second explosion," she said. She saw fire rising up from the direction of Mitiga Airport, formerly known as the U.S. Wheelus Air Base.

She also said that people continue to live in fear of Gadhafi. "They're afraid to come out because when they do, he attacked them very, very severely," she says. "This is putting terror in all neighborhoods."

[9:30 p.m. ET, 3:30 a.m. in Libya] State TV in Libya reported early Sunday that 48 people were killed and 150 injured in coalition airstrikes. CNN was not immediately able to independently confirm the report.

[9:20 p.m. ET, 3:20 a.m. in Libya] Britain's Royal Air Force the RAF has launched Stormshadow missiles from a number of Tornado GR4 fast jets as part of a series of coordinated coalition strikes against Libya, the Ministry of Defense said.

"We made clear that if Gaddafi did not comply with the UN Security Council Resolution 1973, it would be enforced through military action. Our Armed Forces have therefore participated in a co-ordinated international coalition strike against key military installations," defense secretary Liam Fox said in a statement.

"The fast jets flew 3,000 miles from RAF Marham and back making this the longest range bombing mission conducted by the RAF since the Falklands conflict," he said. "HMS Westminster is off the coast of Libya and HMS Cumberland is in the region ready to support operations. Typhoon aircraft are also standing by to provide support."

[9:10 p.m. ET, 3:10 a.m. in Libya] Benghazi remains eerily quiet but tense after a day of fights between Gadhafi supporters and opposition fighters, CNN's Arwa Damon reports.

Anti-Gadhafi forces in Benghazi were buoyed by the international intervention but still expect more to come from Gadhafi.

"This is not yet a victory for them. They expect Gadhafi forces to carry something out again, they do not think this is over," she said. "People do not take Gadhafi's threats lightly. They have learned from four decades of his rule. They expect him to plan some kind of maneuver."

[8:45 p.m. ET, 2:45 a.m. in Libya] It is now mostly quiet in Tripoli, just minutes after sustained anti-aircraft gunfire, Robertson reports.

[8:33 p.m. ET, 2:33 a.m. in Libya] Heavy anti-aircraft gunfire can be heard in Tripoli, CNN's Nic Robertson reported.

Robertson said anti-aircraft gunfire also was heard a few hours ago, but it is now more intense. The current round followed a couple of loud explosions, Robertson reported from Tripoli.

[8:26 p.m. ET, 2:26 a.m. in Libya] The Department of State has issued a statement reminding media organizations that no U.S. officials remain in Libya, limiting its ability to provide assistance to U.S. citizens or other employees of U.S.-based news organizations. The State Department continues to advise against travel to Libya and urges U.S. citizens already in Libya to depart immediately.

[7:41 p.m. ET, 1:41 a.m. in Libya] After delaying his trip to Russian, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has been keeping a close eye on the situation in Libya, a Pentagon spokesman said.

"Secretary Gates has been in near constant contact with the Joint Staff as planning for Operation Odyssey Dawn has evolved. He has conducted multiple individual and conference with National Security Adviser Donilon and President Obama. And, of course, he continues to receive a steady flow of operational and intelligence information," spokesman Geoff Morrell said.

[6:20 p.m. ET, 12:20 a.m. in Libya] A defiant Moammar Gadhafi says missile strikes launched Saturday night are grounds for a "crusade war" and vowed to fight back.

"The Libyan people will fight against this aggression. All you people of the Islamic nations and Africa. And all you people in Latin America, and asia to stand with the Libyan people in its fight agaist this aggression," he said.

"France has carried an aggression against Libya. The security council and the international community has a responsibility to do what it takes about this aggression against the sovereign state."

[6:01 p.m. ET, 12:01 a.m. in Libya] Hours after coalition forces launched the first wave of attacks against his military forces, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi said his people will fight back against undeserved "naked aggression."

Libyan state TV broadcast Gadhafi's response, which included a call for people to take arms in the "war zone."

[5:45 p.m. ET, 11:45 p.m. in Libya] Moammar Gadhafi is due to make an address soon, according to media reports citing Libyan TV.

[5:36 p.m. ET, 11:36 p.m. in Libya] Russia reacted "with regret" Saturday to the start of international military action in Libya, urging an end to violence on all sides.

It said the United Nations resolution that authorized the use of force had been "hastily adopted."

"We again urge all Libyan sides, as well as the participants of the military operation, to do everything they can to prevent the suffering of innocent civilians and to ensure a speedy cease-fire and an end to violence," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

[5:04 p.m. ET, 11:04 p.m. in Libya] Armed police are gathering outside government buildings in Tripoli and the streets are mostly clear of the revelers that had gathered earlier Saturday evening, CNN's Nic Robertson said.

Earlier, people were playing music and dancing in the street outside Gadhafi's palace compound in an apparent show of celebration, Roberston said. The missile strikes were inaudible over the music and revelry, he said.

[5:04 p.m. ET, 11:04 p.m. in Libya] Coalition strikes were launched despite a government-initiated cease-fire and "major reforms in economic and organizational contexts," a Libyan government spokesman says.

"The claim that this aggression is for the protection of civilians is contradicted by what has really happened on the ground tonight."

[5:04 p.m. ET, 11:04 p.m. in Libya] President Obama is planning for the U.S. portion of the military action in Libya to only last for a few days, according to a senior administration official.

"In terms of the heavy kinetic portion of this military action, the president envisions it as lasting days, not weeks," said the senior official. "After that we'll take more of a supporting role."

[4:58 p.m. ET, 10:58 p.m. in Libya] Air attacks on several locations in Tripoli and Misrata have caused "real harm" to civilians, a Libyan government spokesman said Saturday.

"I am very sorry and saddened that my country is facing a barbaric and armed attack," the spokesman said, adding that "this aggression will not weaken our spirits."

[4:28 p.m. ET, 10:28 p.m. in Libya] More than 110 Tomahawk cruise missiles were fired from U.S and British ships and submarines, striking more than 20 integrated air defense systems and air defense facilities ashore, a Joint Chiefs of Staff official said Saturday.

The goals of "Operation Odyssey Dawn" are to prevent further attacks on Libyan citizens and opposition groups and to degrade the capability of Moammar Gadhafi's forces to resist a no-fly zone, Vice Admiral William E. Gortney Director said.

The strikes were carefully coordinated based on an assessment of whether the targets posed a direct threat to coalition pilots or to the people of Libya, he said.

"This is an international military effort urged by the Libyan people themselves and other Arab nations," Gortney said, noting that U.S. military forces are on the "leadership edge" of the operation.

"This is just the first phase of what will likely be a multi-phase designed to enforce the U.N. Security Council resolution."

[4:10 p.m. ET, 10:10 p.m. in Libya] U.S. President Barack Obama said military action in Libya is not an outcome the United States had sought.

"The use of force is not our first choice, and it is not a choice I make lightly," he said in an audio message from Brazil. "But we cannot stand idly by when a tyrant tells his people that there will be no mercy and his forces step up their assault."

He also said the United States will not deploy any U.S. troops on the ground on Libya. Obama emphasized that the United States was acting as part of a broad coalition of U.S. allies to enforce the U.N. Security Council resolution, and not unilaterally.

"The writ of the international community must be enforced," he said. "We are answering the calls of a threatened people and we are acting in the interests of the United States and the world."

[3:55 p.m. ET, 9:55 p.m. in Libya] The U.S. military has launched its first missiles in Libya against Moammar Gadhafi's forces in the western part of the country, a senior Defense Department official said Saturday.

U.S. Tomahawk missiles landed in the area around Tripoli and Misrata, the official said, adding that the action was taken after Gadhafi failed to comply with a cease-fire.

The first part of the multi-phase approach will be to degrade air defenses, CNN's Chris Lawrence reports, citing the Defense Department official. Most of the first strikes will be concentrated around Tripoli and Misrata, specifically to take out his air defenses. Ground forces will be targeted as well because they carry capability to shoot down planes, the official said.

[3:44 p.m. ET, 9:44 p.m. in Libya] British Prime Minister David Cameron said military action was necessary to enforce the cease-fire and prevent Moammar Gadhafi from attacking his people.

"What we are doing is necessary, it is legal and it is right," he said. "I believe we should not stand aside while this dictator murders his own people."

[2:32 p.m. ET, 8:32 p.m. in Libya] A U.S. defense official said the United States is poised to launch cruise missiles from warships in the Mediterranean Sea, and that these strikes would target Moammar Gadhafi's air defenses. The United States is prepared to "defend its allies flying over Libyan airspace and enforce the no-fly zone," the official said.

[1:15 p.m. ET, 7:15 p.m. in Libya] French planes fired on a Libyan military vehicle Saturday evening, according to the French Defense Ministry.

[12:43 p.m. ET, 6:43 p.m. in Libya] The United States is standing with its allies and partners in enforcing the U.N. resolution on Libya, and it is also behind the Libyan people, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Saturday. "We will stand with the people of Libya and we will not waiver (in our effort) to protect them," she said.

[12:39 p.m. ET, 6:39 p.m. in Libya] Secretary of State Hillary Clinton praised the Arab League's stance on Libya, saying it "changed the diplomatic landscape." The group last week approved the establishment of a no-fly zone in Libya.

[12:36 p.m. ET, 6:36 p.m. in Libya] The Libyan government "has lost all legitimacy," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Saturday, adding that the international community is right to enforce immediately the United Nations resolution. "Further delay will only put more civilians at risk," she said in Paris.

[12:34 p.m. ET, 6:34 p.m. in Libya] Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that despite talk of a cease-fire from Libya, Moammar Gadhafi "continues to defy the world." "His attacks on civilians go on," she told reporters Saturday.

[11:04 a.m. ET, 5:04 p.m. in Libya] The French air force is opposing any aggression by Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi against the population of rebel-held Benghazi, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Saturday. "As of now, our aircraft are preventing planes from attacking the town," Sarkozy said. "Our French aircraft are ready to intervene against tanks."

[10:58 a.m. ET, 4:58 p.m. in Libya] Countries attending a meeting in Paris sent Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi a warning, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Saturday.

"If there is not an immediate cease-fire and withdrawal of the forces that have been attacking civilian populations in the last few weeks, our countries will have recourse to military means," Sarkozy said. Sarkozy said the warning was endorsed by all participants at the Paris summit.

Libya's population "must not be deprived of its rights by violence and terror," Sarkozy said. "There is still time for Colonel Gadhafi to avoid the worst, by complying immediately and unreservedly with all the demands of the international community. The doors of diplomacy will open once again when the aggression stops."

[10:51 a.m. ET, 4:51 p.m. in Libya] U.S., European and Arab leaders met Saturday at a last-minute Paris meeting on Libya.  "There is minute-by-minute consultation between the United States and the militaries of other countries that are considering their support of action" under a U.N. resolution authorizing the use of force, a senior State Department official told reporters.

[10:40 a.m. ET, 4:40 p.m. in Libya] A French official confirms that French fighter jets are flying over Libya.

[9:55 a.m. ET, 3:55 p.m. in Libya] Moammar Gadhafi's military forces pushed into the rebel stronghold of Benghazi on Saturday. Artillery rounds landed inside the city, and pro-Gadhafi tanks rolled into the town firing rounds, witnesses said. Plumes of smoke rose in Benghazi as civilians said buildings came under small arms fire.

[7:35 a.m. ET, 1:35 p.m. in Libya] Oil production has been dropping and Libya wants foreign and Libyan employees to go back to the oil fields, Libyan oil minister Shukri Ghanem told reporters Saturday.

[6:19 a.m. ET Saturday, 12:19 p.m. in Libya] Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's government on Saturday sent harsh messages to leaders such as U.S. President Barack Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy. "You have no right ever to intervene in our internal affairs," said a letter read by Libyan government spokesman Musa Ibrahim. The letter also said the government would never fire "a single bullet" against its citizens. Gadhafi's government continued to blame the conflict in Libya on al Qaeda.

[6:05 a.m. ET Saturday, 12:05 p.m. in Libya] A CNN team saw tanks belonging to forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi enter Benghazi on Saturday, and observed rebel tanks moving to confront them. Tank, mortar and artillery fire echoed across the city, interspersed with sustained bursts of small arms fire. Plumes of smoke could been seen rising above Benghazi.

[4:35 a.m. ET Saturday, 10:35 a.m. in Libya] CNN journalists observed tanks moving north from 5 kilometers south of Benghazi and other tanks moving through the western part of the city. It is not known which side the tanks belonged to. The journalists also saw tank and artillery rounds land inside the city.

[3:56 a.m. ET Saturday, 9:56 a.m. in Libya] A fighter jet was shot down and burst into flames Saturday in the area of Benghazi. Meanwhile, explosions could be heard in the city, which has been a stronghold for rebels opposing Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. It was not immediately clear who the fighter jet belonged to. Rebels have vowed to defend Benghazi to the death.

On Friday, the Libyan government said it was abiding by a cease-fire, but witnesses have said violence from pro-Gadhafi forces has continued.

[12:23 a.m. ET Saturday, 6:23 a.m. in Libya] Agence France-Presse reported airstrikes and explosions Saturday morning in an area southwest of Benghazi. CNN had not independently confirmed the report.

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  1. Beotor

    Sarkozy should demonstrate that France can do more than make movies.

    March 19, 2011 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
    • db

      Or spit on foreigners.

      March 19, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • JP

      You are so narrow minded
      W/o the French, your queen would be British

      March 19, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • zamfir

      @JP, Some Americans remember the contributions of the French at Yorktown. I hope to see Europe leading efforts in Libya while US engagement remains limited.

      March 19, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • JP

      Thanks Zamfir – and agree with you, Europe should take the lead on this – the US already have enough on their plate

      March 19, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • tommy

      hail to Sarkozy he has the courage, and the leadership. our president blinks

      March 19, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • truesoy

      ......or building statues, right, Beotor?

      March 19, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • regertz

      Tommy, if the President had gone in alone you'd be sneering at him for that. He did what he needed to do, and it seems brilliantly, if coming dangerously close to the line timewise. We have an international coalition, some Arab League support (even if the Saudis are hoping Gadhafi slaughters the rebels before anything can be done) and of all the Europeans, the French are leading the assault which really takes the whammy off us. Now if the rebels can hold out and the Libyan army begins to panic...

      March 19, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darthlawsuit

      @JP- Without America You would be speaking German. WWI basically solved our debt to you guys for helping us in the revolution. After WWII you guys became indebted to us.

      March 19, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      It takes balls to make a movie. Maybe Clint Eastwood should be running this show since the US and France only show them when the economics are good. Where is Ronald Reagan?

      March 19, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • dgj

      The United States' debt to France for its vital support in the Revolutionary War was paid twice over in blood in WWI & WWII. Then France abandoned the West by withdrawing from NATO in the 60's when the US was trying to rectify France's legacy in South East Asia.

      March 19, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • JP

      I would not go too much into the WWI discussion since starting the war with 10,000 troops in 1917 only after the US dropped the Monroe doctrine because of the attack of the Lusitania, did not change the end of the war.... but helped a lot the US since they were financing the war in Europe and starting becoming the country we know around this time. WWII you are right. However, happy it is always nice to have a chat with people who don't have a clue of what they are talking about. But after having 8 years of Republican brainwash I guess this is what happens

      March 19, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. T. Lee

    "Obama – butt out" is good advice. This whole affair has been pooly handleded fromt he very beginning.

    March 19, 2011 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
    • db

      What do you need as you sit in your cozy home, drinking your foamy milk/coffee, with all the freedoms this country provides to you, an invitation by Gadhafe to the UN to come in and squash him like a bug? Grow up and smell the roses, count the number of US dead solders that provided you with the freedoms that you currently take for granted from the time that Washington crossed the Deleware up to todays modern but still terrible wars. As long as man is around, one person will want to dominate and crush others, were does it stop, there or here? Make up your mind or take up arms when they get here and take your rights and property away from you? What are you going to do then?

      March 19, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      One needs to realize T.Lee, that Barack Obama doesn't work for us but for the MIC(military-industrial-complex) in Washington. They won't let him do the right thing and butt-out. By supporting Obama's decision,the general public is once again displaying it's very ignorance!!!

      March 19, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • GordL

      The psycho dictator has already murdered the bulk of his opposition, women and children included. This is truly too little too late by western forces. Obama really is the poster boy for all talk and no action. Really good at making speeches though.

      March 19, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • AP

      He should give back his noble peace prize.

      March 19, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • oneSTARman

      I guess if you are a "T"-Bag you like to add extra "T"s to lots of words but(T) from(T) T.Lee (Tee Hee)

      March 19, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • oneSTARman

      @AP he hasn't been KNIGHTED yet. So he didn't get a Noble prize.

      March 19, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • ceaser

      Ey! Cesar, how's Sarah Palin?

      March 20, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mikeybronx

    its ok CNN, your credibillity aside from tv reporting is low anyway

    March 19, 2011 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  4. Raymond A

    I really wonder what moving the destroyers and aircraft carriers nearer to Libya has done? What are all these jets seated on the aircraft carrier being held back for? For the French to first launch theirs, the Brits condemn a little more and then Obama make up his mind on whether or not he'll actually be sending them into Libyan airspace? I refuse to believe that any of these UN member states that voted is actually serious at all. Its really a shame.

    March 19, 2011 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Robert Rogers

      Canada is obviously serious. A squadron left yesterday for the ares.

      March 19, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Robert Rogers

      I should have said a squadron of F-18's!

      March 19, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      The carriers are there to insert the special op's unit that are on the ground in support of the French to locate and destroy anti-aircraft units on the ground. The support is an international affair.

      March 19, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Sorry folks,I didn't post the above. Our military has absolutely no business in Libya whatsoever and those who say it does need to have their heads examined!!!

      March 19, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brett

      "From the halls of Montazuma to the shores of Tripoli, we will fight our countiries battles on land, air and from sea............." Sounds like a Marine Corps event.

      March 19, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mdma

    Does anyone else see a big war coming?
    Libya is allied with China. China is allied with Russia. Russia and China do not sit in the same lunch table as U.S., Britain, and France.

    U.S., Britain, and France are forced to intervene with Libya's internal affairs. China goes "well a few days ago we vowed to protect our allies' interest... I guess we'll stick our phallus in there". Then Russia goes "Well in (Soviet)RASSHA we had tehh beefy-cak3s with U.S... Now is a good time to get U.S.' number."

    Now U.S.. Britain, and France are at war with China, Libya, and Russia. Since war would be taking place in most of the continents. Bam! WW III just happened.

    Yeah, you guys are probably thinking "this guy is retarded... someone just delete this retard's post".
    Before (or after) you think that... Consider WW I and how it started. Germany was forced to jump in because it allied with the Austrian-Hungary Empire and they did not want to settle terms with Serbia because of the murder of the Austro-Hungarian heir, Franz Ferdinand. And his wife (but who cares, it was just a female). Which was caused by the Black Hand. A serbian rebel group.

    The Austro-Hungarian Empire wanted blood as compensation for the murder of Ferdinand. And soooo, Russia backed up Serbia (Serbia wanted to be part of Russia because they were more genetically related to them, and A-H Empire didn't yahdah yahdah). But then Germany backed up the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Then Britain and France backed Russia up. Then Italy backed up Germany and the Austria-Hungary Empire.

    Well there you have it... Very similar situation. And really, I find it predictable. By the end of 2012, there should be another World War going.
    Oh... did I mention all of those countries I mentioned earlier have nuclear bombs? With the exception of Libya.

    March 19, 2011 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
    • HumansDestroyed

      One can only hope humans wipe themselves out soon. Mother Nature definitely wouldn't mind.

      March 19, 2011 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
    • No

      No. If China and Russia cared about Libya, they would have used their veto power at the Security Council. The fact that the Arab League wants a no-fly zone is important. Nobody is coming to help Gadhafi.

      March 19, 2011 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
    • boar

      You certainly aren't retarded. The big difference is the world has changed since 1914. China is more interested in money. Do you think it will go to war over some small sums. It has its tentacles everywhere especially in Africa.

      I dont think the West should get involved in Libya. We should be allowing the civil war to continue.

      March 19, 2011 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Mdma

      Just a few days ago China had a destroyer I think it was off the coast of Libya. It also wanted to demonstrated that it will protect it's interest.

      As to your comment regarding that "Do you think it will go to war over some small sums".
      Yes I do. For bigger purposes. China has now tasted #1. If it thinks they can take on the U.S., I think they would. After all, this is a perfect time. We're in a depression. In contrast to their economy (which is booming). China will never have a better opportunity to even attempt being the worlds strongest nation.

      March 19, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Raymond A

      Hey,..its simple,..if China and Russia wanted Gaddafi to stay and the US and the rest didn't, Russia has got veto powers, why didn't Russia use them? Why didn't they both refuse and throw out the no-fy-zone?

      March 19, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Capt. Zeb

      China wouldn't fight the US, Who would buy their junk at Walmart?

      March 19, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
    • BOBBO

      Yes, I see it as you do. Ghadafi is a master at confusing everyone else even his own regime and he will continue. If we get involved it has the potential to start WW3 question.

      March 19, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Parkerman

      The world has changed a lot since both world wars and it would take more than this to get us all in a war together.

      March 19, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • db

      Come on, you are smarter than that. Do you really think that any superpower, US, England, France, China, Russia, will ever do anything without diplomatic cordination between them all so that no toes are stepped on or mistakes made? No one wants a superpower war as it will only make a mess of the world. Do you reall think that any of the superpowers like a madman leading Libia, causing all these problems? Would it not be more beneficial to all to just take out the madman and let the country be free to trade with everyone? China and the US are buddies now and they own a big chunk of the US debt. Do you think they would take action against us in an unprovoked attack? Of couse not. To save face they will rattle a saber but will stand aside and say take the madman out and we will all be better off. All sinceable nations want stability, peace, and prosparity. It only makes the rich, richer, the powerhungary more powerful, and the working schluks happy as they go about their daily routine.

      March 19, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Akeso

      Thank you for a very thorough re-visit to world history. You are absolutely right! I also want to mention that it is not always the US responsibility to act first. Is Mr. Obama not trying very hard at this moment to disentangle our expensive military involvement in Afghanistan? Maybe all these chest-pounding contributors here should consider the cost – lives and material – which would be poured again into a protracted war theater which ultimately leads to no results. One has to look at the bigger picture before splurging forth with political demagoguery and hatred.

      March 19, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • riff1060

      china wants to sell us weapons. china wants NO part of any war involving the united states of america. they have a vested interest in the economy and business ties with the u.s. keep them on the upswing. they may be communist, but they LOVE capitalism.

      March 19, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Quite wrong,Mdma. The United States,Great Britain and France are not "forced" to do anything. These countries act entirely on their own free will. In fact,they are the world's bullies as they bully their way around the globe!!!

      March 19, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Libyan

      Let us be realistic, the world without the WEST would be like wild animal in the safari. The Russian are long gone and the chines are good at coping things (No real blue print), they might try to try their wings but they still can't fly.
      Imagine a world lead by China and Russia! We will see the same uprising in China and Russia soon.

      March 19, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry L

      Interesting scenario but can't see it happening. China doesn't have the logistical capability needed. Oh and all China had to do was vote "no" instead of "abstain" on the UN resolution vote and we'd still be sitting around twittling our thumbs as to what to do...while Obama played golf.

      March 19, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. JD

    I agree with Butt Out. We haven't learned from recent history that getting involved with these matters is going to blow up in our faces. It can be almost a guarantee that if we get involved militarily in Libya and there becomes a government vacuum, it's going to be ripe for Al Qaeda and militants in general. Even then, when have muslims ever appreciated being helped? Look at how radicalized the muslims got in the former Yugoslavia? They're still hating on us. Afghanistan and Iraq just goes without saying. We need to sit this one out and let Europe handle it. Better yet, since Italy used to colonize Libya, let them deal with it.

    March 19, 2011 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      I agree with you JD,except for one thing. Al Qaeda today has all it can do just to survive as it is holed up in the mountains of Northern Pakistan. What scares me the most is the spectre of another pro-Western stooge coming to power in Libya!

      March 19, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • K77

      Jd, i think that the way it works is that some people up top will benefit greatly, while the great majority of Americans will pay for things either in blood or tax money. i would laugh my ass off it, if after gadhafi is ousted American and Europeans "liberate" the Libyan economy, starting with the oil fields. Then the Libyans will "cry" for decades, lmfao.

      March 19, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff Langer

    The President is doing the moral thing and that is to make sure there is not a mass slaughter in Lybia. It might not be the most popular thing but it's the correct course of action! I am not a fan of war but this is the right thing to do!

    March 19, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Angie

      Hi. I do not believe we should get involved. It is not our fight. The US gets too involved in things that are not our's to get involved in and people wonder why things happen. IT is not affecting us, why should we jump in. I am against this. It would be different if the attack was made to the US but it is NOT. The US needs to butt out where it don't belong. I am proud to be a US citizen, from birth. I am not a transport. The US needs to grows balls and take care of things on the homefront.

      March 19, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |

      What's so moral about sending in our military in order to slaughter an even greater number of Libyans in order to put another pro-Western crony in power? Barack Obama is nothing but another right-wing thug who puts no value on human life!!!

      March 19, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fred

      Angie , where is your compassion for your fellow man ? If everyone in the past 200 years thought like you there would be no America and Freedom for you to voice your very selfish opinion ,which thanks to people who don't think like you ,you have a right too

      March 19, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • K77

      dude, please. go read a history book, American has screwed over more people in the world and farmed out more violence than anyone. start with stephen kinzer's book: overthrow, and smedley butler's book: war is a raquet. Read some chomsky to see America's true concern with human rights.


      March 19, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |

      Well said,K77. Thank you.

      March 19, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. yianni

    Get rid of this Monster and his associates as soon as possible. Alt the politicians who dealt with him in the past are responsible for his atrocities.

    March 19, 2011 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
    • bw absolutely dont know what is going on..few "rebels" with AKs and RPGs are speech of democracy?...Libya is the most civilized country in africa..everyone there has its house and good living..why are you not arguing about Yemen and Bahrain?..

      March 19, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |

      Gee whiz yianni,if I were you I'd be quite ashamed to let people know what a tiny mind I had. Your post is the most stupid one here yet. Did you ever get past the 4th drade in school???

      March 19, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |

    that's how i get alot of chicks.. when they walk by and i see them look at me.. i stick my 'butt out' then they are spell bound..

    March 19, 2011 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
    • db

      They just think you are big arce!

      March 19, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  10. yuhmad

    Butt out is the wrong thing to do. The President is doing the right thing. Remember the "Golden Rule". What is happening to Libya now and it was happening in the USA, I am prettty sure all of us will want help from our allies. Libyans need liberation.

    March 19, 2011 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. The European

    First we let it get out of hand, and then we still sit and wait it out. If we liberate the people of Libya we should also liberate the people of Iran. But that will, of course, never happen. The only thing I am sure of is, whatever happens, we all pay for it .. at the pump!

    March 19, 2011 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  12. JasonA

    I understand that Pres Obama is trying to protect the U.S.'s intrest in oil and other goods imported. But when are we going to stop sticking our noses in other countries business and also stop being the world's police? Come on now. Our country is drowning in debt and now we are wanting to possibly spend more money on munitions and fuel to police some other country? Lets spend that money beefing up our own security and build our country up more.

    March 19, 2011 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
    • la

      Agreed...let them handle it and if they kill each other off then so be it.

      March 19, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  13. clarke

    In reading some of the comments I see most don't understand world affairs. t's easy to post but try being the President of the US, you just can't turn and walk away.

    March 19, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  14. Simon

    I don't understand why only Arab leader faces a military action at all and not any other dictators around the world. Here as an example, shows the queen Zarkozy and its girlfriends, U.S. and the UK. (CBS/AP) Russia expanded its bombing blitz to the Georgian capital, deployed ships off the coast and, a Georgian official said, sent tanks from the separatist region of South Ossetia into Georgian territory, heading toward a border city before being turned back.

    Russia also claimed its forces sank a Georgian missile boat that was trying to attack Russian ships in the Black Sea, news agencies reported.

    The Russian Defense Ministry refused to comment to The Associated Press on the reports of the sinking and Georgian officials could not immediately be reached. If confirmed, it could mark a serious escalation of the fighting that has raged between Russia and Georgia over South Ossetia.

    Georgia called a cease-fire and said its troops were retreating Sunday from the disputed province of South Ossetia in the face of Russia's far superior firepower, but Russia said the soldiers were "not withdrawing but regrouping" and refused to recognize a truce.

    International envoys headed in to try to end the fighting between Russia and its small U.S.-allied neighbor that erupted last week in the Russian-backed separatist region.

    The announcement of a retreat came after Russia expanded its bombing blitz Sunday – targeting the area around the Georgian capital's international airport. Russia also deployed a naval squadron off another of Georgia's separatist regions, Abkhazia, and according to Georgia landed thousands of troops.

    March 19, 2011 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      What's your point? Because Russia has done bad things, we should allow bad things to happen to everyone? As humans we do what we can to help, but sometimes we can't do anything. It looks really bad though when you could help, but choose not to. As is the case with Libya. But it doesn't look that bad when you can't help, and don't, as is the case with Russia.

      March 19, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
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