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.

soundoff (770 Responses)
  1. George Patton

    I never seen so many mean-spirited,warmongering idiots as I see here. The ignorance of these warmongers is absolutely appalling!!! Did any of them ever get past the 5th grade in school??? Evidently not!!!!!!!

    March 19, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. L64

    Fu9l, the word is rhetoric, not reddick. Your posts will carry more weight if you spell correctly, especially since you use that word so often. 🙂

    March 19, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • fu9l

      i know but most of the time you cant find much intelegence here so spelling is optional everyonce and a while you find 1 and im guessing your it .......

      March 19, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • AlphaZeta

      No matter the language or correctness of the grammar, context or spelling. It you understood the message, that's all that really matters.

      March 19, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ko vas jebo pre...

    Американци и Британци и остала гамад, попушите курац пуковнику Гадафију! Јебо вас ко вас направи! Смрт Америци! Serbian people support Gaddafi! Издржи!!!

    March 19, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam yehia

      go f*******k urself!

      March 19, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      Spasiba,ko vas jebo pre... Ya vas pishy po russki chtoby pokazybat' moyu solidarnost' s vamy. Ya podderzhy tozhe Xadaffi!!!

      March 19, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • na

      svaka cast brate

      March 19, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ernie Beatty

      That's telling'em,sam yehia. I only know two languages,English and the Tea Party lingo. We Tea Partiers need to stick together and show our support for this wonderful,glorious war. But then again,what do I know? I'm just an ignorant Tea Partier!

      March 19, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. pghatta

    i whole heartedly agree with you. The US has been dumbed down and brain washed, they would rather watch reality shows which are scripted and behave the way the see so called life portrayed on tv and it's accepted

    March 19, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • somuchfor

      The U.S. is not filled with idiots and "dumbed down" reality show watchers. The majority of us are educated, concerned, world citizens who do not follow rhetoric like blind sheep. The idea that we have joined the U.N. in another aggression against a sovereign country doesn't sit too well with us either. But unlike in the Bush days, at least this was a U.N. initiative and not an independent, screw the world leaders' opinion–France went in first, followed by Britain and then the U.S. Italy offering support. No one went into Tunisia or Egypt or Bahrain during these civil war skirmishes. We, who do not have all of the information of what's going on in Libya, can only speculate. What we do know from history is that no military efforts in Libya have ever been successful–nor have sanctions had much effect. And for once–allies and non-allied nation–this is not about oil. This is far more important than a resource we can all get from a number of other countries. The wish of the majority of Americans is that this unexpected, and unwelcome attack on Libya ends as quickly as it started.

      March 19, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • somuchfor

      And do let me make it clear that I am not saying the U.N. initiative is unwarranted. I don't think Gadhafi's actions under his dictatorship sit so well with the people of his country–in that event, don't they deserve protection from other countries?

      March 19, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Actually, we are tired of having to FIX everything, because no other country will step up when needed.

      March 19, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Actually Michael,we didn't have to do anything. Barack Obama made a conscientious choice to get us into that mess and now a lot more people will die needlessly and that turns my stomach upside down!!!

      March 19, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Uraluni

      No truer word were ever spoken.

      March 19, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      You do know there is in an Off/On switch to a TV, no one is making you watch it, get a life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      March 20, 2011 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
  5. L64

    Lol l guess I am!

    March 19, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. B3

    Once a "civilian" takes up arms against takes up arms against their government they better be sure they can win. Limit your governments power now before its too late.

    March 19, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. L64

    Presentation counts!

    March 19, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. gail

    Justice, finally, for the victims & families of Pan Am Flight 103

    March 19, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary Johndro

      YABBA-DABBA-DABBA-DOO!!! I'm with you!!!

      March 19, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. 313

    All THis Madness Is killing all hope for the future. I watch and watch and watch as we do ( the U.s.) all this HELPING of other countries BUt wheres our heLP for Our people? war Makes Money BUt for Who?? THe people In charge ( bush) THe news shows Us what THey Want to keep Us calm BUt reports from other countries show how it is Wich wood Makes Us flip oUT and If theres No controll here TheN im sure obama would send air strikes against US. ( wen I say obama I mean The people controlling his strings) were a country fuled by fear and misdirection WhaT reallY is The main focus??? MOney ,OIL greed, And whats Up with all these planes making smoke lines in the sky??? and why duz it always rain a few dayz after they spray?? We need To find a solution and killing is Not one Of them. I rant But as A u.s. citizen IM skared + ( cuz I feel I cant do noTHinG with all this going on. god bless us all or alah or any other form of higher spirit u beleve Cant we all just get along

    March 19, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. C.L.M

    So many people commending the actions of the UN.. and today we witness an allied organized offense led of course by the US and England .....Here is a QUESTION to ponder.. for all those who consider themselves individuals that value human lives....WHERE WERE THESE UN RESOLUTIONS / ALLIES OPERATIONS DURING THE COUNTLESS ATROCITIES/ MASSACRES of DAFUR (over 400,000 dead- 5 million affected), RWANDA (800,000 people dead), and SIERRA LEONE (noted for violation of human rights over 50,000 dead) .....I can go on put You do get my point !!!
    I am happy that Libyan people are seeking liberation but REALLY ??? No help to the other nations above ON the GROUNDS of UN limitations ....BUT conducting an armed offense on Libya (the holder of the largest proven OIL reserve in Africa) PONDER THAT friends !!!!

    March 19, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Live Free or

    The USA is sending 110 cruise missiles into populated areas of Libya because we care about the safety of the people there. HA HA HA HA HA. What a sad, sad lie. Those Most Americans are so dumbed down by public education and television, they will believe anything. Once again, we are using our trillion dollar military to steal from others. THOU SHALT NOT STEAL. THOU SHALT NOT COVET. Our major media outlets will never show the genocide we are respnsible for creating in Libya (or Iraq, Afghanistan or Pakistan, etc.) Shame on the USA. We have become a putrid nation of DEATH. I will never pledge allegiance to defend this wickedness.

    March 19, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • bostongye

      Better not pledge allegiance to France, England, Canada either then buddy.

      March 19, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Live Free or

      Pledge allegiance to no government. Rather, pledge allegiance to God, truth, justice and peace. All of these wicked governments need gullible people to carry out their nefarious, evil schemes, which is why they like to recruit the young and nieve. They do not volunteer to put themselves in danger's way, and they have amazing methods of preventing their own children from war's dangers. Hypocrites and killers. Most of our leaders are self-serving, snakes. Ron Paul for President. An honest, peace-loving man, this country desperately needs.

      March 19, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Thank you,Live Free or. You said it all.

      March 19, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • bostongye

      You might be surprised at how many senators, representatves, etc. have kids or nephews, etc that serve in the military. And dont forget England's princes served in their army, and one of them (forget which one) deployed to Iraq

      March 19, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. gnf

    Ok coalition. if you want to same lives (a lot of lives – in the near terms and long term), get the terrorist and his sons ASAP.
    Once the tanks are stopped in their tracks, once the air defenses are taken out – hit the compound hard and drive them out to the streets where either coalition special forces or his own people will either capture him for trial at the Hague or lynch them. His tentacles will stop once the head is removed. By the way I am glad zobama finally got the message, but this whole operation would have been much more surgical had he spent less time and resources &^%(*&^% around with his brackets, golfing, equitable pay, wisconsin union, and other BS

    March 19, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. AJ

    What if armed 'citizens' from all over the US gathered in Washington and attacked the WHITE HOUSE ? Every Armed Force the US has will be there firing at the citizens. This Country has MANY instances where the Government has fired upon and killed it's own citizens. Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, etc. And tolerated the hiring of armed 'security' people to kill workers. Remember the Ford Motor Co. strikers massacre?
    It's OIL,OIL, OIL and our weak-ass Government kissing up to the rest of the Arab world, trying to get in on the winning side.
    Better an enemy we know than what will eventually come in the vacuum, Al Queada or maybe Bin Laden.
    I think I'll just unplug the TV to avoid all the lies and propaganda from the left-wing media.

    March 19, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • gnf

      If the crowds were there to get rid of zobama, perhaps the military might supprt them.

      March 19, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • GadafiWillBeFried

      Are those events from Howard Zynn book ?
      First it's a verry good book.
      Second it show and explain how in the US we always fought for more rights.
      Finaly I quickly read some parts of those ancient events (nearly a century ago)
      The Ford event in particalar, I think only 10 workers got injured, and they were armed.
      For a hugue uprising like that, in a really rought era, it show restraint.

      In the era of Kings and Queens, they could kill 1000s.
      In the era of Ghengis Khan, he would kill a whole city just because it was a rainy day.

      The world evolve

      March 19, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. theWholeStory

    It is unfortunate people died as the international community debated the no-fly zone and UN resolution, but I think Obamma took the right path. With backing of the UN and Arab League, we have a legitimate requests for help. I'm sure we will still get blamed by some for our actions, but far less than had we gone in alone.

    I'm glad to see that were not the 'world police' in this action, but that the rest of the world can take a larger role in this action (both in risk, responsiblity, and COST). While some may not agree with some of America's international actions, remember we are also the country first called upon when there are disasters...2004 Tsunami Indian Ocean, Hati... who was there first, who provided the most aid? Why was the help possible? The massive logistical support the the US *military*

    Ok on the other side of this... I don't think CNN should keep showing unverified videos of rebels being attacked and interviewing rebels over the phone with no confirmaiton. I find it strange that in these videos you never seem to see any Libyan government forces.. you just see rebels shooting. Why don't these videos show government troops, tanks, etc. I would just feel better having some type of proof that the cities are being attacked.. more that these unconfirmend reports. I'm not suggesting it's not really happening, just that seems CNN should try to confirm it some other way in their reporting. Satellite images, etc. something besides phone calls and home videos..

    March 19, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • GadafiWillBeFried

      "Ok on the other side of this... I don't think CNN should keep showing unverified videos of rebels being attacked and interviewing rebels over the phone with no confirmaiton."
      You think they got the $$$ to make a fake Black Hawk down videos ?
      There are videos out there they're not showing not for the faint of hearth

      Not only it show Gadafi forces in action, but you see unarmed kids, women and elderly being shot to death. It's disgusting. Don't you wonder why so much of the army deserted including jets.

      Also, it's not true the videos are unverified. Between GPS and building references there are lots of way to verify. and more often than not those videos and phone interview were obtained on the ground by cnn peoples

      Why few videos showing gadafi forces in action. because the only way to do this is
      (a) from the rebel side, but then you get shot
      (b) if you are a Gadafi soldier and then desert
      (c) we did saw verry clear cnn videos showing bombing and shelling

      the cnn peoples were not allowed to go to misrata and see the massacre

      but recently (during the usa nighttime, which is lybia day)
      they had a verry good misrata videa where you saw clear bombing
      "CNN should try to confirm it some other way in their reporting. Satellite images, etc. something besides phone calls and home videos.."

      you can't show satelite images, it would reveal troops position
      you could as well give gadafi the gps position so he can use his missiles and sink all ships...
      or start sending sarin on the rebels
      not a good idea

      March 19, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      I don't believe the right path was taken; aren't these rebels armed, taking cities and killing hundreds of military on the way? Celebrating the UN resolution by firing high caliber weaponry? Government in Yemen just killed over 40 peaceful protester, and just get "western countries" to condemn the act. It's so obvious politics and oil are the reason for this US – Frech – UK coalition. Now Iranian civilians will need to protect themselves from a third enemy.

      By the way, the community was never in favor of this resolution, but China and Russia didn't have the guts to veto the it, so they decided to be neutral. Germany didn't vote for either. Check the BBC for the European negative on this acts.

      Gadhafi called the cease fire and he didn't follow it? He is crazy, but not stupid... This whole thing just doesn't sound right.

      March 19, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Maxwelle

    now you can forget about debating to enter this war. that part is history. now you have to focus how to get out of it, and the only way that will happen is if you win. Gotta win now. full throttle.

    March 19, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
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