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. tilmeismoney

    Now you're talking, how about using some drones to shoot some tanks an capture the supply trucks for the Libyans. Sounds like a real turkey shoot to me, I wish I could fly over there and blow up Gadhaf's military. And drop a bomb on his tent. Hillary go give this Mad Dog a good bithch slap. For me and Obuma.

    March 19, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. hammond01

    We are The United States of America and handle as much as we want too! Thats what the U.S. does, we fight for others and freedom!!
    God Bless The U.S.A!!!
    And God Bless all of our VERY brave soldiers!!
    U.S.A ROCKS!!

    March 19, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. future navy sailor

    I'm just thankful that I have the freedom to call my fried foods by whatever floats my boat.

    March 19, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. tilmeismoney

    Too bad the Germans didn't vote to send some SS men over to Libya and teach Moammar a few tricks, like blowing out his brains.

    March 19, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Smith in Oregon

      The Germans were intelligent enough to see that supporting and propping up the Al Qaeda aligned rebels to oust Gadhafi was a very bad idea which would likely lead to enormous blow-back on the West including nations that took part in attacking Libya. I fully agree with their abstaining from going along with this foobar.

      The UN resolution states nothing in regards to helping arm, protect and support the Al Qaeda aligned heavily armed rebels, what the UN resolution states is protecting unarmed Libyan civilians. What France is doing is directly illegal and far outside the UN resolution wording by targeting the Libyan vehicles and troops who are not firing on unarmed civilians.

      France is in this only because Libya has largely nationalized it's Oil and Gas fields and cut back on the revenue profit sharing with France and UK. To those country's it's only about the OIL and nothing whatsoever about the Libyan people.

      March 19, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Planeguin62

    CNN just showed a fighter jet on fire and obviously going straight down...I hope the pilot ejected safely...They made no mention of the video showing this jet going down...................

    March 19, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Smith in Oregon

      Yes, it appeared to be one of the CIA repaired Mig-23 stolen Libyan Russian old fighter-jets the rebels had and was shot down by Libyan soldiers over Benghazi. The photos that I saw clearly showed the Al Qaeda aligned rebel pilot did parachute/eject safely out of the downed fighter before it crashed.

      Pushing the Al Qaeda aligned rebels into power inside Libya would give Al Qaeda North Africa and consequently all of Africa to their extreme version of strict Islam, severely weaken the fragile democracy in Egypt and seriously threaten the security inside Israel. Such a blow-back is a horrific legacy to leave North Africa over Al Qaeda suckering America to come in, arm the Al Qaeda aligned rebels, equip them and push them into power over their enemy Gadhafi and Gadhafi's family.

      March 19, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      If you look closely at the pics or video, you can see the pilot ejecting and his parachute coming out behind him. Just in the nick of time too. Whether he made it down safe is anyones guess.

      March 19, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Smith in Oregon

      Sadly, the news later revealed the rebel pilot died from his injurys shortly after ejecting from his striken jet. I'm sure the CIA has other candidates to fly stolen Libyan jets however to replace him.

      March 20, 2011 at 4:40 am | Report abuse |


    March 19, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Sounds like someone forgot to take their xanax today.

      March 19, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Hey post under your own name,you stupid jerk! I happen to agree with DEATH TO SARKOZY above!!!

      March 19, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Smith in Oregon

    France and the UK do not care one iota about the Libyan people. The Gadhafi family largely nationalzied the French and UK Oil and Gas wells and cut back on the revenue payments to both of those countrys WHICH IS THE REAL REASON for this push to oust Gadhafi.

    What is really bad however is the pushing into place the Al Qaeda aligned heavily armed rebels into ruling Libya and that would create a very large base of operations for Al Qaeda in North Africa. The blow-back on America and Western Interests with Al Qaeda in charge of the nation formerly known as Libya would be signficiant for many years to come. Such a bleak outcome would also effectively give the entire continent of Africa over to the rather extreme version of Islam practiced by the Al Qaeda sect followers.

    The LIbyan soldiers are up against heavily armed Al Qaeda fighters mixed with the rebels using stolen tanks and heavy machine guns. America as well as Israel would use every military means at their disposal to eliminate such heavily armed rebels in each of their nations and pin medals on the soldiers for destroying them.

    There is ZERO mention and legal action in the UN resolution for France and the UK to arm, equip and help protect the heavily armed Al Qaeda aligned rebels in Libya. The UN resolution specifically relates to UNARMED LIBYA CIVILIANS. Not heavily armed insurgent fighters from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Egypt inside Libya trying to overthrow Gadhafi.

    Since the 9/11 Al Qaeda attacks on America, Gadhafi has constantly attacked Al Qaeda fighters and targeted Al Qaeda supporters inside Libya and aided America and Western nations in dealing with Al Qaeda groups. This is the reason Al Qaeda is with the rebels and trying to oust Gadhafi.

    Al Qaeda is suckering America into helping them not only gain a foothold in Libya, but to actually RULE all of Libya along with control it's oil revenues. The blow-back on America and the Western nations from Al Qaeda obtaining the huge Oil revenues from Libya would be enormous unspeakable atrocitys thru-out Africa and around the world.

    March 19, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • C

      very well said, however people are very naive and they have one word that they are mesmerized with ; "democracy"

      Just like the democracy promised in Vietnam, Iraq, Afganistan....

      March 19, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. George

    Force and power are all that Gadaffi understands. He's boxed in, his options are rule the country or sit in a jail.
    He will fight to the end using all the tricks and games he can think of to survive.

    March 19, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. mikeybronx

    Just in: Russia and China regret abstaining from vetoing UN vote after French planes hit military targets in Libya.
    You have to know China supresses its population as does Russia and they fear their people wanting democracy and getting UN support.

    March 19, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Smith in Oregon

      Giving North Africa to Al Qaeda who is among and closely aligned with the heavily armed rebels is a tremendous blow to the West including America. The blow-back on such an act is going to be very large.

      Actions ongoing in Yemen, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Israel where civilians can and do get shot while dealing with armed rebels occur all the time. However in Libya the rebels are using stolen main battle tanks, heavy machine guns and the West is being utterly hypocritical in regards to bombing Libya but patting Yemen, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Israel on the BACK for doing the same damn thing to civilian populations or worse in many cases.

      March 19, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ralph Petrillo

    How can we get the bushes and the CLintons out of our government. They have led us to a 14 trillion dollar deficit, and we need to get rid of both of these families from the public sector.

    March 19, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Darkraven

    France is attacking to cover up campaign contributions from the Libyan government. France is only using this as a political diversion.

    March 19, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • 123

      Yes, France also organized Gaddafi's massacre of thousands of libyans, u idiot

      March 19, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Goldmoon

      123 get a life and stop name calling....oil and politics control everything. Don't be ignorant to think that the supposed "allies" are not in some way supporting that behavior.

      March 19, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      One could say the same about the US and Iraq... dont be so quick to judge...

      March 19, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boston

      The United States has armed Saudi Arabia, Egypt and other Arab countries with jet fighters and other arms that are more than necessary for Arab countries to take the necessary actions in Libya. The Arab League has called for a "no-fly zone". I do not understand why these Arab countries do not take the lead in Libya; instead, relying once again on the United States and it's allies to do their dirty work. And of course, at the end of the day, because it is Western countries taking the lead, this will inevitably lead to Arab criticism when innocent civilians die.

      I am not an isolationist by any means, but I am tired of the world looking the the United States whenever military action is deemed worthy.

      March 19, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • ak

      france should stop this diversion tactics , it is known to all how gadaffi financial contribution helped get sarkozy govt to power. the relation is very evident when sarkozy was instrumental to get the european nurses released.
      understanding the fact that what is happening in libya may not be correct, but such attacks give a clear direction to nations who have been extra friendly to western powers. tiill last year the u.s. administration donated 1.5 billion to hosni mubarak and suddenly they claimed that he was the wrong guy and a regime change is required and now france is over reacting ... dont know what is cooking up .... looks like us will now not leave the oppertunity to attack on yeman to keep thebalance of power and score brownie points over its ally saudi.

      March 19, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay Sakioto

      Libya is in a civil war, Gadhafi vs. armed forces. Why does the US keep saying they are protecing civilians, this is a civil war, lets stay out of it. There are many other brutal civil wars in the world, why get involved in this one?

      March 19, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • barney22

      123: I like your style, babe.

      March 19, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Texican


      March 19, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ernest Becker

      Here we go. Are we in charge of protecting every country from their dictators? These conflicts will bankrupt us and the economy will never recover. The US is making another mistake getting involved in this conflict. Unless we stop this reckless spending, we will destroy any chance of having a good economy for our children.

      March 19, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anna

      Chinesse are cleaning our clock, deficits are running rampant, jobs are being transferred off-shore, education scores are getting worse, yet instead of worrying about uneployment in the US and flight of middle class, our government is engaging into yet another limitary adventure

      March 19, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • bud

      Does anyone find it odd that there are relatively few independent media reports of Ghaddafi's troups attacking unarmed civilians?

      March 19, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      It is about time! This madman has killed hundred's of U.S. civilians on Pan Am and got away with it. Now he's killing his own people. I cheer for President Sarkozy of France! it's time we finished what Reagan started!

      March 19, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • JD

      This elimination of leaders like Gadhafi could have been done by the UNO. All they need to tell these folks to hold fair elections under UNOs forces. Whoever, wins will be right choice. If leader like Gadhafi wins then they have no case. If the other candidate and party wins then they will handle folks like Gadhafi on their own. That way US and the rest of the world will not have deal with it and innocent folks blood will not be on their conscience.

      March 19, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • GloSeattle

      Yes, and notice Russia's postering urging the end of violence on both sides...statements made by a country that crushes and represses its people. Yet, when the rebels were being attacked Russia never spoke out against Gadhafi...obviously repressive regime friendly.

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

      3 billion in debt, just fired off anothe 100MM. We really occupy the high moral ground. what is the difference with Yemen , saudi, and Bahrain (of yes....they are our allies of course!). what about china and N Korea....they dont kill more civilians? Lets just pick on the easy targets and waste boat loads of money on lost causes. Replace Gadaffi and things will be better????? more of the same!

      March 19, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kissmyblack@$$

      I have a thought...why don't all of yall STFU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      March 19, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • mbp757

      We always need to stick our nose into everything. We need to stay out of it!

      March 19, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • life

      so you think Gadhafi would just step aside for uno and let some one that the people have voted for take his place ha crazy and russia is always silent just like how they killed there own people when nuclear reactors failed and the un had to go in, oh and we will never ever be out of debt if i start a curency and lend you the dollar but you must pay me back $1.50 where the hell are you going to get the 50 cents from, your going to get it from another guy who i lent 50 cents to which means he is in debt intrest will never allow the usa to be out of debt ever

      March 19, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. AnalogiesAreGood

    The way i see it is that if two people were fighting that is fair but when one of the guys gets knocked down and is constantly getting hit, you gotta step in, and if the winning guy keeps hitting him after you tell him to stop you gotta hit him back!

    March 19, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • kim

      Agree. Libyan govt. are bullies of the worst kind. I'm glad we are helping. PS: I love having CNN and CNN International reporting together!

      March 19, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • barney22

      Street-fighting 101.

      March 19, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • regertz

      I think we'll see mass defections from Gadhafi resume soon as in the first two weeks. He's trying to play the "patriot Islamist leader" now but that won't work as too many have seen him slaughtering their relatives, they were just fearful there'd be no international help and he'd survive. The trick will be to get him out quickly before he tries to pull in Bin Laden. Since they hate each other, that will take a little time. Bin Laden will of course try to get some of his guys into the rebel camp but since he hates democracy and moderation even more than Gadhafi he'll opt for an alliance with his "brother" lil' Mo.

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

    Analogies,true, but at some point the balance has to shift or no one wins. The question is which way will it shift?

    March 19, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Cacol

    Hot Diggity – another war. Don't know what the US is doing behind the scenes but at least France will get lots of credit for starting this one. Anyone want to explain to me how the rebels can kill and destroy their countrymen and then pray to God.

    I'm so excited that American taxes will go up more and the Arabs will love us until they hate us. If Obama had played a major role in the no fly policy instead of hiding out in Brazil he would certainlly not have had a chane in 2012.

    March 19, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Z

      Simply b/c God is a delusion and its in people's subconscious....but, will take a LONG TIME to surface up to their actual conscious

      March 19, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • shannon

      Agree, Z. It's easy to make any decision make sense when your moral values are guided by fiction and defense against daily paradox comes from illogic. We should all fear that.

      March 19, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name

      God is indeed delusional but in the meantime,
      our muslim President has taken action against a muslim leader.
      How that plays out remains to be seen. Will islam hate us? or love us?
      My money's on Hate, their customary stock-in-trade
      (no apologies for my abject cynicism and rancour)
      I notice that French forces were pointedly sent in first, so USA wouldn't look bad.
      So Gadaffi will gets his ass kicked, in the end. Sweet!
      Gonna be nice to see him at The Hague.... the old rabid dog.

      March 19, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • shannon

      As demonstrated by the many layers of muslim illogic above.

      March 19, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Concerned Citizen

      As far as 86% of US Citizens are concerned, Obama has NO chance to win re-election in 2012, and the Democrats really need a better offering if they think they have a chance to hold office in 2013.

      March 19, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • regertz

      Name, you throw away any credibility with that "muslim President" nonsense.

      Thanks for the generous tip about 2012, CC but we'll stick with the President instead of whomever you Reps and your TP front want us to run. Hope that Palin-Trump ticket works out for ya... "Trump-Palin!!!!!!" la Donald screams. The GOP in 2012, the party of Comedy Central.

      March 19, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      A civil war, where each side prays for victory, then prays in thanks after battle? Like the Union Army vs the Confederate Army?
      Welcome to the real world. It's weird, but it's our world.

      As for those complaining about wasting money and the economy, let's review a few FACTS:
      The US Armed Forces get paid, whether or not they're fighting. The ships still said, the planes still fly.
      So, the only REAL difference between war and peace time is that ammunition is used.
      Let's review some of the missiles, expensive creatures that they are. Limited shelf life, after which they are destroyed, as replacing rocket fuel in them is NOT practical, but instead dangerous and failure prone. The electronics also have a limited shelf life. So, those missiles get used or disposed of and replaced. At the end of the day, not that big an impact.

      Let's review the economy, we're in a depression. Fuel prices are going through the roof, that is GOOD or the economy? The LAST price spike was PURELY a response to the problems in Libya. I guess a deep, long lasting depression would be GOOD, huh?
      And firing those missiles, requiring an earlier replacement is bad, huh? After all, thousands of people WORK to build those missiles, rather than be laid off and unemployed.

      MEANWHILE, we get the added advantage of not watching people being slaughtered wholesale by their own government.

      Name, you removed ANY credibility to your tirade with the Muslim President line. I suggest you accept the good advice of Samuel Clemens, "It is better to remain silent and be thought the fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt.
      You successfully removed all doubt.

      March 19, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Butterfly

      Shame on Obama and Nobel peace prize organization! Is this how he keeps peace! I want to see their darn evidencei against Ghadaf! Just like the way they started the war in Iraq!
      I am from middle east and sick of these wars.
      Shame on France! Shame on USA! These missiles kill people! If you have the ball then go after Bahrain!

      March 19, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • life

      how many people were kille with those missles does any one know or is that what Gadhafi said cause if i was at civil war with a country that is attacking me i would be pretty danm far away from any military structures especialy if there air defence structures and france has planes in the air

      March 19, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. mhinder bhopal

    the rebel aircraft shot down earlier today was surely in breach of the no-fly zone...why has nobody said this...there is so much bias is clear that regime change and control of oil is the underlying motive. Whether that will be achieved is unclear given the links of some of the rebels to Islamicist ideas (see Al-Jazeera `family' interview.

    March 19, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name

      What are you talking about???
      CNN...biased? FOXnews...biased...God's-own-BBC...biased??

      You must be crazy....coz I don't believe *ANY Western Media source* these days,
      coz they're ALL biased...every single one of them, even BBC!

      Cutting a Centrist line among the whole lot of them is the task at hand,. these days.

      March 19, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
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