Libya live blog: Coalition confirms strike on Gadhafi compound
A four-story building at the Tripoli compound of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was damaged Sunday night, apparently by a coalition airstrike.
March 20th, 2011
10:53 AM ET

Libya live blog: Coalition confirms strike on Gadhafi compound

The latest developments on the situation in Libya, where coalition forces launched a series of coordinated airstrikes on Saturday after they were convinced Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was not adhering to a cease-fire mandated by the United Nations. 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.

[10:51 p.m. Sunday ET, 4:51 a.m. Monday in Libya] An announced list of the countries participating in the military coalition: The United States, Belgium, Britain, Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, Norway, Qatar and Spain.

U.S. officials have said they plan to hand over operational control of the military mission in coming days.

[8:55 p.m. Sunday ET, 2:55 a.m. Monday in Libya] In the following video, CNN's Nic Robertson reports on his visit to the building - in Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's compound in Tripoli - that apparently was struck in a coalition airstrike Sunday night. (A coalition official confirmed, after Robertson's report, that it had targeted the compound.)

[8:36 p.m. Sunday ET, 2:36 a.m. Monday in Libya] A coalition military official has confirmed that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's compound in Tripoli was targeted by airstrikes Sunday night, CNN's Chris Lawrence reported.

The official said the compound was targeted because it contains capabilities to exercise command and control over Libyan forces and the coalition goal is to degrade his military capabilities. The official said neither Gadhafi nor his residence was the intended target.

Earlier, the Libyan government said at least one missile struck a building inside the compound Sunday night. Western journalists, including CNN's Nic Robertson, were brought inside the compound to survey the destruction.

[8:26 p.m. Sunday ET, 2:26 a.m. Monday in Libya] Oil prices jumped more than $2 a barrel in electronic trading Sunday following escalating violence in Libya, where international forces fired on Libyan defense sites, CNNMoney reported.

The benchmark U.S. contract, West Texas Intermediate, for April delivery gained $1.95 to $103.02 a barrel. The more active May contract jumped $2.08 to $103.93 a barrel.

[8:10 p.m. Sunday ET, 2:10 a.m. Monday in Libya] The Gadhafi-compound building in Tripoli that was damaged in what may have been a missile attack Sunday night is about 150 yards away from a Gadhafi building that was struck in a 1986 U.S. airstrike, CNN's Nic Robertson reported.

[7:56 p.m. Sunday ET, 1:56 a.m. Monday in Libya] A member of the Libyan opposition told CNN that the Gadhafi government collected bodies of people killed in fighting in the past week and displayed them over the weekend, trying to show they were killed by coalition airstrikes. The claim by Ahmed Gebreel, who cited eyewitnesses and medical officials, could not be verified by CNN.

The Libyan government has claimed that women, children and clerics have died in allied attacks.

[7:15 p.m. Sunday ET, 1:15 a.m. Monday in Libya] A building at Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's compound in Tripoli was damaged by at least one missile about 2.5 hours ago, a Libyan government official tells CNN's Nic Robertson.

Robertson said government officials took him to the four-story building. The roof has collapsed, he said. Robertson said he isn't able to verify what caused the damage, but the government's timeline coincides with a blast that Robertson heard late Sunday, and the building looks as if it were hit by missiles, Robertson reported.

Robertson said he doesn't know where Gadhafi is, and that there is no evidence that he is at the compound. No one was injured in the strike on the building, a Libyan government official told Robertson.

U.S. officials earlier Sunday said they are not targeting Gadhafi.

[6:36 p.m. Sunday ET, 12:36 a.m. Monday in Libya] President Obama and his national security team made phone calls Sunday to try to shore up support in Arab governments for the military mission in Libya, with top White House aides reaching out to officials of the Arab League to insist the bombing does not exceed the scope of a U.N. mandate, according to senior administration officials.

The lobbying came after Arab League officials complained earlier Sunday that airstrikes in Libya by the U.S. military and allies went beyond instituting a no-fly zone, CNN's Ed Henry reports. The senior officials said the Obama team stressed to the Arab League that bombing Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's air defenses falls within the U.N. Security Council resolution's scope of imposing a no-fly zone and taking "all necessary measures" to stop the dictator from attacking civilians in his own country.

[5:57 p.m. Sunday ET, 11:57 p.m. in Libya] Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Sunday that the Libyan operation is off to a "a strong and successful start" but he warned against widening the goals of the mission beyond what was spelled out in the United Nations Security Council resolution. Gates spoke from aboard a U.S. military aircraft en route to Russia.

[5:40 p.m. Sunday ET, 11:40 p.m. in Libya] Reacting to the Libyan military's calling a cease-fire with rebels, a British prime minister's office spokesman drew attention to the Libyan government's previous call for a cease-fire, made Friday.

"Everyone will recall that in recent days Col. Gadhafi declared a ceasefire which was promptly violated," the 10 Downing Street spokesman said. "We said then we would judge him on his actions not his words - and we will do so again.

"His obligations are very clearly set out by the U.N. Security Council resolution. Our assessment is that he is in breach of these obligations so we will continue to enforce the resolution."

The Libyan government had called for a cease-fire with rebels on Friday. Rebels and Western governments, however, said the Libyan military continued to fight against the opposition, leading to the international coalition's airstrikes and no-fly-zone implementation on Saturday night.

[5:35 p.m. Sunday ET, 11:35 p.m. in Libya] More on U.S. Vice Adm. Bill Gortney comments on Gadhafi: Gortney was asked about reports of smoking rise from the area of Gadhafi's palace. Gortney said: "We are not targeting his residence."

[5:16 p.m. Sunday ET, 11:16 p.m. in Libya] In his press briefing earlier this afternoon, U.S. Vice Adm. Bill Gortney emphasized that the international coalition's air campaign is not deisgned to target Gadhafi, but is limited to enforcing a no-fly zone and preventing Gadhafi's forces from further pressing rebel positions.

"We are not going after Gadhafi," Gortney said at the Pentagon. "Regime forces are more pressed and less free to maneuver."

Despite Libyan government contentions that women, children and clerics have died in allied attacks, Gortney and other officials said that's not the case. "We have no indication of any civilian casualties," the admiral said.

[4:47 p.m. Sunday ET, 10:47 p.m. in Libya] Reacting to the Libyan military's call Sunday night for an immediate cease-fire, a spokesman for the U.S. military's Africa Command said that "we have to wait and see if it's genuine."

"We urge the Libyan government to do everything it can to demonstrate its sincerity," U.S. Africa Command spokesman Vince Crawley told CNN.

The Libyan government previously had called for a cease-fire with rebels on Friday. Rebels and Western governments, however, said the Libyan military continued to fight against the opposition, leading to the international coalition's airstrikes and no-fly-zone implementation on Saturday night.

Gadhafi's forces shelled opposition forces in the west of the country on Sunday before the call for the cease-fire was made, according to rebels.

[4:42 p.m. Sunday ET, 10:42 p.m. in Libya] Anti-Gadhafi forces are heartened by international coalition attacks that smashed a convoy of about 70 military vehicles belonging to pro-Gadhafi forces outside of Benghazi on Sunday. But they are increasingly concerned that pro-government elements within Benghazi's population will carry out intimidation campaigns and targeted assassinations of opposition leaders in the rebel stronghold in eastern Libya, CNN's Arwa Damon reports.

[4:34 p.m. Sunday ET, 10:34 p.m. in Libya] Senator Richard Lugar, R-Indiana, has questioned the decision by the United States to pursue military action in Libya without clearly defined objectives, and expressed concern over the role of the U.S. in Libya's future.

"Where does our involvement stop?" Lugar, the ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, asked. "This is why, before it begins, we ought to have a plan and we ought to have outcomes defined as to why American forces, American money are going to be at stake."

[4:23 p.m. Sunday ET, 10:23 p.m. in Libya] U.S. House Speaker John Boehner has released a sharply worded statement in Washington pressing President Barack Obama to lay out more detail about the administration's goals in Libya.

"Before any further military commitments are made, the administration must do a better job of communicating to the American people and to Congress about our mission in Libya and how it will be achieved," Boehner said in the prepared statement.

Shortly after Boehner's statement was released, Obama - who is in Brazil - said in a speech that the people of Libya have taken "a courageous stand against a regime determined to brutalize its own citizens."

"Across the region, we have seen young people rise up – a new generation demanding the right to determine their own future," added Obama. "From the beginning, we have made clear that the change they seek must be driven by their own people."

[4:08 p.m. Sunday ET, 10:08 p.m. in Libya] At least two explosions could be heard moments ago in Libya's capital, and anti-aircraft fire has followed, CNN's Nic Robertson reported.

[4:06 p.m. Sunday ET, 10:06 p.m. in Libya] Coalition strikes have been "very effective in significantly degrading the regime's air defense capability," U.S Vice Adm. William Gortney said in a briefing Sunday.

[3:37 p.m. Sunday ET, 9:37 p.m. in Libya] The United States and Britain have now fired a total of 124 Tomahawk missiles at Libya's air defense sites since strikes began Saturday night, Africa Command spokesman Vince Crawley says.

[3:04 p.m. Sunday ET, 9:04 p.m. in Libya] The Libyan military has called for an immediate cease-fire, an army spokesman announced Sunday.

The Libyan government previously had called for a cease-fire with rebels on Friday. Rebels and Western governments, however, said the Libyan military continued to fight against the opposition, leading to the international coalition's airstrikes and no-fly-zone implementation on Saturday night.

[2:27 p.m. Sunday ET, 8:27 p.m. in Libya] Libya initiated anti-aircraft fire into the Tripoli sky Sunday night, though an attack by allied forces was not apparent, CNN's Nic Robertson reported.

[2:04 p.m. Sunday ET, 8:05 p.m. in Libya] A senior doctor at the medical center in Benghazi, Libya, confirmed Sunday that 95 people were killed and an unknown number injured in Saturday's assault on the city by pro-Gadhafi forces.

[1:53 p.m. Sunday ET, 7:53 p.m. in Libya] U.S. President Barack Obama participated in a secure conference call and received a briefing on U.S. military operations in Libya on Sunday morning, the White House said in a statement.

[1:34 p.m. Sunday ET, 7:24 p.m. in Libya] The Arab League was holding an emergency session at its headquarters in Cairo, Egypt. Hisham Youssef, Arab League Chief of Staff, told CNN, "We are currently studying the situation and evaluating the air strikes to be able to decide." He said the League has not "taken any stand or reached a final decision." Read more about the Arab League and its role in the Libyan crisis. Watch CNN's Reza Sayah discuss the Arab League.

[1:15 p.m. Sunday ET,  7 p.m. in Libya] Qatar has offered to send four fighter planes to the coalition effort, the French Defense Ministry said.

[11:45 a.m. Sunday ET, 5:45 p.m. in Libya] Italy announced that as of midnight Sunday, four Tornado warplanes and four F-16s will be made available.

[11:00 a.m. Sunday ET, 5 p.m. in Libya] A critique of the U.S. involvement in the military intervention in Libya that will no doubt be common in coming days is that the Obama administration is making a large error by embarking on a war with a third Muslim country, as if reversing Moammar Gadhafi's momentum against the rebels will be a rerun of the debacle of the war against Saddam Hussein. Peter Bergen explains why what's happening Libya isn't the same as what happened in Iraq.

[10:45 a.m. Sunday ET, 4:45 p.m. in Libya] Russia urged coalition nations to stop the use of force against Libya, challenging the use of the U.N. no-fly zone resolution as a "controversial step." In a statement published on its website, Russia's Foreign Ministry said air strikes carried out by coalition forces killed 48 civilians and injured 150.

[10 a.m. Sunday ET, 4 p.m. in Libya] Turkey will serve as a "protecting power" for the United States in Libya, senior State Department officials told CNN. As a protecting power, Turkey will represent the United States in Libya, including acting as consular officers on behalf of U.S. citizens in Libya and looking after American diplomatic facilities in the country. Turkey can also pass messages between the U.S. and Libya. Full story

[8:23 a.m. Sunday ET, 2:23 p.m. in Libya] A military convoy near Benghazi in eastern Libya was destroyed by multiple airstrikes, leaving charred bodies, tanks and trucks, CNN's Arwa Damon reported from the scene.

- A no-fly zone in Libya is "effectively in place," U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen told CNN.

[6:53 a.m. Sunday ET, 12:53 p.m. in Libya] Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi were shelling the city of Misrata on Sunday, using tanks, artillery and cannons, a witness said. Rebels in the city were fighting back, the witness said. There was no immediate word on casualties.

[6:36 a.m. Sunday ET, 12:36 p.m. in Libya] Nineteen U.S. warplanes, including stealth bombers and fighter jets, conducted strike operations in Libya on Sunday morning. The warplanes included Marine Corps Harrier Jets, Air Force B-2 stealth bombers, and F-15 and F-16 fighter jets, according to Lt. Cmdr. James Stockman of U.S. Africa Command. It is the next phase in the operation that started Saturday with the launch of more than 110 Tomahawk Cruise missiles from U.S. and British warships and subs.

[5:40 a.m. Sunday ET, 11:40 a.m. in Libya] In another defiant speech, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi promised "a long-drawn war" after international airstrikes in his country by the United States and allies.

"You have proven to the world that you are not civilized, that you are terrorists - animals attacking a safe nation that did nothing against you," Gadhafi said in a televised speech.

Throughout the address, an image of a golden fist crushing a model plane that said "USA" filled the screen.

Gadhafi said the strikes was a confrontation between the Libyan people and "the new Nazis."

"If the men are killed, then the women will take over. They will hold the green flag high," he said.

[5:35 a.m. Sunday ET, 11:35 a.m. in Libya] An eyewitnesses in Misrata claims there is heavy artillery and tank fire under way in the town. The eyewitness also claims no aircraft have been seen or heard.

[5:26 a.m. Sunday ET, 11:26 a.m. in Libya] Libyan TV has announced that Moammar Gadhafi "will address the Libyan people shortly to address the nation concerning the assault of the crusaders against the people of Libya."

[1:10 a.m. Sunday ET, 7:10 a.m. in Libya] Fighter jets were seen flying over the Libyan city of Benghazi on Sunday morning. It was not immediately clear who the fighter jets belonged to.

China's foreign ministry expressed regret over the military strike on Libya and said it does not agree with use of force in international relations.

The Spanish armed forces will send four F-18 planes, a refueling plane, an F-100 frigate, a submarine and a maritime surveillance aircraft to Libya.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez denounced the military intervention in Libya, and slammed the United States and the United Nations. "They (the U.S.) want to appropriate the oil in Libya; they don't care about anyone's life in that region," he said, according to Venezuelan state media. "When have they cared about the lives in those places if they keep on bombing Iran and Afghanistan?"

A defiant Gadhafi said Libya will fight back against undeserved "naked aggression." His military claimed nearly 50 people, including, women, children and clerics, were killed in Saturday evening's attacks.

American, French and British military forces, convinced that Gadhafi was not adhering to a United Nations-mandated cease-fire, hammered Libyan military positions with missiles and fighter jets in the first phase of an operation that will include enforcement of a no-fly zone.

French fighter jets deployed over Libya fired at a military vehicle Saturday, the first strike against Gadhafi's military forces, which earlier attacked the rebel stronghold of Benghazi.

Gadhafi, speaking early Sunday on Libyan state TV, said the U.N. charter provides for Libya's right to defend itself in a "war zone." Weapons depots will be opened, he said.

U.S. President Barack Obama authorized U.S. military force from Brazil on what happened to be the eighth anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq.

In the next few days, U.S. military officials expect to hand over control to a coalition commander. Canada and Italy also are part of the coalition.

soundoff (685 Responses)
  1. Sebastian Helm

    "In a statement published on its website, Russia's Foreign Ministry said air strikes carried out by coalition forces killed 48 civilians and injured 150." That website is Where on that website does it say so? The latest I could find there is from 5 days ago, both in English and Russian.

    March 20, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Callahan

    The marines hymn "From the halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli. " This time it wont be Lt obanon on horseback. We have been there once already, dont make us add another verse.

    Semper fi

    March 20, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • viola

      right on bro.

      March 20, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • b bottieri

      Is this a war. I speak as one who felt we had no right to invade Iraq and our presence in Afghanistan is futile. The genie of Sself determination is out of the bottle. Gaddafi wil never go willingly and has proven himself to be ruthless. This seems to be the UN stepping up to the plate. I am glad to see that this is not a US led collation. For once I feel it is ALL about oil. I emphasixe all.

      March 20, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • b bottieri

      I meant not all about oil

      March 20, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • BR

      Wasn't it the progressives who during the Bush years coined the term “No blood for Oil?” I wonder if that still applies today.

      March 20, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrizia

      Looks like the British and USA started the insurrection, in fact some British SAS (Britsh Special Forces) got arrested in the Bengasi Region, in civilian clothes, but armed (lol). They were there for military "consultation" to the insurgents (The Sunday Times). So we were already there, so much for the "No feet on Lybia soil". I just hope this time we get the oil at least...

      March 20, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • LILRAY

      The US, France, Britain and the coalition forces wants the world to believe that they are bombing Libya because Moammar Gadhafi is killing his own people. But the truth is that they are seeking to kick out Moammar Gadhafi and impose someone on the Libyan people who will be a puppet like Obama, drill all the oil in Libya and sell it to the western nations without thinking about the generations to come in Libya. If the US, Britain, France, Spain, Italy are really powerful as they want the world to believe, why didn't they invade the People's Republic of China when the Chinese communist government was killing their own people in tiananmen square massacre in 1989. Your guess is right as mine. To Jah Hail Selassie be the glory now and forever more.

      March 20, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rickie

      Did anybody at CNN or anyone else running this thing........ever go to school? This is a civil war. When a "civilian" picks up a weapon in combat especialy against thier own government they are no longer a "civilian" they are a combatant. So, are Al Qaida and the Taliban "civilians" who are being attacked by a government? Back to my original point. This is a civil war let them fight it out. Tomohawk missies aren't going to do jack to enforce a no fly zone anyway. Let the Libyans handle thier business.

      March 20, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • kojo addo

      Some body should stop this madness, whom are we going to overthrow next? the Saudis? Barain? Ivery Coast? Obama is mad and crazy! i and my family voted for him but he is done, he should forget about our votes come 2012. Bush did the same and now i can't tell the difference between the two people! i gust doesn't matter wither he is a Repulican or a Democrat. please some body stop this madness!!!!!!!!!!

      March 20, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary Johndro

      Callahan,I'm with you. YABBA-DABBA-DABBA-DOO!!!

      March 20, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Very well put,kojo addo. Thank you.

      March 20, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dave S.

    As for Cananda being A patsy for the good ol' USA – I have this to say – yeah right – just recently we told you to go pound salt when you guys wanted to setup a World Bank Slush fund so that if what happened to Banks that triggered the world wide resession – Thank you by the way – the world banks could draw from this. For everyones info our banks in Canada yes took a hit but were under no threat of bankruptcy at any time!! Then for the American invasion of Iraq – we also didn't back and said no its not just and didn't go in either – "Operation Iraqi Liberation" – we have a voice on the World stage a Canadian voice!!

    March 20, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brandon

      Canada has a voice because they border the U.S. otherwise no one would care.

      March 20, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lena

      That is incorrect. Just because we have power doesn't mean we have to bully.
      All we have to do is uncap the oil wells in Alberta and close our border but we're not about that. We have better things to do with our time.

      March 20, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr.M (Proud to be Canadian)

      The Americans are damm lucky Canada is there neighbor to the North, they could do a lot worse. We have voice on the World stage and your sadly mistaken if you think otherwise.

      March 20, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keith

      @Brandon... Canada has always had a voice on the world stage. We may have 1/10th the population of our neighbour to the south and have a laid back Canadian way of doing things and showing our patriotism – but we've always stood with the world in times of crisis and in peacekeeping missions. We entered both WWI and WWII before the USA. We have a great image on the world stage – we're proud of that – and when people ask if we are American and say no... their faces light up and they get all warm and fuzzy.
      The world knows about us not because we are neighbours to Americans but for our long tradition of pitching in where it counts and making decisions based on what we think is correct.
      Brandon... travel the world a bit more before coming to your conclusions about any country or culture – especially your neighbours.

      March 20, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Leslie Esperanza Espaillat

    "To sit back hoping that someday, someway, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last, but eat you he will.~Ronald Reagan

    Reagan would be proud of President Obama!

    March 20, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. commander khomeni

    The red necks of amerika are loving this once again....der der der...god bless country in the werld...der der der....proud to an amerikan...der...der..der...

    March 20, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brandon

      Yea its just to bad that the Democrats are the ones that started this not the "rednecks"

      March 20, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yukon Cornelius

      Does that kind of mindless stereotyping make you feel smart? Is Obama a redneck now?

      March 20, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • jeff

      Rednecks? Maybe some- but you ound like some retard! Likely a saudi piece of crap! Youll get yours too in the end!

      March 20, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • jeff

      sorry to say this guy os a saudi- he actually sounds like self-important insulated eurotrash

      March 20, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • jeff

      actually sounds and spells like a citizen of rance. Good to see the french didnt surrender to libya on day one and actually did something for once!

      March 20, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bbarc

    Re Mullen: Why isn't there a blog to be able to talk about what he said? Again, he brings up the saving of civilian life. This is not about life, it's about oil. The threat for this, the possibilty of mustard gas. Sound familiar? Did we actually think we had a choice during the last election.

    March 20, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • barbaric've had completely turned everything upside-down to protect a ruthless 42-yr. dictatorship.

      How it became for oil?

      It was the Libyan people who marched wanting change but was violently dispersed and mercilessly gunned-down.

      Thousand of protesters have died killed by African Mercenaries and air strikes from pro-ghadafi forces.

      No, unlike Bush's (who owned spectrum 21) it's NOT about OIL, IT IS about CHANGE and protecting the lives of the people who fought for it.

      March 20, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Grendel

    Mamir, what are you talking about? What color are the Iraqi people-green? And what color was the President that entered us into that war? Purple?

    March 20, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Grendel

    Hmmmm....I don't think it's a civil's more a revolutionary war, wouldn't you say?

    March 20, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Trolling for columbine

    @Ruffnutt: I believe Christ is the antichrist. Lol It's the best way to monopolize soul collection. Make em sick then heal them miraculously!!!! Hallelujah!!! Wait... I died and thought I was going to heaven what's Satan doing here?

    March 20, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dude

    ghadafi = surrender monkey!

    March 20, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. UK_Pathfinder

    I have a problem with some of the countries whineing. I have served my country for many years as a pathfinder in the British Army and proud of all we have achieved.. I have walked the streets of Iraq,Bosnia and Afganistan and been thanked by the people who never get a say the housewife or the field worker or the child with no shoes who have had to suffer the tirany of there evil govenments.

    When you experience things like that, going in and risking your own life to free these peoples makes it all worth while. Russia, China and others never join in to help they just like to cry foul sitting in there govenement offices, they need to get off there backsides and help bring peace to the little people who do not have a say but want freedom of choice in this world.

    I would also like to point out all these hateful musilim posts are probably young kids sitting at home being armchair warriors, i would like to see them in a field of battle they would probably wet themselves.

    March 20, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Anna

    I am praying for the innocient in Libya. I hope our collition will free the people and radicate the evilness of Gadhafi .

    March 20, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnG

      the innocent people are the ones who are standing behind their leader.

      March 20, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Death Panel Sarah

      to John G.....she said innocent, not ignorant!

      March 20, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Gee Anna,you must be another ignorant Tea Partier,judging by that stupid post above. This lack of intelligence is truly appalling!!!

      March 20, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Brandon

    I thought Obama was elected to end the two wars we are currently in? Then he goes and gets us involved in another war what a great president.

    March 20, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      You idiot. Any president would've done the same. These attacks were agreed by the UN. That means a lot of nations. I doubt there would a be a president who would not agree to doing this. Dem or Rep. If you're gonna blame someone, blame on it on us, the nation of USA as a whole.

      March 20, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lena

      I agree with Eric.
      Besides this, the war is needed to control gas prices.

      March 20, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • BR

      Eric, REALLY any president? Where were you with Iraq? Oh, that was Bush right? No it was CONGRESS! No CONGRESS vote this time, but hey, he's the man, man.

      March 20, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Lu

    I CANNOT BELIEVE WE ARE IN ANOTHER WAR !!!!!! Let the other countries take care of it this time...I am sooooo sick of the U.S. thinking they have to stick their noses into EVERYTHING!! Get our troops, equipment and most of all MONEY !!! out of Libya, Afghanistan and Iraq.....we are doing nothing but wasting time, money, and precious lives !!!! THIS MAKES ME SO CRABBY THAT I MAY NOT VOTE DEMOCRAT NEXT ELECTION !!!! 🙁

    March 20, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnG

      you would be very crazy if you did vote democratic in the next election.

      March 20, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lena

      You obviously feel very comfortable with the gas prices.
      If this war doesn't happen, say goodbye to your vehicle cause you won't be able to afford gas.

      Get educated people, your comments are ignorant.

      March 20, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Death Panel Sarah

      to JohnG.... take your meds because, if you vote Republican, you are the crazy one (unless you are rich)!

      March 20, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeffrey D,offay

      don't worry two more down the pipe line BAHRAIN ANS SAUDI

      March 20, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • vincent ruzi

      good cya stick a cruse missle up his ass next time

      March 20, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Thank you Lu for your post. Don't let these war happy ignoramuses get to you,for they're not well educated. It's dubious that any of them ever finished grade school.

      March 20, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jesse

    Gadhafi is playing CNN like a bunch of idiots. Every time an important press conference happens where we might actually get REAL information, Gadhafi just fires off his anti-aircraft guns and your producers take the bait and stop covering the press conference. Tip to CNN: A dark sky with the sound of random gunfire in the background is NOT INFORMATIVE. Hearing from the Pentagon spokesperson IS.

    March 20, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
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