Libya live blog: Gadhafi troops attack Misrata hospital
Libyan rebels deploy near the city of Ajdabiya to try to attack government forces that have encircled the town.
March 23rd, 2011
10:10 PM ET

Libya live blog: Gadhafi troops attack Misrata hospital

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.

[10:10 p.m. Wednesday ET, 4:10 a.m. Thursday in Libya] The coalition air effort to halt the Libyan government's attacks on civilians continued into Thursday for a sixth day, with an airstrike in the Tripoli suburb of Tajura, a government official said.

[9:20 p.m. Wednesday ET, 3:20 a.m. Thursday in Libya] After enduring five days of air strikes by coalition forces, Libyan government troops retain the upper hand. Government forces' move on Benghazi has been reversed, but attacks on Misrata and Ajdabiya continue. One witness said personnel in the main hospital were "paralyzed with fear."

Meanwhile, the Libyan government reported that military and civilian locations in Tripoli neighborhoods were struck. A U.S. official calls that assertion "unlikely" and says coalition forces have been using "all necessary measures" to protect civilians.

[6:02 p.m. Wednesday ET, 12:02 a.m. Thursday in Libya] Members of Moammar Gadhafi's inner circle are contacting the United States and Arab states, but have been unclear about their intentions, senior U.S. officials said.

However, the officials said that none of Gadhafi's inner circle have indicated Gadhafi was ready to leave, nor have any of them suggested they are ready to abandon Gadhafi, CNN's Elise Labott reported.

They are indeed reaching out, but it's not clear to what end," one senior official said. "It's not clear what's the purpose of all these calls."

[5:48 p.m. Wednesday ET, 11:48 p.m. in Libya] House Speaker John Boehner has written a letter to President Barack Obama complaining of "limited, sometimes contradictory" information so far on the U.S.-led military mission in Libya and asked for the president to provide "a clear and robust assessment."

Boehner, R-Ohio, wrote that he and other House members were troubled that the president committed U.S. military resources to war "without clearly defining for the American people, the Congress and our troops what the mission in Libya is and what America's role is in achieving that mission," CNN's Deirdre Walsh reports.

[5:30 p.m. Wednesday ET, 11:30 p.m. in Libya] Tanks belonging to Gadhafi's forces shelled the main hospital of rebel-held Misrata this afternoon, a witness told CNN.

The push began at 8 p.m. (2 p.m. ET), when "heavy tanks for Gadhafi troops start attacking the hospital - the bombs falling here 20 meters (66 feet) around us," said one person inside the hospital. He said two deaths had occurred "around the hospital."

At one point, shelling occurred without respite for 40 minutes, he said. "Now, fortunately, no more shelling, but the situation is so serious that all the teams here - the doctors, the patients - are paralyzed, scared."

He called for international intervention to protect the civilians inside the institution. "Nobody can work here," he said. All the doctors here are completely paralyzed." Ambulances were not able to leave the hospital, which had lost its electricity and was running on generator power, he said.

[5:05 p.m. Wednesday ET, 11:05 p.m. in Libya] An update on which Arab nations are playing some role in the coalition operation: Jordanian government spokesman Taher Edwan says that Jordan's role will be limited to a humanitarian one. "Jordan did not and will not have any military participation in Libya, neither in planes or on the ground at all in Libya," he said.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said Wednesday that Kuwait and Jordan have agreed to provide logistical support to the Libyan effort.

Qatar has already contributed planes to mission.

The United Arab Emirates said Tuesday it will participate, but only in providing humanitarian assistance. Toward that end, the country has sent a ship and two planes with basic relief supplies, the country's news agency said.

[4:53 p.m. Wednesday ET, 10:53 p.m. in Libya] Members of the Obama administration, while briefing a bipartisan group of congressional aides Tuesday on the military action in Libya, stressed that the U.S. is "not at war" with Libya, according to an official who was there.

The official said there was "deep skepticism from both sides of the aisle, both sides of the capitol" during the session. The official said that concerns about the mission were expressed and that while some spoke of support for "what the president is doing," they were seeking guidance on how to answer their constituents when they ask "what's next," according to CNN's Dan Lothian.

According to the official, who spoke to CNN but did not want to be quoted on the record, the panel could not provide a clear answer and instead said they're focused on implementing the U.N. Security Council resolution.

Critics on Capitol Hill are angry over what they consider inadequate administration consultation with Congress before the start of the military mission over the weekend. They also

[4:30 p.m. Wednesday ET, 10:30 p.m. in Libya] CNN's Arwa Damon talks to the Libyan rebels who came to the aid of one of the two American servicemembers who ejected from a U.S. Air Force F-15 that crashed near Benghazi in eastern Libya after a malfunction.

Rebels recovered the crew member, a weapons officer, and treated him with "respect and dignity" until coalition forces reached him, U.S. Navy Adm. Samuel Locklear III said Tuesday. U.S. rescue teams picked up the other crew member, the pilot, who had landed in a different spot.

[3:06 p.m. Wednesday ET, 9:06 p.m. in Libya] More on U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's latest comments to reporters: She said it is "clear that Gadhafi has lost confidence of Libyan people."

That's the main reason "why he should leave power," she said Wednesday afternoon. He can't govern or "meet the legitimate aspirations of his own people."

Clinton indicated that international military action may be putting pressure on Gadhafi to step aside, but stressed that the goal of the military campaign remains purely humanitarian - to protect civilians and enforce the no-fly zone.

It is up to Gadhafi and his advisers "to determine what their next steps are," Clinton said. But we would "encourage them to make the right decision" and "prepare for a transition that does not include Col. Gadhafi."

[2:52 p.m. Wednesday ET, 8:52 p.m. in Libya] U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that the United States and its global partners are making progress in Libya. Clinton cited the retreat of Gadhafi's troops from the eastern Libyan city and rebel stronghold of Benghazi, along with what she characterized as the successful establishment of conditions necessary for a no-fly zone.

"Many, many Libyans are safer today because the international community took action," Clinton said.

The U.S. government will continue to support the military mission as command and control shifts to NATO, she said.

[2:04 p.m. Wednesday ET, 8:04 p.m. in Libya] A new Gallup poll said 47% of Americans approve of military action against Libya while 37% disapprove. A CNN/Opinion Research poll released Monday, however, suggested a larger majority of Americans - seven in 10 - favored establishing a no-fly zone in Libya enforced by the United States and other nations.

[1:59 p.m. Wednesday ET, 7:59 p.m. in Libya] Britain will host an international meeting Tuesday to assess progress and needs in the Libya campaign, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said.

[1:53 p.m. Wednesday ET, 7:53 p.m. in Libya] Parts of the eastern Libyan city of Ajdabiya fell to opposition forces even though Gadhafi's men, who have been pounding the area with artillery and heavy tank bombardments, retained control of the northern and western gates, opposition fighters and witnesses told CNN.

A hospital staffer and opposition fighters said that nine people were killed Wednesday in fighting near the northern gate. Coalition airstrikes targeted military sites in Ajdabiya Tuesday night into Wednesday, a U.S. military official said.

[12:41 p.m. Wednesday ET, 6:41 p.m. in Libya] In the last 24 hours, the international coalition has flown 175 sorties over Libya - 113 of them by U.S. planes, U.S. Rear Adm. Gerard Hueber said. He said the coalition has no indication that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was complying with a United Nations mandate to stop attacks against civilians. Coalition forces are now focusing on applying pressure on Gadhafi's ground forces that are attacking civilians, Hueber said. That includes targeting Libya's mechanized forces and artillery and interdicting supply lines for "beans and bullets," he said.

The no-fly zone now spans Libya from east to west along its coastline, Hueber added.

[10:41 a.m. Wednesday ET, 4:41 p.m. in Libya] France's foreign minister said NATO will not take political leadership of the international coalition's mission in Libya, but will play a role in planning and operations to enforce the United Nations-backed no-fly zone. The minister, Alain Juppe, said a commission composed of foreign ministers from the participating coalition states will make the political decisions.

[10:37 a.m. Wednesday ET, 4:37 p.m. in Libya] Despite the freezing of its assets under a U.N. resolution, Libya could use its stockpile of gold to keep its government going, the BBC and CNN have reported. Libya's central bank is said to hold about $6 billion worth of gold.

[10:02 a.m. Wednesday ET, 4:02 p.m. in Libya] Some signs of normalcy sprouted in the besieged western Libyan town of Misrata after a night of coalition airstrikes that witnesses said targeted encampments of forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi. "It is relatively quiet today - this is the first time we feel that way in weeks," said Mohammed, an opposition spokesman in the city who would only give his first name. "We want to express our gratitude to the international community since there were airstrikes this morning."

[9:18 a.m. Wednesday ET, 3:18 p.m. in Libya] U.S. aircraft dropped a precision-guided munition on the F-15E that crashed Tuesday to fully destroy it, a U.S. military official said.

[7:31 a.m. Wednesday ET, 1:31 p.m. in Libya] Three journalists seized in Libya over the weekend have been released, Agence France-Presse said. AFP reporters Dave Clark and Roberto Schmidt and Getty Images photographer Joe Raedle were arrested near the eastern town of Ajdabiya on Saturday. The three were released in Tripoli.

[12:37 a.m. Wednesday ET, 6:37 a.m. Wednesday in Libya] Several loud explosions and heavy anti-aircraft gunfire rang out in the western part of the Libyan capital at dawn Wednesday.

The source of the blasts and gunfire in Tripoli were unclear, but there is a large military base in the area.

Hours earlier, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi had vowed to fight back against international forces seeking to impose a no-fly zone in his country. "We will not give up," he said to a crowd of supporters in a speech broadcast on state television Tuesday. "They will not terrorize us. We will defeat them by any method."

- As of Tuesday, the U.S. military has flown 212 sorties over Libya, while 124 were flown by other coalition forces. A total of 108 strikes have been carried out and 162 Tomahawk missiles have been fired, the U.S. military reported.

– Libya’s central bank holds billions of dollars worth of gold, and despite the no-fly zone and sanctions, this could be useful to Gadhafi as he tries to survive, an international commercial attorney says.

– The United States' costs related to the military intervention in Libya already are in the hundreds of millions of dollars, and this has sparked a debate over funding, CNNMoney reports.

To date, the United States has spent some $225 million firing Tomahawk missiles, according to CNN estimates based on U.S. Navy figures. The cost could reach up to $800 million to fully establish the no-fly zone and another $100 million a week to maintain it going forward, said Zack Cooper, a senior analyst for the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.

soundoff (423 Responses)
  1. Caligiula

    More spawning!

    March 23, 2011 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Robert Shirley III

      Your comment doesnt even make any reasonable sense at all!!!Quit drinking and go to bed Caligiula!!!

      March 23, 2011 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Pete Samson

      If they are so innocent, why are they armed with bazookas and AK-47s? I was gonna vote for Clinton, but seeing that that won't change anything, I won't even bother with voting. What difference does it make? Obama, Bush, Clinton, all the same. They all go to war for our corporations.

      March 23, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harry Butts

      I like beer.

      March 23, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. art vandolaye

    Worth every penny to get rid of this madman. And we didn't even have to fabricate the "ol' WMD" story this time due to Q's looniness actions.

    March 23, 2011 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      So a war to oust a leader killing civilians is ok if Obama does it??????? Bush went into Iraq becasue Sadam was killing innocent citizens called Kurds infact gassed thousands of them. But Bush was a Republican so it was wrong. Your justification is ridiculous.

      March 23, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • KentAZ

      If the primary motivation for U.S. intervention in Libya were to protect innocent citizens from an oppressive regime, why has virtually nothing been done with regard to the ongoing atrocities in the Sudan and the Congo?

      Of course this action has nothing to do with human rights or democracy, nor did the invasion of Iraq. (Hussein gassed the Kurds long prior to the invasion and was a U.S. ally at the time) What the U.S. and its allies are seeking is stability. Who is in power or whether or not they are oppressive is irrelevant. Instability threatens the flow of oil from Libya, and that is the bottom line. In this case, although Libya is not a direct supplier of petroleum for the U.S., it is still in the best interests of U.S. corporations and the military to ensure that oil supplies to our allies are not interrupted. It has nothing to do with protecting Libyan citizens. Gaddafi has been an ally of the British for decades.

      March 23, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyhouston

      Nah all we had to do was lie that his "innocent people" were being bombs, the innocent protesters with their innocent tanks, missile launchers and towed artillery.

      So we go from WDB scare, to lying about the poor innocent people who are armed to the teeth.

      March 23, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyhouston

      Nah all we had to do was lie that his "innocent people" were being bombs, the innocent protesters with their innocent tanks, missile launchers and towed artillery.

      So we go from WMD scare, to lying about the poor innocent people who are armed to the teeth.

      March 23, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • marilyn goodwin

      So typical....before the action there was resounding complaint about US inaction. After the action, complaints about why we engaged! Get it done!

      March 23, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      We have NO business there. This does nothing but profit oil companies and makes up appear the imperialists that MOST of the world believes us to be. Only the ignorant believe that there is any semblance of "Humanitarian" reason to be there. We are being lied to again ... and again ... and the more they tell you the lies, the more the uninformed believe it. OBAMA should be impeached.

      March 23, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      Furthermore, the actions of America and Britain and France provide ample justification for Libya to finance and support acts of war in our countries, just as we are doing in his, by "... whatever means necessary ... "

      March 23, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • SensiblePerson

      The difference is simple and glaring in terms of the USA: PanAm Flight 103

      On Wednesday 21 December 1988, a Boeing 747–121 was destroyed by a bomb in mid air killing all 243 passengers and 16 crew members. Eleven people in Lockerbie, in southern Scotland, were also killed as large sections of the plane fell in the town and destroyed several houses, bringing total fatalities to 270. As a result, the news media has named the event the Lockerbie bombing.
      On 24 February 2011, resigned justice minister Mustafa Abdel-Jalil revealed that Muamar Gaddafi personally ordered the Lockerbie bombing.

      March 23, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • KentAZ


      You are absolutely correct.

      Sensible Person:

      So these airstrikes are all about retribution for PanAm flight 103 in 1988??? Certainly U.S. and British intelligence must've discovered Gaddafi's complicity (assuming that is true) years ago. And if it were about punishing Gaddafi for the Lockerbie incident, why bomb heavily populated areas instead of just sending in a team to assassinate or capture him?

      Frankly, the connection you imply is absurd.

      March 23, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      Pete, your argument makes no sense. How else are you to fight a force that is using guns and missles to kill you, with knives and pistols? How would you defend yourself if a person had a gun and was shooting at you, you either would run away (which would protect your life but may not stop the gunman from shooting) or you would use a gun to shoot him back. Common fighting tactics. These rebels have decided to stay and fight back to answer to the desires of the Libyan people. Kind of sounds familiar to how our revolution in our country came about in the 1700s. Use some common sense and stop being a hippie. I'm against wars but until cruel dictators stop using weapons on their own people, wars are justified to protect the rights of people.

      March 23, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      You should go to the middle east and support dictators because obviously that's what you're in the support of. Less dictators in this world means more opportunity in the Middle East and less violence across the world, including in America. In the long run the world is going to benefit from their intervention. Why do you think we have a military? To protect the will of our people and other's. Get a clue? To say to impeach Obama is the most ridiculous thing I've heard. Republicans like McCain are even supporting our president's decision. You're obviously a liberal puppet who would prefer to have Kucinich as president. Think on your own instead of letting a dumb politician like Kucinich dictate your thoughts. Oh wait, you like dictators, I forgot your a sheep!!

      March 23, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. moyayo

    bomb all his armies, the majority of the people in libya support this, and they are willig to pay for it, with there wealth, the usa has already froze 30 billion so thats a start!!!!!!

    March 23, 2011 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
  4. Cesar r

    Yea, bomb all Cesars, Jeffs, and Kims.

    March 23, 2011 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Jazz7

      I couldn't go to sleep either, I left you a message on Syria arrests

      March 23, 2011 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. Fred S.

    Why does Pres. Obama want to kill Qadhafi? Is he nuts?

    P.S. : I am opposed to Operation Kill Kaddafi.

    March 23, 2011 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Robert Shirley III

      I havent heard that yet Fred?When did Obama say that??? Let me go refresh!!!

      March 23, 2011 at 2:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Rubiclippers

      Wake up Fred!

      March 23, 2011 at 6:03 am | Report abuse |
    • don

      Let me ask you this, Who wouldn,t want to? I guess you probably oppose the death penalty for "Mass Murders" and "Serial Killers" indeed?

      March 23, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • woodsnut

      not only should we target the dictator but we should level his whole 2 square mile complex around his house that houses weapons and troops and then we should go back with bunker buster bombs in case he has under ground passages.thake out the problem and then the problems doesnt exist doing this we erase the fears of the citizens of libya against reprisal yes take him out

      March 23, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • brian

      If they were going to kill him trust me he would've hada tomahawk up his ass on the first day ...STFU and learn to read the parameters of the no fly zone .

      March 23, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • PaulC

      Give the Limbaugh/Beck verbal garbage a rest.

      March 23, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Satan

    So fricking stupid, you know they could have probably killed Gadhafi with one well placed missile at the beginning of the airstrikes but they don't do that. What a crock. Just more governments prolonging this thing to keep spending money.

    March 23, 2011 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Robert Shirley III

      I almost AGREE..."Mr.SATAN"!!!

      March 23, 2011 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
    • faxbot

      Please they could have killed him the First day/night they fired thoe missles have you forgot what we have in our arsinals LOL His so called strong hold didn't even hold up being hit with one little missle that as targetted to only take off the front of that building HA we all know thats nothing compared to what we could have done but will not do, we should get this dirt bag to the hague for trial How many mass graves wil lwe find in his back yard huh? Do NOt allow them to burn those records in any of those buildings they may all hold proof of whats being said about this butcher.
      By the way have you seen a report his on brute of a son another butcher was killed when one of their own pilots took his plane and crashed it kamikase style into the control center where the son of this mad dog was at the time. anyone else see or hear of this? we need some proof??

      March 23, 2011 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Nate

      Agreed Satan! I heard a report that Gadhafi was at his palace on a live broadcast, making fun of the U.N. and the US. However, no one thinks to send a bomb to the place while he is there. It's ok though that he is sending his men and going to people's houses and torturing them. The U.N is useless. All they care about is fighting fair and the opinion of the weaker countries. War shouldn't be about fighting fair. It should be about winning fast. It's like a band aid. Rip it off and it hurts for a second and then its forgotten about. I say drop one of those MOAB bombs on Gadhafi's mob. That would scare the living day lights out of anyone who survived and they would turn on him. If we had the mind set of World War II then this would already be over. Iraq would of taken 6 months instead of eight years and Afganistan would be a winter vacation spot.

      March 23, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Satan

    Uh, Fred. Obama doesn't want to kill Qadhafi and if he is killed Obama wants the French or UK to do it.

    March 23, 2011 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
    • deep

      Nice Name??????????????

      March 23, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • American Idiot

      Indeed, nice name. So Miro, how arer the Bruins going to do in the playoffs this year?

      March 23, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Robert Shirley III

    It simply amazes me that with The United States being the world's Greatest Super-Power in the world,that it's taking us this long to end this immediately!!! We should have performed "NOT" a "shock-and-awe"...But,a "drop -and-done"!!! Quit playing with this crazy man's ego,and END THIS NOW!!! We have the firepower!!! We AMERICANS pay taxes to enable the funds to this FAST & NOW!!! But,Just my opinion,Mr.Anderson Cooper!!!! It's been days now,and he still has the capability to fight back,and kill more innocents???That,to me,IS TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE!!! Just my opinion once again!!!Goodnight CNN!!!

    March 23, 2011 at 2:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Robert Shirley III

      And,in the end.With all the American(and all other countries) funds being spent on this action! We will ALL know that we saved thousands of innocents from being slaughtered,even though WE ARE ALLOWING THAT TO GO AS OF NOW!!!! "DROP THE DAMN" ..."DROP&DONE" campaign NOW Mr Cooper!!!

      March 23, 2011 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Rubiclippers

      I agree Robert... "Drop and Done"...

      March 23, 2011 at 6:05 am | Report abuse |
    • josephdd


      March 23, 2011 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Seal Warrior

      Perhaps you should learn how to fight modern warfare rather that 'editorialize'?

      In the meantime, take four Prozacs (4), two Jack Daniels (2), and kick back. When you wake up the world will be a better place.

      March 23, 2011 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |
    • kelvin70

      I think you are a loyalist and a strong supporter to these countries tagged "axes of evil".
      Mind you, I could give you a visa to Libya, Iran or North Korea for just a dollar. At least you could fight back!

      March 23, 2011 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
  9. Robert Shirley III

    "you're NOT even funny!!! And ,you should be ASHAMED at your attempt of your so-called humor!!!!

    March 23, 2011 at 2:19 am | Report abuse |
  10. jefurry

    Is he dead yet?

    March 23, 2011 at 2:23 am | Report abuse |
  11. Robert Shirley III

    "CNN" is the worlds main choice for up-to-date and in-depth news!!!! Don't let CNN turn into a news frenzied channel!!! You keep saying the same thing every day!!!Demand action in order to report MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 23, 2011 at 2:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Abbas

      @Robert Shirley III Are you the one in Costa Rica? Or related to him? Robert Dale Shirley from Or.?

      March 23, 2011 at 4:10 am | Report abuse |
  12. petey

    Well I would understand better if libya were a threat to us but they are not why are we getting involved in their civil war we can't rule the world and all it is doing is costing us the taxpayers but they don't care they will probably come up with more taxes to get the money back after we pay to rebuild everything don't you just love our government like a tooth ache

    March 23, 2011 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Robert Shirley III

      Well,"Petey"! I believe this is stop the killinga and slaughter of thousands of innocent civilians at one point.I do believe that somewhere in the end,Libiya will be asked to help cover OUR(USA) costs with all this in OIL-REDUCED PRICES!!! Which,Im sorry to admit,seeing that Im paying over 3 dollars at the pump.I'd gladfully accept...IN THE END!!!

      March 23, 2011 at 2:51 am | Report abuse |
    • deep

      You must be referring to "Republicans" Petey. Not with ya their Dude.

      March 23, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  13. kren2510

    We should continue 'softening up" targets around misrata and other cities and should arm rebels to take care of them. And we should develop diplomatic relations with opposition

    March 23, 2011 at 2:35 am | Report abuse |
    • woodsnut

      i agree with you and lets do it now before its too late

      March 23, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  14. DoNotWorry

    Don't worry. Americans live in fear too... we have our rights and money stolen in crooked courts while the Department of Justice nods with laughter. Instead of killing us, they bankrupt us, then convert us to indentured servants. OUR country is now run by weasels and cowards. That is my opinion.

    March 23, 2011 at 2:41 am | Report abuse |
  15. rrock

    They are counting the hundreds of millions here but what about the trillions spent in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    March 23, 2011 at 2:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Robert Shirley III

      "That's" SIMPLY "Pocket-Change" to the U.S.A. "RROCK"!!! Just...POCKET-CHANGE 4 REAL!!! Corporations run the United States of America!!!PERIOD!!! They will NEVER run out of funds!!! PERIOD!!! That's the Simple Truth whether you accept it,or not!!!

      March 23, 2011 at 2:54 am | Report abuse |
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