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.

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  1. Henry

    Yet another stupid intervention. My country (America) has a knee jerk need to poke it's nose into every hornet's nest on the planet. Libya doesn't matter. Neither did Iraq and neither does Afghanistan. The whole mess has cost $2 trillion (and counting) along with thousands of American lives. BTW, we're not one bit safer or one dollar more prosperous for all this interventionist bullying.

    Death to the Neocons – Their imperial fantasies are destroying what is best about America!

    March 23, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • freeman

      Henry, this is not an American intervention, it is a UN intervention. America is just playing a partial role. The other countries actively involved are Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Qatar, Romania, Spain, Turkey, & the United Kingdom. Why don't you hate on them to make it fair?

      If you had at least argued against the American membership in the UN, you would have some type of coherent point.

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

      @ freeman – I don't care what other countries do re. Libya. The fact of the matter is that the USA has carried the load in this intervention (count the tonnage of explosives and even you can understand.) It doesn't make any difference what the umbrella organization (UN in this case) is that sanctioned this activity. That's just window dressing to satisfy teenagers and hopelessly naive adults. The US is up to its' collar stays in this intervention – yet another truly stupid mistake.

      March 23, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • freeman

      I'm sure the rest of the world will be sad to hear that you don't think they matter, Henry. Unlike some, I think civilians being slaughtered in the thousands are important, even if they live in another country, have brown skin, and don't speak English.

      It interesting they you call them Bullies. I suppose the guy that sent the helicopter gunships to mow them down during a peaceful protest s NOT a bully? Yes, they have since armed themselves; after that kind of wanton slaughter, I would arm myself against the murderous tyrant's forces as well.

      And its also interesting that you apparently blame this all on neocons in your post, when the current American administration is Democratic. That's just totally off the wall.

      If this intervention is a mistake, its also a mistake that is being shared by Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Qatar, Romania, Spain, the United Kingdom, Turkey, and last (but certainly not least) the Arab League. But I guess you know better than the governments of all those nations.

      March 23, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • JackNukeMaster

      POWER>>>>POWER>>>>
      This is about imperialism and power! It has nothing to do with humanitarian aide or making a NO FLY ZONE. It is a BS excuse to go in there and play Hitler. You don't see anything happening about Yemen or Syria. Why? Because we will lose if we start going after all those Arab countries, so we go after the one that has the most use to us and that is Libya. Now when I say us, I am not just talking about the US, but NATO and the UN and the IC. They are trying to pave the way to keep order and that is to get this One World Order or govt. Started which has already been discussed and was bound to happen sooner or later. We as Americans are going to be the butt end of our own disaster from all of this. Wait and see! Then when it happens you can turn back and say Dang jackNukeMaster was right. Either way we will have the war brought here.

      March 23, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mike1952

    These polls are lies. Outright lies. The you-know-whats that keep un in endless wars need to hang...including pollsters.

    March 23, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • freeman

      And you know this how?
      Oh, you just "know"...
      Here's your tinfoil hat.
      <]

      March 23, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. JoshZ

    This war is illegal! No congressional declaration .

    March 23, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • freeman

      Um, Its clearly not a war.

      March 23, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • JoshZ

      Shooting over 100 missiles at a country is not a war? Sending our jet planes to drop bombs on a nation is not a war? By the way, why is it that we are helping the very rebels that were sending men to fight our soldiers in Iraq?

      March 23, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • freeman

      Hey, don't blame me. Its the rule of law, set in legal precedent. Limited military action can be ordered by the commander in chief, and does not require a declaration of war. That was decided in the Supreme court quite some time ago. If you would like to challenge that, you are quite welcome. But legally, by both US and International law, the No Fly Zone is NOT a war.

      March 23, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • JackNukeMaster

      This is about imperialism and power! It has nothing to do with humanitarian aide or making a NO FLY ZONE. It is a BS excuse to go in there and play Hitler. You don't see anything happening about Yemen or Syria. Why? Because we will lose if we start going after all those Arab countries, so we go after the one that has the most use to us and that is Libya. Now when I say us, I am not just talking about the US, but NATO and the UN and the IC. They are trying to pave the way to keep order and that is to get this One World Order or govt. Started which has already been discussed and was bound to happen sooner or later. We as Americans are going to be the butt end of our own disaster from all of this. Wait and see! Then when it happens you can turn back and say Dang jackNukeMaster was right. Either way we will have the war brought here. Its about ONE power in command

      March 23, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • JackNukeMaster

      This is about imperialism and power! It has nothing to do with humanitarian aide or making a NO FLY ZONE. It is a BS excuse to go in there and play Hitler. You don't see anything happening about Yemen or Syria. Why? Because we will lose if we start going after all those Arab countries, so we go after the one that has the most use to us and that is Libya. Now when I say us, I am not just talking about the US, but NATO and the UN and the IC. They are trying to pave the way to keep order and that is to get this One World Order or govt. Started which has already been discussed and was bound to happen sooner or later. We as Americans are going to be the butt end of our own disaster from all of this. Wait and see! Then when it happens you can turn back and say Dang jackNukeMaster was right. Either way we will have the war brought here. ooo

      March 23, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ERICK

    I think the was the right thing to do go and help Libia and don't let the dictator to kill more people and force them to have
    him as a leader.So my respect for USA again even know that we have our own domestic needs.But God will help us to get better in our economy and help to make this world a better world with democracy and dignity for all human been.
    So God bless America....and God be always with us...

    March 23, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • JackNukeMaster

      This is about imperialism and power! It has nothing to do with humanitarian aide or making a NO FLY ZONE. It is a BS excuse to go in there and play Hitler. You don't see anything happening about Yemen or Syria. Why? Because we will lose if we start going after all those Arab countries, so we go after the one that has the most use to us and that is Libya. Now when I say us, I am not just talking about the US, but NATO and the UN and the IC. They are trying to pave the way to keep order and that is to get this One World Order or govt. Started which has already been discussed and was bound to happen sooner or later. We as Americans are going to be the butt end of our own disaster from all of this. Wait and see! Then when it happens you can turn back and say Dang jackNukeMaster was right. Either way we will have the war brought here. oooooooo

      March 23, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. imre

    oil war

    March 23, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Pete

    Freeman ... you are ignorant ... there is nothing "humanitarian" about supporting a group of thugs who are well armed and trying to overthrow an existing government. We don't give a s%#t about anything but the oil supply .... period. Wake up and clean the sleep out of your eyes.

    March 23, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • J.S.H.

      How much oil do we get for Libya Pete? What...NONE! Well there goes your theory.

      March 23, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      No oil fro the U.S. from Lybia..... France and England yes, but not the U.S.

      March 23, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Namla

      ... if you were able to see the real news coverage of this escalating conflict, you will see that Moammar Ghadafi has called for jihad in Africa to fight western aggression. This is a big deal, people. I feel that we will now see wide spread conflict on the continent of Africa and terrorism beyond our wildest dreams because of this misguided adventure.

      This is what happens when your foreign policy consists of dropping bombs and chest beating.

      March 23, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • freeman

      Exactly right Guest. The US does not import ANY oil from Libya. But the "this is a new American war for Oil" crackpots just won't hear the truth.

      And Pete, I suppose Qaddafi ISN'T a THUG?? A Totalitarian dictator that murders unarmed civilians by the thousands??
      For sure, they are armed now. I would be too if helicopter gunships were mowing me down, and all I had to fight back with was a protest sign.

      March 23, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • J.S.H.

      so namla by your logic terrorist would not be gunning for the US if we had not gone into Libya. BTW, there is a reason that the Arab League backs this intervention...they see and know Kaddafi for the mad man he is. What amazes me is how many Americans hear a bit of Kaddafi propaganda and buy into that instead of the facts that support this intervention.

      March 23, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • rich

      That's you, Pete, not them. That's a reflection of the black oil on your black heart. For me, humanitarian is plenty of reason, the best reason to do this. 🙂

      March 23, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimbo

      We don't import oil from Libya, but our allies do. So when their supply runs dry they turn to the same folks we import it from, so indirectly it really is all about the oil. We going to get involved in every CIVIL WAR? If so, there about 5 or 6 others taking place right now also.

      March 23, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • freeman

      Thank goodness that the United Nations is appropriately responding to the actual situation, and is not moved by the nonsense scenario espoused by PeeT and his anti-western friends.

      March 23, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • LUAR OLBAP

      We are at war against a ruthless dictator and it can't be with limitations. I'm against all wars but once you decide to help overthrow a dictator with over 40+ years in power, you can't do it half way. I can't understand the hesitation of the Arab world....what do they want Lybians to stay in slavery? Why do they insist in protecting Khadaffi? Forget that and finish the job. As the leading democracy in the world we do have an obligation to assist other peoples to achieve freedom and end all forms of subjugation whether it's Pinochet or the Castro brothers.

      March 23, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • apostlejf

      Hey Pete do Freeman really believe he is free? He doesn't realize that he only have a few more liberties than other countries! Clearly this whole ordeal is about oil and revenge, America is the biggest thug there is which is why France and the other Europeans and some Arabs called on their thuggish might!

      March 23, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • freeman

      apostlejf, my president does not send helicopter gunships to shoot me and thousands of my peers down if I decide to peacefully protest the government in my nations capital. Is that one of the 'few' liberties you speak of? I'd say its pretty much the most important one.

      March 23, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Namla

      @J.S.H.... the Arab League also gave the green light to the invasion of Iraq. So, in your mind, does that excuse the death of 100,000 iraqis? Or Abu Ghraib, for that matter. And let's bring it home.. the death of countless thousands of American soldiers. Did you forget about them? We will not be lulled into this stupidity and waste of human life a second time to just keep oiling the wheels of profit (we don't seem to be able to create jobs but we're pretty good at waging war).

      Rubber stamps (i.e., the Arab League) tend to be just that, and corruption is the order of the day. Regardless of who rubber stamped this action, the logic of destablilizing an entire continent and formenting even more terrorism, hatred, and human suffering is not worth the risk of regime change. It doesn't wash and we will not be fooled.

      March 23, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Namla

      @xmxm, no need to be sorry. Some of us are capable of remembering 8 years ago when the Ahmed Chalabi (an iraqii), the kurds, and members within the iraqi regime who opposed Saddam Hussein set the stage for the invasion of Iraq. The invasion of Iraq was a well-coordinated effort that involved the consensus of Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and other arab countries in the region. Don't be fooled.

      Furthermore, it is no secret that west has cited the growing threat of islamism and the No. 1 cause of global terrorism. It has been so stated countless times so check YOUR facts. That being said, it is entirely appropriate to reference Hitler who addressed a similar problem in Germany, and how he chose the "ultimate solution" to that problem. The jewish holocaust. Now, if you don't see the similarities here, there is nothing I can do. But don't play us all for stupid..

      March 23, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alan

      I want all of you to close your eyes for a second and picture Hitler ordering the mowing down of a village in Ukraine during WWII. Should we help ??? This is not about oil. This is about stopping a mad man from executing a genocide.

      March 23, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • freeman

      Well said, Alan.

      March 23, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Namla

      Yes, @freeman, I can. There are at least 2 million people in Tripoli. Tripoli has been under fire by allied forces for 4 days. Deploying munitions in a heavily populated urban error = putting their lives at risk. Now that that's clear, let's go to Benghazi, the place we were supposed to be protecting with a no-fly zone, with a population of at least 1 million. Do you think they can be saved by carpet bombing government troops in and around the city?

      Smart bombs apparently have more sense than stupid people.

      March 23, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Namla

      So, @Alan, if we bomb Libya into oblivion, does that equal genocide? Oh, that's right I forgot, it doesn't count when WE do it. If you are so interested in protecting one faction over the other, use detente, not detonating BOMBS. There was not and has not been a call for the insurgents to put down their arms. I find that interesting. We know what's going on.

      March 23, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • GZ

      We even dont know who we helping, im sure some of them will try to blow us up,as soon they will get to power.

      March 23, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • runswithbeer

      Let's vote:
      Those supporting our troops and and President Obama in overthrowing a Terrorist Dictator and aiding the World in bringing Freedom and Democracy to Libyans [ ]
      Those supporting the Terrorist Moammar Gadhafi [ ] <--Ultra Right Wingers check here.

      March 23, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe K

      Yeah, you're totally right Pete. Supporting rebels who are praying for their lives every single day against a corrupt communist regime is not humanitarian at all. Open YOUR eyes. We don't get any oil for Libya. If you were walking down the street, and a big man was beating up a little kid for no reason, you wouldn't step in and help? I guess you're just the kind of person that is worried about himself and would let that little kid suffer.

      March 23, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • R C Porter

      ts k tsk tsk such a way to talk to people.

      March 23, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe in Colorado

      I don't support the action of my government. I think the U.S. has enough problems here at home, and that's where our tax dollars and the fruits of our labor should be spent.

      The U.S. government needs to get its nose out of every other countries' business and mind it's own backyard. I know a family down the street who could really use some help, and my elderly parents worked hard their entire lives to now worry about medical costs every day that they have left.

      This is wrong.

      March 23, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • GZ

      To J.S.H
      What pro-Ghadafi propoganda did you hear in the US?? I think its non stop anti-Ghadafi propoganda.
      Plus what do you know personally about history of Libya,arabic culture and Ghadafi,besides info what you taking from the news???
      Do you know what they have free medical care?? Free housing??

      March 23, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • FanDango

      I dont like Ghadalfi, but what the UN-USA is doing is illegal. Lybia is a soveriegn state. Yes, they are killing their own people. So are the rebels. Would Obama or the French, Germans put up with a domestic uprising? The Lybian government has already said they are ready to talk to the rebels a long time ago and will forgive the rebels (not imprison anyone). I mean, really. What would you do if you were Gadalfi. If you dont fight back, the rebels will take over the country and execute him first.

      March 23, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Magic

      We all know SO much more than our President. We have access to ALL the information and the President operates in the blind. Grow up, America.! Sheeeeesh!

      March 23, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mobius007

      All these cries of "The US gets no oil from Libya" are quite descriptive of American ignorance. So few Americans understand anything about economics, about commodities, or global free trade. OIL is a GLOBAL COMMODITY. A decline in oil production ANYWHERE causes a price increase EVERYWHERE. Folks, we are in Libya for the oil, plain and simple. In addition to reviewing economic theory, you should also familiarize yourselves with the concepts of "peak oil" and "resource wars".

      March 23, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Muslims who want to kill

      Who are the rebels? Sunni Muslims that will some day attack America. Muslims have hate in the hearts and love to kill each other for the promised virgins. So stupid! Obama has been sucked into a lose lose proposition. Let them kill each other because this is what they want to do, history is proof. I would drop weapons on both sides to speed things up!

      March 23, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • GK

      What is the debate??? This is a guy that been killing anyone who opposes him for 40 years, this is not new, he's a bad guy! He's amassed a fortune of billions and billions for oppressing his own people. For crying out loud he wants to arrest people for using facebook. It's been 43 years, he's had a good run, step aside the world has evolved.

      March 23, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lilarose in Bandon

      We get 2% of our oil from Libya. From the stats in the headline here, 53% of the people in the US are self-centered jerks who are thinking only of their fat, bulbous nosed selves and don't care about people like our ancestors (at least mine) who fought in our own Revolutionary War and many died. That war was against a dictator who tried to keep a bunch of rag tag "rebels" from establishing a new nation. Who helped us and saved our butts? France

      March 23, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roelof

      If it was about oil, we shouldn't have been there. The sooner one party wins, the better for the west and oilprice. NATO being there takes a lot longer for a party to win, means the country is not stable for a longer time.

      March 23, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roelof

      By the way, Shell found 1 billion barrels of oil in Alaska. With the oilprice that's 100.000.000.000 x 112 $ = 11.200.000.000.000 $

      I believe that's a little bit too much to have a oilprice at 112 $.

      March 23, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mobius007

      One billion barrels you say? Do you know how many barrels a day the world uses? How does 88 million barrels a day sound? Now, divide 1 billion by 88 million, and tell me how many days worth of oil you get.

      Enlightening, isn't it?

      March 23, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack B.

      Why didn't they intervene in recent atrocities and decide to preemptively intervene on this possible one? Why is Libya more important than Darfur, Uganda, Congo, Ethiopia, Somalia or Zimbabwe... among others...

      March 23, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • jim

      Obama has been pulled into this by Europe, because most of their oil comes from Libya. And, he wants us to be just like the Europeans. BTW, same argument Liberals had about Iraq. How has Libya threatened the USA in the last 10 years? Answer is they haven,t been any threat to us. If this was for humanitaian purposes, Obama would have gone into Egypt, Dufar (much worse killing), Yeman. Here's why. No ones oil was theatened in any of their countries. Stop drinking the Obama Kool aid. We don't need to be in their civi8l war!!!!!!

      March 23, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Over It

      Agree. Who are these "rebels"? What do they stand for? Will their regime be just as bad as Gadhafii?
      The "No Fly Zone" enforcement has gone way past its mandate. It has now been disclosed by the rebels that they are in fact "calling in strikes" on Gadhafi forces. This kind of action is aimed at tipping the military balance in favour of the rebels. Which is certainly not part of the UN resolution which created the No Fly Zone.
      The so called rebels are making accusations that are just as wild as Gadhafi, in order to win support from the international community. If the rebels don't want town's reduced to rubble, then why are they hiding in them?
      This boils down to being a tribal conflict. A civil war. Let's leave them to sort it out amongst themselves.

      March 23, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • que

      wait if this was all about oil, why wouldnt we have let gaddafi pound the rebels and stall in the security council? If it were all about oil we would've turned a blind eye and let the slaughter go on, gaddafi could crush the rebels faster than coalition airpower vs a popular armed uprising. Armed thugs are someone elses freedom fighters someone elses unemployed citizens someone elses terrorist someone elses insurgents and someone elses witness to massacre, so why dont you check your loaded political gun at the door?

      March 24, 2011 at 2:19 am | Report abuse |
  7. J.S.H.

    Those who try and make this about oil need to answer one question...how much oil do we get from Libya? NONE! The UN voted on this, the US is part of the UN and the Arab League supported this. Now the armchair pacifist and anti-obama-bot are doing their thing and trashing the US and Obama in the hopes of scoring cheap political brownie points.

    Obama has made the correct decision. What are we supposed to do sit aback and watch a mad man commit mass murder? Maybe those of you out there who oppose this would feel different if your family and your friends were being systematically murdered and the only thing to stop those doing the killing would be other nations coming in to help. The burden of being a human compels us to stand up for those who are being slaughtered, no matter who is doing the slaughtering.

    March 23, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      Couldn't agree with you more
      Ones who are against this invasion should also ask themselves, what would've happened if we didn't invade. Thousands of innocent people would've died in Libya and the cries of the Libyan people of change would not have been answered. Now the Libyan people have a chance to get what they want. Another thing to consider is that if we didn’t invade other cruel Middle East dictators would use Libya as precedents to topple down their own country's protests with force without any fears of consequences. Obama and Hillary Clinton are taking the right steps to reshape America’s image, which is to protect the will of the people. I am proud to be an American and I am proud of what this country stands for. GOD BLESS THIS COUNTRY!!!

      March 23, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Namla

      .. you would have to be an AIPAC troll or lobtomized to believe that you can "save thousands of lives" by threatening the lives of millions. At least 100,000 innocent iraqis lost their lives when they were liberated from Saddam Hussein (one man the last time I checked). That is hardly a far equation. And it is this kind of heavy-handed policy that is spreading hatred against the west, not the delusion that they some how hate us because they are jealous of what we have.

      I can only assume then that people who are so gung ho for this military intervention are the same ones that want war to solve the "arab/muslim" problem (I seem to remember Hitler suggesting something similar).

      March 23, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • freeman

      Exactly right, J.S.H.

      Namla, the no fly zone has threatened the lives of millions? Could you site the sources for that?
      And also, comparing everyone you don't agree with to Hitler is so 1990. To quote John Stewart, 'I don't agree with you, but I'm pretty sure you're not Hitler.'

      March 23, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • J.S.H.

      Namla this UN intervention could not be more different than going into Iraq in 03. There we had a US president cooking intelligence and pressuring the UN to tacitly support action with no coalition to speak of and a plan to deploy long term ground troops post Saddam. Here we have a UN mandate, voted on unanimously, supported by the other nations in the area and no plans to put any troops on the ground and the US president severing as a check to a rush to action. Some folks are always against the use of force. Good, we need those out there like that. But sometimes you have to act and stop the killer from killing and the only way to do so is to use force. Iraq had nothing to do about humanitarian intervention and everything to do with potential threats. The intervention in Libya has everything to do with saving the lives of countless people who were being slaughtered and nothing to do with oil. Heck US and EU companies were openly angling to make deals with Kaddafi, who was back on good standing with the west until he reminded us that his a brutal murderous dictator. If it was about oil why would we use force when we were being invited in?

      March 23, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • xmxm

      Namla, sorry you are missing the point. Iraqi people did no want war or US invasion. Libyan people do in fact want help in a limited way which the UN is providing. Iraq attack was completely mindless. This is not. This will actually benefit someone. Nor is it based on false evidence which Bush his on.

      March 23, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Namla

      @J.S.H., if the argument is "save lives", why wasn't diplomacy given a chance? Because this plan has been in the works for at least 6 months. The Benghazi opposition group met here in the United States right in Washington D.C. some 6 months or so ago to discuss regime change in Libya. Don't be fooled. Or at least, don't play us for one.

      March 23, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • freeman

      Yes, diplomacy was going to stop Qaddafi from killing more people. He'd just keep on talking, while his troops kept on killing.
      I suppose the US should have tried to continue diplomacy with Germany during WWII as well, huh?

      March 23, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • GZ

      We are not but France for sure and we are going to help them. Its how its looks to me.

      March 23, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mobius007

      All these cries of "The US gets no oil from Libya" are quite descriptive of American ignorance. So few Americans understand anything about economics, about commodities, or global free trade. OIL is a GLOBAL COMMODITY. A decline in oil production ANYWHERE causes a price increase EVERYWHERE. Folks, we are in Libya for the oil, plain and simple. In addition to reviewing economic theory, you should also familiarize yourselves with the concepts of "peak oil" and "resource wars".

      March 23, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nasdaq7

      Namla your an idiot. Clearly you do not follow CNN or BCC or even read newspapers. How long have you been following the situation in Libya? It started with protesting. Then moved on to murders. And finally armed resistance. You are asleep.

      March 23, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack B.

      Why didn't they intervene in recent atrocities and decide to preemptively intervene on this possible one? Why is Libya more important than Darfur, Uganda, Congo, Ethiopia, Somalia or Zimbabwe?... among others...

      March 23, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Pete

    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."

    WOW .... since that is why we are there .... it should be noted that neither she nor Obama should immediately step down from power .... no one can intelligently say that Clinton or Obama ... "meet the legitimate aspirations of his own people."

    March 23, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • TexasStarIII

      Right you are, Pete. She's certainly lost my confidence but I don't see her rushing to resign. The most warmongering SoS since Madeleine Albright. And against the advice of the DoD.

      March 23, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Namla

      @Pete, Obama has now shown his true colors. It was just a matter of time. The military lobbyists have won, once again at the expense of our badly-depleted economy. We can't pay our municipal workers a decent wage, unemployment is still strangling the country, foreclosures are at an all-time high since the Great Depression, so I guess we need another war to tread water.

      It is true that right now Muammar Gadhafi enjoys a higher approval rating that Barack Obama. Last I heard (and based on the foreign workers there) you had a better chance of landing a job there than you do here. Maybe this latest show of muscle will boost Obama's poll ratings.

      March 23, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nasdaq7

      Oh Namla, if things are so bad in the US, why don't you move to Bengazi?

      March 23, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Namla

      Nasdaq7.. where o' where do I begin??? First of all, DO YOU EVEN KNOW that Benghazi is the center of this conflict and the opposition capital? Are you suggesting things aren't bad here? Don't tell me you are one of the brain washed minions who believes you have it good because someone else has it bad??

      No thank you, I am an American and I'm staying in America. Gadhafi is a libyan and he's staying in Libya. But I hear the Benghazi group will be appearing (again) soon at further tax payer expense on their next tour of D.C., so check' em out. Be sure to file your return on time.. wouldn't want them to miss a payment.

      March 23, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nasdaq7

      Namla you sound extremely unhappy there in the US. Why don't you move to South Africa. We have gold, platinum, about every commodity at record prices. Historical highs. Our currency was the strongest in the world. We compete against the Aussie dollar, Quatar dinar to see which appreciates the most a year against the dollar. You sound terribly unhappy and angry.

      March 23, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. CORRADO CAVICCHIONI

    The coalition should leave Lybia alone,the lybians should decide what to do, and not rely on America to help them. Sort yourself out Lybians, if you do not want Gaddafi to be in charge..... sort him out yourself. Do not ask the americans and others to help you, they only want your oil do you understand LYBIANS....... GOOD LUCK IN YOUR FIGHT FOR FREEDOM.

    March 23, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • J.S.H.

      If it was about oil why would we use force when we were being invited in? Could it be that your just anti-American and cannot fathom that the UN and its leading members would act to save lives? There is always a conspiracy out there if you want to see find one

      March 23, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • freeman

      We don't want their Oil, never have.
      America would not exist if France had not helped the "British Opposition" in the American Colonies. Not that we haven't strayed often from our better motivations, but helping out the oppressed is in America's dna.

      March 23, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • GZ

      Im so agree with you. I dont think Libyan's are ready for change. If they would be ready its would happens in the capital, like in Tunisia and Egypt.

      March 23, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Natural Person.. police state name SAM J

    This is not about oil and personaly I dont even believe that this situation is even about protecting the civilians. Please inform me how you can protect people NATO by sending in more troops with guns.? How can you create peace with gun fire. These so called Rebels are fighting for what they believe and want for their future. We the people of this Earth have unalienable rights and I believe that no matter who you are or where you live You have the right to defend those rights!
    Power to the People!

    March 23, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • freeman

      1. Its a UN Resolution, not NATO.
      2. There are no "troops with guns". Its a no-fly zone.
      3. The UN wishes the best for the Libyan people too, that's why they created the no-fly zone.

      March 23, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • GZ

      To be more correct they want no-fly zone for anti-Gadhafi rebels and not for all.

      March 23, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. steeve-0

    47% approve of the Libyan bombing.... why don't they ever ask me? what do they do, lean out the window and jot down the first hundred answers they get? 47% of who?

    March 23, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. the_dude

    If bush had done this the CNN headline would read:
    "Republican war mongers on the rampage. Bush murders more civilians"

    oboma does it and the cnn headline is:
    "Liberated Libyans rejoice. Democrats saved the day. Obama is the most intelligent black man the world has ever known"

    March 23, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • the dude is a sellout

      You're comparing the war crimes and genocide of Bush to what is happening here with the UN? Wow, go back to Fox News and let them brainwash you more, poor guy.

      March 23, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Moe NY

      You just could not resist bringing race into this situation....feel sorry you! This situation is not about race, or if President Obama is the most intelligent person in the world...although, I do think he is brillant. He, our POTUS, did extremely well in making this decision...going along with the UN, and the majority of UN members. Get over your racism, republican/conservative/teabag hatred.

      March 23, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • jim

      Obama Brilliant? HAHA.. He has been pulled into this by Europe, because most of their oil comes from Libya. And, he wants us to be just like the Europeans. BTW, same argument Liberals had about Iraq. How has Libya threatened the USA in the last 10 years? Answer is they haven,t been any threat to us. If this was for humanitaian purposes, Obama would have gone into Egypt, Dufar (much worse killing), Yeman. Here's why. No ones oil was theatened in any of their countries. Stop drinking the Obama Kool aid. We don't need to be in their civi8l war!!!!!!

      March 23, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. the_dude

    Is cnn the communication department for the dnc?

    March 23, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Moe NY

      No, CNN is not the communication department for the DNC....it just so happens CNN prints all blogs (that are fit to print...i.e. language, etc.)...unlike FOX. I noticed your blog was printed out for all to see, so what is your complaint? I try posting on FOX, but if I do not agree with their way of thinking, the blog is not acknowledged. Now, I ask you, what is wrong with that picture? Fair and balanced...not in my book.

      March 23, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. enlightenment DWAMN

    The two tards who posted negative things about my FACTS, not opinions, FACTS, about marijuana are who we need to bomb and kill. One no your friend didnt get a brain disorder from smoking weed because that has never happened, what part of medical gift didnt you understand. Second guy, newly enlightened moron, i can tell your one of those brain washed idiots who have no idea what your talking about and just base everything off of the lies youve been fed. You try and tell me about weed? Let me ask you this (yssup), read that backwards, how many years have you studied marijuana, 0, well guess what bud, ive been in thorough research since day one and when it is legalized and we get some 20 billion dollars in revenue just from the product alone and it literally saves our country and economy from going into a financial meltdown, i bet you'll feel a little different about legalization then. My advise to you is to pick up a book and read about marijuana and all of the benefits and what myself and more than half of the population are saying and maybe you'll wake up out of your ignorance and merely childish ways of looking at things. Once again, the users outnumber the people who disapprove, so your the ones being looked down on. Immaturity is not something you should be around of.

    March 23, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Steve

    Germans pull forces out of NATO; Libyan coalition falls apart...
    Allies in disarray...
    DER SPIEGEL: Coalition of the Unwilling...
    OBAMA: No ground troops, no matter what happens...
    Redefines 'exit strategy'...
    French PM: 'We are not at war'...
    Costs, mission unclear...
    Also backing the rebels - al Qaeda...

    March 23, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
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