Sunday, March 27, 2011

LIBYA is costing us 1 billion. Is it worth it?  The presidential addresss point out a few things that are very interesting.   I do believe in the right of a President to take military action - I also think it is really smart if you talk to Congress beforehand... History will decide.  I do think there will be troops in Libya on the ground despite the words spoken here
Excerpt from the speech are below the video: 
I firmly believe that when innocent people are being brutalized; when someone like Qaddafi threatens a bloodbath that could destabilize an entire region; and when the international community is prepared to come together to save many thousands of lives—then it’s in our national interest to act.  And it’s our responsibility.  This is one of those times.
Our military mission in Libya is clear and focused.  Along with our allies and partners, we’re enforcing the mandate of the United Nations Security Council.  We’re protecting the Libyan people from Qaddafi’s forces.  And we’ve put in place a no fly zone and other measures to prevent further atrocities.
We’re succeeding in our mission.  We’ve taken out Libya’s air defenses.  Qaddafi’s forces are no longer advancing across Libya.  In places like Benghazi, a city of some 700,000 that Qaddafi threatened to show “no mercy,” his forces have been pushed back.  So make no mistake, because we acted quickly, a humanitarian catastrophe has been avoided and the lives of countless civilians—innocent men, women and children—have been saved.
As I pledged at the outset, the role of American forces has been limited. We are not putting any ground forces into Libya. Our military has provided unique capabilities at the beginning
NOTE: Today's news tells that rebel troops are retreating towards Triopoli, Israel is in danger, and that we DO have ground forces in Libya already. 
Additional news excerpts: 

Readout of President Obama's call with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu

President Obama called Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu today to convey his condolences over the terrorist attack in Jerusalem yesterday, which killed one person and wounded many others, and to express his concern about the recent rocket and mortar attacks against Israel from Gaza.  The President reaffirmed the United States’ unwavering commitment to Israel’s security.  The Prime Minister expressed appreciation for the call and said thatIsrael would continue to update the United States on the investigation into the attack in Jerusalem.  The leaders agreed to remain in close touch on a range of regional security issues. ...

NOTE: TODAY FOX NEWS REPORTED THAT THERE ARE GROUND TROOPS IN LIBYA AND THAT THE UNDERSTANDING IS THAT SOMEONE AT THE WHITE HOUSE MIGHT HAVE MISCOMMUNICATED........ REALLY??????  Given what we have seen government do in the foreclosure fight, pardon my inability to believe anything this administration says. 

Remarks by the President on Libya: "Today We are Part of a Broad Coalition. We are Answering the Calls of a Threatened People. And We are Acting in the Interests of the United States and the World"

yesterday , we will not -- I repeat -- we will not deploy any U.S. troops on the ground. As Commander-in-Chief, I have great confidence in the men and women of our military who will carry out this mission.  They carry with them the respect ... Yesterday, President Obama delivered remarks on the United States' response to the situation inLibya, "authoriz[ing] the Armed Forces of the United States to begin a limited military action in Libya in support of an international effort to protect Libyan civilians." Read the full remarks below: Good afternoon, everybody.  Today I authorized the Armed Forces of the United States to begin a limited military action in Libya in support of an international effort ...

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