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  • Morning Bell: Five Questions Obama Has Not Answered on Libya

    Yesterday the United Nations Security Council voted 10–0, with five abstentions, to authorize military action in Libya. Specifically, the resolution “authorizes member states … to take all necessary measures … to protect civilians and civilian populated areas under threat of attack.” Celebrations erupted across Benghazi after news of the vote reached rebels. A 17-year-old rebel told The Wall Street Journal: “I give Qadhafi a maximum of two days.” If only.

    In reality the U.N. resolution is nothing more than a “feel-good” palliative measure that is not likely to decisively affect the fighting on the ground in Libya. As Secretary of Defense Robert Gates testified last week: “Let’s just call a spade a spade. A no-fly zone begins with an attack on Libya to destroy the air defenses. That’s the way you do a no-fly zone. And then you can fly planes around the country and not worry about our guys being shot down. But that’s the way it starts.” But is that what the Obama Administration is planning? Even if the Administration has a plan on Libya, it certainly has not communicated it to the American people. Here are just some of the fundamental questions the Administration has failed to answer as our military stands on the brink of a new and costly commitment:

    • So far, the only firm commitments are a naval blockade, AWACS for air traffic control, and signal-jamming aircraft. U.S. officials said that it would probably take several days for a full operation to be undertaken and that President Obama had not yet approved the use of U.S. military assets. Will he? Will the U.S. be using military force against Libya?
    • If establishing a no-fly zone in Libya is so vital to U.S. national security, why did the Administration waste a week getting approval from the U.N.?
    • Imposing a no-fly zone entails substantial costs for U.S. armed forces and risks diverting scarce U.S. military and intelligence assets. Will the vital missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, and the Horn of Africa suffer?
    • Are the rebels free of terrorist elements, and what precautions will we require them to take to ensure that weapons we supply are not sold or diverted to other groups?
    • Will we rule out supplying arms (“Stinger” anti-aircraft missiles, for example) that could pose a potent threat to U.S. forces if they end up in the hands of terrorists?

    Until these questions are answered, it is impossible to endorse proposals for the use of force based solely on a U.N. resolution. Circumstances could change. The use of military force in Libya could be justified. But what is of great concern here is the fog of confusion the Obama Administration is emitting on Libya. After the U.N. resolution passed, France said that military strikes could come “within hours.” They haven’t. What did come was the heavy bombardment of the rebel held town of Mistrata by loyalist forces. President Obama should be working hard to identify a legitimate opposition to Qaddafi that is not Islamist and can be given U.S. and European support with conditions that protect against the transfer of weapons to terrorists.

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    • The Food and Drug Administration warned Thursday that people in the U.S. shouldn’t be taking “anti-radiation” potassium iodide pills flooding the Internet because no radiation from Japan has been detected in the U.S.
    • Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (R) signed into law a measure giving a state-appointed manager the power to set aside government union contracts.
    • The House approved legislation yesterday that would block federal funding from reaching NPR.
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    • Senator Rand Paul (R–KY) introduced legislation yesterday that would balance the budget in five years and eliminate the Departments of Education, Energy, Commerce, and Housing and Urban Development.
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    48 Responses to Morning Bell: Five Questions Obama Has Not Answered on Libya

    1. charles labounty says:

      It doesn't matter what BHO does on Lybia.

      If he orders air strikes, then NBC and the commie networks will say "he is a courageous and decisive leader".

      If he does nothing, then NBC and the commie networks will say "he is thoughtful and strategic and diplomatic".

    2. Ken Jarvis - Las Veg says:

      3 – 18 – 11 FROM – Ken Jarvis – LVKen7@Gmail.com

      Obama is DOING THE RIGHT thing in Libya.

      No matter WHAT he does -

      HF WAR HAWKS will consider it – the Wrong thing.

      Libya is NOT America's fight.

      GOOD for YOU Mr. Prez

    3. Jeff Dover, Fountain says:

      Of course, a responsible organization like Heritage has to ask these questions, but we already know the answer: the president is 1) out of his depth and clueless tactically, and 2) doesn't know how to use the nation's power effectively for the benefit of the nation, that is, our nation.

    4. ThomNJ says:

      "The use of military force in Libya could be justified." – i DISAGREE – There is no compelling reason at all for us to get invovled in this. The very idea that there is "a legitimate opposition to Qaddafi that is not Islamist and can be given U.S. and European support with conditions that protect against the transfer of weapons to terrorists" is absurd. Come on, this is a case of the lesser of two evils – and they are both pretty darn evil. You've got a guy in power who has actively tried to and succeeded in murdering Westerners who is being attacked by rebels that include a strong contingent of the Muslim Brotherhood whose stated goal is to eliminate or subjugate us all. There is no win-win here, only a lose-lose. Believing that there is any element in this fight that is somewhat pro-Western World and that CAN SUSTAIN ITSELF ENOUGH TO BE IN CHARGE AT THE END is an absolute joke. Just ask the Copts in Egypt.

    5. Don Vander Jagt, Gra says:

      Why should America spend any blood or money on the side of anyone who acribes to what these Middle Eastern folks do?

      According to the book they say they believe in we must either serve them, join them or be put to death by them.

      We should be encouraging them to kill each other and keep our nose out of someone elses fight!

      You say we need their oil, you too lie either by choice or through ignorance!

    6. Ron W. Smith, Provid says:

      Conn, once again, I respond to a post bearing your name. This one will be VERY brief.

      The unanswered question of most importance is how does the world's biggest debtor nation justify to its taxpayers yet another engagement internationally when there are so many obvious domestic needs being unmet or, as bad, being threatened with $ cuts? We are a different country from the one I grew up in during WWII. We fell in love with our newfound wealth and power in the 1950's and have since been extending our reach around the world as though solely responsible.

      It's a very expensive game we're playing, Conn. Time to re-think the foreign policy decisions behind it all.

    7. george verrilli says:

      You are lost in the minutiae. One big onslaught (interference with air communication, drones, destroying Libyia's air force, bombing a few military bases) and it's over as Qaddafi would be rendered visually powerless. Arming the rebels is risky when they can confiscate Libyia's arms.

    8. Bippy New Jersey says:

      No one in the Obama Administration would ever consider these questions in advance and I'm sure it never entered their little pin heads. Frankly, I'm shocked that Obama made his predictions in the NCAA pool. I thought he would wait until later next week to pick his first round winners. I already have "concerns" that the "Chicago Connection" has already anointed Kansas the winner.

    9. Robert, North Richla says:

      We have no business getting involved in Libya. Let the French and other European nations rattle their sabres, and do it by themselves for a change. Do we even have a Congress? We certainly do not have any congressional leadership. We should be reinforcing our U.S. energy industry (instead of Libyan rebels – whoever they are today) and allowing it to function at full capacity. We should also restore the sensible regulation of our U.S. energy futures market by repealing the Phil Gramm rule that allows foreign traders and speculators to drive up the price of our gas to $ 4 per gallon.

    10. Ralph Dusenberry, Ca says:

      Give notice, only bomb runways and aircraft on airports that violate the notice. Don't supply weapons without appropriate assurances and allies involvement.

    11. Steve Cafaro Fort My says:

      The USA is broke and yet we continue to involve ourselves in the internal business of other countries. Oil is truly the curse of the Mideast.

    12. Al Smith says:

      Whats wrong with Delta Force and some Ground to Air ? We dont have to put in a years supply, Hit that Bastard and he will run into the desert on the tractor like he did before. They, the Rebels need a little Leadership just like we do.

    13. LibertyAtStake, Alex says:

      "President Obama should be working hard …" Good one.

      Qadhafi has already won thanks to three weeks of diplomatic dithering. He hasn't blinked – he's hoodwinked the west – he will use the "cease fire" to lay siege to Benghazi instead of leveling it. The leaderless Free World will not have the stomach to take on the commitment to go as far as removing the regime, not that that was ever warranted in the first place, except that BHO said the words 'Qadhafi must go.'
      "Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive"

    14. Tim, Washington Stat says:

      I think we should let NATO lead on this one. It's not humanitarian yet. There is no genocide in the thought works here at all. Just because there is an uprising of people numbering in the tens of thousands who want change doesn't mean that a government must cowtow to the peoples demands. They are the government, they are in charge. All of that garbage that happened in Egypt is still not sorted out yet the people feel they have effected change. If all of this rhetoric were really true, we would have a total change of government in Wisconsin, as mandated by the people protesting in the streets who feel opressed, are out of work, and have hungry children at home..over ten percent of their population is in poverty..Poverty…that's powerful. Does America really need to ask questions of what a foreign government is doing, what is right and just? Damn, look in our own backyard. Let the U.N. do what they are paid for, and make our federal and state legislatures do what they are paid to do. Make them, that's what we pay them for, and that's why they were elected.

    15. LibertyAtStake, Alex says:

      Adding to my earlier comment – measured support to the rebels three weeks ago may have been warranted (air cover, supplies) – provided we knew who they really were (unclear) and had a some idea of what the post-Gaddafi Libya would look like (also unclear).
      "Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive"

    16. Richard Cancemi, Arl says:

      The USA cannot afford another intervention. We are already financially defunct!Every great nation declined and fell as a result of over-extension of military actions. Their treasuries were drained and they never recovered. We are at this juncture in our history.

      Ptogressives are dedicated to the dissolution of the United States of America and wish it to be subservient to a World Order (United Nations). They have been slaving for decades to bring-about this end of the USA

      Some Republicans (Rinos) and the vast majority of Socialists aka Democrats care not for this country as it was founded and how it became great. They want a system of rulers and ruled.

      Already the original principles of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights have been trashed and shredded by these traitorous Progressives.

      The USA must remain sovereign and to do that we must return ourselves to a strong country with a strong treasury, a smaller government, and a strong DEFENSIVE (not OFFENSIVE) military.

      WE can do business with the world but we have to be done with policing and serving the world. We have to stop foreign aid because we cannot afford to give away what we haven't got! The next step would be to remove our troops from around the world and then to resign from the United Nations. We have been part of that Useless Nuisance long enough.

      The all-embracing, free-loading Welfare State needs to be dissolved and only truly helpless people should be helped. We will have more and more people of better and stronger character if they were not so quickly rescued from the results of their own folly.

      Finally the ONLY way to dissolve the corruption in government is the have TERM LIMITS and NO special perquesites for holding an elected office. The prostitution of politicians to special interests might cease, especially if any breach of ethics and /or wrong-doing is punished as harshly as citizens are.

      The attitude of Public Servants being an Aristocracy must be done away with. The People must be superior to the ones they elect.

      All profigacy must stop, and it starts with our not getting involved with Libya. We just cannot afford another political war.

      Let us return to what we were intended to be – A democratic Republic. Let us insist on America First and never compromise with that idea.

    17. Pete, Houston Texas says:

      The US military has no business to be involved in Libya. This is a muslim society problem and should be solved by the people of Libya and their muslim neighbors. The muslim society does not seem to function that well when they are in a democratic society such as ours so when the next dictator or the old one takes back over Libya, they get get what they need to function as a society.

      The US could have taken out "Kaddafi" years ago when we had laser sights thru his bedroom window after the Lockerbie incident and instead we just gave him a warning. That part of the world does not respond well to talking but rather to strong physical action. The US is not like the rest of the world and the rest of the world is not like us. No matter what the US does, that is not going to change. Only the ignorant can't figure this out. We have some pretty smart ignorant people in this country.

    18. Bruce J. Kolinski says:

      Our very own lazy, dunce-like, White House squatter who purchased his 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue lease with more than $700 million dollars (provided by which Bilderberg Members?) is fat, sassy and contented.

      The Libyan rebels are being slaughtered by one of Obama's idols; Hillary's hair is a mess; the U.S. dollar is nearly dead; the U.S. economy is approaching collapse while moronic pundits tout an imaginary recovery; our military is being strangled; our Federal government is bankrupt both morally and financially; our dependency on Middle East oil grows daily; the Middle East is on fire; the criminally insane Federal Reserve printing presses are smoking hot; we're monetizing our own profligate debt; leadership consists solely of suggesting potassium iodide tablets; it couldn't really be more perfect.

      This is what you get when you elect an America hating, Cloward and Pivens devotee with personal problems so deep as to be nearly unimaginable to be President; and then elect a Congress so corrupt, childish and lost it would make a goat puke; and then let them all run your country.

      Change you can believe in. Well, I'm certainly a believer. I'm storing food and provisions for the coming Progressive future, which is now inevitable. America's future will make Japan look like a Sunday afternoon picnic. Sorry to kind of negative and grouchy.

    19. BARB, MN says:

      Shame, Shame, Shame

      Western Powers Again Make a Grab for Libyan Oil


      “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – for ever.” – George Orwell.

      The bombing of Libya will begin on or nearly to the day, of the eighth anniversary of the beginning of the destruction of Iraq, 19th March, in Europe. Libya too will be destroyed – its schools, education system, water, infrastructure, hospitals, municipal buildings. There will be numerous "tragic mistakes", "collateral damage", mothers, fathers, children, babies, grandparents, blind and deaf schools and on and on. And the wonders of the Roman remains and earlier, largely enduring and revered in all history's turmoils as Iraq, the nation's history – and humanity's, again as Iraq and Afghanistan, will be gone, for ever.

      The infrastructure will be destroyed. The embargo will remain in place, thus rebuilding will be impossible. Britain, France and the US., will decide the country needs "stabilizing", "help with reconstruction." They will move in, secure the oil installations and oil fields, the Libyan people will be an incidental inconvenience and quickly become "the enemy", "insurgents", be shot, imprisoned, tortured, abused – and a US friendly puppet "government" will be installed.

      The invaders will award their companies rebuilding contracts, the money – likely taken from Libya's frozen assets without accounting – will vanish and the country will remain largely in ruins.

      And the loudest cheerleaders for this, as Iraq, will be running round tv and radio stations in London, Europe and the US, then returning to their safe apartments and their UK/US/Europe paid tenures, in the knowledge that no bombs will be dropping on them. Their children will not be shaking uncontrollably and soiling themselves with terror at the sound of approaching planes.

      And this Libyan "Shock and Awe"? Shame on France, shame on Britain and the US and a UN avowed: "… to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war." Every shattered body, every child maimed or blown to bits, every widow, widower, orphan, will have their name of those countries, and the UN., written in their blood in their place of death.

      And the public of these murderous, marauding Western ram raiders, will be told that we were bringing democracy, liberating Libya from a tyrant, from the "new Hitler", the "Butcher of Bengazi."

      The countries who have ganged together these last days to overthrow a sovereign government have, again, arguably, conspired in Nuremberg's: " … supreme international crime, differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole", and yet again, plotted to overthrow a sovereign government, with a fig leaf of "legality" from an arm twisted UN. We have seen it all before.

      In time, it will emerge, who was stirring, bribing, de-stabilizing – and likely few will be surprised at the findings. But by then, Libya will be long broken and its people, fleeing, displaced, distraught.

      When it comes to dealing with the usual "liberators", be careful what you wish for. In six months or so, most Libyans, whatever the failings of the last forty years rule, will be ruing the day.

      Felicity Arbuthnot is a frequent contributor to Global Research. Global Research Articles by Felicity Arbuthnot

    20. Dr. Henry Sinopoli says:

      Of course Barry O. has not answered the important questions about Libia, he was busy filling out his brackets for the Final Four. Regardless of his mental absence on what you believe is important, the man knows how to prioritize and focus:

      1. Basketball

      2. Vacations

      3. Golf

      4. State dinners with the 'Bell'

      5. Wednesday evening private parties at the White House

      6. Teleprompter practice

    21. Dinah Garrison Fairb says:

      I appreciate this excellent column; it clears up a lot of fog for me. I don't like to be picky, but I feel I must comment on "opposition…that is not Islamist." Any group that comes into control in Libya is going to be Islamist unless something very strange happens. Now, opposition that is not part of the radical Islamist organizations I think we must accept.

    22. mike hutchings says:

      whose side are the rebels on…if i remember correctly gaddafi is what passes for a liberal and his opposition is fundamentaist in nature…let them fight it out without spilling american blood and what's left of our treasure on the sands…isn't that what second tier powers do,hang on the edge of the fire and wait for scraps from the big dogs

    23. Carol,AZ says:

      Where, is the Arab League ?

      That's the question that no one will ask.

      Is this another scenario of: "When Europe Slept?"

      Do you think if a "no fly zone" is inacted, that we won't bomb military targets?

      The last I checked, that was an overt act of war from the USA, to a foreign counrtry.

      Are all of us prepared for that out come?

    24. toledofan says:

      It's too little too late and trying to implement a no fly zone, now, would be a waste of time and money. What's the point, we haven't done anything positive so far, why start now. The sad part in all of this is that if the U.S. isn't going to lead, it's not going to happen. In the bigger scheme, it's clear, that, all the chaos, lack of cohesion and turmoil in the world is a direct result of the lack of American leadership and it's obvious without our direct involvement there is chaos. The other problem is there is no end game, what's Obama going to do tomorrow, what's the plan, does Qaddafi stay in power? What is the next step. So doing nothing may be the right choice because doing nothing means you don't have to think about what you do next.

    25. RUTH SC says:

      Charlie you are right, he can do no wrong no matter what is happening to our country, He is set for life, his pension, book rights speaking gigs, Obama will leave office whenever it is and never give another thought about Libya or any other country, let alone ours. It does not matter what Americans think, as long as he has his,(and he does). The sooner we dump him the better off our country will be if we replace him with someone who cares about what happens to the rest of us. God Bless America, and God Bless our people.

    26. Diane Crawford Sun C says:

      I've been wondering why we couldn't do what President Reagan did, only with our new technology….a drone. A direct hit where Lybias' leader and sons' are. Mission accomplished.

      Besides killing his own people it has been established Qadaffi (sp?) was responsible for ordering the plane that went down over Lockerbie (sp?) with many American young people aboard.

    27. Frank, Florida says:

      Even if Obama seriously wanted the USA to intervene on the part of the Rebels in Libya to oust Qaddafi, he squandered his opportunities to use the "bully pulpit" to send a clear message (too busy golfing, guessing who will win in basketball playoffs & now a trip to Rio). The guy can't make a hard decision & stick to it. He dithers.

      If he wants a no fly zone & wants to commit US forces in Libya, I agree with Judge Napolitano: get a declaration of war. If not, forget about it! NO MORE "POLICE ACTIONS" without a declaration of war.

      Our nation is in sad, sad shape & I doubt anything will be done soon to stop the downhill slide. We need to return to a Constitutionally limited Federal government & balance the budget, then start to seriously pay down the debt. That's not happening. We will default on our loan first or go into hyperinflation… one of the two around the time the US Dollar loses its status the world's sole reserve currency. We will then collapse financially as a nation. We'll be forced to hit the "reset button" as a nation at that point.

      I also wonder if anyone will ever determine for 100% if Obama is a legitimate President or not? Only Donald Trump has thrown that question out of all the Republican Presidential hopefuls. No other Republican has the guts to mention it. We don't need any more spineless RINOs in office!!

    28. F.D. O'Toole, N says:

      Ever since Viet Nam liberals have accused Republicans of responsibility for unpopular wars that were "all about oil". Note that Obama is not putting his fingerprints on this war. He has foils like McCain out front to take the eventual blame should this limited invasion prove to be a morass. If oil is not the distinguishing causus belli in Libya, what is? Is it because Libya is weak, within range of our ships and planes, and we can beat them easily?

      Why not invade Iran while we are at it? It’s just as despotic. They execute someone every eight hours. It’s much more of a threat to world oil and our very existence. But we won’t attack them because they are extremely well armed by Russia and other “allies” on the Security Council.

      Does intervention in Libya “to save lives” commit us to get involved militarily in every instance where brutal regimes kill their own people? Did we intervene in China? Or Russia with the Chechens? How about Central Africa where mass killings are routine?

      The Muslim's are engaged in a civil war of their own. It crosses borders. The war is between the Shias and the Sunnis. It’s a religious war over who is a true Muslim. Why should American soldiers get between them? Don’t we have enough problems here in our country?

      Ask the American people if they want to get involved in a third Muslim country? Or in Bahrain, or Yemen. Ask them if they believe such intervention will make the Muslims love us? As representatives of the people, ask Congress to declare war if they believe that is the right thing to do. That’s their job.

    29. Doug Whaley, Lake Ha says:

      What do you expect Obama to do?! The man doesn't make decisons and these five questions would require him to make decisions. He would rather take the easy way out and let things happen on their own then if they turn out good he can brag about what great job he did. If it turns out bad he can distance himself from it all.

      If you are expecting him to actually do something you will be waiting a very long time.

    30. Thor H. Asgardson says:

      Mission Accomplished?

      The nations of the world need to quit playing toy soldiers and look to the real cause of their respective national misfortunes; the international bankers.

      Has anyone ever wondered why the Greatest American, Patrick J. Buchanan appears to be such a staunch "anti-Semite?"

      Such "great questions" of vital national security interests are nothing more than distractions on the world stage, which divert the national attention away from the primary mission which has remained unfulfilled.

      The current drama in Libya pales in comparison to the true reality faced by the nations of the world, which find themselves in planetary slavery to players behind the scenes, who control the money supply.

      Let all matters of national security and global stability now center on the objectives of the true mission to be accomplished.

      If the United States of America fails to crush the power of the international bankers, by dissolution of the Federal Reserve; all "great questions of the day" will assume their real status of no importance. Such matters will then become like the toy puppet Obama administration–irrelevant.

      Usury is the real "NO FLY ZONE."


    31. Wayne Clark - Owasso says:

      Individually, I could support the limited application and use of a 'no-fly zone. I would vehementlly oppose our government supplying any weapons to anyone. We have yet to demonstrate the supply of weapons to most groups has resulted in positive outcomes for our country. In almost every instance, the moment we begin to supply weapons to any group, we generally open the door to even more egregious behavior. Inevitably, that has more often than not worked to our disadvantage.

      Seemingly well intentioned actions, protection of human rights in this instance, while appearing to be laudable is an appropriate action and masks what should always be our first priority; the safety and well being of our own country.

    32. Ben C. Ann Arbor, MI says:

      The sixth question is: When will George Soros decide he has made enough money and will back off.

      This is truley a no-win situation and best be left to the locals. The best we can do is develop our own resources and stop funding the middle east with petrodollars.

    33. Leith N. Wood says:

      Why would anyone care what Obama has to say now? It is worthless. Work hard now to get him and his crowd out in 2011.

    34. Leon Lundquist, Dura says:

      My friends, I fear it is worse than we have the credulity to fear. I shocked myself thinking "Obama is blooding the rebels!" If you know what that means it is horrifying that the Libyan Rebels are being used so ill. Obama calls out the 'young people' and exposes them to death from Quidaffy's murderous thugs. That same trick caused mass murder in Iraq, arguably a Crime Against Humanity!

      What next? I thought they might come in at the last minute and save the rebels, big fake show of perfidious support? But it seems to be "Blood them some more!" So it is truly 'too late' for any good to come of it! It is all about BP having off shore drilling rights. Just watch. Daffy's son Dufus Kadaffy will be promising 'democratic' reforms. But laugh! They never taught him Representative Democracy. They'll give the Libyans a Russian style Constitution! All that blood for nothing! Worse, betrayal!

    35. Daisysue says:

      WTH ! Lybia will just have to get in line with everybody else……….

    36. Daisysue says:

      No big deal, after all America has been waiting for the answer to One Question for Two Years…So Lybia will just have to get in line……

    37. Norm LA says:

      I personally am proud of America and am thankful I was born here. We; our country has always been a world leader and it is Exceptional. And am continuously amazed of the selfish people who say we can't afford to help and show our leadership And that we have no business helping people who are being shelled by their own government [as we are by ours, in a verbal & otherwise manner]. Maybe some should have been born in Libya, Iran, Cuba, but not in free USA. Obama is not sending our good men and women to help Japan; there is yet to be known personal benefit. This CS has done nothing to help others in two years. But he, again was a follower. I do not know about anyone who has posted here, although I can guess by the "Me First Crowd", America should not be waiting for the UN, whose thug leaders and reps raped women in a country they went to :help" or thanks to some, follow France.

    38. John Arizona says:

      Other than picking his March Madness selections, Obama and the rest of his administration are checking their text books and notes from their communism classes at Columbia, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, etc. to find out what to do next.

    39. zhenglizhen china says:

      But it seems to be “Blood them some more!”

    40. zhenglizhen china says:

      The sixth question is: When will George Soros decide he has made enough money and will back off.

      This is truley a no-win situation and best be left to the locals. The best we can do is develop our own resources and stop funding the middle east with petrodollars.

    41. A. Terranova, Ormond says:

      Obama perceives himself as a "global" leader in the George Soros utopian world view of an "Open Society". He is carrying out this radical left ideology by virtue of the following :1) He is a committed Alinskyite "community organizer" intent on undermining and subverting the U.S. Constitution for the purpose of "fundamentally changing" our democratic Republic into a social democracy(mob rule); 2) In his 2009 Cairo University speech at Cairo University he said, "The U.S. will never be at war with Islam" even though Islam is at the root cause of world terrorism; 3) His is the active political ideology of the "silent coup" in which our Constitution is being gutted from within leaving only a semblance of our once sovereign nation in the form of a hollow shell. This he is accomplishing through what the radical left calls the "rule of law" which in reality is the Machiavellian rule of "the ends justify the means"; 4) Through implementation and passage of Obamacare in addition to the trillions he has spent on governemtn bailouts and union handouts, he is actively engaged in bankrupting our nation; 5) He has been and is in the process of exchanging U.S. Constitutional law for international law under the auspices of the totally corrupt UN for the purpose of engaging in a huge "redistribution of wealth" because Obama perceives the U.S. as a capitalist, imperialist nation intent on "occupying" other nations for the sake of dominating them. All of this constitutues a gross perversion of his oath of Office as President of the United States. His actions are those of a deceiver whose words are in diametric opposition to his deeds. His are the deeds of a destroying, not a builder. As George Soros has said, "It is far easier to destroy (a country) than it is to rebuild it". Keep an eye on the Middle East and on Japan.

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    43. BARB, MN says:

      US Engaged in Another Illegal War


      Corporate media begins inevitable propaganda spin to rationalize murder.

      Article One, Section Eight of the Constitution reads: “Congress shall have power to … declare War.” Congress did not declare war on Libya. The globalist sock puppet Obama did.

      Speaking from Brasilia, Obama said that he had authorized “limited military action in Libya.”

      He does not have the authority to call for military action against other countries. The executive branch of the United States government, however, has engaged in this sort of unlawful and flagrant violation of the Constitution since the end of the Second World War.

      Congress recognizes no claimed power of the president to wage war outside of the War Powers Resolution. Congress passed the the War Powers Resolution in 1973 after Nixon illegally invaded Cambodia.

      The War Powers Resolution became totally irrelevant when Congress passed the Iraq Resolution or the Iraq War Resolution in 2002 following the false flag attack of September 11, 2011.

      Obama and his globalist puppet masters have deep and undivided contempt for the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the American people. Obama placed his “authority” to kill Libyans on a flimsy framework earlier established by warmongers in France, Britain, Canada and Italy.

      The despicable French president Nicolas Sarkozy led the charge. His call for mass murder was described as “theatrical gravitas” by the corporate media. British Prime Minister David Cameron and Sarkozy met briefly Saturday to compare notes before an “international” (globalist) summit on Libya. Sarkozy also met with Madame Clinton.

      Cameron reportedly wants NATO to take a lead role in the act of war, while Sarkozy is said to want an “international leadership structure” independent of NATO – that is to say he wants handpicked globalist minions to run the show, probably from Brussels.

      Secretary of State Clinton said Arab efforts to “stop violence” – by initiating more deadly and well-organized violence – played a key role in mobilizing the international coalition.

      In fact, the Arabs took their marching orders from the Europeans and the United Nations and will be at best junior partners in the wanton slaughter. The globalists do not turn to third-rate Arab dictatorships like Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and the corrupt Gulf emirates for advice.

      In the days ahead, we can expect Arab ground troops to be sent into Libya to kill their Arab brothers. It is unlikely American soldiers will serve as bullet-stoppers in this engineered conflict, at least in the short term.

    44. Clearhead says:

      Maybe when he comes back from his vacation in South and Central America, he'll read the New York Times and figure he should have formed an opinion about the whole mess. Oh well, too late now. Let's have another press party — the election is coming nearer and nearer.

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    46. Blair Franconia, NH says:

      Why was Obama so eager to throw Mubarak from the train and is so reluctant to do

      the same with Qadaffi?

    47. Don, Alabama says:

      Someone said "kill them all and let God sort them out." I beleive we should let them kill each other and let God sort them out. Who but God knows what is best.

      I can see no immediate danger to the United States from this civil war. If humanitirian action is required, then we need troops in the ghettos of the U.S. Chicago would be a great place to start.

      I hav e not been able to determine the political intent of the Rebels. If indeed they are Muslems, how would that be better?

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