Nato lacking strike aircraft for Libya campaign

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    yea, well someone posted a chart I spoke to a coupla of weeks ago that had the aircraft strength available for Libya by nation. I said then and many here speculated, without us, they won't be able to carry the load. And, they can't.

    The USS Enterprise an aircraft carrier we had in the Persian gulf that was re-routed to the Med for Libya then, sent back to the gulf because Obama wanted nato to get it done to protect us from blow-back, has more 2/3's of the strike aircraft nato presently has in theater by itself.

    they have I am sure asked us to step back in, back channel and I bet they were told no. This whole thing is a rank mess and in the end we will NOT escape blame, either way we go.



    Nato lacking strike aircraft for Libya campaign
    April 5th 2011


    US withdrawal of attack planes puts pressure on European countries, especially France, to offer more strike capability

    Nato is running short of attack aircraft for its bombing campaign against Muammar Gaddafi only days after taking command of the Libyan mission from a coalition led by the US, France and Britain.

    David Cameron has pledged four more British Tornado jets on top of eight already being used for the air strikes. But pressure is growing for other European countries, especially France, to offer more after the Americans withdrew their attack aircraft from the campaign on Monday.

    "We will need more strike capability," a Nato official said.

    Since the French launched the first raids on Libya 16 days ago, the coalition and Nato have destroyed around 30% of Gaddafi's military capacity, Lieutenant General Charles Bouchard, the Canadian officer leading the air campaign, told Nato ambassadors.

    But attempts to "degrade" the Libyan leader's firepower further were being complicated by a shift in tactics by Gaddafi, said Brigadier General Marc van Uhm, a senior Nato military planner.

    "They are using light vehicles and trucks to transport," while hiding tanks and heavy weapons, he said.

    "We try to identify where those heavy assets are, because we have seen they have chosen to hide themselves into urban areas to prevent being targeted, even using human shields."

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    Nato lacking strike aircraft for Libya campaign | World news | guardian.co.uk
     
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    If Ghaddafi bombs the shit out of rebels (terrorists who take-up arms against state-authority), he is right to do so. That's no civilians.

    Of which chart are you speaking, can you link it?
     
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    Libyan rebel leader says NATO isn't doing enough
    5 Apr.`11 — A rebel military leader lashed out at NATO Tuesday, saying it was falling short in its mission to protect Libyan civilians. The alliance said ruler Moammar Gadhafi's forces position heavy weapons in populated areas, preventing some airstrikes.
     
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    http://articles.latimes.com/2009/apr/02/opinion/oe-bacevich2

    Why are we in Nato in the first place, we can't afford these interventions anymore, let Europe deal with its own mess, if France and the UK want a war with Libya let them, and when they screw up they will be to blame. :rolleyes:
     
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    Which part of the phrase 'United Nations' is above your intellectual paygrade? It's not the UK and France. It's the international community. We are part of that community. And, frankly, given what happened last time we went for 'isolationism', I don't think we can afford not to be part of it.
     
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    I am sorry ekrem but there are so many libya threads, it would probably take me an hour or 2 to find ....sorry.
     

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