Rumors about US military intervention in Libya

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    I ve red in the newspaper today that their will be a possible military intervention from the US to drive Kadhaffi from power, is this a credible possibility?
     
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    Anything is possible.
    We've probably got some sort of black ops over there already.
    I wouldn't hold your breath though.
     
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    I think not. Bush used up our ability to move troops to another theatre of war.
     
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    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Tuesday he was dispatching two warships and 400 Marines as a humanitarian response to the crisis in Libya, but he cautioned that U.S. military intervention should be carefully considered.

    "The kinds of options that have been talked about in the press and elsewhere also have their own consequences," Gates said on Tuesday, referring to calls for a no-fly zone and other possible steps to halt attacks by Moammar Kadafi's forces on rebels. "They need to be considered very carefully."

    Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, said at a Pentagon news briefing that the Defense Department was examining a wide range of military options but said no decision had been made on executing any of them.

    Robert Gates on Libya: U.S. sending Navy ships, Marines for humanitarian efforts in Libya - latimes.com
     
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    Granny thinks he's a nutjob...
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    US Threatens No-Fly Zone Against 'Crazy' Gadhafi
    Mar 1, 2011 - Libya's embattled but tenacious dictator, Col. Moammar Gadhafi, is "crazy" and the country could be on the brink of civil war, U.S. officials said today as plans to enact a no-fly zone gained more support.
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    Gadhafi Expert Warns Libyan Leader Will Fight 'Until the End'
    Mar 1, 2011 - -- The violence in Libya is worse than reported and Moammar Gadhafi will battle the opposition to the bitter end, says a native Libyan and Jewish activist who has met the dictator several times.

     
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    Everytime the leader of some 3rd world country farts, there is rumor that the US military is on the way. Personally, I'd like to see the US sit this one out. No aid, no troops, nothing. There are other countries in the world that can move in if they wish. You know when this is all over with there will be a new dictator for Libya. Just wonder if he will be an old one or a young one. We shall see.
     
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    :lol:

    and now for some reality.


    Obama sent the marine amphib. contingent that was part of the 6th fleet to ....Afghanistan months ago. They are replacing them with marines from the US at this moment ( thats the 400 sheldon alludes to)...not a week ago, not 3 weeks ago, not 7...now.

    the USS Enterprise the Carrier Air grp. that is assigned to the 6th fleet has been in the Persian gulf since....wait for it- 3 months go (when their commander was sacked for making vids as the XO years ago, remember that?).

    Tunisia broke out over 7 weeks ago. The Enterprise which is a MUST for any no fly zone or air cover for any troops deployed had NOT been sent orders to move to the Med. until...wait for it.....2 days ago.
     
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    as a general note it will be interesting seeing how this works out...so its okay now to get involved in regime change....

    so what about, uhm Bashir? hes slaughtering and has been slaughtering people in the Darfur region for years...what up wit dat? he next?

    Does the UN approve our going ashore and doing what needs to be done? hummmmmmm...

    catch my drift?
     
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    The ICC wants to have a chat with Bashir whenever it's convenient for his schedule. Progress!
     
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    I'm no military expert but it seems our troops have been stressed by combat duty for longer than we were engaged in World War II; Russian has provided Libya with modern weapons, for a no-fly zone to operate anti-aircraft batteries and missles need to be put out of commission before our planes can safely enforce such a zone; and, what of the rest of the ME, nations which do not trust us now when we invade another country?
    I experienced the power the Butler Class DE I served on had, to expect Libya and other nations with more modern equipment to passively stand by is too optimistic, and a likely incentive for more terrorims against us.
    Let France and Germany and other European Nations handle this situation, they are the ones who rely on Libya's oil.
     

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