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Obama defends US military action in Libya

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President Barack Obama is defending U.S. military involvement in Libya as part of America's responsibility as a world leader.

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A Somewhat Neutral View

Las Cruces, NM

#64 Mar 31, 2011
I don't understand why we are participating in Libya to begin with, given the fact that they produce less than 2% of the world's oil demands.

Gadhaffi is a threat to our country, as history has demonstrated, BUT...WHO is going to be in charge if we get him out of power? The guy is evil, no question about that, but why is the U.S. taking action without knowing who will be in charge next?

This is not much different than the Iraq war in my opinion. Is there a long-term end-plan? Is this for nation-building or simply regime-change? Is this for oil?(again, Libya is a small fish in the oil pool, and the U.S. doesn't get ANY of it through DIRECT channels) Are we doing this to prevent "Weapons of Mass Destruction or an expansion of Al Quaida, Hezbulla, etc...??? Is our motive for humanitarian reasons? What about Darfur, Syria and numerous other 3rd world countries? Why Lybia????

The U.S. doesn't have financial resources, nor any apparent justification to be participating in this. Yeah, sure... It's the U.N..... but... WHO is the strongest country in the U.N.? WE are footing the bill for this and while the Arab Nations support it by consensus, WHERE is their FINANCIAL and MILITARY CONTRIBUTION?

The U.S. participation in this came about directly from the Oval Office. There was no Congressional Debate. Now that the fuse has been lit, where does it go from here? Without a defined objective and an "Exit Strategy" this event is likely to escalate into something much larger over the long term.

We will likely see U.S. troops on the ground in Lybia long before this is over.

"Hope and Change" is more of the same IMHO......
Sat Nite Live

El Dorado Hills, CA

#66 Mar 31, 2011
susan rothman wrote:
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We never willingly sacrificed our own American children before. Obama says it is the CHANGE we voted for and now we must surrender them to a dramatically devalued future.
It will be hard for some parents to agree. But, there is hope California Democrats did it with out any one even putting up a fight on behalf of our kids.
Here again you start out by putting children on the front lines to win your who knows what position. Just what do you want to do really. Do you belong to a Cult spewing some demagoguery . Ok let me guess obama to leave office. Cut all welfare programs, do away with social security, all workers unions are banned by law. on and on and oh yes the new theocratic world order of the Tea Party.

Are you related to John Boehner?
A Somewhat Neutral View

Las Cruces, NM

#67 Mar 31, 2011
We are dealing with a dictator who would rather embrace death than defeat. Who will be stepping up to the plate in Lybia when it's all over, and what are THEIR values?

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110401/ap_on_bi_...
A Somewhat Neutral View wrote:
I don't understand why we are participating in Libya to begin with, given the fact that they produce less than 2% of the world's oil demands.
Gadhaffi is a threat to our country, as history has demonstrated, BUT...WHO is going to be in charge if we get him out of power? The guy is evil, no question about that, but why is the U.S. taking action without knowing who will be in charge next?
This is not much different than the Iraq war in my opinion. Is there a long-term end-plan? Is this for nation-building or simply regime-change? Is this for oil?(again, Libya is a small fish in the oil pool, and the U.S. doesn't get ANY of it through DIRECT channels) Are we doing this to prevent "Weapons of Mass Destruction or an expansion of Al Quaida, Hezbulla, etc...??? Is our motive for humanitarian reasons? What about Darfur, Syria and numerous other 3rd world countries? Why Lybia????
The U.S. doesn't have financial resources, nor any apparent justification to be participating in this. Yeah, sure... It's the U.N..... but... WHO is the strongest country in the U.N.? WE are footing the bill for this and while the Arab Nations support it by consensus, WHERE is their FINANCIAL and MILITARY CONTRIBUTION?
The U.S. participation in this came about directly from the Oval Office. There was no Congressional Debate. Now that the fuse has been lit, where does it go from here? Without a defined objective and an "Exit Strategy" this event is likely to escalate into something much larger over the long term.
We will likely see U.S. troops on the ground in Lybia long before this is over.
"Hope and Change" is more of the same IMHO......
Sat Nite Live

El Dorado Hills, CA

#68 Mar 31, 2011
A Somewhat Neutral View wrote:
I don't understand why we are participating in Libya to begin with, given the fact that they produce less than 2% of the world's oil demands.
Gadhaffi is a threat to our country, as history has demonstrated, BUT...WHO is going to be in charge if we get him out of power? The guy is evil, no question about that, but why is the U.S. taking action without knowing who will be in charge next?
This is not much different than the Iraq war in my opinion. Is there a long-term end-plan? Is this for nation-building or simply regime-change? Is this for oil?(again, Libya is a small fish in the oil pool, and the U.S. doesn't get ANY of it through DIRECT channels) Are we doing this to prevent "Weapons of Mass Destruction or an expansion of Al Quaida, Hezbulla, etc...??? Is our motive for humanitarian reasons? What about Darfur, Syria and numerous other 3rd world countries? Why Lybia????
The U.S. doesn't have financial resources, nor any apparent justification to be participating in this. Yeah, sure... It's the U.N..... but... WHO is the strongest country in the U.N.? WE are footing the bill for this and while the Arab Nations support it by consensus, WHERE is their FINANCIAL and MILITARY CONTRIBUTION?
The U.S. participation in this came about directly from the Oval Office. There was no Congressional Debate. Now that the fuse has been lit, where does it go from here? Without a defined objective and an "Exit Strategy" this event is likely to escalate into something much larger over the long term.
We will likely see U.S. troops on the ground in Lybia long before this is over.
"Hope and Change" is more of the same IMHO......
You fears are well founded and felt by many of us also and I agree with what you have said.
A Somewhat Neutral View

Las Cruces, NM

#70 Mar 31, 2011
Sat Nite Live wrote:
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You fears are well founded and felt by many of us also and I agree with what you have said.
I do feel Ghadaffi needs to go away, but I also feel we are getting started off on the wrong foot without a game plan. The U.S. used to have pretty credible "Intelligence" on a global scale decades ago....Not so-to-good in recent administrations, going back a few decades. We don't need "Boots on the Ground" as much as we need operatives who fluently speak Farsi, etc....Hind-Sight is always 20-20.....

Since: Nov 08

Cologne- Germany

#71 Mar 31, 2011
While we were walking, we were watching window washers wash Washington's windows with warm washing water.

Since: Nov 08

Cologne- Germany

#72 Mar 31, 2011
"Once upon a barren moor
There dwelt a bear, also a boar.
The bear could not bear the boar.
The boar thought the bear a bore.
At last the bear could bear no more
Of that boar that bored him on the moor,
And so one morn he bored the boar -
That boar will bore the bear no more."

Since: Apr 10

Location hidden

#73 Apr 1, 2011
Just me wrote:
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What about Mexico?
If Mexican's were the only ones around to save my life, I sure wouldn't be hating on them for it.
BackBiter

Buffalo, NY

#74 Apr 1, 2011
Sat Nite Live wrote:
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You fears are well founded and felt by many of us also and I agree with what you have said.
The biggest oil company in Libya....Conoco.
The biggest investor in Conoco....George Soros.
The anti-American far left whack who pulls the kenyan fraud's strings...George Soros.

But but but....the democRATS are all about the little people. ROFLMAO!

Since: Feb 07

Location hidden

#77 Apr 1, 2011
A Somewhat Neutral View wrote:
I don't understand why we are participating in Libya to begin with, given the fact that they produce less than 2% of the world's oil demands.

Gadhaffi is a threat to our country, as history has demonstrated, BUT...WHO is going to be in charge if we get him out of power? The guy is evil, no question about that, but why is the U.S. taking action without knowing who will be in charge next?

This is not much different than the Iraq war in my opinion. Is there a long-term end-plan? Is this for nation-building or simply regime-change? Is this for oil?(again, Libya is a small fish in the oil pool, and the U.S. doesn't get ANY of it through DIRECT channels) Are we doing this to prevent "Weapons of Mass Destruction or an expansion of Al Quaida, Hezbulla, etc...??? Is our motive for humanitarian reasons? What about Darfur, Syria and numerous other 3rd world countries? Why Lybia????

The U.S. doesn't have financial resources, nor any apparent justification to be participating in this. Yeah, sure... It's the U.N..... but... WHO is the strongest country in the U.N.? WE are footing the bill for this and while the Arab Nations support it by consensus, WHERE is their FINANCIAL and MILITARY CONTRIBUTION?

The U.S. participation in this came about directly from the Oval Office. There was no Congressional Debate. Now that the fuse has been lit, where does it go from here? Without a defined objective and an "Exit Strategy" this event is likely to escalate into something much larger over the long term.

We will likely see U.S. troops on the ground in Lybia long before this is over.

"Hope and Change" is more of the same IMHO......
If he is a treat to Americans that travel on planes, it works in the 'we are Zimbabwe' economy.
duh

Bellflower, CA

#78 Apr 1, 2011
RayOne wrote:
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If he is a treat to Americans that travel on planes, it works in the 'we are Zimbabwe' economy.
Obama's handlers know that the Libyan WAR further divides and disheartens the American people which will serve Obama well in 2012.

The more hopeless and useless Americans feel the more apt they are to give up and surrender their families to a life as a listless Cog in service to the BIG BROTHER machine.

Since: Feb 07

Location hidden

#79 Apr 1, 2011
The Ivory Coast is calling the emacipator, the UN is still putting words together. The people are suffering.
This can be another front without a national interest.

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