Libyans attempt to overthrow Gadhafi may get US support — Brooklynian

Libyans attempt to overthrow Gadhafi may get US support

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration stands ready to offer "any type of assistance" to Libyans seeking to oust Moammar Gadhafi, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Sunday, adding a warning to other African nations not to let mercenaries go to the aid of the longtime dictator.

3rd Marines MEF, I believe she may have you in mind.


  • Wow! Reagan should have done this after the Berlin Discotheque bombing. So is Obama going to take on Libya and Saharan countries?

  • Let's hope not. The last thing we need is to increase the deficit even further by spending more billions of dollars on wars abroad. It's time to let some other countries act as the world's policeman.

    Sure, it gives some folks a cheap macho thrill, but we really cannot afford it any more. The irony is that the same people who are anxious to see our children maimed and killed on foreign shores are the first to scream that we have to cut education, health care and all other social services.

  • Yes I hope the macho posturing that is presently being done will be enough. I suspect we are considering more covert operations as well.

    ....but given the language of the discourse, the US is clearly saying "we are ready".

    Over the weekend, an opposition leader to Gadhafi has "emerged" and been given press coverage. The next logical step is that we will likely use any statement from him (even one remotely resembling "I wish my forces were stronger") as justification to send in the Marines.

    Even Al Jazeera seems on board with an outside force coming to their aid, and is painting Gadhafi as a dictator whose time should be over.

    I can't imagine the Marines want another long term occupation, and are trying to influence the terms under which they would be used.

    I believe the 3rd Marines specializes in engagements that last less than 90 days. ....they remain available; they are not deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan. They are likely the forced being referenced by Ms. Clinton as being "ready to assist any way needed".

    ....isn't dependence on foreign oil wonderful?

  • Following votes authorizing military action by the UN and the Arab League, the US and other countries have now begun military interventions in support of the protest groups that wish to overthrow Gadhafi.

    AP - The U.S. fired more than 100 cruise missiles from the sea while French fighter jets targeted Moammar Gadhafi's forces from the air on Saturday, launching the broadest international military effort since the Iraq war in support of an uprising that had seemed on the verge of defeat.

  • Where was the intervention and no-fly lobby when 10,000's were dying in a completely one-sided slaughter in Darfur?

    Oh right, only people killed by Gadaffi matter.

    Western intervention keeps failing, but it's TOTALLY gonna work this time.

  • Marine anti-terrorism team dispatched to Libya after diplomats killed

    By Chris Carroll and John Vandiver

    Stars and Stripes

    Published: September 12, 2012


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    Marines assigned to Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team Company Europe brief U.S. ambassador to Spain and Andorra Alan Solomont on some of the weapons that are used while deployed during a visit to Naval Station Rota, Spain in this March 2012 photo.

    WASHINGTON — A Marine anti-terrorism team based in Rota, Spain, is on the ground in Tripoli to beef up security at the U.S. Embassy in Libya after the killings of U.S. diplomats in Benghazi, officials said Wednesday.

    The team is known as a Fleet Antiterrorism Support Team, or FAST team, and includes about 50 Marines trained in crisis response operations. Such teams were previously dispatched to Liberia in 2003 and Haiti in 2004 when conflicts in those nations threatened U.S. citizens.

    “The mission of this team is to secure the diplomatic facility in Tripoli, our embassy, and protect U.S. citizens as needed,” a senior administration official speaking on the condition of anonymity said Wednesday.

    The Defense Department will also help evacuate wounded and killed personnel to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, the official said.

    The U.S. ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, died Tuesday under uncertain circumstances during an attack by militants on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. According to a second senior administration official, he either left or was taken from the burning consulate to a Benghazi hospital, and his body was later delivered to U.S. personnel at Benghazi Airport as they evacuated the city.

    Also Tuesday, a mob attacked the U.S. Embassy in Egypt and burned the U.S. flag there. Both attacks reportedly were carried out during protests over a film, originating in the U.S. and portions of which were posted on YouTube, that mocked Islam and the Prophet Muhammad.

    According to the first senior official, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey on Wednesday called Terry Jones, a Quran-burning Florida pastor who sparked riots in the Middle East in 2010 and 2011, to persuade him to disavow the film, which Jones has been promoting. But Jones was noncommittal, the official said.

    Additionally, the U.S. was sending surveillance drones to Benghazi and elsewhere in eastern Libya to monitor for signs of terrorist activity, and hand over intelligence from the flights to the Libyan authorities to take action, according to a report by CNN, citing a senior U.S. official.

    No U.S. servicemembers were stationed at the Benghazi consulate when militants gained access to the compound and began a several-hour-long nighttime battle¸ the second senior administration official said. U.S. diplomatic security forces, working with Libyan troops, finally regained control of the compound, the official said.

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