Friday, March 18, 2011

US, allies set for quick military action in Libya

No disrespect to the President intended, but I couldn't resist using this clip, which of course has nothing to do with the "No Fly Zone". That was enacted last night while we were snoozing. This aircraft was downed yesterday and looks like it was hit by a Star Wars weapon of some kind. I doubt that Gaddafi has that kind of technology, in fact, there are few countries that do. Is this, sort of thing, what we will be seeing in Libya, like we have in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Gaza, and Lebanon.

People gather around the smoldering remains of an aircraft after it crashed north of Benghazi, Libya, Thursday, March 17, 2011. Witnesses said the aircraft was piloted by anti-Gadhafi rebels and crashed for mechanical reasons. Libyan rebels used three of their own seized planes and some helicopters to attack government troops fighting to advance on the city of Benghazi, said Mustafa Gheriani, a spokesman in the rebel base. Gadhafi's forces encircled a key eastern city and his warplanes went deeper into rebel-held territory to bombard Benghazi's airport Thursday, threatening an all-out offensive to bring down the rebellion. Photo: Alaguri / AP

This is one of the rebel pickups on the road to Benghazi. My guess is that it was hit by an electromagnetic weapon fired from an aircraft. Do you suppose that Gaddafi has that kind of technology? Nah, he had a cannon in the old days that fired a nuke, but he had to give up his weapons a long time ago.

Look at the close up of the plane. Toasted and melted parts, just like the pickup above. There are many examples of burnt vehicles and also a picture of a gash that goes clear across the front of a building in Benghazi.

San Antonio Express-News
Updated 07:14 a.m., Friday, March 18, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration and America's allies have won an open-ended endorsement from the United Nations for military action in Libya, where Moammar Gadhafi's regime is pressing to eliminate any opposition to his rule. Now they'll have to move fast.

The breakthrough at the U.N. Security Council comes after days of cautious diplomacy from the administration and sets the stage for airstrikes, a no-fly zone and other military measures short of a ground invasion to halt the violence in Libya and push Gadhafi from power. It was unclear if Britain and France would lead the way militarily, but the U.S. will certainly be counted on to do a large part of the heavy lifting.

The U.S. backing for international action comes after several administration officials questioned the plan for providing aerial cover, with the Pentagon perhaps the most vociferous in its skepticism. It has described the no-fly zone as a step tantamount to war, and a number of U.S. officials have expressed fears that involvement in Libya could further strain America's already stretched military and entangle the country in an expensive and messy conflict in another Muslim country.

Don't forget the marshmallows

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