ATTENTION: 20,000 surface to air and anti tank missiles missing in Libya


Approximately 20,000 portable surface-to-air missile and Russian made anti-tank missiles as well as rifle and anti aircraft ammunition have gone missing in Libya. A couple of those weapons are explained in the graphic above. (Click on to enlarge).

After a 6 month civil war that ended Qaddafi’s 42-year rule and sent him into hiding allowed the regime’s extensive armories to be fully exposed and available to looters, former rebel fighters or anyone with a truck to carry weapons away.

Weapons that could be used to knock down military planes, helicopters or drones as well as cause destruction and damage to innocent civilians.

With the US govt unsure as to who is leading the rebels in Libya and Defense Secretary Robert Gates stating that its “very possible that Al Qaeda is leading the rebellion” and the significance impact of Hamas and Hezbollah in the area makes this matter gravely serious not only for America’s security but also for Israel’s security.

Today, the White House released a press statement saying it will boost efforts to find and destroy the weapons stockpile and last week, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on Libya’s new leaders to secure the chemical weapons and convention weapons supply.

Yet at the same time, visits by The Associated Press to weapons caches around Tripoli (the capital of Libya) show that many remain poorly guarded and have already been heavily looted.

AP reported that 12 rebels wandered around one site where a large hangar was strewn with the boxes of missing weapons. Rebels at another site were leaving with a load of tank shells they said they were taking to a safe place for storage. They acknowledged, however, that they’d found the site unguarded.

At one unguarded site, Bouckaert said he found 100,000 anti-tank and anti-personnel mines. Elsewhere, he found weapons caches hidden under fruit trees.

On a positive note,  the U.N. chief weapons watchdog said Wednesday that Libya’s remaining chemical weapon stockpiles are believed to be secure but we must remain ever viligent.

Let’s pray that we find them and confiscate the weapons before they are used against us and/or our allies.

Copyright (c) September 28, 2011. All rights reserved.

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BREAKING NEWS in Libya: Qaddafi’s son, Saif al-Arab was killed in NATO night strike.


In an attempt at a straight up NATO execution- style night strike with 3 missiles; Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi’s compound was attacked by NATO members; resulting in killing Qaddafi’s youngest son, Saif al-Arab (29 yrs old) and 3 of his grandchildren.

The attack struck the house of Qaddafi ‘s youngest son, Seif al-Arab, when Qaddafi and his wife were inside.

Seif al-Arab Qaddafi , 29, was the youngest son of Gadhafi and brother of the better known Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, who had been referred to as a reformist before the uprising began in mid-February. The younger Gadhafi had spent much of his time in Germany in recent years and was not as into politics as other members of his family.

It is said that Qaddafi and his wife were not seriously injured in the attack.

Medic Abdel-Monem Ibsheir considered the strike a form of justice.

“Qaddafi was not far away, meaning he’s not safe,” he said as as  explosions were heard in the background,  “It’s just like our children getting hit here. Now his children are getting hit there.”

Has Qaddafi’s son and grandchildren really been affected by the night time air strike or is it more lip service by the Libyan leader in an attempt to stall NATO operations and strike sympathy from others?  I would like to see the body of  victims as Qaddafi has a habit of lying and this case is no exception.

The fatal airstrike came just hours after Qaddafi called for a mutual cease-fire and negotiations with NATO powers to end a  6 week bombing campaign stating “the door to peace is open.”

You are the aggressors. We will negotiate with you. Come, France, Italy, U.K., America, come to negotiate with us. Why are you attacking us?” asked Qaddafi.

He also railed against foreign intervention, saying Libyans have the right to choose their own political system, but not “under the threat of NATO bombings.”

The problem here is that Qaddafi talks about a cease fire but is found to be an aggressor; so essentially when people try to honor the cease fire- that is when he goes in for the kill (literally).

This has been his 4th/5th (Ive lost track now) of his pleas for a cease fire. Actions speak louder than words.

Qaddafi cant say that peace is possible when he’s bombing Misrata.

NATO has promised to continue its operations until Qaddafi stops attacking and threatening his people and all of Qaddafi’s forces return to their bases and stand down. In addition, full humanitarian access must be granted before NATO stands down.

I dont see this happening. Qaddafi is far to fearsome of regime change for him to let up for even one minute.

What I want to know is WHO within NATO launched the missiles?  I thought that it was agreed upon by the UN/NATO that strikes would be limited to command centers only?  Who changed the direction and what is the new exit strategy? If anybody knows, please email me directly at Theheartofamerica@hotmail.com.

Now I am waiting to see how Qaddafi responds. He can do 1 of 2 things. 1) He will be MAD and retaliate with force or 2) He will shriek back as that attack was too close for comfort or 3) He will utilize this “sympathy time” to gather his intelligence; as this report of fatalities were nothing but a ploy on Qaddafi’s part.

I pray its #2 but I cant help but to think that he will run with #1. Only time will tell that true implications of our involvement in this war but I can already tell you that Obama’s name will NOT be seen in a favorable light.

Who am I kidding? Obama’s name is NOT seen in a favorable light now. I think that Obama and Qaddafi are quite similar in the sense how they say one thing and then do the EXACT opposite.  Does anybody else see that correlation?

Copyright (c) April 30, 2011. All rights reserved.

Obama’s defensive speech for the US’s Libyan operations- “F” for Failure & Fabrication of Truth.


On March 28, 2011- President Obama took to the podium at the National Defense University in Fort McNair, Washington DC in defense of his premature actions in Libya and his “forgetfulness”  in consulting Congress before committing to air strikes and an offensive approach in Libya.

Watching Obama’s speech with a mixture of skepticism, unbelief and at this point- pure resentment for getting us involved in a battle that we have no means (personally or financially) to be a part of, I had to balk at some of President Obama’s “talking points”.

Who is Obama trying to convince that this war on Libya was a good idea- the general public or himself?

While I understood what President Obama was trying to accomplish with the freeze of $33 billion assets on Qaddafi’s regime, furthering our sanctions and imposing an arms embargo in an attempt to convince Qaddafi to stop using massive force against his people, Ive questioned from the beginning if the United States knew who they were supporting in an attempt to rid Qaddafi of his regime.

Then, out of the blue, I heard reports that the United States were going to lead an offensive air strike against Qaddafi since he violated the UN restricted “no fly zone” (another military operation that I was against from the beginning and as I said- would result in a war with Libya and her allies.)

During his defensive speech, President Obama stated, “And so nine days ago, after consulting the bipartisan leadership of Congress, I authorized military action to stop the killing and enforce UN Security Council Resolution 1973.”

Whoa, wait a second- Did President Obama just state that he consulted Congress before engaging in an offensive attack? I had to rewind the program and check the written transcripts, yes- he sure did.

That statement is a BOLD FACE LIE. President Obama DID NOT consult Congress which is why there is an uproar from people on the Right and the Left as President Obama violated Article 1, Section 8 of the US Constitution by not consulting Congress or declare war before entering Libya on the offensive.

Not that it surprises me that President Obama lied as he has a history of saying one thing and doing the other but it floored me that night as it is shameful that President Obama did not follow the US Constitution (especially since he was a Constitutional Professor, one would think he would recognize the US Constitution of its importance- especially when going into war) but he flat out lied, to the People, about how this war started.

How could he consult Congress when the Congress was not even in session?  Im still shocked that he would, so openly, try to twist the truth of the uninformed voters.

President Obama stated that we were joined by a “strong coalition” of France, the United Kingdom, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Italy, Spain, Greece, Turkey and the Arab League but were we really?

The only countries that I have seen really step up to the plate is France, Britain and the United States. In this instance, I feel that we are the “holy trinity” with the other countries in the background cheering us on.

Granted, Canada has stepped up more now that NATO is implemented and the United States will fall under Canadian Lt General Bouchard in which I am grateful. It is also true that Qatar from the Arab League has stepped up a smidgen but they are far from the leads on this offensive.

Not too mention where is the rest of the Arab League? One of the main pushes for going into the Libyan war is that the Arab League asked for our involvement but then when we got involved- they hid in the shadows. Was that their plan all along?

In an almost comical statement from our President, “It is true that America cannot use our military wherever repression occurs. And given the costs and risks of intervention, we must always measure our interests against the need for action.”-  I have to wonder if he applied that logic to the Libyan operations.

It sure doesnt seem like it as President Obama has not given a budget or financial impact report on Libya. It is known that within the first day, $100 million were spent on Tomahawk Missiles and basic overhead cost with the cost increasing exponentially, piling on top of our already massive $14.3 trillion debt.

President Obama stated, “So while I will never minimize the costs involved in military action, I am convinced that a failure to act in Libya would have carried a far greater price for America.”

I have to disagree as Defense Secretary Robert Gates stated that Libya was NOT an immediate threat. Granted, we receive 2% of our oil from Libya and we prefer Libyan oil as it is sweeter and much easier to refine so that would be a major complication but our safety was not at risk and is untruthful for Obama to continue to state otherwise.

In a confused statement, Obama proclaimed, “To be blunt, we went down that road in Iraq. Thanks to the extraordinary sacrifices of our troops and the determination of our diplomats, we are hopeful about Iraq’s future. But regime change there took eight years, thousands of American and Iraqi lives, and nearly a trillion dollars. That is not something we can afford to repeat in Libya.”

If that is the case, then why has President Obama not laid out a clear, decisive and directive plan and exit strategy? Looks like more fluff and empty statements from our “Commander in Chief” (and I use that term loosely).

Obama then stated, “I have made it clear that I will never hesitate to use our military swiftly, decisively, and unilaterally when necessary to defend our people, our homeland, our allies, and our core interests. That is why we are going after al Qaeda wherever they seek a foothold.”

What Obama is failing to grasp is that the US and her people were not “attacked” and Libya did not pose a direct threat to our safety.

Further, how can Obama state that we are going after Al Qaeda in places like Afghanistan yet are willing to take a chance in supporting them (and Obama is pushing to coordinate their command centers and arming the opposition) when Defense Secretary Robert Gates claimed that he has “not ruled out that the Libyan opposition is infiltrated with Al Qaeda”.

Who is really the enemy here? Isnt that slight hypocritical, and dangerous, on our part to blindly support the opposition without knowing who is really pulling the puppet strings and without knowing their intentions and long term plan as the Middle East is more militaristic than democracy driven.

It appears that the general consensus on Obama’s speech left the public flat, uninspired and even more skeptical of our involvement in Libya.

I dont feel that Obama made any case for our involvement other than appealing to our emotional side but I am a woman of logic, facts, financial figures and strategy.

Since he did not give any true detail on that- I give Obama a huge F for FORGETTING that the US Constitution must be followed at all times, for FABRICATING the Truth and claiming he received Congressional Approval when it is a known fact that he did not and for FAILING the American People as our President.

Copyright (c) April 1, 2011. All rights reserved.

Libyan Questions that MUST be answered before we continue with Operation Odyssey Dawn.


A multi phased mission, deceivingly named Operation Odyssey Dawn, involves several nations with the lead position being held by the US, the French and the British military forces against Muammar Qaddafi forces in Libya, after the nations became convinced that the Libyan leader was not adhering to a United Nations mandated cease fire.

The United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Qatar, Kuwait and Jordan have also agreed to provide humanitarian or logistical support.

Together- US & Britain launched 128 Tomahawk missiles on areas of deemed “threat” by Pro Qaddafi forces.

With the UN’s help- Libyan opposition forces claimed victory Saturday over Muammar Qaddafi’s forces in a strategically located in the Eastern city but the battle in the West raged as loyalists tanks resumed shelling Misrata, the city next to Tripoli (Libyas capital) and are setting up camp, after a recent victory for the opposition, in Ajdabiya.

With the importance of Ajdabiya and its strategic location that sits on the path to Tripoli, this could be seen as a turning point favoring Anti-Qaddafi protesters with the Western gate falling on Thursday and the Western  Gate falling on Friday

However, at this point it still is yet to be determined WHO the Anti-Qaddafi protesters actually are?

A number of on the ground contacts state that the leadership falls under Al Qaeda with Hezbollah and Hamas thrown in for extra volatility.

At this point, Britain & France have stated that a no fly zone has been established with Italy pushing for all the nations involved to fall under NATO command.

A NATO structure is still being finalized at this point, however it is said that the US would report to Canadian Lt. General  Bouchard who will be assigned as the joint task force commander (which pleases me greatly as I am French-Canadian) and one thing that I can tell you about Canadians is that they have a great appreciation for the US as their Southern neighbor. I feel that we would be in “safe” hands.

Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said in a news conference that “NATO is in the beginning stages of operation.”

However, it is at THIS point that the United States should retreat and get our bearings together. To continue this fight without huddling back in the US would be a GRAVE mistake.

Before we even continue doing ANYTHING with Libya, Obama MUST get congressional approval and explain to the American People , where much disapproval abounds, a long term plan AND budget, how much this war is going to cost, and an exit strategy.

Let’s learn from our war in Afghanistan and not fight a fuzzy battle of “hope and change”. We need clear cut definition and directive not to mention a declaration of war, as required in the US Constitution, if Congress approves this costly action.

We need to gather our bearings as Obama has said one thing about the war but does the exact opposite. This is not news to us who have been following Obama since the 2010 election. This is a pattern of his; however, now its serious because our US military service men & women lives are stake.

There are several questions that need to be answered before we continue with military operations in Libya. For example;

1. The name Operation Odyssey Dawn.  Is Obama not aware of Homer’s Ilaid and Odyssey where Odysessus travels almost 10 years to get back home to Ithaca? But if you ask Obama, he sees our involvement will be quick. There’s a disconnect. What is the timeline for our involvement in Libya? Obama said it will be “short” but there are serious long term implications if we wage war with Libya as we are all interconnected.

2.  Obama did not consult with Congress before going into this war. He did not set forth a long term plan, budget or exit strategy. It is unclear as to how much this war will cost us. What we do know is that it costs approximately $575, 000 for each cruise missile fired.

At this point, there were 112 confirmed missiles fired and then 16 missiles were said to be fired in a second round (AFTER Obama said he would not send any more missiles because of the exorbitant cause and massive amount of innocent Libyan lives).

That comes to 128 Tomahawk Cruise missiles being fired which results in a WHOPPING $73.6 MILLION.  That price does not include the overhead and maintenance costs of our Airforce & Navy.

3. Obama states that his goal is to get rid of Qaddafi’s power but not Qaddafi. Oh; so we are just going to make Qaddafi angry enough to ban oil exports to the US?  Is Obama planning on having a divided Libya where Qaddafi controls the West side and the unknown rebels control the East? How is this supposed to work in our benefit again?

4. Where is the Arab League? Qater has flown fighter jets overhead but that is the only member who has stepped up to the plate. They asked for our help, as most of you know, I have stated since the beginning that we SHOULD NOT TAKE A ROLE LEAD IN LIBYA. Yet, that is EXACTLY what we are doing. This is not OUR fight. We need to step back and let Libya decide the history of Libya.

5. Where does  Saudi Arabia, Germany, Turkey and Italy stand in this fight?  Can we count on their support? Would they be willing to be a lead player in this human rights correction?

6. If we are going to war with Libya because of a human rights violation- do we set the same standard for the other middle east countries doing the same thing? At present count, I have noted 11 areas of disrest. 1. Afghanistan 2. Iraq 3. Tunisia 4. Egypt 5. Libya 6. Bahrain 7. Jordan 8. Yemen 9. Algeria  10. Iran and now 11. Syria.

7. What is the operational budget and how much it is going to cost us taxpayers? I know its  a hard concept for Obama to grasp but money does not grow on trees.

8. What is the exit strategy? How can we avoid another Afghanistan or Vietnam?

9. Who are these Anti-Qaddafi forces really? What do we know about them? From I understand they are a mixture of Al Qaeda, Hezbollah and Hamas.

If that is the case, why are we going to support them? Their way of life is VERY different from ours- do you really think they will cater to the US like Libya has?? Really? Im sure their definition of freedom is VERY different than our definition.

We need to do a serious background check on these people before we commit time, money, arms and military.

10. If we get into this war, is there a possibility of WW3?  As it looks to me, I see two very distinct sides of this equation.

On one side, stands the US, Israel, Jordan, Yemen, France, Britain, Europe, Canada, South Korea (hopefully Saudi Arabia), Italy, Japan and the Arab League

Against Group B-of  Libya, Old Egypt, Venezuela, Cuba, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Iran, North Korea, Russia (and more than likely, China).

Read more about the WW3 implications by visiting: https://theheartofamerica.wordpress.com/2011/03/20/is-wwwiii-in-the-near-future-qaddafis-latin-american-allies-blast-military-attacks/

Does anybody else see this potential line up?  If this happens, what are the repercussions and cost of that?! How can WW3 be avoided if we do decide (which I advise AGAINST) to get involved in Libya.

11. Are we prepared to lose Libya’s oil supply? What steps can we do to lessen our foreign dependence on oil?  I can hear the drill baby drill crowd chanting and I am supportive of drilling in preapproved areas as long as we dont add any NEW drilling in the Gulf.  So what other means are available? Plenty and the majority of them can be implemented simulatenously.

So many, in fact, I created a radio show especially to showcase how we can lower our gas cost. Listen here by visiting: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/heart-of-america-radio/2011/03/10/hoas-gus-guzzler-special-edition-03102011

There are many questions that need to be answered and Obama needs to be honest about his stance and his vision of the US involvement in Libya.

So what can WE do about it? For starters, you can contact:

Obama’s staff directly at 1-202-456-1111. Try it, you get to talk to a live person. I  have memorized this number, I call it so much.

Tell them that we need to regroup and figure out the long term plan and exit strategy as well as the cost and the increase in taxes (its either an increase in taxing or cutting more programs to balance!) and how us going into Libya in an attempt to get cheaper oil is a risky investment and not one that you are willing to take, not with a $14.3 trillion dollar debt haunting our children and grandchildren and no clear definition, direction, exit strategy or budget.

Also, make it a point to contact your Senators and Representatives to put more pressure on them and encourage them to stand up against President Obama (we elected them to be our voice!)

Representative Search: https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml
Senate Search: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm.

Finally, dont be afraid to contact your local news media and speak up! The Truth needs to be heard and it is up to US to deliver it. You can do it, I believe in you. If you need help getting started, email me at Theheartofamerica@wordpress.com and Ill help point you in the right direction.

Obama may have preached about hope and change and while change is certainly occurring. I have found many people to have lost their hope and that is a dangerous slippery slope that must be avoided at all costs.

Stay hopeful, stay faithful- Together we will solve this problem and work towards bettering our children’s future. That I promise you.

Copyright (c) March 26, 2011. All rights reserved.

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Air strikes in Tripoli, Libya. US fighter jet crashes.


EXCLUSIVE VIDEO & Commentary: Libyan protesters regaining control, thanks to the UN.


 

The barrage of attacks led by France, Britain and the US on Libya’s army, air bases and other military targets for a second day drew threats of a prolonged war from Qaddafi himself.

However, Qaddafi’s troops on the ground are in  disarray and fleeing in fear of further attacks from a new and unseen enemy.

The air bombardment is regarded among rebel military commanders as creating a more level battle field by removing Qaddafi’s advantage of heavy armour.

“There must be more attacks, to destroy his forces and heavy weapons,” said Kamal Mustafa Mahmoud, a rebel soldier on the edge of Benghazi. “Then they can leave Gaddafi to us. We know how to fight him but we are afraid of his heavy weapons. I want them to destroy the ground forces of Qaddafi.”

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, who has opposed the U.S. getting involved in the Libyan uprising had a few words of warning today.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the U.S. military campaign against Libya’s Muammar Qaddafi should be limited to the terms of a United Nations resolution of protecting the people rather than being broadened to target the leader directly.

The coalition with the U.K., France and Arab countries relies on the terms laid out in the UN Security Council resolution adopted last week, Gates told reporters traveling with him to Russia today on a trip he delayed yesterday so he could monitor the start of “Operation Odyssey Dawn.”

“If we start adding additional objectives, then I think we create a problem in that respect,” Gates said. “I also think that it is unwise to set as specific goals things that you may or may not be able to achieve.”

The Pentagon chief also cautioned against getting too involved in the internal conflict of that country, saying the internal conflict should be left to be resolved by Libyans themselves.

Lat Sunday,  French and British forces expanded their bombing campaign with smoke billowing from Qaddafi’s massive Bab Azizia residential compound shortly after an earth-shaking explosion. Rounds of antiaircraft and tracer fire lit up the night for the third time in less than 24 hours.

In an effort to help the French, British & Arab League- the US changed their direction of air defense to expanding their strikes to include attacks on Libyan ground forces that threaten civilians or are able to shoot down planes enforcing a no-fly zone, a senior U.S. military official said.

War within the Democratic Party

A hard-core group of liberal House Democrats is questioning the constitutionality of U.S. missile strikes against Libya, with one lawmaker raising the prospect of impeachment during a Democratic Caucus conference call on Saturday.

Reps. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.), Donna Edwards (Md.), Mike Capuano (Mass.), Dennis Kucinich (Ohio), Maxine Waters (Calif.), Rob Andrews (N.J.), Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas), Barbara Lee (Calif.) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.) “all strongly raised objections to the constitutionality of the president’s actions” during that call.

Kucinich even suggested that Obama had committed an impeachable offense. Ralf Nader agrees with a strong argument for impeachment due to war crimes in Afghanistan.

Speaker of the House John Boehner, Senator John McCain and Minister Farrakhan have made critical remarks.

At first, I was apprehensive with enforcing a no fly zone over Libya.  I feel that it will be more difficult for us to reach our objective since we waited long enough for Qaddafi to re-establish control.

I do applaud our military commanders on run a strict air and water battle with no forces on the ground. That is left best to the Libyan people who know the area like the back of their hand.

One thing is certain- now that President Obama has included our country to participate in the attacks on Qaddafi- we need to go smart or go home.

Copyright (c) March 21, 2011. All rights reserved.

 

US forces go on the offensive in Libya


Western forces hit targets along the Libyan coast on Saturday, destroying tanks and armored vehicles in the region of the rebels’ eastern stronghold, Benghazi, using strikes from air and sea to force Muammar Qaddafis troops to cease fire and end attacks on civilians.

Libyan state television reported that the airstrikes on several cities had killed 48 people and wounded 150 in ‘civilian areas’. The statement by the Libyan armed forces said the capital Tripoli as well as the cities of Sirte, Benghazi, Misrata and Zuwarah were hit.

French planes fired the first shots in what is the biggest international military intervention in the Arab world since the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The missile strikes came exactly 8 years to the day after the beginning of the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

Hours later, U.S. and British warships and submarines launched 110 Tomahawk missiles against air defenses around the capital Tripoli and the western city of Misrata, which has been besieged by Gadhafi’s forces, U.S. military officials said.

They said U.S. forces and planes were working with Britain, France, Canada and Italy in operation “Odyssey Dawn”.

Libyan state television also said that fuel storage tanks that supplied Misrata had been hit.

In Tripoli residents said they had heard an explosion near eastern Tajoura district, while in Misrata they said strikes had targeted an airbase where Qaddafi’s forces were based.

In Benghazi, the international intervention, which followed weeks of diplomatic wrangling, was welcomed with a mix of apprehension and relief. “We think this will end Qaddafi’s rule. Libyans will never forget France’s stand with them. If it weren’t for them, then Benghazi would have been overrun tonight,” said Iyad Ali, 37.

“We salute, France, Britain, the United States and the Arab countries for standing with Libya. But we think Qaddafi will take out his anger on civilians. So the West has to hit him hard,” said Khalid al-Ghurfaly, a civil servant, 38.

“There are 5,000 tribesmen that are preparing to come here to fight with our leader. They better not try to attack our country,” said farmer Mahmoud el-Mansouri. “We will open up Libya’s deserts and allow Africans to flood to Europe to blow themselves up as suicide bombers.”

Qaddafi seen losing grip on Libya

The air strikes, launched from a flotilla of some 25 coalition ships, including three U.S. submarines, in the Mediterranean, followed a meeting in Paris of Western and Arab leaders backing the military intervention.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said participants agreed to use “all necessary means, especially military” to enforce a UN Security Council calling for an end to attacks on civilians.

“Colonel Qaddafi has made this happen,” British Prime Minister David Cameron told reporters after the meeting. “We cannot allow the slaughter of civilians to continue.”

Some analysts have questioned the strategy for the military intervention, fearing Western forces might be sucked into a long civil war despite a U.S. insistence — repeated on Saturday — that it has no plans to send ground troops into Libya.

But analysts have questioned what Western powers will do if the Libyan leader digs in, especially since they do not believe they would be satisfied with a de facto partition which left rebels in the east and Gaddafi running a rump state in the west.

One participant at the Paris meeting said Clinton and others had stressed Libya should not be split in two. And on Friday, Obama specifically called on Qadaffi’s  forces to pull back from the western cities of Zawiyah and Misrata as well from the east.

“It’s going to be far less straightforward if Qadaffi starts to move troops into the cities which is what he has been trying to do for the past 24 hours,” said Marko Papic at the Stratfor global intelligence group.

“Once he does that it becomes a little bit more of an urban combat environment and at that point it’s going to be difficult to use air power from 15,000 feet to neutralize that.”

Copyright (c) March 19, 2011. All rights reserved.

Is WWIII in the near future? Qaddafi’s Latin American Allies Blast Military Attacks


Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez condemned military strikes against Libya on Saturday, accusing the United States and its European allies of attacking the country to seize its oil.

Chavez’s ally and mentor Cuban, Fidel Castro raised similar concerns in a column written before the first strikes, while the leftist leaders of Bolivia and Nicaragua also accused world powers of intervening with an eye to the North African country’s oil.

Chavez, who has long-standing ties to Qaddafi, has urged mediation and called it “disgusting” that the U.S., France and other countries are taking military action.

“More death, more war. They are the masters of war,” Chavez said. “What irresponsibility. And behind that is the hand of the United States and its European allies.”

“They want to seize Libya’s oil. The lives of Libya’s people don’t matter to them at all,” Chavez said. “It is deplorable that once again the warmongering policy of the Yankee empire and its allies is being imposed, and it is deplorable that the United Nations lends itself to supporting war, infringing on its fundamental principles instead of urgently forming a commission to go to Libya.”

Operating under authorization of the U.N. Security Council, French fighter jets fired the first shots at Gadhafi’s troops Saturday, and U.S. and British warships launched a missile attack on Libya’s air defenses of 112 Tomahack missiles.

“We know what’s going to happen: bombs, bombs, war, more suffering for the people, more death,” Chavez said in a televised speech in Caracas.

The socialist leader has been joined by Latin American allies including Castro and Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega in strongly opposing U.S. and NATO military involvement in Libya, and in suggesting that reports of atrocities by Qaddafi’s troops were overblown or unproven.

In a column published in Cuba’s state media Saturday, Castro asked why the U.N. Security Council exists, and said NATO wields such a colossal military force that it “serves only to show the waste and chaos generated by capitalism.”

Speaking in Bolivia, President Evo Morales condemned the military intervention and said the strategy of some powerful countries has been to “invent a problem, and the problem is wanting to take control of oil.”

Ortega, meanwhile, echoed allegations that Western nations are after Libya’s oil and said they are “putting out fire with gasoline.”

The Nicaraguan leader accused the United Nations and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of being “an instrument of those powers.”

Chavez criticized President Barack Obama, saying he won the Nobel Peace Prize but is pursuing another war in the same mold as Iraq and Afghanistan. He also mocked French and other European leaders, saying “they still feel like owners of the world, empires of this world.”

Chavez said the freezing of Libyan accounts in U.S. and European banks an amount he said he believes is nearly $200 billion is effectively “a robbery, it’s looting, taking advantage of Libya’s internal conflict.”

The military strikes against Libya came after the U.N. Security Council authorized a no-fly zone and are aimed at supporting an uprising by rebels trying to topple Qaddafi after more than four decades in power.

“What is that called? Intervention in another country’s internal affairs,” Chavez said. “We demand … a true cease-fire.”

At this point, I am seeing a crisis stack up between two groups:

Group A which consists of: US, Israel, Jordan, Yemen, France, Britain, Europe, Canada, South Korea (hopefully Saudi Arabia), Italy, Japan and the Arab League

versus

Group B which consists of: Libya, Old Egypt, Venezuela, Cuba, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Iran, North Korea, Russia (and more than likely, China).

Does anybody else see that line up happening? Who else would you add to Group A & Group B?

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Libya: Rebels flee Ras Lanuf, signaling a shift in momentum


Loyalists of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi forced rebel fighters to flee the strategic oil town of Ras Lanuf Thursday after being assaulted by land, sea and air.

The city mosque was hit by an air strike, and the hospital was evacuated in the afternoon after several attacks nearby.

Commercial and military ships hit the town with artillery and rockets, adding a third dimension to the usual mix of ground and air attacks that have become a part of the daily menu of fighting along the east-west highway between Bin Jawwad and Ras Lanuf.

At least one air strike was aimed at a rebel checkpoint on the edge of Brega, about a hundred miles east of Ras Lanuf, suggesting that the pro-Qaddafi forces may be ranging further east.

At the Red Crescent Hospital outside of Brega, which was receiving the dead and wounded from today’s battle following the closure of the Ras Lanuf hospital, four were reported dead and approximately 20 wounded.

The battle for control over Libya has pitted a well-armed, organized and often ruthless military against a group of protesters.

“I’m not a soldier, I’m a student,” said a protester in Ras Lanuf, brandishing his gun, his eyes intense and his voice quivering.

He had just retreated from the east-west highway after a heavy assault by government troops. “I’ve never held a gun before and Qaddafi is killing us from the sea, from the air.”

When the protesters captured Ras Lanuf a week ago, it was seen as a major victory for the opposition. Now, it appears the tide may be turning.

Qaddafi’s son, Seif al-Islam vowed Thursday to retake the eastern half of the country, which has been held by rebel forces for the past few weeks

He told a crowd of supporters in Tripoli: “I have two words to our brothers and sisters in the east: We’re coming” acting as if the Eastern population is held prisoner by the opposition.

Qaddafi troops earlier claimed victory over Zawiya, a town about 30 miles from Tripoli that had been held by rebels.

The town was the scene of intense fighting on Wednesday, with the town’s central square reportedly changing hands several times as rebels tried to hold off an onslaught by Qaddafi tanks and snipers. By the end of the day, government forces claimed to have gained the upper hand.

“Qaddafi is in this for the long haul,” James Clapper said, as reported in the BBC. “I don’t think he has any intention, despite some of the press speculation to the contrary, of leaving. From all evidence that we have… he appears to be hunkering down for the duration.”

American and other intelligence officials claim that Qaddafi has tens of billions of dollars in cash hidden away in Tripoli that will enable him to continue his fight against the rebels.

The money, which is controlled by Qaddafi, enables the leader to pay his troops, mercenaries and political supporters as the uprising continues for a third week.

The EU showed signs of confusion and disunity Thursday over how to handle the Libya crisis, the Independent reports.

As the EU tried to present a unified front, France chose to break out on its own and become the first nation to recognize the rebels’ national council as the country’s “legitimate representative.” Way to go, France.

“France is playing the role of breaking the ice for the European Union. This is the first nail in the coffin of Qaddafi. I expect Europe and Italy to follow as they consume the majority of Libyan oil.” stated, Heart of America’s Executive Editor, Denise Haywald.

Divisions also emerged over a decision to implement a no fly zone over Libya. Some European countries and the United States have expressed hesitation over being drawn into what could become a civil war.

“We do not want to get sucked into a war in North Africa,” said German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle.

I cant say I blame the hesitation as placing sanctions and removing military and embassy operations is one but instituting a no fly zone which can only be done by controlling the Libyan air space, is quite another.

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NATO boosts Libya AWACS surveillance flights to 24/7.


A senior U.S. official says NATO has decided to boost flights of surveillance planes over Libya as the alliance debates the utility of imposing a “no-fly zone” over the country.

U.S. Ambassador to NATO Ivo Daalder says allies agreed on Monday to increase AWACs flights from 10 to 24 hours a day.

The expansion is part of contingency planning for possible military intervention in Libya beyond humanitarian efforts.

The decision came as the alliance’s governing board met to discuss what unique capabilities NATO could bring to Libya.

Daalder said other ideas being considered are retasking NATO vessels in the Mediterranean Sea along with nearby air assets to deal with humanitarian aid and establishing a command and control structure to coordinate relief efforts.

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