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U.S. Takes Cautious Approach To Violence In Libya

March 4, 2011 by  

U.S. takes cautious approach to violence in LibyaSome critics have accused President Barack Obama of responding too slowly and cautiously to the unrest in Libya, where hundreds of people have allegedly been killed because the country's dictator refuses to relinquish his power.

Embattled leader Moammar Gadhafi has already unleashed violent attacks against rebel forces in Libya, and he has threatened more strikes if the United States or NATO forces intervene in the North African nation's affairs. Although the Federal government has frozen $30 billion in assets controlled by Gadhafi and his family, human-rights organizations have reported that hundreds of Libyans have been killed in the conflict.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said that the U.S. is "preparing for contingencies" while working with the European Union and the United Nations. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has confirmed that two Navy vessels and 400 Marines have been shipped to the Mediterranean Sea near Libya to assist in potential evacuation or humanitarian missions.

In a recent column for the Orlando Sentinel, international law professor Jeremy Levitt said that the Obama administration has been far too cautious about the recent uprisings in foreign countries. Levitt said that the government should take more action to ensure that previously contained anti-American forces do not emerge during these chaotic transitions of power.

"The bottom line is that the Obama administration does not appear to have a viable foreign policy toward Egypt, Libya and Tunisia, let alone Africa. The apparent 'go along to get along' approach is reactionary and ill-conceived," Levitt wrote.

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  • Kinetic1

    How much do you get paid to spam posts like this? I’d never waste a dollar on anyone who uses these tactics.

    • Michael J.

      I thought you folks supported the idea of social justice? I mean, if paid liberal progressives are allowed to post here, certainly we can’t exclude a little creative marketing now can we? Be reasonable Komrade!

      • get right

        Just what type of action should be have been taking to ensure that anti american groups do not emerge during revolutions?? What type of military involvement did Levitt want? Typical repub attitude, let’s interfer in other countries governments. Ya think that is why we are so hated throughout the world??? Could be. Damn the repubs aren’t happy unless we are inserting ourselves everywhere.

        • Michael J.

          get right,
          Your posting handle leads me to believe that your subconscious is trying to tell you something. Perhaps your inner pain and shame is trying to change your philosophy in an effort to ease your hidden suffering.

          Now I don’t know where your out of context question came from, but I will answer anyway.

          get right asked:
          “Just what type of action should be have been taking to ensure that anti american groups do not emerge during revolutions??”

          The answer is that it’s already too late, anti American groups have emerged in the multi country Muslim revolution whose names are William Ayers, Bernadine Dorhn, together with groups like Code Pink and Union thugs.

          BTW, I am not Republican, I belong to neither left of right wing of the Bilderberg party. I am a constitutional conservative awaiting a sign to stand with the patriots to defeat the tyranny that besieges my country.

          • http://?? Joe H.

            Michael J,
            Very well said, but on kenetic, I’m afraid very wasted!!!

    • Michael J.

      BTW, who is terryavile? Guess what I’ve heard is true, in that hallucinations are a common symptom amongst Liberal Disease sufferers in the most advanced/progressive cases.

      • Cawmun Cents

        There is a place they call home…Ivy League Academics Home for Disturbed Progressive Liberals…….what we used to call the White House!

  • Michael J.

    The trio of Obama, Jeremiah Wright and Louis Farrakhan, visited Libya together to meet with Gaddafi, receive praise, and a $5 million campaign contribution. Finally, the truth about why Obama’s was silent for so long about the unrest in Libya, (especially in comparison to Egypt) and his kid-glove treatment of Gaddafi is exposed. We now know why the Obama Administration could not even bring themselves to mention Gaddafi by name and perhaps why Obama refused to use the U.S. Navy, stranding Americans on a ferry in a Tripoli port on the coast of Libya.

    Rev. Jeremiah Wright even went so far as to warn Obama before the election that if word of the 2004 trip to Tripoli every got out “his Jewish support will dry up quicker than a snowball in hell.”

    After the 2008 presidential election Gaddafi said: “Now, ruling America is a black man from our continent, an African from Arab descent, from Muslim descent, and this is something we never imagined –that from Reagan we would get to Barack Hussein Obama.”
    Maybe this is why Obama wouldn’t use the U.S. Navy to evacuate U.S. Citizens, but China had their citizens out, and Americans were still stranded.

  • Teresa
  • Robert

    funny… take cautious approach with libya, but condemn israel any time you get the chance? c’monnn. i guess that is why God is going to kick butt when iran/russia/et al. begins an invasion of israel and the world will watch what the one true God thinks of all the foolishness that has gone on and is going on over in the middle east for millenia…
    word to the wise? better stop bothering israel or you’ll get your butt kicked big time by your Creator. doesn’t it seem odd that all of this stuff just happened at once? you better believe it’s been planned, but the fun part is finding out who is doing the planning. as always, follow the money!

    • Teresa

      VERY WELL SAID!….hmmmmm…..anyone hear anymore stories on the news about our CIA guy in Pakistan???????….maybe we should just follow the CIA…

    • Teresa

      have you ever been to

    • Robin from Arcadia, IN

      Robert… There are so many people who want to take out Israel and if they would just read their Bibles they would know how the story ends. I agree with the post that Obama is sitting on his hands because he does want to see gas skyrocket to push his ‘green’ agenda. And, he has ties with the Muslims. He has admitted that he will stand with the Muslims. How much clearer can this whole picture be?

  • Dan

    The US should stay out of it, PERIOD. It’s not like there is genocide going on, both sides are shooting each other and the military seems split too as to who’s side they are on. Obama’s delay in even saying anything about it is simply because he wants our gas to skyrocket, any way he can get it. Without high gas prices he green cars and energy stinks to most people, with high gas prices the feeble minded will then think for some reason electric cars are a good idea.

    • Cawmun Cents


      • http://naver samurai

        I also agree. It certainly wouldn’t be in our best interests to land troops on the ground. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

        • coal miner


          I got this letter through the mail the other day.You are fluent in Japanese. What does this mean?


          听真理, 想真理, 讲真理.

          • Michael J.

            coal miner,
            The samurai can vouche for me later, but I can tell you that the first one says: Obama was born in Kenya, don’t let him kid you!

            And the second one states that: Obama’s childhood mentor was a Union Thug.

          • http://naver samurai

            Sorry coal dungger, but I’m not fluent in Japanese. It’s just a name given to me while serving this country. I am fluent in Korean though. My wife will tell you. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

    • JC

      The US should stay out of it, that’s for sure.

  • coal miner

    H.Clinton said.

    “In the years ahead, Libya could become a peaceful democracy or it could face protracted civil war, or it could descend into chaos. The stakes are high,” she said. “The entire (Middle East) region is changing, and a strong and strategic American response will be essential.” This indeed a sticky situation.

    • Michael J.

      coal miner,
      All I can say is DUH! Those comments show as much insight as a 5th quarter football coach wannabe.

      • Michael J.

        coal minor said in Japanese:
        “If you are so, a baboon is ignorance to show it like a genius. A reply”

        Your Japanese grammar needs some work, but then again, so does your English.

        • coal miner

          Michael J,

          Your Post,

          Shide New Iike Hazar Kkha Minister Baklhaیtan Germvide entropion

          • coal miner

            Sorry about the misprinting.My eye sight is going,result of diabetes.I can’t see out of my right eye and my left is not much better.I am classified as legally blind.

          • http://?? Joe H.

            coal miner,
            thanks for proving me right! I always said you were one of those desert humping gas baggs!!

          • coal miner

            Joe H,

            You mean bags.

          • coal miner


            Thats in Hebrew.

          • Michael J.

            No stupid, it said; May the fleas of a thousand camels infest your arm pits, in Farsi. You must have translated it into Jibberish which I believe is your native tongue.

          • Michael J.

            Ooops! don’t know how this got here.

          • Michael J.

            coal miner,
            No stupid, it said; May the fleas of a thousand camels infest your arm pits, in Farsi. You must have translated it into Jibberish which I believe is your native tongue

        • http://naver samurai

          I applaud your wide variety of languages that you have posted, but how about translationg them so we can understand. Though it probably still wouldn’t make sense in English either. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

    • Michael J.

      coal miner,

      You said Hillary said:
      “This indeed a sticky situation”

      She probably said that after her first date with Bill!

      • http://?? Joe H.

        Michael J,
        I thought she said that after her first date with P-lousy!!!

        • Michael J.

          Joe H,
          Oops, my mistake!

  • J.M.R.

    our dick-tater won’t do anything to up set his HERO

  • Chitown

    Here’s an article backing up what Michael J. said:

    JERUSALEM – As pressure mounts on the White House to intervene to stop Moammar Gadhafi’s bloody crackdown in Libya, many commentators have been wondering why Barack Obama has been cautious in his criticism of the dictator after the U.S. president so fervently supported the removal from office of U.S. ally Hosni Mubarak of Egypt.

    But Gadhafi has been tied to Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s spiritual adviser for more than 23 years.

    The Libyan dictator also has financed and strongly supported the Nation of Islam and its leader, Louis Farrakhan. Obama has ties to Farrakhan and his controversial group.

    So far, White House officials have called for an end to the violence but have seemingly ruled out any unilateral action in Libya. Despite Gadhafi’s reported ordering of massacres that reportedly have killed hundreds of civilians in recent days, Obama hasn’t called on Gadhafi to leave office.

    Pressure has been mounting on Obama to take a tougher stand, with the chairmen of the House and Senate foreign relations committees calling on the White House to re-impose economic sanctions on Libya that were lifted in 2004.

    But Obama has multiple close ties to activists who have had relationships with Gadhafi.

    Jeremiah Wright, former pastor of Obama’s longtime Chicago church, went with Farrakhan to visit Gadhafi in 1984.

    During the 2008 presidential campaign, Wright himself noted the trip could cause problems for Obama.

    “When [Obama's] enemies find out that in 1984 I went to Tripoli to visit [Gadhafi] with Farrakhan, a lot of his Jewish support will dry up quicker than a snowball in hell.”

    Farrakhan, a close friend and associate of Wright, has been financed by Gadhafi, including with a $5 million interest-free loan in 1985.

    Later that year, Gadhafi spoke by satellite to Farrakhan’s Saviour’s Day Convention in Chicago, and reportedly told Farrakhan supporters he was prepared to provide weapons to a black army in the U.S. to destroy “white America.”

    In October 1995, Gadhafi reportedly called Farrakhan with congratulations on the success of the Million Man March. Gadhafi was said to have assured Farrakhan that together “we will unite our capabilities and efforts to achieve this.”

    Moammar Gadhafi

    According to reports in 1996 from Libya’s news agency, JANA, Farrakhan and Gadhafi agreed to work together to mobilize “oppressed blacks, Arabs, Muslims and Red Indians” to help reshape U.S. foreign policy.

    Gadhafi said that until his alliance with the Nation of Islam, “our confrontation with America was like a fight against a fortress from outside.”

    He asserted his alliance with Farrakhan provides him with “a breach to enter into this fortress and confront it.”

    Farrakhan went to Libya for multiple other events. He was the recipient in 1996 of the Gadhafi Human Rights Award, which came with a $250,000 prize. Farrakhan accepted the prize despite U.S. sanctions on Libya.

    Obama tied to Nation of Islam

    Wright and Obama reportedly attended the Million Man March on Washington, which was led by Farrakhan and other prominent black leaders such as Al Sharpton.

    Rev. Willie Barrow, a member of the Obama campaign’s official Faith Outreach Team and an Obama superdelegate, is a close friend of Farrakhan’s and a staunch Nation of Islam supporter.

    Farrakhan stated in a 2002 interview he met with Barrow to devise his Nation of Islam platforms.

    Marxist activist Cornel West, an adviser to Farrakhan, also had been an adviser to Obama’s 2008 campaign and is a close Obama associate and personal friend.

    During the period of Obama’s attendance at Wright’s Trinity United Church, which practices controversial Black Liberation Theology ideology, the Chicago church was openly allied with Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam.

    Wright gave Farrakhan his 2007 Empowerment Award. Farrakhan delivered multiple guest lectures at the church.

    Wright has been involved in Farrakhan initiatives and labeled him “one of the most important voices in the 20th and 21st century” during a national address to the media in April at which Nation of Islam officials were invited guests.

    Obama has appeared at least three times on the cover of Trumpet magazine, founded by Wright. The magazine, to which Obama last year granted a lengthy, exclusive interview, regularly hails Farrakhan.

    Obama’s face was featured on the cover of a 2006 issue of Trumpet alongside Farrakhan’s image.

    During the 2008 presidential campaign, a 2004 photo emerged of Obama’s wife, Michelle, posing with Farrakhan and Obama adviser Barrow at a woman’s luncheon for the Rainbow/Push Coalition for which Barrow serves as chairman emeritus.

    In the picture with Michelle Obama is Khadijah Farrakhan, Louis Farrakhan’s wife.

    Another Obama connection to supporters of Farrakhan comes from David Axelrod, Obama’s chief political strategist.

    Although he is Jewish, Axelrod sits on the finance committee of St. Sabina, the Chicago Catholic parish that was led by controversial pastor Michael Pfleger, an outspoken Farrakhan supporter who hosted the Nation of Islam chief at his parish several times.

    The Archdiocese of Chicago temporarily removed Pfleger from his duties at St. Sabina in 2008 following a well-publicized guest sermon at Trinity church in which Pfleger claimed Hillary Clinton cried in public because she thought being white entitled her to the Democratic presidential nomination.

    Pfleger hosted Farrakhan at his church several times, including one May 2007 sermon that was Farrakhan’s first public appearance since he announced in 2006 he had been suffering from prostate cancer and was seriously ill.

    According to reports, Pfleger spent hours with the Nation of Islam chief during his illness. Pfleger previously enlisted Farrakhan’s support for several of his initiatives, including an anti-gun protest in 2007.

    By Aaron Klein
    © 2011 WorldNetDaily
    With research by Brenda J. Elliott

  • FlaJim

    We don’t really have a dog in this fight. What we should be concentrating on is drilling here at home so that we can show even less interest in these constantly feuding moslems. New sources here at home could be putting oil on the market within a year with the technology now available.

    The only ones we should be monitoring are those with nuclear capability: Pakistan and Iran. Let the rest of them kill each other off. As mean spirited as that sounds, they can’t be reformed and this is NOT an uprising of those wanting democracty. It’s just one bully with his gang vs another and his gang.

  • http://google Ra ymond Babcock

    unfrez hes money and leave him alone iam sick of the american goverment running rough shod over everone it needs to end

    • http://?? Joe H.

      Unfrez hes money after a publically supported leader is in power. why release it now just to have gadhafi leave with it when he sees that his days are numbered??? leave it to the people of Libiya, who it rightfully belongs to!!

  • Marlene

    Our “president” fancies himself to be the leader of the NWO, as long as it’s totally Muslim oriented. Yet, the fact that he’s been bought and paid for by Muslim leaders makes him hide away from Democratic decision making. He can’t tell his owners to back off and leave office. His debt is far too big and that would negate his efforts to turn this country into a Nation of Islam. How many haters of this country is he indebted to? Every day another low-life leader is added to the list. Some we knew about or suspected when he was campaigning for the office he now sits in. We screamed and begged the opposition to open their eyes. We lost friends and family because we saw this Obama creature differently from their vision of him. I can only hope and pray that they wake up immediately because their savior is taking us down the path to destruction faster than I dreamed possible. None of us will be immune to his destruction of us.

  • http://com i41

    Raymond so what are you a muslim moron pedophile worshipper too. I say let thosse goat abusers go shot and beat each other to hell and then just bomb the last of the s–t head s into oblivian. Actually we should be taking Onumnutts buut buddies like Rev/Wrong and Cylpso Louie Fkakoon and his vtree brach nuts and send the whole damn bunch swing out of here. We always wonder what really is worthwhile about these anti Americans. You get points in Boone and Crockett books for pointsand spread. We could do that with the anti American pukes, Since the most radical bucks would be the prize trophies, Onumnutts and terrorist radicals should be prize heads to collect, Cylpso Louie would be another freak of naure that should be a prized plaster cast with glass eyes. Compare the Lbyan nut job looks just the marxist muslim moron in the white house, might be Obees sire. Since the unions have been proven to been in Eygpt and other countries causing trouble does anyone see the comunnist comunity organizers finger prints on the blue prints yet? Appartently Ra ymond doesn’t think Onumnutts and the soros socialist democrat pukes didn’t ride rough shod over the American people with healthcare and bank reform. Either that or he is a Marxist, Alinski, and a Lenien loving lap pooch who thinks drug usage takes care of all problems.

  • http://com i41

    We may not have a dog in the fight yet because he is on a short chain. If the marixist muslim moron and the soros socialist democraps would allow the valves to be opened on our oil wells and dump it on the open market. We would be out of debt pretty fast, prices would fall, the goat abusing perverts would wander back out to their camel girlfriens as prices keep getting back to real levels. The muslim Onumnutts could track a catipallar thru a snow bank. Any democrap soros socialists that voted for the jug eared idoit amd think more government control is great for everything imaginable. Agree that the stoneaged pedophile worshipping perverts can never be brought to the real world, since they have there pervert crap pushed into to their brains out of the Queeran by rote and some stinking dung encrusted pervert in a mud hut.

  • jopa

    i41;Just by chance, were you home schooled on the reservation?Your great grandfathers name was Sitting Bull, not Bull Sh—-ing so get real already.

  • Michael J.

    Hello Bob, I think this thread is having a wardrobe malfunction. It’s making me look like a boob because my comments are not posting where I am sending them?

  • coal miner

    That is Hebrew translation in English.

  • coal miner

    A health Issue,

    An easy way to lower blood sugar levels is to stay fit and healthy. Regular exercise not only helps lower blood sugar levels, but also helps fight infections. Staying active and taking regular exercise can also help with blood pressure problems. Exercise also helps control the body’s weight and regulate cholesterol levels.

    This exercise does not need to be a grueling workout. Thirty minutes of exercise a day, even walking, will help to lower blood sugar levels. Walking to the store instead of taking the car is all that may be necessary to provide you with some much needed exercise. Any extra exercise, including working out in a gym, should be discussed with a doctor first if you have irregular blood sugar levels.

    • http://naver samurai

      What does this have to do with Lybia, moron? FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • jopa

    MichaelJ;I have to agree with you in that you do look like a boob, and you called coal miner stupid, or like they say on this site usually stuped.

  • http://com i41

    jopa, if you want to communicate with a blanket rear ward of the government,get a hold of eddee. We all realize your are a U grade pass thru igit from the project. If you had were fetched up in a public school, instead of home schooled, we understand your procivity for needing a boss to ride herd on you because of your lack of motivation. All signs of a dumbocrap and aa union retard, to dumb to do anything by yourself, think it is called herd mentality and just cann’t be weaned off the government welfare tit and subsidizes. Just a soros socialist democrat union mind set, worthless for doing anything except destroying the USA and being a one job slub, a real EU model screw up!

  • James

    Show me, in the Constitution, where the federal government is empowered to decide how foreign nations are ruled. Article IV, Section 4 says: The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against invasion.” Where does the Constitution say a President has the power to remove foreign dictators from power and create a Democracy therein? Where does it say Americans must go to war, and die, to alter foreign governments?

  • James

    Where does it say in the U.S. Constitution that Congress shall have the power to rid the world of undesireable people?


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