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Shades of Bill Clinton! Obama ready to lob cruise missiles at Libya? [UPDATED]

In a blast from the past, Obama appears to be ready to at long last take action in Libya;

WASHINGTON — The U.S. prepared to a launch a missile attack on Libyan air defenses, but American ships and aircraft stationed in and around the Mediterranean Sea did not participate in initial French air missions Saturday, according to two U.S. officials familiar with the unfolding intervention.

One official said the U.S. intends to limit its involvement — at least in the initial stages — to helping protect French and other air missions by taking out Libyan air defenses.

An attack against those defenses with Navy sea-launched Tomahawk cruise missiles was planned for later Saturday, one official said. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of military operations.
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Yeah, no real risk in tossing missiles at tents. In fact, if Gaddafi doesn’t get too upset at him, Obama may even go farther;

The official said that depending on how Libyan forces responded to initial intervention by the French and others, the U.S. could launch additional attacks in support of allied forces. The intention was to leave it to other nations to patrol a no-fly zone over Libya once air defenses are silenced, the official said.

Come to think of it, with Libyan Rebels shooting down their own aircraft, maybe throwing missiles from wayyy out at sea isn’t such a bad idea after all?

[UPDATE] Via Jake Tapper, Tomahawks are outbound

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  1. This whole thing has me troubled. Granted, Ghaddafi is megalomanicacal and will “off” his own people when he feels like it from time to time – so what else is new? God bless and protect our wonderful military in all they are constitutionally called on to do, including my own son. Still I can’t find the “angle” in this yet, why we are taking exactly this action at exactly this time, be it above board or Chicago-style. Some years recall Ghadafie was had made the fuzzy lovable dictators’ list (this even after Lockerbie, yes this is all weird) and he was considered friendly to the West to the extent he was cooperating economically and not stirring up anti-Israel trouble using Hezbollah, etc.,There is even probably a fat file of shared information garnered from his cooperation, reposing in Langley. Now he is #1 Enemy all of a sudden? We are chasing cockroaches in the kitchen while there is a dragon…er, bear at the front door. And if it’s – well Obama didn’t want to be seen not taking action while France and Britain jumped ahead – there is always blowback to come from that kind of idiocy in foreign policy, from everyone, allies and enemies.

    • You know, the left is pulling Obama in a few directions here; one is the peace-at-all-costs crowd who wouldn’t fight back if US soil were attacked. Two, there’s the “No War for Oil” crowd who sees “BIG OIL” behind every decision made in the White House. Then we have another branch that knows the Muslim Brotherhood will somehow end up in charge when a vacuum is created. They hate Israel for various reasons, and think Israel’s ultimate destruction is the way to world peace. Who’s the loudest?

      Whichever one had Hillary’s ear. She seems to be lumping the third branch in with the right-of-center “Democracy at All Costs” bunch and thinking putting the two together means the most political clout.

      You’re right, it’s troubling and weird. And funny. I get the mental image of Obama getting the “Damn it Bill!! What the hell’s WRONG with you??” treatment from Hillary.

  2. Yes and interesting how this swerves to Hillary. I think it was this week she gave that interview where she categorically stated, she did not want to be SOSUS in 2012, she did not want to run for POTUS in 2012, she did not want to be anyone’s VPOTUS in 2012. It was really amazing to hear. What has she seen or heard in the Obama WH that has so shied her away from running again for anything? She and bill have a few skeletons in their closet that she is not faint of heart in this department, it must have been something off the charts, that she thinks already it is so bad that the Dems are automatically out of the WH in 2012 no matter who’s running? Anyway, she really said it & this time sounded like she meant it.

  1. This whole thing has me troubled. Granted, Ghaddafi is megalomanicacal and will “off” his own people when he feels like it from time to time – so what else is new? God bless and protect our wonderful military in all they are constitutionally called on to do, including my own son. Still I can’t find the “angle” in this yet, why we are taking exactly this action at exactly this time, be it above board or Chicago-style. Some years recall Ghadafie was had made the fuzzy lovable dictators’ list (this even after Lockerbie, yes this is all weird) and he was considered friendly to the West to the extent he was cooperating economically and not stirring up anti-Israel trouble using Hezbollah, etc.,There is even probably a fat file of shared information garnered from his cooperation, reposing in Langley. Now he is #1 Enemy all of a sudden? We are chasing cockroaches in the kitchen while there is a dragon…er, bear at the front door. And if it’s – well Obama didn’t want to be seen not taking action while France and Britain jumped ahead – there is always blowback to come from that kind of idiocy in foreign policy, from everyone, allies and enemies.

    • You know, the left is pulling Obama in a few directions here; one is the peace-at-all-costs crowd who wouldn’t fight back if US soil were attacked. Two, there’s the “No War for Oil” crowd who sees “BIG OIL” behind every decision made in the White House. Then we have another branch that knows the Muslim Brotherhood will somehow end up in charge when a vacuum is created. They hate Israel for various reasons, and think Israel’s ultimate destruction is the way to world peace. Who’s the loudest?

      Whichever one had Hillary’s ear. She seems to be lumping the third branch in with the right-of-center “Democracy at All Costs” bunch and thinking putting the two together means the most political clout.

      You’re right, it’s troubling and weird. And funny. I get the mental image of Obama getting the “Damn it Bill!! What the hell’s WRONG with you??” treatment from Hillary.

  2. Yes and interesting how this swerves to Hillary. I think it was this week she gave that interview where she categorically stated, she did not want to be SOSUS in 2012, she did not want to run for POTUS in 2012, she did not want to be anyone’s VPOTUS in 2012. It was really amazing to hear. What has she seen or heard in the Obama WH that has so shied her away from running again for anything? She and bill have a few skeletons in their closet that she is not faint of heart in this department, it must have been something off the charts, that she thinks already it is so bad that the Dems are automatically out of the WH in 2012 no matter who’s running? Anyway, she really said it & this time sounded like she meant it.

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