Libya

An Ex-GI Trains Libyan Rebels How To Fight

Fascinating piece by Steven Sotloff in Benghazi about a beefy and cigar-chomping former U.S. soldier training Libyan rebels how to fight:

The selling of military expertise by foreign privateers, or mercenaries, is known as the world’s second oldest profession. But [Jerry] Erwin insists motives are more altruistic and that he is not

Sometimes Tough Telling Friend-from-Foe In Current U.S. Wars

The Pentagon has long had troubles developing an IFF system — a sophisticated electronics box aboard an aircraft that tells the pilot if the blip on her heads-up display represents a friend or foe many miles away (IFF stands for identification friend or foe). Now it seems to be having the same challenge in the wars it’s …

Memorial Day, 2011

Memorial Day is a strange holiday when so many Americans are disconnected from the wars now underway. Did you know that over the past week, more than a dozen U.S. troops have been killed in Afghanistan? It’s easy for me to keep track: I get Pentagon press releases every time a U.S. soldier is killed, sprinkled in among those …

Libya: Warbirds of Prey? Or Warbirds of Pray?

After two months of stalemate, the allies are considering stepping up their war game over Libya. The war’s two key boosters – Britain and France – may decide to send a handful of helicopter gunships to pepper targets around Triploi. The French, apparently, have already chosen to do so, and said the British had as well. But the …

NATO Steps Up Not Targeting Gaddafi

“It is certainly not the policy of the coalition, of this administration, to decapitate, if you will, or to effect regime change in Libya by force.” That was White House spokesman Jay Carney early in the war against Libya.

Early Tuesday night coalition aircraft struck 15 targets inside Tripoli. Most of the ordnance was aimed at …

Obama’s Illegal War in Libya?

President Obama on March 21 formally alerted Congress about the U.S. military engagement in Libya. Unless they were living under a rock, every member of Congress was well aware by that time of the air attacks against Libya’s Col. Moammar Gadhafi, which had been underway for two days by that date. But by law, Obama had to alert Congress …

Gaddafi’s Forces Allegedly Hung Victims from Ropes, Shocked Genitals

International Criminal Court Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo yesterday asked that court judges issue arrest warrants for Col. Muammar Gaddafi, his son Saif Al Islam Gaddafi, and the head of intelligence, Abdullah Al Sanousi, for crimes against humanity committed against Libyan citizens since February.

Here are some scary excerpts from …

Libya: Time to Hit More Targets?

So last week, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen was telling us that everything was going swimmingly in his alliance’s effort to force Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi from power. “We have succeeding in taking out a lot of his capacities, and now you see the opposition is gaining ground,” Rasmussen said Thursday. “We are …

NATO’s New, Less U.S.-Centric, Way of Waging War

“So did you kill Gaddafi last night?”

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen laughed generously at the temerity of the question. The former Danish prime minister — now chief of the most powerful military alliance in history — unspooled his political answer to an impolitic query. “Let me stress that we do not target …

Newsflash: Gaddafi Apparently Alive

Yesterday I noted that Libya’s Col. Muammar Gaddafi had disappeared for 11 days following a NATO air strike that killed his son. Some on the streets of Tripoli had begun to wonder if the two bombs that struck that house — Gaddafi was there also — might have killed the Libyan leader as well.

Gaddafi, understandably, appears to be a …

Gaddafi Unheard from in Days Following Air Strike

Libya’s Col. Muammar Gaddafi hasn’t been seen or heard from publicly since a NATO air strike 11 days ago that reportedly killed his son, Saif al-Arab. Gaddafi was apparently in the home when at least two NATO bombs hit. He also did not attend his son’s funeral.

Gaddafi may very well be keeping a low profile in order to stay alive. A

Syria Slaughter Videos Highlight White House Inaction

Late last month the White House hit Syria’s intelligence agency and two relatives of President Bashar al-Assad with sanctions because of Assad’s crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators. President Obama did not target Assad himself with those sanctions, nor did Obama call for Assad to step down. A White House aide told Reuters that Obama …

NATO Impotence: Misery in Misrata

We’ve looked away from Libya since last week’s killing of Osama bin Laden, but unfortunately Muammar Gaddafi has not. His forces have continued to shell the rebel stronghold in the western part of the country now for nearly two months.

History’s greatest military alliance is headquartered 1,300 miles from Tripoli. NATO launched …

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