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Wed Sep 12, 2012, 01:39 PM

Report: Drones headed to Libya

Source: Politico




By DONOVAN SLACK |
9/12/12 12:48 PM EDT


A senior U.S. official tells CNN that U.S. unmanned surveillance drones are expected to begin flying over Benghazai and other locations in eastern Libya to look for jihadi encampments and targets that may be tied to the attack on U.S. State Department personnel.
The proposal for use of drones is expected to be approved shortly by the Pentagon and the White House, CNN's Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr reported. The official said the plan is for U.S. surveillance drones to gather the intelligence and then hand it off to the Libyans to strike the targets.

POLITICO has not independently confirmed this report. CNN is also reporting that the attacks were planned in advance, and "the attackers used the protest outside the consulate as a diversion, U.S. sources told CNN Wednesday.

"The sources could not say whether the attackers instigated the protest or merely took advantage of it. The sources do not believe Ambassador Chris Stevens was specifically targeted."

Read more: http://www.politico.com/politico44/2012/09/report-drones-headed-to-libya-135317.html

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Reply Report: Drones headed to Libya (Original post)
cali Sep 2012 OP
The Magistrate Sep 2012 #1
jtuck004 Sep 2012 #2
Ghost Dog Sep 2012 #13
jody Sep 2012 #3
pasto76 Sep 2012 #4
outsideworld Sep 2012 #5
leftynyc Sep 2012 #6
Sherman A1 Sep 2012 #7
leftynyc Sep 2012 #9
Sherman A1 Sep 2012 #10
discntnt_irny_srcsm Sep 2012 #16
tomm2thumbs Sep 2012 #12
rachel1 Sep 2012 #8
lexx21 Sep 2012 #17
discntnt_irny_srcsm Sep 2012 #18
Comrade_McKenzie Sep 2012 #11
cstanleytech Sep 2012 #14
Electric Monk Sep 2012 #15

Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Sep 12, 2012, 01:44 PM

1. Obviously, Ma'am, President Obama Will assist the Libyan Government In Dealing with This

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Sep 12, 2012, 02:01 PM

2. Thoughtless, do what they are told machines. We sending Teabaggers , or NRA members? n/t

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Response to jtuck004 (Reply #2)

Wed Sep 12, 2012, 07:56 PM

13. "Intelligence" is expensive.

But then, so are drones & Whateverfire missiles.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Sep 12, 2012, 02:22 PM

3. Eligible targets are any male old enough to serve in militia and innocents within the lethal area of

 

a Hellfire missile.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Sep 12, 2012, 02:23 PM

4. hence the apology from libya. Some dudes over there right now staying indoors and incognito

which they should be doing.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Sep 12, 2012, 02:27 PM

5. Romney

would send the entire US army

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Sep 12, 2012, 02:47 PM

6. Is it just me or

shouldn't we be keeping this kind of thing secret?

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Response to leftynyc (Reply #6)

Wed Sep 12, 2012, 03:24 PM

7. Not necessarily

All you have to do is say you are sending drones and ramping up in other areas and it has the effect of causing some pause in the minds of those who may have committed this deed or those planning further adventures.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #7)

Wed Sep 12, 2012, 03:47 PM

9. Can an RPG

hit a drone or is that too high up?

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Response to leftynyc (Reply #9)

Wed Sep 12, 2012, 05:55 PM

10. One suspects

that it probably would be beyond it's range.

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Response to leftynyc (Reply #9)

Wed Sep 12, 2012, 08:18 PM

16. RPGs are ballistic and unguided

Objects that are smaller, further or moving are more difficult to hit.

Drones often operate in groups. Shoot at one and you give away your position. Shoot with an RPG and you leave a heat signature visible from an NRO satellite.

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Response to leftynyc (Reply #6)

Wed Sep 12, 2012, 07:50 PM

12. perhaps they already have the drones there


and this kind of release will inspire groups to quickly up and move - calling attention to themselves in the process (thinking that they are doing it ahead of being observed)

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Sep 12, 2012, 03:40 PM

8. Winning hearts and minds another drone at a time

I'm pretty certain that the Libyan people will appreciate them just as much as the drones are appreciated in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, the Philippines, Australia, etc.

Heck, I bet that so many US folk would love it just as much if a foreign military sent some military drones into our territory!

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Response to rachel1 (Reply #8)

Wed Sep 12, 2012, 08:40 PM

17. I can see where you are coming from..

However our embassy was breached and the ambassador killed. This is something very serious. If a foreign consulate here were under threat, we would have armed forces protecting it as it is sovereign territory of another nation. Libya did not do this, either by lack of will or lack of intelligence of what is going on in their own country.

We could close the embassy, which would in effect sever diplomatic ties to that country. We could do what we have to in order to protect our people in the embassy until things can be worked out with the host country. I would prefer the latter as it keeps doors open to dialog in the future.

Use of military might is an unsavory thing at best, but unfortunately at times it is needed. My hope is that we do not have to bring action against Libya since the enemy has a tendency to hide among the innocent.

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Response to lexx21 (Reply #17)

Thu Sep 13, 2012, 10:32 AM

18. Spot on

Bravo!

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Sep 12, 2012, 06:14 PM

11. Good call. Obama can't look soft right now. nt

 

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Response to Comrade_McKenzie (Reply #11)

Wed Sep 12, 2012, 08:08 PM

14. Politically it may be a good call to keep the far right base without fuel but it still sucks. nt

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Sep 12, 2012, 08:17 PM

15. With apologies to Stephen Sondheim: "Send in the Drones"

to the tune of




Isn't it great?
Swiftly they die?
Targets destroyed on the ground.
Bombed from the sky.
Send in the drones.

Itís the best way?
Don't you approve?
Villains keep tearing around,
Weapons that move.
But now we use drones.
Send in the drones.

Just when they thought
They might be free,
Finally stopping
Somewhere with a hope of safety,
But here comes a drone
With its usual boom,
None left alive,
Their camp now their tomb.

Don't you hate war?
Their fault, I know.
We thought that they wanted us there;
Now we must go.
But still we use drones.
Thank God for the drones.
Quick, send in the drones.

What a surprise.
Who could foresee
They might acquire the
Technology?
Why only now that I see
Some are heading this way -
What a surprise,
What a bad day.

Isn't it sick?
Itís all so black.
Death raining down everywhere
From their attack.
And where are the drones?
Quick, send off the drones.
Don't bother - they're back.

http://www.amiright.com/parody/70s/stephensondheim3.shtml

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