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mahatmakanejeeves Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 04:13 PM
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US troops open fire on villagers as fighter jet crashes: report
Source: Sydney Morning Herald

March 23, 2011 - 7:43AM

US troops opened fire on villagers in an operation to rescue two jet fighter crew after their plane crashed in eastern Libya, according to a British report.

Channel 4 News is reporting at least six villagers were injured when US Marines came in with "all guns blazing" to extract the pilots.

London's Telegraph website is also reporting six "were believed to have been shot by a US helicopter during his rescue".
....

Reporter Lindsey Hilsum, at the crash, said the US helicopter came in and opened fire on Monday night, local time, as villagers were handing over one of the downed pilots to local rebel forces.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/world/us-troops-open-fire-on-vill...
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99th_Monkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 04:16 PM
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1. Were these Marines wearing boots??? If so, Obama's a liar. nt
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 04:18 PM
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3. Could we please wait to find out what happened before we call anybody anything?
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99th_Monkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 04:37 PM
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8. Sounds like this is "what happened", no?
"US troops opened fire on villagers in an operation to rescue two jet fighter crew after their plane crashed in eastern Libya, according to a British report."
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 04:38 PM
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9. Well, there was an earlier story that one pilot was greeted with hugs, lol,
so did that happen? Did this happen? Did both things happen? Early reports can be wrong.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 10:07 AM
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102. Only hugs? No flowers around the neck?
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Renew Deal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 04:54 PM
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15. Did Obama say only barefoot Marines were involved?
:shrug:
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99th_Monkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 06:42 PM
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38. Obama said there would be "NO BOOTS ON THE GROUND IN LYBIA" militarily speaking ~nt
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NuclearDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-24-11 09:33 PM
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144. CSAR isn't the same thing as rolling tanks into Tripoli
These guys are on the ground for as long as it takes to get the aircrew back to the helicopter and get them out.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 04:17 PM
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2. So, which is true? This story or the story of the happy villagers
hugging the pilot and telling him, "We're your friends"?

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IamK Donating Member (514 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 10:48 PM
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84. They were happy not to be shot dead....
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ReggieVeggie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 04:18 PM
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4. uh, who's side are we on again?
do we know?
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indimuse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 04:34 PM
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6. This ENTIRE Engagement is a DISGRACE!!! n/t!
Edited on Tue Mar-22-11 04:35 PM by indimuse
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msongs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 04:51 PM
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14. "My big fat Libyan wedding" - where Gaddafi and Obama get married for better or for worse nt
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neoralme Donating Member (812 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 08:44 PM
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57. Yeah, it's also turning into a fiasco. I'll bet the oil companies are
really digging it though. Never seen anything like it. Germany wants nothing to do with it. France doesn't want to lead. Britain is having second thought if the US is not going to pay for most of it. What in the hell is going on?
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jannyk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 04:35 PM
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7. BBC: US crew rescued after Libya crash


Two US airmen have been rescued after ejecting from their F-15E Eagle warplane just before it crashed during allied operations in eastern Libya. The plane appeared to suffer mechanical failure near the rebel stronghold of Benghazi, the US military said. There are reports six villagers were shot and hurt in the US rescue effort.

One Libyan who came across the crashed jet told Britain's Daily Telegraph that one pilot held his hands in the air and said "OK, OK", but was quickly thanked by locals for his participation in the air strikes. Younis Amruni told the Telegraph: "I hugged him and said 'don't be scared, we are your friends'."

A reporter for Britain's Channel 4 said six villagers were shot and injured as a US helicopter attempted to rescue the crew. She said one man expected his young son to lose a leg due to a bullet wound but that the locals did not appear resentful over the shootings. A spokeswoman for US Africa Command said it was "trying to ascertain the facts"


More at link:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12816226
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 04:40 PM
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10. Thanks, jannyk. So, both did happen.
Six people were shot AND there were friendly people that greeted one pilot.

:(
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SoulSearcher Donating Member (119 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 04:47 PM
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12. it was a mistake
The way the story read, they were all friendly, but when the
helicopter arrived apparently it looked like the pilot(s) were
being 'captured'. Remember Somalia....(Blackhawk down)
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 04:50 PM
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13. Is it a mistake? Those helicopter pilots didn't set their own rules
of engagement, I imagine.

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daleo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 10:34 PM
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80. They automatically shot up allies rescuing their comrades?
That bespeaks a certain lack of trust in the allies.
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NuclearDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-24-11 09:30 PM
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143. The Libyan rebels aren't allies
The NATO mission in Libya is to protect civilians from government aggression. We're not taking sides. The rebels are certainly benefiting from our intervention, but we're not their allies.
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bluesmail Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 05:04 PM
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17. Yes Thanks eom
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marasinghe Donating Member (754 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 06:50 PM
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41. thanks for the update.
does this part qualify as sarcasm from the Brit reporter, or is it just SOP for the world police: "A reporter for Britain's Channel 4 .... said one man expected his young son to lose a leg due to a bullet wound but that the locals did not appear resentful over the shootings."?

well, at least we don't see the usual 'Death to America' chorus line. thankful for small mercies ....
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sabrina 1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 04:44 PM
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11. This happened near Benghazi, a rebel stronghold.
US spokesperson denying they shot at villagers, who reportedly were helping to rescue the pilot and the other passenger.

From the article linked in the OP, seems to contradict the U.S. spokesperson:

A man described as a military policeman, Omar Sayd, told the reporter: "We are disturbed about the shooting because if they had given us a chance we would have handed over both pilots."

In Benghazi, Hilsum interviewed one of the injured villagers, who was in a hospital bed. Local people had been giving a "party" for the crew when they were fired on.


War, Libyans will find out that foreign troops shoot first and might not even ask questions later. No matter how they claim to be there to help.

They can ask the Iraqis and the Afghans.

Hopefully the U.S. means it that there will be no troops on the ground, however the language in the UN resolution doesn't exclude 'peace-keeping forces'. I wish it had.

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David__77 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 05:10 PM
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18. Thanks to Obama's war, a boy is losing his leg today.
Facts are facts.
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 05:17 PM
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19. Question is, how many boys aren't losing their legs
(or lives) thanks to "Obama's war"?
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David__77 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 05:20 PM
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20. I'm sure that hypothetical question is consoling to the victims of US aggression.
...
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 05:43 PM
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24. The survivors seem to be very consoled by US "aggression".
"...one pilot held his hands in the air and said "OK, OK", but was quickly thanked by locals for his participation in the air strikes. Younis Amruni told the Telegraph: "I hugged him and said 'don't be scared, we are your friends'.""

Or didn't you read that part?
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Alamuti Lotus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 06:26 PM
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37. Were those locals that were later shot by the Marines, or...?
I would like to know their level of gratitude for that.
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joshcryer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 06:06 AM
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They weren't shot. Armored vehicles coming to the scene were bombed. The locals were nearby.
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bowens43 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 05:32 PM
Response to Reply #19
21. My guess is that we've killed more people this week
in Libya then Qaddafi has.
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 05:43 PM
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25. That's a pretty bold guess.
Do you have any support for it whatsoever?
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joshcryer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 06:06 AM
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90. That's highly unlikely.
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sulphurdunn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 05:36 PM
Response to Reply #19
22. There was a time in this country
when a quaint document called the Constitution of the United States required the consent of Congress before the President could wage agressive war, legs notwithstanding. Look it up.
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 05:44 PM
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26. Look it up yourself.
We're required to honor the UN Charter. It's the "law of the land".

I've been down this road a hundred times, and you have no idea what you're talking about.
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sulphurdunn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 08:35 PM
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54. The hell I don't.
Nothing in the UN Charter gives a United States President or any other leader the authority to ignore his nation's laws or obliges any member state to go to war. Nor do the war making powers of the Security Council superseded the sovereignty of the US Constitution. What is truly ironic about you comment is the fact that the US is also a signatory of the Geneva Conventions which are also the "law of the land" and which specifically prohibit waging aggressive war, looting, torture, murdering civilians and similar crimes. As I said before, "look it up."
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 09:46 PM
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68. We're not waging aggressive war.
Since you're asking for it, I'll give it to you.

UN Charter, Article 42:

"Should the Security Council consider that measures provided for in Article 41 would be inadequate or have proved to be inadequate, it may take such action by air, sea, or land forces as may be necessary to maintain or restore international peace and security. Such action may include demonstrations, blockade, and other operations by air, sea, or land forces of Members of the United Nations."

UN Charter, Chapter VII:

"A Security Council Resolution is considered to be 'a Chapter VII resolution' if it makes an explicit determination that the situation under consideration constitutes a threat to the peace, a breach of the peace, or an act of aggression, and/or explicitly or implicitly states that the Council is acting under Chapter VII in the adoption of some or all operative paragraphs."

US Constitution, Article VI, paragraph 2:

"This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the constitution or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding."

"This Constitution...and all treaties made." Do you understand what that means? It means that treaties made by the US are on equal footing with the U.S. Constitution.

We aren't obligated to get involved? Our obligations under UN Charter, Article 1 & 2 (and Article VI, U.S. Constitution):

To maintain international peace and security, and to that end: to take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace, and for the suppression of acts of aggression or other breaches of the peace, and to bring about by peaceful means, and in conformity with the principles of justice and international law, adjustment or settlement of international disputes or situations which might lead to a breach of the peace;

And Article 2:

"All Members, in order to ensure to all of them the rights and benefits resulting from membership, shall fulfill in good faith the obligations assumed by them in accordance with the present Charter."

Reply with references, or don't bother.
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psychopomp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 10:00 PM
Response to Reply #68
76. The key point that you miss is the word "international"
The UN was established and mandated to ensure peace between nations. It was never intended to be involved in disputes that occur within sovereign nations.
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 10:20 PM
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78. 10 member states of the UNSC disagree with you; 0 agree.
Not only does the UN have a long history of humanitarian missions, they think the UN has right under Chapter VII. Done deal.

Acting under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations,

1. Demands the immediate establishment of a ceasefire and a complete end to violence and all attacks against, and abuses of, civilians;

2. Stresses the need to intensify efforts to find a solution to the crisis which responds to the legitimate demands of the Libyan people and notes the decisions of the Secretary-General to send his Special Envoy to Libya and of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union to send its ad hoc High-Level Committee to Libya with the aim of facilitating dialogue to lead to the political reforms necessary to find a peaceful and sustainable solution;

3. Demands that the Libyan authorities comply with their obligations under international law, including international humanitarian law, human rights and refugee law and take all measures to protect civilians and meet their basic needs, and to ensure the rapid and unimpeded passage of humanitarian assistance;

Protection of civilians

4. Authorizes Member States that have notified the Secretary-General, acting nationally or through regional organizations or arrangements, and acting in cooperation with the Secretary-General, to take all necessary measures, notwithstanding paragraph 9 of resolution 1970 (2011), to protect civilians and civilian populated areas under threat of attack in the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, including Benghazi, while excluding a foreign occupation force of any form on any part of Libyan territory, and requests the Member States concerned to inform the Secretary-General immediately of the measures they take pursuant to the authorization conferred by this paragraph which shall be immediately reported to the Security Council;

5. Recognizes the important role of the League of Arab States in matters relating to the maintenance of international peace and security in the region, and bearing in mind Chapter VIII of the Charter of the United Nations, requests the Member States of the League of Arab States to cooperate with other Member States in the implementation of paragraph 4;

No-fly zone

6. Decides to establish a ban on all flights in the airspace of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya in order to help protect civilians;

7. Decides further that the ban imposed by paragraph 6 shall not apply to flights whose sole purpose is humanitarian, such as delivering or facilitating the delivery of assistance, including medical supplies, food, humanitarian workers and related assistance, or evacuating foreign nationals from the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, nor shall it apply to flights authorised by paragraphs 4 or 8, nor other flights which are deemed necessary by States acting under the authorization conferred in paragraph 8 to be for the benefit of the Libyan people, and that these flights shall be coordinated with any mechanism established under paragraph 8;

8. Authorizes Member States that have notified the Secretary-General and the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, acting nationally or through regional organizations or arrangements, to take all necessary measures to enforce compliance with the ban on flights imposed by paragraph 6 above, as necessary, and requests the States concerned in cooperation with the League of Arab States to coordinate closely with the Secretary General on the measures they are taking to implement this ban, including by establishing an appropriate mechanism for implementing the provisions of paragraphs 6 and 7 above,

9. Calls upon all Member States, acting nationally or through regional organizations or arrangements, to provide assistance, including any necessary overflight approvals, for the purposes of implementing paragraphs 4, 6, 7 and 8 above;

10. Requests the Member States concerned to coordinate closely with each other and the Secretary-General on the measures they are taking to implement paragraphs 4, 6, 7 and 8 above, including practical measures for the monitoring and approval of authorised humanitarian or evacuation flights;

11. Decides that the Member States concerned shall inform the Secretary-General and the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States immediately of measures taken in exercise of the authority conferred by paragraph 8 above, including to supply a concept of operations;

12. Requests the Secretary-General to inform the Council immediately of any actions taken by the Member States concerned in exercise of the authority conferred by paragraph 8 above and to report to the Council within 7 days and every month thereafter on the implementation of this resolution, including information on any violations of the flight ban imposed by paragraph 6 above."

http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2011/sc10200.doc.htm#...
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 10:32 AM
Response to Reply #78
105.  The U.S. agrees. You don't get it. In the U.S., the Constitutiion trumps all else.
Edited on Wed Mar-23-11 10:44 AM by No Elephants
No matter what the UN or any member nation says, a U.S. President is not free to violate the Constitution.

EA: "The U.S. agrees."
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 11:54 AM
Response to Reply #105
118. LOL "the U.S. agrees". That's why we have warplanes flying over Libya.
:crazy: Whatever.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 12:24 PM
Response to Reply #118
124. Amazing what you missed in the hundreds of times you say you've been over this.
Yes, the US agrees. The Supreme Court, final word on what the Const. means, has deided several ases on the issue of Const.v. treaty. None of them support your position.
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 12:26 PM
Response to Reply #124
126. Provide links, please.
Thanks. nt
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 12:34 PM
Response to Reply #126
128. Sure, right after you provide links to support your claims. See Reply 104.
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 12:37 PM
Response to Reply #128
129. ? Do you need a link to the Constitution, or the UN Charter?
Ech. I'm done. Waste of time. :hi:
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 01:07 PM
Response to Reply #129
131. Neither. As Reply 104 suggested, it's your interpretation of the Supremacy Clause
that is the problem.

As Reply 104 also suggested, you could prove your interpretation is the correct by providing a SCOTUS case that supports your interpretation of the Supremacy Clause.

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sulphurdunn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 11:41 AM
Response to Reply #78
115. Treaties entered into
under the authority of the Constitution apply by definition to foreign affairs. The US is bound by them as a member of the international community. However, their provisions do not apply to the laws of the United States within its own territory unless complimented by domestic law. On our own soil, the Constitution is supreme. The Constitution clearly confers American war making powers to Congress and not to any foreign entity or international body. Had Obama sought and received congressional consent and then gone to the UN there would be no legal problem and we not be having this disagreement, but he did not.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 10:26 AM
Response to Reply #68
104. Sorry, no. Neither treaties nor laws of the U.S.. are on an equal footing with the
Constitution. Neither are, obviously, state constitutions or state laws.

And I don't know what you think quoting the UN Charter proves. Besides, nothing you quoted says a nation is free to disregard its own laws when taking an action authorized in the U.N. Charter.

"Reply with references, or don't bother." LOL. Who made you boss of the board? And which Supreme Court case or legal scholar did YOU cite to support YOUR interpretation of the Supremacy Clause?
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Bandit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 08:02 AM
Response to Reply #26
96. Justy like we are "required" to investigate charges of torture.
This is America. We do what we want and the Hell with everybody else. We ONLY meet the UN requirements that we wish to meet..
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 11:57 AM
Response to Reply #96
119. We're obligated to investigate charges of torture too
Edited on Wed Mar-23-11 11:58 AM by wtmusic
but we're not. That's irrelevant.

The point is that the UN Charter, which is "law of the land" in the U.S., gives us justification under international and U.S. law to enforce the provisions of UNSCR 1973.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 10:12 AM
Response to Reply #26
103. In the U.S.. the Constitution trumps all other laws. Besides, any reason why Obama
could not have asked Congress BEFORE "honoring the UN Charter?"
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 11:57 AM
Response to Reply #103
120. He could have, but he's not obligated to. nt
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 12:29 PM
Response to Reply #120
127. LOL. Legal scholars are divided on that. If the War Powers Resolution is
constitutional, he isn't. He is if it's unonstitutional. (No, the UN has nothing to do with it.)
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 12:39 PM
Response to Reply #127
130. Why it *must* be, because some poster named No Elephants says so!
:rofl:
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 01:14 PM
Response to Reply #130
132. Just as your Reply 120 and your parsing of the Supremacy Clause "must" be
because some poster named wtmusic says so.

Prove me wrong. Should be easy, what with all your 100'a of times going around on the subject.
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Bandit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 05:54 PM
Response to Reply #19
29. Which "boys" the rebels or the Libyan loyalists?
I am sure the loyalists might disagree with you a bit..
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 06:00 PM
Response to Reply #29
31. Do boys associated with one group have more of a right to their limbs?
That's a bizarre way to look at it.
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Bandit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 07:58 AM
Response to Reply #31
95. Exactly.....
Do you think the West's bombing is not taking limbs and lives? It would not surprise me one bit if I were to learn more lives have been lost since the West started bombing then before we got involved.. This is not about saving lives no matter what those in Washington might say.. You don't "save" lives by launching Tomahawk Missiles at a group of people. You take lives and do much "collateral damage" which means women and children..
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 12:24 PM
Response to Reply #95
125. If you don't think it's possible to save lives with military action
you need to speak to someone from Kosovo.

It was bad, but would have been a lot worse.
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Bandit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 02:41 PM
Response to Reply #125
135. "Fighting for Peace is like Fucking for Chastity"
:shrug: Destroy the village to save it..
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CreekDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 09:09 PM
Response to Reply #19
60. Glad it's okay with you
it's easier to cope with this news when you're glad it happened.
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 09:23 PM
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62. Unfortunate you have no sense of proportion
Always a tradeoff, and in this case, doing nothing was the worst choice of all.

Seems the locals are glad we're there. I'm glad it's ok with them, whatever you think.
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CreekDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 09:31 PM
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65. Well, I can't argue with someone who thinks that sometimes you gotta shoot a boy
:eyes:
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 09:33 PM
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66. And I can't argue with someone who doesn't want to save 10 boys.
That's what proportion is. It's difficult, but give it some thought. :eyes:
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CreekDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 09:38 PM
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67. ah, so they hate to remove his leg so that others can have theirs?
which boys will still have both legs thanks to this crash?
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 09:48 PM
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69. The inanity of your argument is astounding.
You would have us not get involved in WWII, because it might involve a boy losing his leg to save 6 million Jews.

What is it with you and boys' legs?

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CreekDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 09:50 PM
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70. i don't think the boy's leg was key to stopping the Holocaust
:hi:
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 09:54 PM
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71. Thankfully it was Roosevelt and not you calling the shots.
How many lives are a boy's leg worth to you? These things matter.

:crickets: :hi:
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CreekDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 09:55 PM
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72. i don't know how to put a value on it yet
but you've already got it on the clearance rack. :eyes:
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 09:56 PM
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74. While you're thinking about it, people are dying.
But take your time. :eyes:
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 10:46 AM
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110. Thankfully, it was Roosevelt and not you calling the shots.
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 12:00 PM
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121. That's true.
However, if you think Roosevelt would have pulled the plug on D-Day because a kid might lose a limb, you're out of your mind.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 01:15 PM
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133. Wrong poster. I never said a word about limbs.
Edited on Wed Mar-23-11 01:29 PM by No Elephants
ETA: Meaning not a word about whether or not a war should or should not be fought over limbs.

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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 10:05 AM
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101. No doubt Bush saved some from Saddam as well.
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 12:04 PM
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122. The two situations are comparable, are they?
Edited on Wed Mar-23-11 12:11 PM by wtmusic
The UNSC disagrees with you there too.

You have a lot of differences with them, but of course you're far more qualified in international affairs.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 01:21 PM
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134. Identical, no. Comparable in the specific way I compared them, yes.
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jannyk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 05:39 PM
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23. Guardian: Libya: Six injured as US team botches rescue of downed airmen
Edited on Tue Mar-22-11 05:41 PM by jannyk
US forces sent into Libya to rescue two downed American airmen botched the mission by shooting and wounding friendly villagers who had come to help, witnesses have said.

Libyans who went to investigate the US warplane's crash site said that a US helicopter had come in with guns firing, creating panic and wounding onlookers, some of whom had to be taken to hospital; one 20-year-old man is expected to have his leg amputated. The villagers said they had been searching for the plane's missing airmen to welcome them and help them.

Channel Four's Lindsey Hilsum spoke to the villagers, and visited Jala hospital in Benghazi where some of the injured were treated. Among them was Hamad Abdul Ati, 43, who had bullet and shrapnel wounds. He said he was puzzled rather than angry, and did not understand why the Americans had been so aggressive in their rescue mission.
...

Admiral Samuel Locklear, the US commander co-ordinating coalition operations from aboard USS Mount Whitney in the Mediterranean, declined to deny that the marines had opened fire. He merely said that the rescue had been executed as he would have expected, "given the circumstances"; an investigation was under way.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/mar/22/libya-downe...

Detailed article at link.
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Bandit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 05:52 PM
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27. So much for America ONLY being involved in refueling and intelligence..
Fighter jets flying in the no fly zone and American soldiers on the ground in Libya...
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BenzoDia Donating Member (375 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 05:52 PM
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28. Libya is unwinnable for us. Lose a soldier and we're screwed. Aggressively rescue a soldier, we're
screwed. Fire enough missiles, civilians will die, we're screwed.

Best to pull away before we rack up the catastrophes.
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Zorra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 05:57 PM
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30. I've been asleep for 40 years. Geez, are we still in Vietnam?!?
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 06:04 PM
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32. No, and even better news:
you completely missed out on music of the 1980s.
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Arrowhead2k1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 06:11 PM
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33. Ugh...
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jannyk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 06:14 PM
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34. Is the US media reporting this?
I'm in Canada at the moment, but the only reports I'm seeing so far are from foreign press.
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w4rma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 06:24 PM
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35. It sounds like the helicopter pilots decided to shoot first and ask questions later.
Whomever was in charge of the rescue mission screwed up or just didn't care if any non-U.S. people were killed/shot.
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hardtravelin Donating Member (156 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 06:44 PM
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40. On a Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) thats what you do.
Edited on Tue Mar-22-11 06:45 PM by hardtravelin
Your job is to recover the pilot. Period. This is why this mission is a time bomb waiting to blow up in the President's face.

The whole thing is a trap, and we should not be there. What happened today is only the beginning of needless injuries and deaths.
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w4rma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 07:26 PM
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48. I'm not so sure that is "what you do". And I think this no-fly zone is probably a good thing.
Edited on Tue Mar-22-11 07:27 PM by w4rma
But we need to limit the mission to enforcing a "no fly zone" and let the rebels do what they have been doing. No mission creep, please.
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Alamuti Lotus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 06:25 PM
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36. "liberating" those Libyans, one reckless strafing at a time.......
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IamK Donating Member (514 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 10:53 PM
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85. ask the "good" Libyans to wear cheese head hats or something,,,
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Baclava Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 06:44 PM
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39. Did they rescue the pilots successfully? Then that's all that matters.
This isn't a fucking video game or movie.

Wars are messy.

Lesson #1 in any Air War


Don't go running up to downed planes with AK-47's in your hands.

With helicopter gunships pointing their sights at you.

You are just ants on the ground.

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Paradoxical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 07:06 PM
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42. They walked up the pilot and hugged him. And then led him to the rescue team.
Without any indication of aggression.

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marasinghe Donating Member (754 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 07:09 PM
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43. sure; everyone in every pissant village around the planet, has that lesson engraved in their genes.
too bad the kid who lost his leg forgot his position in the world order: he's just an ant on the ground.

guess they've learnt their lesson now & the next time a pilot is downed around their village: just leave him to stew in whatever shit he lands in - earth, air, fire, or water - don't bother to see if he's okay, or try to rescue him, 'cos your sons will pay with their lives or their limbs.

quote from the linked article in the OP: "Channel 4 News said a pilot and a weapons officer were on the jet. Both ejected safely, but suffered minor injuries .... The pilot was rescued by the US helicopter soon after crash landing and opposition rebels recovered the weapons officer, taking "took good care of him" before coalition forces picked him up some time later"
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BenzoDia Donating Member (375 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 07:11 PM
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45. But like that Collateral Murder video from Afghanistan illustrated, everyone isn't familiar with our
Rules of war. They were trying to help, that's the mentality there.
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Dash87 Donating Member (404 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 09:29 PM
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64. We shouldn't even be there!
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daleo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 10:41 PM
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81. Lesson #2: Choose your allies carefully
Because they might just consider you to be ants, and squash you down when you try to help them.
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ixion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 06:06 AM
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89. Yeah, who cares who many innocent civilians had to die because of it
don't they realize we're liberating them? :eyes: :sarcasm:

Exceptionalism on display, such as the kind you offer up, makes me sick. :puke:
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Baclava Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 10:38 AM
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106. You wanted your bloody 'no-fly' zone - you got it. Happy now?
Shit happens. Deal with it.



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Doctor_J Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 07:10 PM
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44. This tidy little "humanitarian mission" didn't take long to get untidy
Winning hearts and minds, just like Cheney did in Iraq
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Canuckistanian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 07:18 PM
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46. I think they called it "mission creep" in Vietnam
Suddenly expanding operations FAR beyond the original rules of engagement in order to accommodate some war-hawk's wishes.
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Doctor_J Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 09:56 PM
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73. That, plus the fact that it takes on a life of its own
I am sure the hawks and profiteers have grand plans for Libya, of course, but even if the altruists and humanitarians set the original agenda, war is by its nature going to turn into a clusterfuck very soon. And, here we are.
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 09:24 AM
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100. I buddy of mine who served in Viet Nam told me once...
"You want to see how things get quickly out of control in country? When the generals show up, they need all sorts of "comforts", then the creep happens"
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 09:22 AM
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99. First thing I thought of when this happened...
"no boots on the ground" to "some boots on the ground" to "boots on the ground" to "what were were talking about? There have always been boots on the ground".
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ixion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 08:27 PM
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52. exactly
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Baclava Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 10:22 PM
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79. Exactly - but the ones squealing the loudest about this wanted the no-fly zone to cure all the ills
Now they run crying when a bit of reality invades their tiny worlds and people get shot on the ground.

Like I said from the start - it's going to be a bloodbath. We have no business being there.

Antiseptic wars, oh, "police actions" are for the completely naive.
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ClarkUSA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 07:24 PM
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47. Accidents happen. Dim the outrage. BBC: "the locals did not appear resentful over the shootings"
Edited on Tue Mar-22-11 07:30 PM by ClarkUSA
The Libyan villagers know accidents happen. It's a shame more people aren't as understanding. I'd be surprised if the injured villagers were not treated by US medics.

One Libyan who came across the crashed jet told Britain's Daily Telegraph that one pilot held his hands in the air and said "OK, OK", but was quickly thanked by locals for his participation in the air strikes. Younis Amruni told the Telegraph: "I hugged him and said 'don't be scared, we are your friends'."

A reporter for Britain's Channel 4 said six villagers were shot and injured as a US helicopter attempted to rescue the crew. She said one man expected his young son to lose a leg due to a bullet wound but that the locals did not appear resentful over the shootings.

More at link:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12816226


I'm sure the villagers understand what's at stake much more than we do here. They know what will happen to them if pro-Gaddafi forces ever find them, too.
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ixion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 08:29 PM
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53. Oh please.
Put yourself in their situation. Are you telling me that you'd be okay with a bunch of Libyan Nationals shooting up YOUR neighborhood and killing some neighbors? You'd REALLY be okay with that?
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ClarkUSA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 08:35 PM
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55. I don't deal in hypotheticals. I can't imagine what life under Gaddafi & Sons has been like.
I do, however, believe the Libyan villagers who went out of their way to speak to British reporters that were on the scene.
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ixion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 08:40 PM
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56. You're changing the subject
Edited on Tue Mar-22-11 08:41 PM by ixion
We're talking about US soldiers that killed villagers. I'm skeptical that they were a-okay with the US military rolling in and shooting up the neighborhood, and one story from the BBC does not satisfy that skepticism.
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ClarkUSA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 08:47 PM
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58. No, you're changing the subject. I answered your question.
Edited on Tue Mar-22-11 08:51 PM by ClarkUSA
If you're so skeptical of eyewitness news reports that only your preconceived opinion will do, I suggest you contact the BBC and accuse their reporters of lying. I'm not interested in indulging your baseless speculation.
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ixion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 08:57 PM
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59. Well, no, you didn't. You changed the subject.
And, yes, I do not believe everything I read. I think that's a good thing.
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NuclearDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-24-11 09:27 PM
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142. Which Libyan villagers were killed?
I thought the outrage was over a guy losing his leg, not people being killed? :shrug:
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daleo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 10:45 PM
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83. Do Libyan villagers all speak English?
How would the BBC reporters really know how they felt?
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joshcryer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 06:08 AM
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92. By having a translator interview them?
:shrug:
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daleo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 11:29 AM
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114. Then they would have to trust that the translator is telling the truth
And that's not always the case, in wartime.
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NuclearDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-24-11 09:26 PM
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141. Reporters aren't stupid, when they go to a foreign country, they usually bring translators
BBC has an entire Arabic-language program, I'm pretty sure they can find some impartial Arabic speakers.

But whatever makes your point...
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daleo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-24-11 09:51 PM
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147. Show me some evidence of your claim
Edited on Thu Mar-24-11 09:52 PM by daleo
Translators cost money. Most reporters don't have a lot of money, especially to take translators with them. Even the BBC.
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NuclearDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-24-11 10:13 PM
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148. The BBC, which is owned and funded by the UK government, doesn't have money for translators?
And they don't have people available, say, who built this website to translate for them?

Not just the BBC... France24, CNN, RT...not to mention independent translators that get paid a lot to be neutral.

Or hey, maybe some Libyan rebels actually speak English. It's a fairly well-understood language throughout the Arab world. But frankly, it seems like you're grasping at straws...
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daleo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-11 09:18 PM
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151. The U.K. government has huge debt problems
The BBC is always strapped for money. Reporters don't travel with a personal translators, especially those who work for public broadcasters. They have to rely on others for translators, and they know they don't always get the straight goods.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 10:41 AM
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108. So? You probably can't imagine what life under Hussein & Sons was like in Iraq, either.
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joshcryer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 06:07 AM
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91. If I was living under a tyrant I'd be open to accepting it was unintentional.
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ixion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 06:32 AM
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94. I knew that was you before I clicked on the link
double plus good! extra choco-rations for you!
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daleo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 10:44 PM
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82. Nobody resents a little thing like getting shot.
It's just a scratch.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 10:38 AM
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107. LOL!
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Random Guy Donating Member (11 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 07:48 PM
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49. Just to recap...
U.S. sends planes in to help civilians. Plane goes down. Pilot is being helped by grateful civilians. U.S. SHOOTS those civilians.

:wtf:
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Poll_Blind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 08:01 PM
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50. It's part our Platinum Freedom Package...
PB
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Baclava Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 10:53 PM
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86. War is Peace............but now with 15% more war!
It's on special - no re-funds
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 10:56 AM
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112. War!!1111 I thought we were only enabling our allies who are leading this mission.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 10:52 AM
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111. LOL.
Saw it, too. Loved it!
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 08:26 PM
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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 09:16 PM
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61. Is that any kind of way to greet those who will receive you with flowers and candy?
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Dash87 Donating Member (404 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 09:27 PM
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63. A gigantic piece of garbage and failure, just as expected.
Somehow this short war will go from weeks to months, and then months to years - same as Afghanistan and Iraq.

It's time we stopped terrorizing civilians in other countries and bring all of our troops home.
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ClarkUSA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 09:59 PM
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75. This story has not been confirmed. There are conflicting accounts. In fact, it's being denied.
Edited on Tue Mar-22-11 10:00 PM by ClarkUSA
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sofa king Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 10:14 PM
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77. It sounds like an extraction gone awry.
When a flyer goes down, we send in small extraction teams supported by aircraft, because the best hope of getting a downed flyer back is by getting that person out as soon as possible.

Since friendly and foe on the ground are difficult to distinguish at the best of times, and both are armed, it would be easy to make a mistake, possibly made easier by the timing of the arrival of U.S. forces just when the downed pilot was being handed over to local rebel forces.

I'm not trying to defend the action, I'm just trying to offer my best guess as to how it happened.

Whatever the case, it's a tragic reminder that a stand-off approach is still stepping in.
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provis99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 11:42 PM
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87. hey, what's more American than shooting first and asking questions later?
Remember the joke they told in World War I: When the Germans shoot, the French duck. When the French shoot, the Germans duck. When the Americans shoot, everybody ducks.

The whole world knows how clumsy and casual the US military is with its firepower.
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Vinee Donating Member (421 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 08:27 AM
Response to Reply #87
97. have you ever run through the streets of a foreign city being shot at from all directions
by people that don't even bother to wear uniforms to identify themselves as enemy combatants? I'll bet you would survive a few minutes thinking like you do.
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sudopod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 11:45 AM
Response to Reply #97
116. Have you ever realized that you think every country inhabited by Muslims
are exactly the same?
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Vinee Donating Member (421 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 04:00 PM
Response to Reply #116
136. have you ever realized that you interrupt other folks conversations with random off topic questions?
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Nihil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-24-11 10:54 AM
Response to Reply #136
138. Why should he? That's exactly what you just did.
Looks like it's not just the morons with the guns that
believe in shooting first and asking questions later.
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Vinee Donating Member (421 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-24-11 09:15 PM
Response to Reply #138
139. How was I off topic? For that matter, how are you on topic?
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Nihil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-24-11 09:47 PM
Response to Reply #139
145. You were off topic by your comment in .97
Specifically:
> Have you ever run through the streets of a foreign city blah blah blah ...

The facts of the matter were (and remain) that American armed forces are
renowned for shooting first and asking questions later.

That comes from their allies as well as their "enemies".

You were "off topic" by your pretence that invading a foreign country
somehow gives you the "right" to kill the poor unfortunate bastards
who happen to live there ...

Your attitude in .97 and .136 is to minimise the existence of any
people other than your sainted slaughtering warriors. That is why
you are out of order on your .136 (and subsequent justifications).

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Vinee Donating Member (421 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-11 04:02 AM
Response to Reply #145
149. If you don't like it, don't send them to war. Call up Obama and tell him to bring them home.
Edited on Fri Mar-25-11 04:02 AM by Vinee
But once you have sent them into harm's way, you pretty much need to drop the subject as you have no moral ground to stand on at that point. You're just insulting the soldiers that you have sent to war.

"The facts of the matter were (and remain) that American armed forces are
renowned for shooting first and asking questions later.'
like I say, you're just insulting the soldiers that you have sent to war. I helped develop the Battlefield Combat Identification System incidentally which greatly minimizes the incidence of fratricide.
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ixion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 06:03 AM
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88. nice "humanitarian mission", that
:puke:
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joshcryer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 06:10 AM
Response to Reply #88
93. Why do people keep bumping misleading reports? We now know the marines didn't shoot...
...and that the people were hit by shrapnel from a fire on two armored vehicles approaching the scene.

Guess those two armored vehicles were there to bring roses to the rebels who'd rescued the pilot.
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daleo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 10:30 PM
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137. You really should provide a link when you make a counter-claim
Here is all I could find from the BBC:

The US chief of staff for the mission in Libya has insisted there have been no reports of civilian casualties caused by allied action.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12843741

But clearly there have been reports, though he may claim that they are in error. So the statement doesn't make a lot of sense.
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WatsonT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 08:38 AM
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98. Very happy to see they were recovered safe
I just wish they weren't in the position to be needing rescuing.
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Arrowhead2k1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-24-11 09:20 PM
Response to Reply #98
140. I'm not happy. Somebody has to go through the rest of life without a leg over this.
That's unacceptable.
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Nihil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-24-11 09:51 PM
Response to Reply #140
146. Hey, at least it's not $Obama$ so there's obviously not a problem ...
You should have learned by now that the rich guys never feel any pain ... that's the
stuff left for the plebs ...

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WatsonT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-11 08:26 AM
Response to Reply #140
150. But they're alive
and this was a crash due to technical problems meaning it would likely have happened whether we went to war or not.
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TheLastMohican Donating Member (753 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 10:41 AM
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109. President Obama
has rained down more cruise missiles than all previous Nobel Prize winners combined, Arafat included.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 11:00 AM
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113. Bottom line: I'm glad I don't have to make these decisions.
Posting is easy. Life and death decisions IRL are much more difficult.
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BlueIris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 11:52 AM
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117. So unnecessary. Very bad decisions all around here.
When will it end? This is unacceptable.
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Baclava Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 12:17 PM
Response to Reply #117
123. "When will it end"? I have my theories...
After a stalemate is achieved....we draw a line in the sand... and set-up a DMZ like in Korea.

Only East/West Libya instead.

Build a big wall, some minefields, lots and lots and lots of concertina wire (U.S. Steel, of course).

Then we'll build some "UN" bases around it, keep a few planes, some radars, a Starbucks or two.

No matter what new warlord takes over, Ta-da! Peace for the next 50 years.



For a quicker end, of course, we'd need Moe's head on a stick.
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