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Renew Deal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 10:34 PM
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Libya has potential to be a major problem for Obama.
Obama could have ignored Libya, or he could flatten it. There's not much room politically for something in between. Once it was decided that we would bomb Libya, Qaddafi had to be removed for this to be a political success. So now the republicans are cheerleading the destruction of Libya. This is a political trap. If Qaddafi is killed, captured, or replaced, Obama succeeds. Anything else, especially a drawn out civil war is a failure. The republicans are suckering Obama into a fight that he's going to have a hard time winning. And he had no choice once he started dropping bombs. This may not end well for him.
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ZombieHorde Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 10:35 PM
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1. Didn't President Obama say regime change was not the goal? nt
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Renew Deal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 10:37 PM
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2. It doesn't matter what he said.
Qaddafi is a fairly clear enemy in the minds of Americans. That and we bombed one of his compounds.
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tekisui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 10:40 PM
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3. I thought I read that operations will continue as long as Gaddafi is in power.
Which would suggest regime change is a goal.
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ZombieHorde Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 11:06 PM
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8. Seems like Gates actually said it, but assuming it came from the top is not unreasonable.
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pscot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 11:01 PM
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7. It would seem that statement is now inoperative
or maybe it was not intended to be factual.
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Poll_Blind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 10:42 PM
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4. Remember that pride everyone felt when Saddam was hung by maked men who chanted for Al-Sadr?
Wouldn't it be great if that could happen again? Maybe do a Ceaușescu on Qaddafi and his family- kids included cause Freedom wears a blindfold, 'member?

:sarcasm:

PB
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dkf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 10:44 PM
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5. Well it looks like Syria is right down the pike.
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Renew Deal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 10:59 PM
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6. And the lack of intervention in Syria also makes us look bad.
Because once you intervene in one place on behalf of "humanitarian" grounds, people think you should intervene everywhere.
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notesdev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 11:10 PM
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9. Potential?
I'd say there's quite a bit that's already actual - now we have TWO "War Parties" instead of just one, and nowhere for people who think that the bread and circuses of serial military adventures aren't proper.


Aw, who am I kidding. We always had two War Parties, and it's only that tiny remaining remnant of idealism in me that ever thought otherwise.
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The_Casual_Observer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 11:34 PM
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10. Getting rid of Qaddafi will only make things worse in Libya
This whole god damn mess was the brain child of some philosopher in France, the CIA was eager to buy into it, since it's a made to order covert coupe. he civil war would rage on for years until the next Qaddafi comes along.
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cliffordu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 11:45 PM
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11. Just about everything from here to election day is a problem for the Prez.
Just saying'.....
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