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IScreamSundays Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-20-11 07:41 PM
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Libya: 'Air Strike Hits Gaddafi Compound'
Source: Sky News

An air strike has destroyed an administrative building at Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's residence, according to reports.

The news came as the White House said it did not recognise a ceasefire called by Colonel Gaddafi, and anti-aircraft fire continued in the skies above Tripoli.

The Libyan leader ordered armed forces to down weapons from 7.00pm, via a government spokesman at a press conference, but witnesses reported strong blasts and gunfire in Tripoli throughout the evening.

A 10 Downing Street spokesman responded to the Libyan announcement, following a meeting of the National Security Council, saying: "Everyone will recall that in recent days Colonel Gaddafi declared a ceasefire which was promptly violated.

Read more: http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/World-News/Video-Libya...
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DURHAM D Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-20-11 07:47 PM
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1. Accord to my tv Gaddafi was not the target.
The compound is gigantic and they were aiming for the communication system from which he still has command and control.

How can the Colonel continue to call fake cease fires if he doesn't have a way to communicate?

:shrug:
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-20-11 07:53 PM
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3. If Gaddafi were the target, no one would admit that.
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DURHAM D Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-20-11 08:02 PM
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5. Our military has not been given permission to target Gaddafi.
Don't know about the Brits, Italians or French.

JFTR - if he is taken out the French WILL take credit for it. Okay by me.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-20-11 08:19 PM
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7. If anyone had been given permission, military, CIA--whomever, you would not know.
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DURHAM D Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-20-11 08:23 PM
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8. Well the military says they don't have permission.
Don't know about the CIA - I never see their press person on tv.
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Historic NY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-20-11 09:41 PM
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10. Don't forget, Canadians, Denmark, Belgium's & Norwegians
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rabs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-20-11 07:57 PM
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4. A lemon on CNN
Edited on Sun Mar-20-11 07:57 PM by rabs

named Don Lemon was anchoring when the story broke.

He asked some retired military talking head if it could have been the "allies" who bombed the Gadaffi compound !!

Earlier, he said the AA fire over Tripoli "appeared" to be anti-aircraft fire.

Someone should tell this twit that if tracers are streaming from the ground up into the sky, one can be sure that it is anti-aircraft fire.

Then blitz wolfie came on and asked another retired military head whether Gadaffi would use the "200 tons of mustard gas."

Turned the TV off.




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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-20-11 07:51 PM
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2. I guess that Ronald Reagan bio Obama read really got to him
He wants to finish the job, maybe:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_El_Dorado_Canyon

The attacks failed to kill Gaddafi. Forewarned by a telephone call from Malta's Prime Minister, Karmenu Mifsud Bonnici, that unauthorized aircraft were flying over Maltese airspace heading south towards Tripoli, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and his family rushed out of their residence in the Bab al-Azizia compound moments before the bombs dropped. According to Giulio Andreotti (the 42nd Prime Minister of Italy) and Abdel Rahman Shalgham (Libya's Foreign Minister from 2000 until 2009), Italian politician Bettino Craxi was the person who actually warned Gaddafi.<12>
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-20-11 08:12 PM
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6. IIRC, both Obama and Hillary put Reagan on their respective lists of 10 Greatest Presidents Ever.
He sure would not have been on my list of 10 Greatest Presidents Ever.
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DURHAM D Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-20-11 08:26 PM
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9. I know Obama did.
Edited on Sun Mar-20-11 08:26 PM by DURHAM D
Doubt Hillary did - show me the proof.
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freshwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-20-11 10:34 PM
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13. Me neither. More like one of the ten worst.
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FLPanhandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-20-11 10:18 PM
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11. I've lost track...how many ceasefires has Gaddafi called & broke so far?
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Arrowhead2k1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-20-11 10:32 PM
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12. I dunno, isn't this kind of stepping outside of the legal mandate?
I think it's pretty clear we are going for regime change, despite what Obama says.

I fear unforeseen consequences...
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bhikkhu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 12:46 AM
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15. I would guess it was a "command and control" center
such as was the immediate target back in the first days of the Iraq war - which I was very much against, but military strategy proceeds according to the same logic regardless.

If you eliminate the ability of a leader to communicate with his military forces, you basically end the war. Gadhafi, like most old dictators on their way out, is very likely isolated already by his own paranoia, and can hardly trust his own armies. The whole murderous house of cards shouldn't last long; I just hope some measure of sanity is left there in Tripoli afterwards.
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AllTooEasy Donating Member (540 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 12:09 AM
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14. YES!!!
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