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The end seems near in Libya:

The leader de facto of Libya, Muammar al-Gaddafi.

Gadhafi

This from McClatchy News Service:

Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi’s regime appeared near collapse Sunday with the reported capture of his son and the surrender of his personal guard to rebel forces, Libyan officials and NATO said.

With NATO bombings paving the way, rebel forces swiftly closed in on Tripoli and by late Sunday were in control of large swaths of the capital. Live television footage showed crowds of opposition fighters in Tripoli unfurling the rebel tricolor flag and smashing Gadhafi portraits. Young men stomped on a large tapestry of the leader as they flashed victory signs.

Gadhafi made a brief audio statement on Libyan TV, sounding desperate as he called on individual tribes and cities to rise up and defend Tripoli. He pleaded with Libyans to “take weapons” and prevent the destruction of “beautiful Tripoli.”

Here’s Obama’s update on Libya that he gave today… in case you missed it.

“Maybe this world is another planet’s Hell.”
– Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)

Warning: if you are hoping that this will change your mind on our involvement in Libya then I’ve got a nice bridge to sell you.

I’d be interested in your e-mail or comments. – Bill

OK… so we’re still going to be heavily involved in Libya.

1.) NATO’s takeover of the No Fly Zone is going to be gradual, or as said by a pundit last night, more like taking a temperature than flicking on a light switch.

2.) Bulk of ground combat will be conducted by the United States, with minor assistance from the coalition.

3.) Congress is concerned about who will pay for all this. Just us, again? Will Europe and Turkey kick in?

I’m getting really aggravated at all this.

Libya Update… Big Change Today

Cropped version photo of Ahmet Davutoglu, June...

Ahmet Davutoglu

Just announced by Hillary Clinton: NATO is taking over the No Fly Zone command.

Turkey‘s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said through Turkey’s state-run Anatolia news agency:

“The coalition that was formed following the Paris meeting will abandon the mission and hand it over entirely to a single command system under NATO.

“All of Turkey’s concerns, demands on the issue have been met,”

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe sought to debunk speculation that the allies were after oil-rich Libya‘s hydrocarbons:

“People always say that it’s oil behind all this – that’s not true. To have consistent, cheap oil, the best thing would have been to change nothing in Libya. It’s not oil that pushes us to all this.”

I guess we’ll just wait and see what happens next.

Sound Familiar? (or Why even a non-war is bad for Civilian health)

This from Reuters:

Reuters describes the bodies of eighteen Libyan civilians officials say were killed overnight by Western air strikes in Tripoli. Some of the bodies were charred beyond recognition, the agency reports after journalists examined what were the first victims seen by foreign reporters:

“They are civilians. They are not guilty of anything,” said morgue worker Abdel Salaam.


And we shot down a plane yesterday… wow!

Quote of the Day – on getting out of Afghanistan

America cannot afford an endless war in Afghanistan. After nearly a decade at war, with still no equal commitment from the Karzai government, and after all the lives we’ve sacrificed and the billions we’ve spent on this war, it’s time to start bringing our troops home. It’s time to put the future and security of Afghanistan in the hands of its own leaders, and focus America’s national security on the emerging and more imminent threats from al Qaeda in other regions.”

– Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) on calling for passage of the Safe and Responsible Redeployment of United States Combat Forces from Afghanistan Act

I think we should add some kind of statement that, Al Qaeda or not, we don’t get into another national civil war of any kind.