This from McClatchy News Service:
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.”
- Libyan rebels move close to center of Tripoli (thenewstribune.com)
- Libyan Rebels Enter Tripoli; Gaddafi’s Son Captured [Libya] (gawker.com)
- Libyan rebels move close to center of Tripoli (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Gadhafi’s days numbered says White House as Libyan rebels free prisoners in Tripoli (vanguardngr.com)
“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
- Obama Strongly Defends US Military Action In Libya (annem040359.wordpress.com)
- Obama Makes Case for ‘Military Action’ in Libya (blogs.wsj.com)
- What Obama needs to explain about the US’s role in Libya | Richard Adams (guardian.co.uk)
- Obama seeks to define Libya goals and exit plan – Reuters (news.google.com)
- President Obama to Address Nation on Situation in Libya (seattlepi.com)
2.) Bulk of ground combat will be conducted by the United States, with minor assistance from the coalition.
- U.S. Transfers Lead Of Libya War To NATO Says Hillary Clinton [Video] (realestateradiousa.com)
- Sources say NATO has reached agreement on running Libya mission (cnn.com)
- France: Libya operation may last weeks, not months (foxnews.com)
“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,”
“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.”
- Nato close to Libya command deal (mirror.co.uk)
- Turkish TV: NATO to command Libya operation – msnbc.com (news.google.com)
- NATO reaches agreement on Libya military command (nationalpost.com)
- France and Turkey reach breakthrough deal over Libya (guardian.co.uk)
- Control of Libyan campaign to go to NATO – Turkey (rt.com)
- Deal near: NATO to take control of war “time-limited, scope-limited military action” in Libya; Update: U.S. looking for legal loophole to arm Libyan rebels (hotair.com)
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.
- Western air strikes fail to dislodge Gadhafi armour (theprovince.com)
- Libyan officials show charred bodies to reporters (reuters.com)
- Western air strikes fail to dislodge Gadhafi armour (calgaryherald.com)
- WRAPUP 4-Western air strikes fail to dislodge Gaddafi armour (reuters.com)
- VIDEO: Libyans in Tripoli ‘back Gaddafi’ (bbc.co.uk)
- Libya crisis: live updates (guardian.co.uk)
“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.
- NATO Looking To Consolidate Gains In Afghanistan (epiloguepress.wordpress.com)
- Mixed Signals About Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan (lezgetreal.com)
- Afghan president warns Obama about civilian deaths (msnbc.msn.com)
- No News Is Good News In Afghanistan (usnews.com)
- Letter: The War in Afghanistan (nytimes.com)
- Al Qaeda Left Afghanistan, So Why Hasn’t NATO? (anthonylaurence.wordpress.com)
- Blockbuster Report Blasts AfPak Strategy (thedailybeast.com)