Category Archives: Middle East and U.S Relation

Senators back Obama over Libya

By Daniel Dombey and Anna Fifield in Washington

US senators have backed the Obama administration’s policy on Libya, endorsing a

resolution that would authorise Washington’s participation in the combat for up to one year. Continue reading

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Obama’s Middle East Speech: VIDEO, Full Text

Below, the full text of President Obama’s speech in Cairo, Egypt, titled “A New Beginning

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C.I.A. Agents in Libya Aid Airstrikes and Meet Rebels

Aris Messinis/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Libyan rebels with a machine gun near the town of Brega. C.I.A. operatives have been working in
Libya for weeks as part of a shadow force of Westerners.

WASHINGTON — The Central Intelligence Agency has inserted clandestine operatives into
Libya
to gather intelligence for military airstrikes and to contact and vet the beleaguered
rebels battling Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s forces, according to American officials. Continue reading

Muammar Gaddafi’s Son, Khamis Gaddafi, Toured U.S. In Weeks Before Libya Conflict

Posted: 03/25/11 08:23 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi toured
U.S. ports andmilitary facilities just weeks before he helped lead deadly
attacks on rebels protestinghis father’s authoritarian regime. Continue reading

Obama must act to force ouster of Gadhafi

As Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi savages his people in a bid to stay in power and the
Obama administra-tion dithers about a response, the question arises: Haven’t we seen this movie before?
By: Morton Kondracke, Bemidji Pioneer
As Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi savages his people in a bid to stay in power and the Obama administra-tion dithers about a response, the question arises: Haven’t we seen this movie before?

We have — several times, and the plots have not been pretty. Continue reading

Obama cautious on possible U.S. military action in Libya

By the CNN Wire staffMarch 11, 2011 — Updated 2127 GMT (0527 HKT)

Washington (CNN) — President Barack Obama said Friday that all options for responding to the crisis in Libya remain on the table, but he added that any military option means that “you’ve got to balance costs versus benefits, and I don’t take that decision lightly.”

Obama told reporters the desired outcome would be for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to “step down” in the wake of civil war that has erupted in the North African country and Gadhafi’s military attacks on his own people. Continue reading

Intervention: Four options for U.S. military action in Libya.

Steven Metz March 7, 2011 | 12:00 am

Published on The New Republic (http://www.tnr.com)
As Americans became transfixed by the violence and chaos in Libya, calls for U.S. military action arose across the political spectrum. Senators John McCain and Joe Lieberman, among others, advocated the creation of a no-fly zone and arming anti-government forces. Meanwhile, opponents of military action have warned that the use of force is almost never as easy, quick, or cheap as it first appears; Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and U.S. Central Command’s General James Mattis have noted that even establishing a no-fly zone would be difficult and dangerous. Weighing in on the debate, the Arab League last week rejected any foreign intervention, whether by Arab states or other nations, including the United States. Continue reading

US wavers on Middle East

As protests and uprisings rock the Middle East, many affecting vital US allies,
the White House fails to calibrate a uniform response to the crisis. Continue reading