…To The Shores Of Tripoli

Jack H Barnes's picture

Empire is stirring. You may not notice it initially and you may not
care yet: in time you will. The US is the only military in the world
that can invade a prepared and defensive nation – not only expecting to
win; but to dominate the event.  Pax Americana is coming to an end.

Outside of an attack on Hawaii like Japan used in 1941; the US picks
its wars.  The only functioning Empire in the known universe, America
has the capacity to unilaterally act with overwhelming force.

It normally takes years for a situation to reach a critical boiling
point where the US will intervene.  The GW I & II era took 6-9
months of obvious preparation time before occurring.  Kosovo was an
aerial war with no real ‘boots on the ground’ until the outcome was in
the waning stages.

Afghanistan started out as a special ops cowboy war; it has now
slowly grown into the largest armed conflict on the planet currently.
The Iraqi war is winding down with combat troop levels dropping to
historic low levels since 2003.

the U.S. is slow to act; however when the Empire does act, under most
circumstances it is prepared to handle two individual wars at the same
time. The Iraqi war is winding down currently, giving the US the
capacity to act unilaterally again.  The US has a military budget that
is larger than the rest of the world combined.  This gives it the
capacity to act in its own best interest on demand.

World War I & World War II are both prime examples of the US
arriving into an ongoing conflict with overwhelming muscle.  The above
will provide you with the context of what is next to come.

When an Empire decides to attack another nation, there are a set of
dances that both sides normally undertake: it’s akin to a ritual
courting, in reverse.  The outcome of this public ritual dance is war,
not a peaceful diplomatic outcome.    With the benefit of hindsight,
these signs are unmistakable.  The US and England have always had a
unique international relationship and is one prime example.

While the US is the current Empire, the US was originally part of the
last Great Empire.  Those old relationship bonds run deep and true. 
While the media loves to try to highlight the gap between nations,
politicians come and go on both sides.  Some politicians are friendlier
to the unique relationship than others.

relationship is most obvious when it comes down to the art of making
war.  The US and England combined present a war making capacity that the
rest of the world combined lacks hands down.  When they speak as one
the rest of the world listens.

“We have seen Colonel Gaddafi’s security forces open fire on peaceful
protesters. They have used heavy weapons on unarmed civilians.
Mercenaries and thugs have been turned loose to attack demonstrators,”

“Through their actions, they have lost the legitimacy to govern. And
the people of Libya have made themselves clear: It is time for Gaddafi
to go — now, without further violence or delay”

-Secretary Of State Hillary R. Clinton, U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva.

“We do not in any way rule out the use of military assets” to deal with Gaddafi’s regime.”

- British Prime Minister David Cameron

The bottom line is: the US is going to resort to military action in
Libya. The size and scope of the operations is yet to be determined. 
You only have to look at the building up of assets in the region to
realize that the Hammer is being loaded right now.

If Gaddafi isn’t careful, the Hammer is going to fall on his head. 
The US Marines have been to Tripoli before and they will most likely be
returning again soon.  May Allah have mercy on Gaddafi soul; because the
US Marines won’t.

The Marines are coming…

From the Halls of Montezuma
To the shores of Tripoli
We fight our country’s battles
In the air, on land, and sea;
First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean;
We are proud to claim the title
Of United States Marine.

Our flag’s unfurled to every breeze
From dawn to setting sun;
We have fought in every clime and place
Where we could take a gun.
In the snow of far-off Northern lands
And in sunny tropic scenes;
You will find us always on the job –
The United States Marines.

Here’s health to you and to our Corps
Which we are proud to serve;
In many a strife we’ve fought for life
And never lost our nerve.
If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven’s scenes,
They will find the streets are guarded
By United States Marines.


Confessions of a Macro Contrarian www.JackHBarnes.com

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ebworthen's picture

From Prime Minster David Cameron's Statement to the House of Commons Yesterday:


"In many parts of the Arab world, hopes and aspirations which have been smothered for decades are stirring. People, especially young people, are seeking their rights, and in the vast majority of cases they are doing so peacefully and bravely. 

The parallels with what happened in Europe in 1989 are not, of course, precise. But there is no doubt that many of those who are demanding change in the wider Middle East can take inspiration from other peaceful movements for change, including the Velvet Revolutions in Central and Eastern Europe or the peaceful transition to democracy in Muslim countries like Indonesia.

Of course there have been many disappointments in the past. But those of us who believe in democracy and open societies should be clear: this is a precious moment of opportunity.  

While it is not for us to dictate how each country should meet the aspirations of its people, we must not remain silent in our belief that freedom and the rule of law are what best guarantee human progress and economic success. Freedom of expression, a free press, freedom of assembly, the right to demonstrate peacefully: these are basic rights.  And they are as much the rights of people in Tahrir Square as Trafalgar Square. They are not British or western values – but the values of human beings everywhere."


That should have come out of Obama's mouth a long time ago - but I don't think either side of our political parties believe that "Freedom of expression, a free press, freedom of assembly, the right to demonstrate peacefully" are basic rights - they are too afraid of them. 

AnAnonymous's picture

The English are traditionally against the theory of natural rights.

Cameron is just playing his agenda.

newworldorder's picture

Can we stop the Marine Corps bashing? They have protected our butts for over 200 years.

Yes they volunteered to serve as professionals. But they do serve at our pleasure. And If you don't like what "our pleasure" has become, do something about it. Get the right wing psychopaths and left wing Kennedy liberals out of Congress. Short of that quit bitching, suck it up, and live with the world mayhem that our politicians have sanctioned.

Fíréan's picture

A war against who ? One man and a few of his thugs held up on Tripoli ?

This would be more like USA 1989 invasion of Panama to extradite Noriega.

Libya population is only a little more than 6 million ( made up of various tribes, and the most have already turned to the revolution, the east is held by the oppostion, and the mercenaries will go quick back to Chad or wherever when they don't get paid.

The need is one more of humanitarian aid and setting up a secure force to assist the policing of the state. No cities to blow up, yet to be defended against one mad man. No long protracted war against an opposing  nation.

As to where Gaddafi will go after, if caught alive he will have to disappear again quickly as he knows to much and too many of the top players through out his forty year tenure. Much like the previous Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic, maybe a few months in detention in the Haag then an early death in jail.

ebworthen's picture


No Oil = No Food

How can you feed 40+ million on food stamps without affordable diesel?

You can't.

This is as much about keeping the peace at home and keeping the wheat and corn and soybean combines humming as it is about anything else.

No Oil = No Food


Winston Smith 2009's picture

No invasion, probably just a no fly zone and airlifted humanitarian aid to areas out of Gadhafi's control.

Canucklehead's picture

No, there will be an invasion with a tie-in with the people of Libya.  A few drones will fly over Tripoli and anyone who wants to make a fuss will answer to the old adage...

Sometimes you are a bug and sometimes you are the windshield.

I suspect they could call this "Operation Windshield".  It should be an eye-opener.

americanspirit's picture

The backing of the Federal Reserve note is the American people with a gun at our back - that's the 'backing' referred to.

MichaelNY's picture

Ken O'Keefe and Smedley Butler are my kind of Marines.

When you come to realize who the "our" is in the term "our military" and you understand that the GMF's control nearly ALL the world's military, then perhaps you will realize why half of our budget is consigned to "defense."  Wake up please, already, before it's too late...

VyseLegendaire's picture

This post is funny if done in jest. If its serious....gtfo, the last thing we need is another war. 

BigJim's picture

If by 'we' you mean the US citizen, you are correct. If by 'we' you mean the West's elites, you are quite mistaken. When it comes to making war on people who cannot strike back at our homelands, any time is War Time.

Pee Wee's picture

Someone tell the marines that the "free" [fraud] market is where the battle is.

Decimating millions while criminals take away everything they fight for and believe in obviously doesn't qualify as an attention getter.   Crotch scans for everyone else.


falak pema's picture

Behind the Libyan dilemma lies the potential Saudi mega trauma. That is the bottom line that the US admin. looks at when deciding if US troop movements are on the agenda. Libya is the best opportunity, probably at the lowest investment cost in the region, to calm the region down. Only downside, if they take out Q, is that neighboring arab populations could read it as an OK sign by US to take out all 'despotic' regimes in region. Very, very dangerous two edged sword that...all those friendly, arab potentates are despotic! Who knows what their replacements would think about regional oil policy or attitude to Israel?

BigJim's picture

If their attitudes to oil policy and Israel aren't 'right' they won't be allowed to be replacements for very long.

falak pema's picture

That is the hallmark of true western 'democracy' : Democracy at home hegemony abroad. We learnt that from Pericles and Athens. So it goes back a long way...pity it failed then...Oh well, no harm in trying, yet again...after Alexander, Charles V, Louis XIV, Bony, Queen Vicky... only tricky Julius made it stick. Roman glue...where can we find it?

akak's picture

Indeed.  The post WWII American attempt to refound the Delian League has been just as counterproductive to the pseudo-democratic hegemonic power controlling it as the first one was.

JW n FL's picture

God Bless Them All!!!


May God Keep Them All Safe!!!!


God Bless Our Marines!!!!

akak's picture

Rah rah rah!  Jingo jingo jingo!


No, God damn our Marines, and God damn US militarism and foreign aggression!

Willing participants in US imperialism deserve only condemnation, NOT praise.

New_Meat's picture

Rev. JWright?  That you?

akak's picture

DICK Cheney, that you?

Miles Kendig's picture

Don't hate the warrior, hate those that send them where they don't belong.  What are YOU doing to influence that?

akak's picture

I should not have to be doing ANYTHING about it, other than condemning foreign aggression and US imperialism.  Much more importantly, what are the willing cannon fodder and enablers of empire doing about it?  Nuremburg proved, or at least I thought it did, that the feeble excuse of "I was just following orders" is nothing but a cop-out and an admission of moral failure.

edotabin's picture

Two things:

1. At some point the warrior has to realize he is a tool. How long it takes certain people is a different story. I would think by now that most are starting to get it.

2. "I was just following orders"  What is the law?  Simply, the will of the most powerful party at any given time. If Germany/Japan had won and we had the Pearl Harbor trials, it would be the allied soldiers that would be giving the same excuse.

Gotta be really shallow to fall for this war thing......

Canucklehead's picture

I think it's a slam dunk that the US enters the area of domestic affairs in Libya.  Reading the above comments sure makes you think there is no will to enter the fracas, but like the storm front that covered the Japanese fleet's advance on Pearl Harbor, make no mistake that events are unfolding.

Many will cry it is wrong but the people of Libya need international help in getting rid of Gaddafi.  They will get it.

Canucklehead's picture

You've got that right!  It's for the future, too!

edotabin's picture

No doubt the children are the future. It is when you see the children and how they are coming out dumb as f**king rocks that you really start to get worried about the future of the world.

Pseudo Anonym's picture

The bottom line is: the US is going to resort to military action in Libya.

yep. the zionist US needs Lybia's oil and the hofjuden who run the entire USA outfit will get Libya's gold.

US and England have always had a unique international relationship

yep. stealing and plundering other nation's gold holdings for their hofjuden owners.



falak pema's picture

you sound like a 'hofmoslem'...or are you 'hofhofmanfrommoon'?

THE DORK OF CORK's picture

Britain ! - the Italian surface fleet on paper at least is far stronger then the Royal Navy

1956 was the end of the line for the empire and to survive it increased the tempo of London's  Monte Carlo operations.

By 1977 it retired the Ark Royal after a IMF incursion and after 82 it was no longer capable of a stand alone force projection operation.

New Labour slowly finished the job until "The Forces" were nothing but a fancy parade outfit.

wkwillis's picture

The easiest way to defeat an imperial army is to defund it.

The Germans figured this out around 300AD. Just ignore the Roman army and destroy the agricultural infrastructure. No aquaducts, no centralised villas, no wheat grinding mills, and the ability to raise taxes to pay for a professional army is removed. The peasants had their huts where their owners couldn't ensure they were working all the time, the peasants had hand querns to grind their own grain without their owners taking a cut, etc.

In our case, you just nuke a few dozen military bases and then after the entire citizen population takes off, you nuke the cities.

Most Americans live in cities. When they lose their homes, they will defund the army till they are housed again. End of problem, repeat as necessary.

China has an empire, Iran has an empire, Russia has an empire. Now.

BigJim's picture

Who's going to nuke the bases, though? It's the nuclear powers that are doing the funding to begin with:


falak pema's picture

suppose it asks for a refund of defund at gun point?

Moe Howard's picture

My son is a plebe at the USMA @ West Point. Gates spoke to the cadets Friday. He told them there would be a large military downsizing in the very near future; that competition for career slots would therefore be more intense. Take that for what it is worth. They will not invade Libya, that you can be sure of. They are talking because Italy has no way to make a credible threat. Moving ships and planes is as far as it will go.

RichardENixon's picture

You're muddying the issue with reality, Moe.

Surly1's picture

This article and comment thread are why I start my day reading Zerohedge. To Jack, david, Miles et al, my thanks. 

Quaderratic Probing's picture

The war is about oil priced in USD... worth it for that alone

edotabin's picture

It may look green, have pictures of dead presidents and we may call it "the dollar" but ultimately the "fiat" does have a backing. The backing is called "boot us your ass". I know the backing isn't in the form of a PM but it is a rather convincing backing nonetheless.

BigJim's picture

The backing of the US' fiat currency is oil. But I agree what keeps it that way is the US' military jackboot.

Sudden Debt's picture

I'm a peace loving man


Americans can't cook.

Americans think the disney channel is the same as history channel

Americans can't drink real beer...



BigJim's picture

Yes, know one knows how to kill like the US Marines. Except perhaps the SAS - I'm told they're pretty good murderers, too.

Miles Kendig's picture

Ain't no doubt.  Why play with firecrackers when one can play with a MK-19?

primefool's picture

Well - let me guess .. We need to periodically demostrate military capability and the politic will to use it . After all thats what makes the Dollar rhe "reserve currency" right? If we go for long periods without any wars - the world may start doubting claims of military hegemony. May lose interest in the whole thing and revert to other forms of money. Its not oil per se. After all as long as the USD is accepted as a reserve currency we can buy any available oil simply by printing up more dollars. Once we lose that - then we'll have an oil crisis.

DonutBoy's picture

This is bullshit.  We let countries fire on their civilians all the time without a care in the world.  It's happening right now to the Coptic Christians in Egypt, but that army is "allied".  We trained half their officers.  It happens in North Korea daily.  We handed the Kurds - our allies in GW1 - to the tender mercy of Saddam's chemical weapon emporium.  It happens all over the world all the time and the US turns a blind eye.

We are going to war.  So why in Libya?  Well you get 3 guesses and the first 2 don't count...

BigJim's picture

It's for the children.

GreenSideUp's picture

It's for the chOILdren.

There, fixed.

AnAnonymous's picture

So why in Libya?


Maybe because they have a national oil industry? Expansion knows only one cure: more expansion.

By taking down countries with national assets, it opens room for expansion.

I keep one eye on Uganda and Nigeria, countries which are in a worse shape than most of uprising arabic countries. The difference? They have little national oil industry as the extraction is mostly privatized.

Sudden Debt's picture

I was thinking the same thing... MCDONALDS WANTS TO EXPAND INTO LIBYA!!!