Obama Approves Military Planes In Libya For Evacuation Purposes As Gaddafi Son Says "Bombs Used Only To Frighten Protesters"

Tyler Durden's picture

President Obama appeared on TV to give his update statement over Libya: there was little new in it - he repeated his calls for Gaddafi to leave or something to that nature (which Gaddafi already responded to preemptively by saying that "he is not a president so he can not step down"), but most importantly said that he has now approved the use of military jets (thank you Enterprise) for evacuation purposes. Of course, the question of how provocation would be responded to considering there is still no "no fly zone" instituted is merely tempting the hand of fate to immediately retaliate to any provocation. In the meantime, Reuters reports that the Pentagon is now actively monitoring Libyan airspace. Which is to be expected: with the CVN65 Enterprise a day or so away from Tripoli, they would certainly have an active monitoring interest. But the FTW line today belongs to Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam who justified recent bombing raids as follows: "First of all the bombs (were) just to frighten them to go away." It only makes sense that the whole world is now one big tragicomedy.

From Reuters:

The U.S. Defense Department said on Thursday it knows the Libyan government has been using air power but not whether warplanes have attacked rebels fighting to end the 41-year rule of Muammar Gaddafi.

"We have seen very clearly broadcast reports showing effects of air power being used," Pentagon spokesman Colonel David Lapan told reporters.

"Whether or not those were used on rebels, I can't say but ... there is evidence they have used air assets and drop coordinates."

Libya has acknowledged its use of air power, saying strikes are intended to scare off militia fighters and gain control of oil installations in the east.

Witnesses said on Thursday that a warplane for a second day bombed the oil terminal town of Brega, 500 miles (800 km) east of Tripoli, the site of a struggle for control of a strategically vital coastal road and oil industry facilities.

"First of all the bombs (were) just to frighten them to go away," Gaddafi's son, Saif al-Islam, said of the Brega air strike on Britain's Sky News.

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Sarah Conner's picture

Control the skies bitches!

Azannoth's picture

How many passangers can an F-18 take on board ?

Paul S.'s picture

I wasn't a math major but I think the answer is zero.  Unless you have Dr. Strangelove like ability to hold onto ordnance. 

steelhead23's picture

Get your references straight - Dr. Strangelove might have loved the bomb but it was Major Kong who saddled one up.  What a frickin' masterpiece.

NYPoke's picture

Ah, Slim Pickens.  Dr. Strangelove & Treasure Island.  One of the best entertainers, ever.

JohnG's picture

Zero, none, zip......

Wonder if it's planes covering civilian aircraft.

Isotope's picture
"First of all the bombs (were) just to frighten them to go away,"
Yeah, I imagine you do get frightened right before a bomb blasts you into a thousand fragments.
Then you go away.
VegasBD's picture

I believe the F-18 is full of 7 gram rocks and too busy winning to care.

Myzery's picture

I'm an F-18, BRO, I will destroy you in the sky and deploy my ordinance.



StychoKiller's picture

Computer:  "Bomb #20, you're outside the bomb bay again!"

Bomb #20:  "But I received a signal to deploy!"

Computer:  "That signal was an error, please return to the bomb bay."

Bomb #20:  "Okay, but this is the last time!" -- Dark Star



alien-IQ's picture

this should help extend the market rally....because...well...just because.

skohiu's picture

When brown people die, it's bullish for the "markets"  Has always been the case.

skohiu's picture

When brown people die, it's bullish for the "markets"  Has always been the case.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Tragi-comic madness. Double Speak Senselessness.

But this too is as per script. Dates are important. And tomorrow or next monday is not the date. remember the Iraq war was launched on March 20th?

Ponder that for a bit.



alien-IQ's picture

aren't the protests in Saudi Arabia also scheduled for March 20?

Oh regional Indian's picture

yup. Days of Anger everywhere.

Also happens to be Prince Soon to be King William's birthday. I wonder what present grandma has in store for him.


alien-IQ's picture

everywhere except America. no anger here...we got i-pads and Charlie Sheen a plenty.

Oh regional Indian's picture

I predict a charlie sheen app on your iPad in the near future.


thetruth's picture

yes, i would like to know more about important dates

Randall Cabot's picture

Here's one: When's the zionist holiday of Purim this year? It's usually in March and the zionists tend to get agressive to celebrate evidently.

AZSovreign's picture

*Yawn* I'm going back to my distraction of Red Dead Redemption, wake me when thy torch the oil, or we invade...

Mercury's picture

The release says Obama is authorizing the use of US airplanes to move Egyptians back to Egypt (who fled to the Libyan border).  I would think that the flow of people from Egypt to Libya is pretty much over by now anyway given the whole frying pan/fire thing.  http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/03/libya-usa-obama-idUSWEN894520110303

hedgeless_horseman's picture

"First of all the liquidity bombs (were) just to frighten them into buying the fucking dip," said Brian Sack, lead intern at the FRBNY, regarding POMO on www.bloomberg.gov.

dick cheneys ghost's picture

U.S. operatives have been on the ground for weeks. watch as the MSM paints this as "humanitarian".


Sudden Debt's picture

just to frighten them...





now carpet bomb every known house of that family and take over the country.

Dick Darlington's picture

This easily tops the earlier comedy peak today when Hellenic Railways, 100% state owned wink wink, said they missed a coupon payment on a yen denominated bond because of "human error". At least it wasn't the weather...

Pants McPants's picture

To paraphrase George Carlin, how dare the Libyans bomb anyone/anything!  Don't they know that's the US' job??

NOTW777's picture

how many innocents die while mr obama fiddles

NOTW777's picture

"Bring Bush! Make a no fly zone, bomb the planes," shouted soldier-turned-rebel Nasr Ali, referring to a no-fly zone imposed on Iraq in 1991 by then U.S. President George Bush."


LawsofPhysics's picture

I have to ask,  who is paying for the bombs and the fuel?  Certainly, it can't be the United States, they are broke, right?

topcallingtroll's picture

Using bombs just to frighten is not unusual when you are fighting friends.

We started the war against Noriega in panama.by exploding a 1000 bomb fired from a stealth plane. Instead of hitting troop barracks the bomb was intentionally fired at a field between barracks.

Khadaffy's bomb landing in front of the university does sound more like a warning. No casualties were noted in the reports.

Watauga's picture

As far back as the mid-80s, I read an article that listed the 31 spellings of the name Gaddafi then in use in the English language media.  I wonder how many spellings we are up now?

Sarah Conner's picture

Only one spelling matters... T-O-A-S-T

cougar_w's picture

The rumor is that the jets are actually Serbian. Strange I know, but must be that the regime saw how the Egyptian army acted and decided it was prudent to outsource. There is evidence that the regime brought in ground forces from Chad as well, black Africans with hard-core urban combat experience.

If it really is the Serbs flying as mercs, then there is no way in fucking Hell they are willing to go up against US fighters, and are already on their way home. It was fun while it lasted, don't forget to pay us in gold m'kay?

The Libyan air force command is largely gone. Some went to Malta. Some defected. They probably cannot launch a credible wing of fighters once the Serbs are out of the picture.

Game over.

TradingJoe's picture

When it comes to firepower, it really does not matter who we are up against, given the latest crap we are flying there is no real match to our Super-Hornets and dog fighting skills! Its just the usual show me yours and I'll show you mine!


Oil will go higher because it's IN right now, weather they torch the fields or not! Iraq was nice, this on is better, SA will be GREAT! 

cougar_w's picture

It's almost like a fixed prize fight at this point. We'll all watch, but the outcome is determined.

Including the $150/bbl oil. Though how the economy survives much of that I would really like to know.

Randall Cabot's picture

Are you making these rumors up yourself?

AnAnonymous's picture

Propaganda is the most tried job in the Western world. Many want to make a living off it, very few are elected.

cougar_w's picture

Nope! And the Serbian leadership came out on Serb TV and denied everything, which means it's all likely true.

Randall Cabot's picture

Yeah, you can't believe a word the Serbian leadership says but maybe it was actually  the Slovenian Air Force that Gadaffi called in.

Ahmeexnal's picture

If Mr. Obama tries to engage militarily in Libya, Russia and China will be dragged into this conflict. One has to wonder why Mr. Obama does not try a diplomatic option before turning to the questionable use of force.

jdoo's picture

scare them.....to death!

jus_lite_reading's picture

Oil at $101pb and the "stock markets" are up 2%? That's the signal the markets are broken.

faithfulwatchman's picture

Obviously Gadaffi needs a new PR person, hmmm...hey Helen Thomas is available, right?

JimboJammer's picture

borrow  money  to  buy  fuel  for  planes.

borrow  money  to  pay  the  pilots..