Obama Says NATO Considering Military Options Against Libya

Tyler Durden's picture


From Reuters:

U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday that NATO was considering military options in response to the situation in Libya.

Obama, speaking after talks with visiting Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, said the two countries agreed that violence by the Libyan government against its people was unacceptable.

And some more "insights" from Robert Gates:

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates cautioned on Monday that any foreign military intervention in the crisis in Libya would require international backing.

"I think we will have to monitor the situation very closely," Gates, on a visit to Afghanistan, said when asked about the possibility of an international military response in Libya.

"But I think at this point there is a sense that any action should be the result of international sanction," he told a news conference.

The comments came as government forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi struck at rebels in the east and concern mounted over civilian suffering and a growing exodus of refugees.

Gates said developments in the Middle East had further damaged the image of Iran, where the opposition says at least 79 people were arrested at protest rallies last week that the government denied had even taken place.

"I think where Iran is the loser ... is the contrast between militaries and security authorities in places like Tunisia and Egypt standing aside while people protest against their government, while security services of the Iranian government ruthlessly suppress and kill those who would criticise or protest."

"They (Iran) are losers already in this image across the world," he said.

Gates did not mention Bahrain, where seven people died last month when security forces moved to break up protests in Manama.

Nor did he criticise Saudi Arabia, where activists say security forces on Sunday moved to keep the wave of Arab unrest outside Saudi borders by detaining at least 22 minority Shi'ites who protested last week against discrimination.

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Pladizow's picture

America will never allow the citizens of an oil rich country to be violated.


pragmatic hobo's picture

... unless the government of that oil-rich country is winning.

SWRichmond's picture

...or their name sounds like "Saud"

rocker's picture

Looks like it could be time to go 100% short everything.   They want a correction. The CBs always get what they want.

financeguru500's picture

No, everything is fine. The next move will be to bring democracy to Libya and then to Iran & Saud.

Then all our democratic friends will share their oil with us at discount prices.

rocker's picture

LOL     I am a seller today.  HFTs look like they are going after accounts.  Sell in May just might be now.

morph's picture

Yeah funny how no one cares about Zimbabwe.

Robert Neville's picture

Or Somalia. Funny how oil brings out the "humanitarian" in everyone.

Tail Dogging The Wag's picture

NATO will not stand idly by, so they're going into Libya. Considering that there's no oil or riches in Somalia, I guess the Somalians don't deserve "democracy".

EscapeKey's picture

America will never allow the oil of a citizen rich country to be violated.


nope-1004's picture

But Obummer means:

"gotta invade to slow the rise in oil prices cuz we gotta keep printing toilet paper for my shitty banker buds...."


SheepDog-One's picture

Could easily go horribly wrong overnite IMO. Hillary and Gates running the 'war with no plan', the 'We Gotta Do Somethin' war. Imagine oil prices when 400 marines are killed or captured for another Iran hostage situation. Not to mention pouring gas on the muslim bonfire...seriously what are these people thinking?

Henry Chinaski's picture

No boots on ground.  The rebels don't want us there, but they do want to cop some air power.  Special forces and drones.  Gates stuck around for a reason; he knew the bozos running the show needed adult supervision.  

UN or NATO will come in later and pick up the pieces.

cougar_w's picture

All very true.

However I think they are probably planning a no-fly zone, and then let the (Libyan) grunts on the ground do the wet work. Maybe at the end drop a few daisy cutters to smoke Moammar out of whatever hole he digs for himself.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Could I really witness two "spider hole incidents" in the same lifetime?

Pinch me so I know I'm awake. 

Oh regional Indian's picture

SD-i, these people are thinking... so far so good, allaccording to plan.

These seeds (dictators) were planted a long time ago.

Look at Babt Doc, hsi dad and haiti. it was stunningly kitchy, how they brought baby doc to face justice, 30 years on, statute of limitations gone, haiti in post quake frenzy...

sudden cognitive dissonance....baby doc back and on trial?

Haiti trouble have been off the news since.

So far so according to script.

We all have to remember, ordo Ab Chao (order out of chaos) will only follow ordo Ad Chao (chaos out of order).

What we are currently witnessing is nowhere near planetary chaos, which, I believe, is the goal.



SheepDog-One's picture

All to prevent attention being concentrated on any 1 thing for longer than a few minutes.

Michael's picture

I'm really getting tired of all this US policing of the world shit. Let China and Russia deal with it or leave it alone.

I pray the Muslim world get together and form a Muslim NATO like coalition.

Vergeltung's picture

oh, yeah, brilliant idea. I'm sure nothing but good & peaceful things would come from that. cause, after all, it's such a peaceful religion and all.

Michael's picture

No one and nothing can ever be more evil than what the US made the 60's Russian communists out to be.

As long as everbody has nukes eveything will be fine.

Nikita Khrushchev shoe banging incident


asteroids's picture

Bush went to the UN to invade. We know how that worked out. Now Obozo wants to pull the same trick with NATO. How stupid do you think the world is.

Azannoth's picture

This is Not Violence this is Civil War! Stay the hell out of Libya

Violence is what Saudi Arabia and Bahrain are doing go invade there

Larry Darrell's picture

Let's not go invade there.  Let's not go invade anywhere else.  Let's get out of the current invasions.

SWRichmond's picture

Hey, it's another balance-sheet entry on the income side for the MIC...

cougar_w's picture

Say that's right, this must be bullish for equities then.

Id fight Gandhi's picture

Must be why price line is soaring to new highs. Gas up? Travel restricted? No matter. Momos away.

the not so mighty maximiza's picture

The peace movement will bend over and take it like always since its "their" guy in the white house.

kaiserhoff's picture

Vat Else? 

Obama to Godaffy "Yo Momma!"

I've seen more hostility between two fat chicks fighting over a stale twinkie.


alien-IQ's picture

market should like totally rally on this. definitely bullish...definitely definitely bullish....

Hugh Jorgan's picture

They aren't actually going to tell Obama what the plan is are they?  Does Bradley Manning get a phone call? 

serotonindumptruck's picture

"Does Bradley Manning get a phone call?"

No, but he should be getting his clothes back any time now.

Big Corked Boots's picture

Do we get to keep the oil this time?

Waiting for the protester's chants of "no blood for oil, no blood for oil..."

Cdad's picture

Well then, I guess the criminal syndicate known as Wall Street is done intra-day rumor mongering for this session.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

I would love to be a fly on the wall in the State Department or the Oval office.

williambanzai7's picture

I have a robot cockroach in there right now. Be back shortly.

cougar_w's picture

Rahm is back in town and he's working for you?

Pull the other one.

Miss Expectations's picture

Is it a sneaky little type like in New York City or the giant Palmetto bugs (that fly) like the ones in the south?  Washington might be on the border of both territories.  In my NYC apartment they used to sneak into the microwave.  30 seconds on high sounded like a bag of jiffy pop.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture


Now I don't know if I'll ever be able to eat microwave popcorn again without thinking about your damn NYC apartment.

I thought we were friends Miss Expectations? :>)

Temporalist's picture

You shouldn't be eating that garbage from the microwave.  Burning microwave popcorn'll kill ya.  It is simple to make on the stovetop or with an air popper.  Plus you get way more popped kernels and it doesn't go stale in 4 minutes.