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US Military Says Repositioning Forces In Area Around Libya To Be Able To Provide Flexibility And Options

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Just perfectly anticipated headlines from Reuters for now.

US MILITARY SAYS REPOSITIONING FORCES IN AREA AROUND LIBYA TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE FLEXIBILITY, OPTIONS

Whatever happened to stretching exercises? More as we see it. This week's US naval update on Wednesday afternoon should be interesting.

 


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Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:05 | Link to Comment buzzsaw99
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Did they bring any cruise missiles? I hear they work a lot better these days.

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:12 | Link to Comment Charlie Bravo
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Of course we did.

Charlie Bravo

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:16 | Link to Comment buzzsaw99
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Charlie Bravo Tango Tripoli-Blockade Bitchez!

Charlie Bravo KaDAffy Cruise Missile Bitchez!

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:21 | Link to Comment Cognitive Dissonance
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Doesn't the Marines' Hymn have something to do with this?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marines'_Hymn

From the Halls of Montezuma,
To the shores of Tripoli;
Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:36 | Link to Comment Agent P
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I've caught myself whistling that at least once a day since this thing started.

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:39 | Link to Comment alien-IQ
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Here's what American style "caring" looks like...which begs the question...Who is America trying to protect?:

Libya: African mercenaries 'immune from prosecution for war crimes'

African mercenaries hired by the Gaddafi regime to kill Libyan protesters would be immune from prosecution for war crimes due to a clause in this weekend's UN resolution that was demanded by the United States.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/835...

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:59 | Link to Comment KCMLO
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Didn't we withdraw from that in 2002 to "protect" the contractors we hire that are pretty much in everything but name, mercs.

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 13:53 | Link to Comment New_Meat
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CD-yes, and some of us remember the D.I. saying: "You're going to keep on doing it until you do it right!"

- Ned

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 13:06 | Link to Comment aint no fortuna...
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Would this become a territory or our 51st state?

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 13:09 | Link to Comment Stuart
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Nah, Ghadaffi's residence will be an oversized pond though.

 

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:17 | Link to Comment schoolsout
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boom!

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:22 | Link to Comment Sudden Debt
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Yes, I've even heard that there is a 1% chance that one might even hit the right target if they fire 100 of them at the same time to the same target!

Technology, I LOVE IT!

 

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:29 | Link to Comment buzzsaw99
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Warning: Do not shoot at the cruise missiles, it makes them, er, unpredictable.

 

disclaimer: I am not a bloodthirsty bastidge. But if KaDaffy got his it might save lives.

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:09 | Link to Comment Sudden Debt
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NAPALM FOR EVERYBODY!!!

AND NUKES FOR DESERT!

 

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:18 | Link to Comment Cognitive Dissonance
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I think you mean "Nukes for the Libyan desert", right?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libyan_Desert

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:33 | Link to Comment Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Gadaffi fights fire with cash, hands it out to whoever is hanging out in his opium den.

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:37 | Link to Comment MachoMan
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Someone has to create all that glass to replace all the broken windows we'll need to stimulate our economy

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:27 | Link to Comment Confucious 222
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It's all for the children, ya know.

That's why we get paid extra.

It's all for the children.

 

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:52 | Link to Comment MarketTruth
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Typical USA spreading peace and democracy one DRONE MISSILE at a time.

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 14:05 | Link to Comment A Texan
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"NAPALM FOR EVERYBODY!!!

AND NUKES FOR DESERT!"

Sounds like a parody of "Money for nothing, and chicks for free."

Which reminds me of a song parody that I heard in '86, when Reagan bombed Libya, that was based on John Cougar Mellencamp's "Rockin' in the USA" - it was called "Rockets from the USA."  Damned fine song, too, I just wish that I could find it somewhere. 

Sam Kinison also had a great routine on that raid, especially the part about how we "accidentally" dropped a laser-guided bomb on the French embassy...and the fact that our pilots had to fly another 6,500 air miles because the Froggies didn't give us overflight rights is just a ... pure coincidence. 

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:09 | Link to Comment Fish Gone Bad
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It's only fun until someone loses an eye.  Then the party is started.

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:09 | Link to Comment EscapeKey
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That Libya has oil is just a coincidence. This is strictly a humanitarian mission.

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:22 | Link to Comment depression
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"smash and grab" on the geopolitical stage

If we (twitter/CIA) can just keep this "liberty" wave rolling, we might just end up with ALL the oil reserves in the end !

God Bless America !

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:26 | Link to Comment bigkahuna
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Obama and anyone who feels this way needs to get their guns and head up to the front line. Don't send real Marines and Soldiers into another bullshit mission.

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:18 | Link to Comment Sudden Debt
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LET'S GIVE THEM DEMOCRAZY THE HARD WAY!!

 

 

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:27 | Link to Comment Sudden Debt
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ONLY 2 JUNKS?!!

IS TODAY A JEW HOLIDAY!?!

THAT POST IS WORTH AT LEAST 5 JUNKS!!

 

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:30 | Link to Comment buzzsaw99
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I think it is ROSH-STFU day bitchez!

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 14:35 | Link to Comment EscapeKey
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To get 5, you need to make a sarcastic reference to Israel as the great harbinger of peace.

edit: Damn, SD, you made it to 5 by the time I got 2.

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:42 | Link to Comment aheady
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My Monday morning is complete. No, it doesn't take much.

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:20 | Link to Comment Gert_B_Frobe
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No need for humanitarian aid. Libya sits on the UN Human Rights council. All is well.

Ahhh, that's right, the UN is getting around to ousting them from said Council. NM, commence humanitarian aid mission "Turn it All to Glass".

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:39 | Link to Comment Saxxon
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I think Khaddafy is doomed.  Why?  Because arch-Magister Hillary was running her piehole about MK's atrocities to humanity, this morning.

Our Admin would not release such commentary unless they were comfortable Khaddafy was a lost cause.  What we have here is the Administration scrambling to get to the head of the parade and pretend they are leading it.

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:48 | Link to Comment EscapeKey
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The same goes for the UK. Harsh rhetoric, and confiscation of financial assets. Imagine what Gaddafi would tell the UK what they can do with their signed oil contracts if he were to retain power.

Libya is a done deal. Who's up next?

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:09 | Link to Comment LawsofPhysics
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Wait what?  Aren't we broke?  Who is paying for this?  Do we get some of their oil?

 

New world order, same old lies.  Hedge accordingly.

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:26 | Link to Comment depression
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"Do we get some of their oil?"

We get ALL the OIL and they get USD.

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:11 | Link to Comment demsco
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told ya so.

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:12 | Link to Comment Cognitive Dissonance
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Whatever happened to stretching exercises?

You mean like this?

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:20 | Link to Comment Sudden Debt
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I sure could have a good time with a intellectual woman like that!

I LOVE A WOMAN WITH LARGE BRAINS!! :)

 

 

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:22 | Link to Comment Cognitive Dissonance
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Yes....but they are usually disappointed with my small "brain".

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:25 | Link to Comment Sudden Debt
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perhaps if you get them really drunk before the "conversation" they won't notice?

 

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:22 | Link to Comment Gert_B_Frobe
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Speaking of stretch marks ...

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:34 | Link to Comment EscapeKey
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I've been sitting staring at this for 5 minutes now (a worthwhile investment)... does she have 3 boobs?

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:47 | Link to Comment MachoMan
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Rofl.  Lighting needs to be taken into account by the photographer...  kind of like this picture...  http://static.someecards.com/someecards/images/feed_assets/4d361286790d6...

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 13:54 | Link to Comment chubbar
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LMFAO with the pic, MM. Took me a couple of seconds to realize it wasn't a set up but a lighting snafu. Good stuff.

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 13:26 | Link to Comment SilverRhino
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Sure does look like it.

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 21:26 | Link to Comment StychoKiller
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Hard to believe they're natural, but they are!  Google for "Chloe Vevier"

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:41 | Link to Comment ebworthen
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More than a mouthfull is a waste and requires a jogging bra.

 

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 21:27 | Link to Comment StychoKiller
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"Too much of a good thing can be wonderful!" -- Mae West

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:13 | Link to Comment Buckaroo Banzai
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Stretching exercises?? How do the beltway bandits make money off of that?

Once retired colonels and generals get paid to go to yoga class, maybe it will be a different story.

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:14 | Link to Comment Mae Kadoodie
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Flexability bitchez!

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:15 | Link to Comment John McCloy
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Nobody here actually they believed they going to permit the ponzi recovery to be endangered did you?

  You have to love these selective humanitarian missions. The President is getting desperate for a poll bump..Oscars are over..so distractions away.

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:37 | Link to Comment baby_BLYTHE
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Alexander Hamilton > Thomas Jefferson

Btw, Most people are just happy they don't have to live through another Great Depression (Deflationary heck).

Don't believe me. Try talking to people about Silver and Gold. They get upset.

"the dollar still pays the bills. still puts food on the table... I cannot pay for my bills with a hunk of metal (IT's NOT DIGITAL!)"

I wish I could help you folks out more... Nothing will change, EVER! Got it? Good.

No one is listening.

Keep tapping your feet folks.

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:17 | Link to Comment alter ego
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This is not going to end pretty.

US can't enter in Libya without exacerbating

even more the Arab nations.

Right now, there are too many angry,

hungry and traumatized people in that side of

the world and unfortunately they are sitting on

 a lot of oil.

There is no quick fix on this issue.

This global unrest is not going anywhere soon.

This is not a flu, this is cancer and chemo

sucks.

   

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:32 | Link to Comment buzzsaw99
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well then the rebels are going to have to make up their minds whether they want our help or not. Can't have it both ways bitchez!

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:17 | Link to Comment Quinvarius
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Our overthrow of the MiddleEast has hit a snag in Libya.

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:18 | Link to Comment sulfur
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would fit so well if they would use the north african chaos to start ww3...after all 

the tptb could need a good diversion

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:27 | Link to Comment samsara
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the tptb could need a good diversion

 

Wait,  This AIN'T the diversion?

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:27 | Link to Comment johnQpublic
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revelations WW3.0

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:21 | Link to Comment Internet Tough Guy
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Send in Charlie Sheen; he's an F-18, baby, with missiles for fists. Hot shots part trey.

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:25 | Link to Comment Id fight Gandhi
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All who dare to enter his octagon with his fire fists of fury!

Does the us really need to get involved in nation building again?

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:22 | Link to Comment Oh regional Indian
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AFRICOM!!! Early taste of action in what was meant to be a gentle, en-nobling presence in the cradle of humanity!

If anyone thinks that the game is "out-of-hand", think again. So far all the broadcast moves have had flawless follow-through.

ORI

http://aadivaahan.wordpress.com/2011/02/27/the-fascinating-dr-chippalone/

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:24 | Link to Comment johnnymustardseed
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"we will be greeted as liberators" ......DICK!!!! Cheney

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:23 | Link to Comment AnAnonymous
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Expansion, expansion. Like gas. Libya is falling apart and who is waiting at the doors to expand on?

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:26 | Link to Comment onlooker
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Is this to have control of the air to keep the battle on the ground?  

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:26 | Link to Comment williambanzai7
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Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:34 | Link to Comment Sudden Debt
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yes... BUT THEY HAVE CAMELS WITH CANONS!!!

 

http://www.camelphotos.com/pic/army_camels5.jpg

 

YOU CAN'T BEAT THOSE!!!

 

and those beasts are just dangerous! THEY FEED THEMSELVES WITH HUMAN FLESH!!

JUST LOOK AT THEM!!

http://www.redbubble.com/images/clear.gif

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 16:12 | Link to Comment BigJim
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Tut. The photo say JAIPUR - that's the Indian army, silly waffle.

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:58 | Link to Comment Zero Debt
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WB, how about the Office Assistant popping up on Gadaffi's desktop saying:

"It looks like you are starting a war. Would you like to buy some weapons?"

A: Yes please

B: No thanks, I already left

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:27 | Link to Comment Bithead1
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I heard that a small scale nuke will reverse global warming...hahha

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:27 | Link to Comment franzpick
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For GoDaffi and sons, it's the Repo Man alright.

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:28 | Link to Comment serotonindumptruck
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The US risks an over-extension of troop deployment. Germany learned this painful lesson towards the end of WWII.

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:39 | Link to Comment baby_BLYTHE
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the Germany army, relatively, was the strongest army in the last 300 years of recorded military history.

It only took 1-2 year to save the German economy and build up a military strong enough to fight all of Europe and the American/British Empire and the Soviet Union.

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:30 | Link to Comment gwar5
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Overdue. We need to protect the oil facilities from Qaddafi sabotage

Also need to be positioned for humanitarian, food shortages, etc.

 

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:34 | Link to Comment buzzsaw99
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Agreud.

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:42 | Link to Comment serotonindumptruck
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That will likely necessitate amphibious assaults and a "boots on the ground" campaign. I'm wondering how many African revolutionaries will be rushing to Libya for their chance to kill an American soldier.

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:47 | Link to Comment buzzsaw99
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We don't fight like that much anymore. Did you happen to catch Gulf Wars 1&2 by any chance?

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:55 | Link to Comment serotonindumptruck
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"Did you happen to catch Gulf Wars 1&2 by any chance?"

Yeah, so there's no reason to keep the troops in Iraq. The war is over. Re-deploy them all to Libya. Yeah, that's the ticket!

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 13:05 | Link to Comment buzzsaw99
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Step 1) Eliminate air farce.

Step 2) Bomb Iraq.

Step 3) Clean up bodies.

 

The usa could tip the balance of power in Libya with very little effort.

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 13:07 | Link to Comment buzzsaw99
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Yeah, so there's no reason to keep the troops in Iraq. The war is over.

 

The war has been over for years. What we have now is big oil & MIC profits.

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 14:18 | Link to Comment X. Kurt OSis
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If there aren't already US forces on the ground in Libya, I'll eat my hat.  Small teams have to be there to cover the extraction of foreign nationals  and in-country assets and to co-ordinate close air support when this thing reaches a point that can no longer be tolerated (read: when it becomes politically palatable to "liberate these oppressed people" and to secure pipelines and oil fields.)  The day we figure out who the "enemy" is in Libya will be the day it becomes no longer tolerable to stay out of this conflict.

The necessary ingredients for the recipe for US intervention are present:

1) a vested economic interest in the region, 2) a palatable political excuse to intervene from an international perspective, and 3) a regime that will be easily toppled.  Domestic acquiesence is no longer a necessary ingredient for foreign intervention.  They no longer care what we think and Americans are too stupid to understand foreign affairs anyway.

Victory flags to fly on US warships by next Thursday, I reckon...

The US simply can't resist its egomaniacal urge to intervene in foreign matters where we have a quantifiable economic interest.  The fact that a US millitary presence in North Africa, even if temporary, could cause other future problems will not stop us... it never has.

Now... who saw the Academy Awards last night??!!  James Franco in a dress??? Come on!

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:36 | Link to Comment Sean7k
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Paging WB, we need new super heroes with 3 R's on their chest- resource rescue rangers

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:37 | Link to Comment kaiten
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Another year, another war, another hole in the budget. How long can it continue this way?

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 16:15 | Link to Comment BigJim
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As long as the petrodollar holds.

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:39 | Link to Comment Eagle1
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Authentication is confirmed

Launch code confirmed

Launch

Glazed sands here they come!

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 13:20 | Link to Comment ebworthen
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Good excuse for trying out those fancy new landing craft on the shores of Tripol.

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:53 | Link to Comment trav7777
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good thing we have those useless carriers.  I saw a chinese military video showing a new weapon they had which sucked CVNs into a big time vortex...scary stuff

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 14:31 | Link to Comment Gert_B_Frobe
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Yeah, I saw that, too. They had a guy that looked like a young Kirk Douglas starring in it ... not the old skin flap on the Oscars last night.

Problem with the Chinese vortex is it sends the CV back to fight the Japenese and stave off Pearl Harbor and WWII Pacific Theater. It screws the timeline and the Chinese are held in a perpetual state of manufacturing fortune cookies, railroad labor and high-MSG laden foods like Cream of Sum Yung Gi.

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 14:39 | Link to Comment baby_BLYTHE
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sic

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 13:13 | Link to Comment Pants McPants
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I think Rothbard had it right when he suggested the US just invade every country on Earth and get it over with. 

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 13:23 | Link to Comment Sean7k
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lol. Very funny guy.

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 13:25 | Link to Comment irishgurl4
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Why the hell can't we just let the Libyans kill each other for as long as they want to?  Why does the U.S. have to get involved?  I know the answer but come on already!!!!  We're broke and already have too many troops scattered across the globe.  I'd rather have Obama play basketball and ignore Libya then send troops in.

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 14:50 | Link to Comment New_Meat
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You lassie, win the Guiness.  I doubt we'll do squat; Hillary will run her mouth. Not any kind of action until they get the NEO sorted out.  Brits and Frog special operators pulling out oil workers; State Dept. couldn't order up the right kind of boat. - Ned

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 13:28 | Link to Comment SilverFiend
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Im with you guys.  Screw any military involvement

any where.  We should have never helped in Haiti 

or with the tsunami in south Asia either.

 

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 13:49 | Link to Comment AnAnonymous
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In Haiti, the US provided 17th~18th Navy level surgery, maiming many in the doing.

Haiti and a few others are easy to understand: the US can not tolerate independent nations off its shores that could bargain military bases fees.

As simple as that.

The US has never helped Haiti. On the very contrary, been at odds since Haiti turned into a non slaver nation while the US was still one. The US had to factor in the weight of a non slaver nation off its shores. Story keeps going since then...

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 13:51 | Link to Comment disabledvet
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"Until all the soldiers come home."  That's the USO's motto and may it be all of yours at wonderful ZH as well.  Now to quote The Governator "if it bleeds we can kill it."

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 14:04 | Link to Comment the rookie cynic
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Is this the 1st time Iranian and US warships have been in the Mediterranean at the same time?

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 14:07 | Link to Comment Fix It Again Timmy
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Hit the beaches! - The military needs a new campaign ribbon to impress the ladies.

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 14:38 | Link to Comment pazmaker
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Sometimes one needs to sit back and take a look at all the comments and wonder...... 

 

I wonder how many people making these comments live in the USA or the western world for that matter.

I wonder how many own a car or 2 or 3 or 4....

How many take family vacations and travel...

How many use plastics and eat groceries frm the supermarket...

Then I sit back and wonder...are you really naive enough to think that if we did not have cheap oil that you would be able to enjoy the lifestyle you have?

It's always been about oil, Iraq was about oil, Kuwait about oil...etc etc.  It has nothing to do with humanitarian efforts but about maintaining the comfortable and sometimes extravagant lifestyle(compared to the rest of the world) of the citizens of the USA.

 

So unless you are willing to ride a bicycle... grow your own food... and end your addiction to cheap oil...(in other words stop benefiting from the actions your are condemning)  then stop complaining  it reeks of hypocricy.

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 14:40 | Link to Comment baby_BLYTHE
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I live in my parents basement. Have no money other than 2 week cashflow from my mimimum wage job.

I converted savings bonds issued by my family (given on my birthdays) since the year I was born... into physical gold.

6 ounches of Gold. I will never see more money in my life

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 16:14 | Link to Comment X. Kurt OSis
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An absurdly low cost of energy explains almost all of the US's advantage over the rest of the world.  That game will be coming to an end soon... perhaps sooner than many thought.

Circumstances made it such that energy cost us almost nothing for a century or more.  We attribute our success to our business accumen, savvy and self-determination when it was all a function of geographic advantage.  Our captains of industry are quick to take credit for luck and circumstances they had nothing to do with. 

But the game is coming to an end.

Cheap oil for the last century was a function of our location on the planet.  We are not addicted to cheap oil.  We're addicted to cheap money, get it straight.

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 16:20 | Link to Comment pazmaker
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I find myself agreeing with everything you are saying.. so tell me what is the difference between being addicted to cheap oil / being addicted to cheap money?

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 16:30 | Link to Comment X. Kurt OSis
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Cheap oil was a geographic function that would have been exploited no matter what our political orientation was. 

Cheap money is a function of the goverment colluding with money center banks and big business to destroy capitalism in favor a corporate welfare state that ensures status quo for those in power. 

The only thing these two have in common is that they are finite.  Eventually we bleed the earth dry of oil and we bleed the population dry of its wealth and property.

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 16:35 | Link to Comment pazmaker
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ok I understand you now X. Kurt.

 

Thanks for explaining what you meant.  It makes sense!

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 16:23 | Link to Comment BigJim
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So unless you are willing to ride a bicycle... grow your own food... and end your addiction to cheap oil...(in other words stop benefiting from the actions your are condemning)  then stop complaining  it reeks of hypocricy.

UNLESS is the operative word here.

There are scores of commenters. You have no idea what their attitudes to bicycle riding are, or food growing for that matter. But throwing accusations of 'hypocricy' is nice and easy and makes you feel superior, I suppose.

Of course, if they were rah-rahing American interventionism, you'd be accusing them of being imperialist pigs. You win either way, don't you?

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 16:32 | Link to Comment pazmaker
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Big Jim, yes there are scores of commentators, but some that comment regularly and it is quite easy to form an opinon on some that I've been reading for close to a year.

 

So basically if the shoe fits  wear it... if it doesn't don't worry about it.  In the end I don't think any of us win unless we face the cold hard truth.

 

Peace!

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 17:32 | Link to Comment goldfish1
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hypocricy

Hypocricy? Crikey! I think you have a point.

Wed, 03/02/2011 - 03:53 | Link to Comment ebworthen
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"Live simply so others can simply live."

A fine motto.

However, the majority of the U.S. and the World population depend upon mechanized agricultural machinery, fertilization, pest control, harvesting, production, and transport to eat.

The Amish/Bicycle/Hippy fantasy is an appealing one but just that, a fantasy.

Go back to a crank phone, one 40 watt bulb at night, and no computers or television and you are half-way there.

Get it?

 

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 14:49 | Link to Comment Crumbles
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Mystery in the Libyan Desert ?

"Pieces of natural silica-glass up to 16 lb in weight occur scattered sparsely in an oval area, measuring 130 km north to south and 53 km from east to west, in the Sand Sea of the Libyan Desert. This remarkable material, which is almost pure (97 per cent silica), relatively light (sp. gin. 2.21), clear and yellowish-green in colour, has the qualities of a gemstone. It was discovered by the Egyptian Survey Expedition under Mr P.A. Clayton in 1932, and was thoroughly investigated by Dr L.J. Spencer, who joined a special expedition of the Survey for this purpose in 1934. 
The pieces are found in sand-free corridors between north-south dune ridges, about 100 m high and 2-5 km apart. These corridors or "streets" have a rubbly surface, rather like that of a "speedway" track, formed by angular gravel and red loamy weathering debris overlying Nubian sandstone."

Duke Nukem perhaps ?

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 14:56 | Link to Comment Trundle
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Reuters = BP  = Rothschild.

Any other questions?

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 15:06 | Link to Comment baby_BLYTHE
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Tyler has great abs.

Jon Voight likes Gold, why don't you?

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 17:47 | Link to Comment goldfish1
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Reuters = BP  = Rothschild.

I thought Reuters was kicked to the curb a few years back. It seems to me that they have a bit more journalism and a bit less propaganda these days.

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 15:08 | Link to Comment Bansters-in-my-...
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USA Gov....the worldpolice
Make me fucking puke.

Did Israel say it was O.K...?

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 15:25 | Link to Comment pazmaker
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They are not the world police.. thats the thing...If they were the world police they would have stepped in  at Darfor and everywhere else in the world where there are atrocities.  They try to portray themselves as all caring but only act when they have something to gain strategically and/or financially... cheap oil   access to cheap oil.

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 15:21 | Link to Comment Bansters-in-my-...
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But it is cleared by Israel,right.?

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 15:26 | Link to Comment baby_BLYTHE
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Is it true that 3/4 of Israel is totally secular?

The PhDs don't like "distortions"... I just need an answer on that

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 16:28 | Link to Comment BigJim
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But.. but.. if they're secular, how can they claim the land belongs to them because God gave it to them?

Oh yeah, it's a birthright... even if it was just one ancestor (out of hundreds) two millenia ago.

Zionism. You know it Makes Sense.

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 19:30 | Link to Comment medicalstudent
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stretching exercises dont induce central bank lending.

Tue, 03/01/2011 - 03:54 | Link to Comment digitaldorobo
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That just about sums it up, doesn't it?

Entrenched corruption, enabled at the highest levels and disseminated to us by their underlings.

http://decaybyproxy.wordpress.com/2011/02/28/an-empire-of-lies-the-cia-a...

 

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