US Prepares Operation "Boots On The Ground" A/K/A "The Presidente Was Only Keeeding"

Tyler Durden's picture

The natural step in the US-led invasion of Libya's oil fields, which could be seen from a mile away and as was discussed on Zero Hedge previously, is about to unfold with the proverbial silver-tipped bang. Courtesy of Army Gen. Carter Ham we learn that the Nobel war prize winner "may consider sending troops into Libya with a possible international
ground force that could aid the rebels, the former U.S. commander of the
military mission said Thursday, describing the ongoing operation as a
stalemate that is more likely to go on now that America has handed
control to NATO." Nothing like a little land war in Asia, er, Africa, to distract the peasantry from an insolvent government which can't legally issue any more debt on top. Make no mistake though - this is all about "humanitarian intervention."


Army Gen. Carter Ham also told lawmakers that American participation in a ground force would not be ideal, since it could erode the international coalition attacking Moammar Gadhafi's forces and make it more difficult to get Arab support for operations in Libya.

He said NATO has done an effective job in an increasingly complex combat situation. But he noted that, in a new tactic, Gadhafi's forces are making airstrikes more difficult by staging their fighters and vehicles near civilian areas such as schools and mosques.

The use of an international ground force is a possible plan to bolster the Libyan rebels, Ham said at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.

Asked whether the U.S. would provide troops, Ham said, "I suspect there might be some consideration of that. My personal view at this point would be that that's probably not the ideal circumstance, again for the regional reaction that having American boots on the ground would entail."

Anyone recall Obama's promise to not send a land force in Libya? Add that one to the lies you can believe in.

President Barack Obama has said repeatedly there will be no U.S. troops on the ground in Libya, although there are reports of small CIA teams in the country.

Pressed by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., about the situation in Libya, Ham agreed that a stalemate "is now more likely" since NATO took command.

Next, while the constitutional lawyer is usurping the constitution, let's just toss the whole checks and balances thing away as well.

Ham also disclosed that the U.S. is providing some strike aircraft to the NATO operation that do not need to go through the special approval process recently established. The powerful side-firing AC-130 gunship is available to NATO commanders, he said.

Surely this latest uber-transparent move to sequester 2 MMBD/oil will raise America's glorious standing within the Muslim crescent.

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gangland's picture

peace prize bitchezzzz!

oogs66's picture

Black is the new Bush

NOTW777's picture

Bush derangement is a mental disease - focus

CU1981's picture

Thank You Tyler for calling a Spade a Spade, GOD and Goodness will reward you, when your time is due.


Keep up the good fight ! !

Escapeclaws's picture

Don't knock Blackbush--one of the best Irish Whiskeys.

oogs66's picture

Black is the new Bush

long juan silver's picture

You jess called out two best parts o my woman Willis!

Twindrives's picture

Obama.......Bush in blackface.  

LibertyIn2010's picture

Good thing we no longer have the Soviet Union around.  I don't think the rest of the world could put up with two evil empires spreading their sphere of influence around the world by way of various military campaigns. 

And, you better believe that US citizens would never put up with their own government spying on them, taking away their rights, shoveling propaganda at them 24/7 by state-controlled mass media, holding elections in which its citizens influence in the outcome is close to null and void, imposing the will of the government on the people and allowing the banksters to steal the wealth from middle class and working class families.

What a relief we don't have to worry about any of that happening, huh? 

Creed's picture

sounds logical to me


fight Al Qaida in Afghanistan while helping them take power in Libya

sure, splits their forces, confuses them

weaponized pschizophrenia

down with Bin Laden! up with the Muslim Brotherhood!

Haywood Jablowme's picture





long juan silver's picture

Qualifications for the Office of President




Age and Citizenship requirements - US Constitution, Article II, Section 1

No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution (1787), shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty-five years, and been fourteen years a resident within the United States.


 The constitution wasn't loopholed for a jerkoff with a stolen social security number either:

Cammy Le Flage's picture

Considering the rest of the CONstitution is not followed why is this one so important to you twots?    This is not the most important protection - but those are already ruined.  Anyone discussing this is a fucking moronic idiot.   Name me the "law" in this country cause it been gone long time fool.  Catch the fuck up to reality Cowboy.

long juan silver's picture

You're pissed because you voted for the incompentent bush hog but you can't admit error.

Fools amuse me.

Judy Garland's picture

I am Jack's complete lack of surprise.

EscapeKey's picture

Zero Hedge is without a question the best financial site on the web.

I wrote a bit about the UK's situation, in terms of oil.

Seer's picture

Looks like the abiotics nutjobs junked you...

Good summary.  People just don't understand deltas, the full range of difference -from an exporter to an importer.

The decline in North Sea oil production is something to behold.  All the jokers who say that "modern" (read "western control") extraction methods would result in wells pumping longer.  The North Sea used the most up-to-date processes and equipment at the time and look what happened!  Jevons Paradox...

If things look bad for the UK, the Japanese are really screwed.  Then to be followed by Australia and China.  The US is number 3 in reserves, so it should be able to clamp down and make it last if need be (might not be a palitable option, but at least there's an option, unlike with Japan).

Spastica Rex's picture

Jevon's Paradox is a bitch, huh? I don't think the USA will ever experience it directly, though. Much easier to just burn through whatever you have as quickly as possible and not think about the consequences. A 3/4 ton pickup a day keeps the plebs away.

kengland's picture

Why not? There's nothing anyone can do to stop it. He loses the election and then...the next stooge takes his place. It's been that way since the begining.


Oh how we need another Gettysburg address. Nothing but truth and honesty from them all.

cossack55's picture

Actually we need another Concorde or Ft. Sumter.

Moe Howard's picture

Don't forget Lexington! Bunker Hill! Whites of their eyes, Bitchezzzzzz

bankruptcylawyer's picture


I said that America's role would be limited; that we would not put ground troops into Libya; that we would focus our unique capabilities on the front end of the operation; and that we would transfer responsibility to our allies and partners. Tonight, we are fulfilling that pledge.

at 9:10

Shameful's picture

Why?  Nothing Americans like more then killing brown people with high tech weapons.  What amazes me is they don't have "The Murder Channel" 24/7 video of real life slayings done by our boys.  The ratings would be huge!  Can you imagine the ratings bombing a wedding in Pakistan would get?  Guys would be Tivoing it to masturbate to it again and again.  Missing a opportunity to make some money and distract the masses, what kind of monkeys do they got running this show?  Knew I should have gotten into show biz.

I know your thinking "Ok Shameful, but that's only the neo-cons", not so fast.  Where has the anti war democrats gone?  They will join in on this one.  Why a blue is the ultimate war president, the red will fall over themselves in teh extastic joy of murder and the blue will not their approval to their man.

If anything this helps him get reelected by showing he can be "tough on terror and strong on humanitarian relief".

Goofy Bastard's picture

Good rant, I liked it the first time I heard it from George Carlin in 1992 and 1996.

Seer's picture

I'd love to hear from those who junked this as to why they did.  I suspect that the truth is just a wee bit too hard to take for ya?  Just fucking wait, you ain't seen nothing yet.  You'll be running for your mammas pretty soon, cowards that you all are...

Ms. Erable's picture

If all we wanted to do was "kill brown people", we wouldn't have to go 10k miles out of our way to do it. Hell, I can open up on at least fifty of them without leaving my property.

If you're going to generalize, make sure you use the phrase "kill brown people sitting on top of oil reserves" next time you want to play the troll looking for for junks.

Now, go back to bed, dear - the adults are talking.


WaterWings's picture

It looks like Shameful's weekend started early with good ole Jack Daniel's. That's all.

I'm pissed as hell that fellow Americans want to keep discussions about the mass-murdering MIC as civil as possible. FUCK THAT SHIT.

"Well, we may not agree on everything and we just have to trust our elected officials. They did win fair and square as you know."

Bunch of white collar slaves out there that just want to talk about sports and fashion gossip. Apathy is the greatest form of slavery. I DO NOT consent to be governed by genocidal-financial rapists.


Keep it up, Shameful. Kudos. 

Founders Keeper's picture

[Why?  Nothing Americans like more then killing brown people with high tech weapons....]---Shameful

Shameful, I've read many of your posts. In general you offer helpful insight, a unique perspective, and a thoughtful tone. This one though, not so much.

I agree of course with your passages about Reds and Blues sharing blame. (If you've read a few of my posts you'll know I abhor Entanglement Foreign Policy. I side with our Founders.)

No, I didn't Junk you. On balance with your body of work here at ZH, I decided against Junking this otherwise thoughtless post.

Soon enough, we may all be thrust onto the Impossible Battlefield that separates the men from the boys.

I look forward to your future posts.


Shameful's picture

Look around you. Where is the war protest? Seems that died in 08, right around election time. Truth is America doesn't care about killing people, heck we actually like it. It's a culture of death. I'm just pointing that out. We can all pretend to not see it, but Americans love killing. Look at our entertainment, our symbology, indeed our music. It's nothing but death with some sex and sizzle tossed in.

So you mix Americans love of death and of "winning" and wars are a natural option. I might have been a young guy but seems to me America was riding pretty high on morale when they blew up some antiquated militaries in Iraq and Afghanistan. Sure there was some anti war rumblings, but as far as I can see they are all quiet now, with few exceptions.

So where do cultures that love only death and dominating tend to go? People point to the leaders and blame them. Sure they are at fault but look at the blood thirsty mob around you. How many of them would cheer on a war if it dropped their gas prices $0.10? How many would gladly have women and children bombed for a cheaper fill up at the gas pump? Not a happy thought, but these people will be the ones around us when the balloon goes up. Better think about what sort of people are around you. If a lover of death sees you have something and he doesn't...well what happens?

Judge Holden's picture

I think your analysis is too strong, though far closer to reality than most people will ever get.  It's not that we enjoy blowing up brown-skinned people with high tech weapons.  It's that we love blowing up people that we've been told are the "new Hitlers" of our time (with high tech weapons.) 

And the media makes sure to let us know that the modern world is full of new Hitlers.  Milosevic, Saddam, Ahmadinajaed, etc...  Gaddafi is probably the most amazing example, going from the "mad dog" of the 80s, to the WMD-abandoning reformer of the 2000's... before becoming the "Milosevic" of 2011.

The feelings of strength and unity that come with waging war are a well documented phenomenon - as are the outsized profits that the rich obtain from it.  Any wedding parties that happen to get bombed - or reporters slaughtered by Apache helicopters - are dismissed as unintended casualties of war.  Everyone, buckle up, and get ready for the (undeclared) Libyan War of 2011.  History teaches us NOTHING.

Shameful's picture

To strong? As you point out get buckled in. Wait till there is another terror event on our soil (false flag or not). And then see the blood lust fly.

The only reason Americans have never stood for war crimes is we haven't actually had to suffer the humiliating defeats often forced on our enemies. God help us if we ever lose.

History teaches us a lot. The masses are cattle, and the rulers are madmen driving the herd to the slaughterhouse. Know that and navigating this crazy world is a lot easier. But if you mean teaching the masses then you are correct. The masses have never learned and presumably will never learn. We only become aware as individuals when we step outside the herd.

Judge Holden's picture

I was referring to your accusation about the American people's war motives when I said "too strong."  I don't believe we engage in war as a way to watch brown people blow up - which seemed to be what you were arguing, hyperbole or not.  In my view, most people who support pointless wars do not do so for this reason. 

The majority of people support unneccesary wars because they are convinced that they are the good, and the other side is the bad, and, therefore, it is our duty to step in, no matter the cost.  Because, in our minds, our motivations are irrefutably good, it doesn't make us feel as bad when civilians die. 

Military action brings with it a strong feeling of unity with it.  Remember how everyone felt after we were attacked on 9/11 and we struck back in Afghanistan?  And for some sad souls, warfare also creates powerful sensations of strength and masculinity that are lacking in their ordinary lives.  This is where the term "chickenhawk" comes into play (civilians who call for wars that they won't have to fight in.)  You can see evidence of that in this comments section.

As for history, I agree it has the potential to teach us A GREAT DEAL.  But, as a people, we don't seem to be learning from history.

While I can tell there's probably much that we would disagree on (I'm not a 9/11 Truth-er), I still find what you said to be on the right track IMO.  Many of the comments attacking your post were unmerited.

Judge Holden's picture

Note that I'm not calling you a chickenhawk - you're obviously not.  Just saying that they are one of the types of people that get us into wars.

Shameful's picture

No, the masses have 0 input on a war just or unjust. It's started then sold to us. And with the advent of TV and watching the smart weapons they figured out a lot of the cattle liked watching expensive toys break and destroy things. Makes us feel good, like a bully on the schoolyard. Feels great until another kid kicks our ass.

The masses have about as much say in a war as the herd of cattle does about where the drivers will steer them, basically none. We are fooled into believing we are picking the direction because that makes the herd more placid. If the Soviets had figured out the two headed one party system they would still be dragging themselves forward. The illusion of control is all the masses want or need.

As a people we cannot learn. The mass man will always be dumb and stupid. All of recorded history bears this out. So a change would literally be a turning point in history. I look around and don't hold my breath.

baby_BLYTHE's picture

"The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation."- Henry David Thoreau

Judge Holden's picture

the masses have 0 input on a war just or unjust.

Well, I would disagree with you on this, but I understand why you think it.  I'm done talking about this for now, good chatting with you.

Founders Keeper's picture

[Look around you. Where is the war protest? Seems that died in 08, right around election time....]---Shameful

Hard-driving thoughtful post, Shameful.

Welcome back to the good side of The Force.


john39's picture

war is peace.  anyone still wondering why some islamic countries referring to the the U.S. as the great satan?  truth be told, it would be more accurate to call the U.S. "the great satan's attack dog"... as the great satan, in fact, resides elsewhere.

cossack55's picture

Maybe London or perhaps Belgium?

caconhma's picture

Yes, it is London. The Rothschild family resides in London. They own the EU Central Bank, the FED, and IMF.

The USA became a Rothschild and Zionist colony. America became a very pathetic country.

We are not even an evil empire. The USA is an evil colony. What a shame!

samsara's picture

Rothschilds...  Did you know that the "City of London"  is run by the Bank of England, a private corporation. ... the 'City' is not subject to British law