US Unleashes "Operation Odyssey Dawn", Launches First Missile Attack Against Libyan Air Defenses

Tyler Durden's picture

Update: The Libya invasion has just been named Operation Oddysey Dawn, supposedly by the same guy who names hedge funds.

According to NBC, the US has just launched its first attack in the Libyan Offensive whose name is still up for grabs (Operation Wealth Effect? Operation Nobel War Price? - you decide), by firing missiles at Libyan air defenses, which we assume means radar installations. We expect night vision videos of missiles hitting their targets ala Operation Desert Storm to soon push March Madness out from most watched prime time TV post. ABC News is covering this live for those who can't wait to see stuff blowing up in shades of green.

From CNN:

A U.S. defense official said the United States is poised to launch
cruise missiles from warships in the Mediterranean Sea, and that these
strikes would target Moammar Gadhafi's air defenses. The United States
is prepared to "defend its allies flying over Libyan airspace and
enforce the no-fly zone," the official said.

Obama talking again:



Update from AP:

President Barack Obama authorized limited military action against Libya Saturday, saying Moammar Gadhafi's continued assault on his own people left the U.S. and its international partners with no other choice. The Pentagon said 112 cruise missiles were launched from US and UK ships and subs, hitting 20 targets.

Obama said military action was not his first choice.

"This is not an outcome the U.S. or any of our partners sought," Obama said from Brazil, where he is starting a five-day visit to Latin America. "We cannot stand idly by when a tyrant tells his people there will be no mercy."

A senior military official said the U.S. launched air defenses Saturday with strikes along the Libyan coast that were launched by Navy vessels in the Mediterranean. The official said the assault would unfold in stages and target air defense installations around Tripoli, the capital, and a coastal area south of Benghazi, the rebel stronghold.

Obama declared once again that the United States would not send ground forces to Libya, though he said he is "deeply aware" of the risks of taking any military action.

Earlier in the day, Obama warned that the international community was prepared to act with urgency.

"Our consensus was strong, and our resolve is clear. The people of Libya must be protected, and in the absence of an immediate end to the violence against civilians our coalition is prepared to act, and to act with urgency," Obama said.

Top officials from the U.S., Europe and the Arab world meeting in Paris, where they announced Saturday immediate military action to protect civilians caught in combat between Gadhafi's forces and rebel fighters. American ships and aircraft were poised for action but weren't participating in the initial French air missions.

As the military action was announced, French fighter jets swooped over Benghazi, the opposition stronghold that was stormed by Libyan government forces earlier Saturday, in defiance of a proclaimed ceasefire.

France, Britain and the United States had warned Gadhafi Friday that they would resort to military means if he ignored the U.N. resolution demanding a cease-fire.

The United States has a host of forces and ships in the area, including submarines, destroyers, amphibious assault and landing ships.

The U.S. intended to limit its involvement - at least in the initial stages - to helping protect French and other air missions by taking out Libyan air defenses, but depending on the response could launch additional attacks in support of allied forces, a U.S. official said. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of military operations.


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Id fight Gandhi's picture

Do they ask for the Nobel prize back?

Long-John-Silver's picture

What did he do to deserve it in the first place?

DonnieD's picture

No, it's a "piece" prize. As in, they give it to the biggest "piece of shit."

Tater Salad's picture

Couldn't have said it better my self!

Ray1968's picture

I can't wait until we declare a no-fly zone for Iran. Will we attack them as well?

Where does this end?

BigJim's picture

It'll end when there's no more wealth left to be transferred from the sheep to our MIC.

dwdollar's picture

No, no, that's wrong too.  It's "Piece" as in "Give me a piece of what you have or I will rain down death upon your cities."

AN0NYM0US's picture

Odyssey Dawn

isn't that the name one of his nurses?

kaiserhoff's picture

Let's call it "Operation Camel Toe";)

serotonindumptruck's picture

Or better yet, "Operation Moose Knuckle".

UGrev's picture

Don't make me go dig up that pic.. :)

MsCreant's picture

You all have it wrong. It is the name of a tranny porn star, beloved by all of the SEC. She put the "Odd in Odd-i-see."

kaiserhoff's picture

Mooymarr Godaffy - Living proof of the once controversial evolutionary theory, that baboons fuck camels.

PY-129-20's picture

Mr. Obama closed Guantanamo, ended the war in Afghanistan, improved the relationship between Israel and Palestine, improved the relationship between South Korea and North Korea, he ended the FED, introduced a Gold standard and under his presidency, corrupt bankers were taken to jail. He also created wealth among American citizens, helped to rebuild American manifacturing. Instead of wars, he supported democracy in the ME, helped to Japanese in their efforts to defuse the Fukushima timebomb, and by the end of his presidency, he erected a giant Robocop statue in New Detroit.

But maybe that was another president...hmmm

BigJim's picture

... in another universe.

dearth vader's picture

All very well, but don't forget that Obama will be remembered as the president who made every American a billionaire, second only to Mugabe.

Dugald's picture


Errrrr3...wasn't that Errol Flynn???

AN0NYM0US's picture

How long before CNN floats the rumor that Ghadaffi has been taken out?   My guess is before the Sunday news shows and then  by Sunday PM it will not only be rumor but reported as a fait accomplis just in time for the Asian markets. (only to be denied mid day Tuesday as the markets rocket straight up and 'good' news is being reported from Fuku)

Mark McGoldrick's picture

From what I understand (and CNN as confirmed, as well), the US has launched missiles at the correct country - which is an improvement from the Bush administration. No doubt about it, if Bush was still in charge the Maldives would be toast.  

Of course, in all fairness to Bush, GPS has come a long way since 2003. 


thedrickster's picture

Another undeclared war is an improvement?

Your false paradigm makes me ill.

Mark McGoldrick's picture

The drickster appears again!

You're so fucking dumb you sit on the television and watch the chair. 

thedrickster's picture

Zzzzzzz, eat shit Marcy.

Now again, as to the substance of my post?

Mark McGoldrick's picture

Well it appears you posted three periods, which means you're three times the PMSing, bloody, bitchy whore I thought you were.  

I don't engage in realistic discussions with people who tell me to "eat shit" three times in two days.

Go fuck yourself, and for the love of God, go buy some tampons.


thedrickster's picture

It was a corrected double post.

Oh my, those vulgar boot licking collectivists.

Mark McGoldrick's picture

This is a continuation from yesterday. 

If someone sniffs you out from thread to thread, and tells you to "eat shit and die" or "eat shit" three times in two different threads, you might loose your desire for civility and reasonable discourse, as well. 


prophet's picture

"I don't engage in realistic discussions..."

Thats for sure!



dearth vader's picture

Without a civilized society it's hard for rudeness to be appreciated for what it is.

Amish Hacker's picture

How long have you two been married?

smlbizman's picture

but we are just starting to get good at it....if we take what we learned from iraq, multiply that by knowledge gained in afaganistan, divided by the allied countries involved it should be plain to anyone with a pulse that we will have this baby under wraps by wens. ...unless the Q man isnt as easy to hang like saddam.....god i hate these fuckers  

Tater Salad's picture

Mark, you f'n idiot.  I find it hillarious that you lovers of the annointed one think this war is ok while the Iraq one wasn't.  Considering Sadam took out people by the 10's of thousands, perhaps 100's of thousands, I'd say we were at least successful in ridding Iraq of the ultimate weapon of mass destruction, Sadam!

Meanwhile, Obama's attempt to look tough is a day late, 3 Trillion short and fact is, you can't protect Lybian's without ground support...

Obama is an embarrassment to the U.S. and the globe, 2013 can't come fast enough!

Mark McGoldrick's picture

First of all, I don't support Obama.  Never have.

Secondly, I don't support this war against Libya.

Third, what do you think will happen in 2013?  You'll be offered Bert, rather than Ernie. 


johnQpublic's picture

each tomahawk missile costs 3,202,857.10

so we just commited to this for over 358 million dollars


prophet's picture

Thats like what, five minutes of POMO?  Besides if you don't use 'em you gotta put em through a maintenance cycle so the real cost is probably a tad lower, and you save fuel on the ride home.  Who knows it might even add to GDP and create jobs.

TemporalFlashback's picture

Regarding your last sentence, why don't they just continually bomb some remote and deserted island? GDP & jobs would go parabolic!

Sarcasm aside, may I recommend the writings of one Frederic Bastiat.

Haywood Jablowme's picture

sweet.  now only if north korea would make a move so we can finally get on with this bullshit.  been itchin' to put on this Vendetta mask and do some damage...


LostWages's picture

Better to wait until we have a leader in the White House.

I'm not confident the current leader of the free world, Sarkozy, could handle a war with the NK.

Abitdodgie's picture

They are not leaders they are supposed representatives

Tejano's picture

Try tyrants, thieves and murders.

Haywood Jablowme's picture

leader in the White House...

Never gonna happen in this lifetime.  I'm just looking forward to mass destruction on all fronts. 


smlbizman's picture

do you find yourself rooting for ole momar just a little??? and please lets not confuse our country {meaning our people} with the usa govt...i love my country....i hate this group that has stolen it, and the million created sheep that will not allow for us to gey iy back anytime soon......  

Creed's picture

and please lets not confuse our country {meaning our people} with the usa govt...i love my country....i hate this group that has stolen it, and the million created sheep that will not allow for us to gey iy back anytime soon...... 

Creed's picture

and please lets not confuse our country {meaning our people} with the usa govt...i love my country....i hate this group that has stolen it, and the million created sheep that will not allow for us to gey iy back anytime soon...... 

asdasmos's picture

Operation Zenga Zenga