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Arabs On The Sidelines In Libya Campaign

From a seemingly surprised Associated Press:

Arab countries on the sidelines in Libya campaign

By Richard Lardner, Associated Press
March 24, 2011

WASHINGTON – As America’s NATO allies shoulder a greater share of the air war in Libya, the Arab countries that urged the U.N. Security Council to impose a no-fly zone are missing from the action.

What a shock, huh? And after all of their tough talk. When have we ever seen this before? Except every other time.

Except for the small Persian Gulf nation of Qatar, which is expected to start flying air patrols over Libya by this weekend, no other members of the 22-member Arab League have so far publicly committed to taking an active role. The U.S. has sold many of these countries, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, billions of dollars in sophisticated military gear over the past decade to help counter Iran’s power in the region.

When have these rich Middle East countries ever done anything for themselves? They always hire someone else to do their work for them.

They can’t be bothered to get their hands dirty. Let the infidels do it.

Nearly a week into the campaign to prevent Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s forces from attacking civilians, the United States increased the pressure on its NATO allies to take command of the campaign, suggesting the U.S. might even step away from its leadership role in a few days, even with the conflict’s outcome in doubt.

Despite the threat, officials said there was no absolute deadline to hand over front-line control to other countries, or for an end to all U.S. participation

Remember how Mr. Obama and the rest of the Democrats demanded a firm deadline for Iraq and Afghanistan? But suddenly deadlines are no long so important.

An American Army general now oversees the campaign from Europe, and an American Navy admiral is the day-to-day commander from a floating command post off the Libyan coast…

And that is probably how things will stand for the foreseeable future. Which, truth to tell, is probably a good idea, as long as any US military are being put at risk.

Administration officials conceded there is no clear end to the fighting, although the Pentagon contended that Gadhafi’s air force is essentially defeated and coalition planes are targeting more of his ground forces.

In a telephone interview with reporters at the Pentagon from aboard his command ship, the USS Mount Whitney, in the Mediterranean, Navy Rear Adm. Gerard Hueber said no Libyan aircraft had attempted to fly during the previous 24 hours.

"Those aircraft have either been destroyed or rendered inoperable," Hueber said.

If the Libyan air force has been destroyed, why is there any need for a ‘no fly zone’? Of course the truth is, this campaign has always been more about creating a ‘no tanks’ zone.

But that would sound more like an actual war than a "kinetic military action" (KMA), as the people in the Obama administration are now calling this. And people with Nobel Peace Prizes don’t fight wars.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, March 24th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

15 Responses to “Arabs On The Sidelines In Libya Campaign”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    This whole Libya debacle serves as a perfect sample of a bad example. Steve has quite clearly laid out the absolutely glaring hypocrisy of the left, the all-too-well-known lack of desire on the part of “superior” muslims to engage in anything but badgering the US and perhaps, it can then be used as a case-in-point for any/all muslim nations to now fix your own problems…we’re going away.

    For years it has bugged the snot out of me, as it has many other Americans that in spite of the money that goes over there, they treat us like crap. In fact, they go out of their way to treat us like crap. Regardless of the liberal uptake as to why that is, the answer to me is obvious. They are like pimps. In fact they are pimps. And we’re the John. And we keep coming back for more. The smartest thing to do is abandon them, use our own natural resources and watch them collapse into absolute chaos. They cannot see that any stability they’ve had since WWII has been because of the purchase of oil.

    Fine, hate Israel all you want…but leave it alone. I’m always very pleased when Israel gives muslims another bloody nose. For all the money they’ve spent and time the arabs have invested in building up a “looks like an army”, they have no stomach for a fight on truly ethical grounds. Jihad? Sure…but that’s all subversive, behind-the-sheet, in the dark kind of stuff. It has that element of mystery about it which I’m sure makes it so alluring to young men of that ilk. I’m sure to them it even has that romantic element to it. Oh to be a martyr. Wow. But an all-out frontal war? The US would wipe the floor with them. Then eat their lunch and then bang their sister and their mother (if we wanted). We would roll over them in Roman fashion and there are times when I think we should. This “getting along” crap is really starting to bug me.

  2. proreason says:

    I’m in favor of some Kinetic Political Action for Obamy.

  3. GetBackJack says:

    “Those aircraft have either been destroyed or rendered inoperable,” Hueber said.

    and then …. French boots on the ground shot down another Libyan fighter jet.

    I am cornfoozed.

  4. Rusty Shackleford says:

    An American Army general now oversees the campaign from Europe, and an American Navy admiral is the day-to-day commander from a floating command post off the Libyan coast…

    Not the word I’m getting. I’m of the understanding that NOBODY knows WHO is in charge of this operation. It’s been more like a bunch of kids having an unsupervised soccer match. (And there are no losers, remember) Every nation has the opportunity to feel good about itself and no one is offended and everyone will get a trophy.

  5. proreason says:

    It took awhile, but Obamy’s purpose for agreeing to the Libya operation is finally clear.

    It’s another way to diminish the United States in the eyes of the world.
    – war by committee
    – no leadership
    – command chaos
    – floating objectives
    – refusal to accept responsibility
    – doesn’t even admit it’s war
    – makes up his own words

    It’s war by the junior high prom committee…or even worse, by a university faculty committee.

    Kinetic Military Operaion. Could there be anything more humiliating?

    • tranquil.night says:

      Winning the Future.

      Oh, and I don’t know why anyone’s bothering to talk about the relevant need for a Syrian or broader Arab policy. Any conventional arguments we can make, for or against, anything right now completely belies the reality of the Obama Doctrine.

    • BigOil says:

      The Obama Doctrine can be summed up in one word – chaos.

    • proreason says:

      Mark Levin has the best formulation so far.

      He says Obamy jumped in the Libyan War in order to establish US subordination to the UN. That sounds spot on. I was close but Levin is closer.

      On the other hand, Levin supports the effort, which surprises me. He doesn’t seem to understand that nothing done by a person as fundamentally evil as the Moron can come to a good end. My view is that little lenin always has an ulterior motive. ALWAYS.

    • tranquil.night says:

      It’s difficult to even fully describe how catastrophic our policy has become.

      Not only has Obama taken every step possible to fan the flames of destabilization in the region, to the point of owning these mobs everybody knew weren’t friends, he’s also pretty much devastated any diplomatic – and alot of our military – credibility we had left there, increasing the danger our troops and this country face exponentially.

      The extra-sovereign, unconstitutional means by which he’s proceeded in acting on this affair solely through the UN is only the smelly icing on the cake to a whole batch of destruction of American security and interests.

      Regarding Levin’s position and this argument between Isolationism verse Neo-Con mass interventionism, it’s a false premise because neither side differentiates between allies, enemies, and neither advocates for a policy that’s essentially realistic.

      It’s my understanding that Levin’s belief when it came to the veritability of proceeding against Daffy (weeks before we did): he’s a murderer of innocent Americans, his government was an enemy of ours, it was greatly weakened, committing very visible warcrimes and there was a window of opportunity in the international theatre to launch a quick strike in our own interests, take him out, be done with it – no faux humanitarianism for people that likely won’t appreciate our aid humanely – and we could adjust our policy accordingly with whatever emerged.

      What I and others weren’t able or willing to predict fully in originally advocating some sort of operation is how our President would completely botch it with his personal ideological views. Duh, right?

      “With a thousand lies and a good disguise – hit ’em right between the eyes.” – The Offspring

      This road ends in Israel.

  6. untrainable says:

    If this “kinetic whatever-ya-wanna-call-it” thingy wasn’t putting OUR troops in mortal danger, it would be funny. They can’t even decide to agree on what they need to decide to agree on. May I suggest that the first thing you need to decide on is A FREAKIN’ GOAL YOU MORONS!!!

    This administration is a 5 year old who broke it’s mother’s antique lamp. Answering every question with constantly shrugging shoulders and making that uninteligible 3 sylable sound that means “I don’t know” but doesn’t form actual words. A few days ago they talked about getting out in “days not weeks”, today I heard that it would be a matter of weeks not months. How long until it’ll be months not years?

    I’d like to answer with that sound, but I can’t figure out how to spell it.

  7. canary says:

    Other countries have pulled out of Afghanistan without NATO telling them they couldn’t pull out. Obama who complains of being in 2 wars is saying NATO made him do it. Time for U.S. to recall not to throw their pearls to swine, and dust their feet and leave from those that hate them, and not just follow the U.S. always helps other countries based on the Christianity.

  8. canary says:

    Time for the quota law to be enforced in the U.S. military and not just jobs and schools.
    It’s called Obama’s social equality. It’s called rationing and spreading the military personal.

    Other countries have pulled out of Afghanistan without NATO telling them they couldn’t pull out. Obama who complains of being in 2 wars is saying NATO made him do it. Time for U.S. to recall not to throw their pearls to swine, and dust their feet and leave from those that hate them, and not just follow the U.S. always helps other countries based on the Christianity.

  9. artboyusa says:

    BARACK OBAMA, American Caesar, cries Havoc! and lets slip the dogs of liberal intervention!

    “Vice President Biden” announced the Marine guard on the bridge of the aircraft carrier USS Janet Reno.

    “Really? Hey, that’s my name too” said the vice president. “Good to meet you, sailor”.

    The president and his War Cabinet looked up from the map table and let out a collective groan, brief but plainly audible. Funny how often that happens when I walk into a room, thought Biden. “Hi folks” he said. “Sorry I’m late. Did I miss anything good?”

    “Well, now that we’re finally all here the briefing can begin” said the president, using his deep, serious, leader of the free world voice. “Admiral?”

    “Thank you, Mr President” said Admiral Lance “Buck” Killmaster. “As you know, ladies and gentlemen, this is Day 843 of Operation Helpful Fist, our short term, humanitarian initiative to help save the lives of half of the Libyan people by bombing the hell out of the other half and it looks like we may be finally nearing the vicinity of the outskirts of the approaches to the road leading to the lane just outside the pathway to the steps leading to the antechamber of the hallway outside the door that leads to the waiting room of…victory!”

    “Victory!” gasped SecDef Robert “Pearly” Gates. “What is it?”

    “It’s a new concept in American war making” announced SecState Hillary “Strap It On” Clinton. “The details are highly classified”.

    “Indeed, Madame Secretary” continued Admiral Killmaster.” We believe we have Ghaddaffi cornered at last and we’re preparing the air strikes to take him out…” (cut to scenes of busy sailors talking into microphones: ”Delta Blowfish Spirocete, you are cleared for launch”. Cut to scenes of planes leaving flight deck, accompanied by blaring soundtrack of mid 80s stadium rock, like Journey or Foreigner or suchlike crap – you get the idea).

    Obama sighed heavily. The last time Khadafy had been “cornered” it had been in a building with the Tripoli Museum of Fine Art on one side and a kindergarten for blind orphans on the other. That particular air strike hadn’t turned out so great…especially for the orphans. PR nightmare. “Are you sure this time, Admiral?”

    “Affirmative, Mr President! The CIA reports that their secret agent, codename ‘Cue Ball’, has a friend who knows a guy who says his cousin once worked part time for someone who says that this is probably maybe definitely the place!”

    “That’s 400% confirmation, Mr President!” enthused CIA boss Leon “Trotsky” Panetta.

    “Unless he got confused and its really someplace else” said Admiral Killmaster. “His memory is a little fuzzy. Anyway, once target Quaddafy is eliminated, we can move on to the next phase of our plan – Operation Imminent Humiliation”.

    “What’s that phase involve?” asked VP Joe “Special Needs” Biden.

    “Sir, Operation Imminent Humiliation, formerly Operation Sitting Duck, involves a multinational force of troops, sorry ‘peacekeepers’, who are 2.5% Malaysian, 2.5% Dutch and 95% American, being deployed to safeguard the humanitarian food aid that the local warlords are stealing in the chaotic aftermath of the revolution” briefed Admiral Killmaster “and us taking a few casualties and then a few more and then us then ramping up our presence and them then ramping up their attacks until finally we’re pinned down at the airport being sniped and mortared every day and then the guy from Hizbollah is ramming a truck full of Semtex through the checkpoint and driving it into the main barracks and then the president is standing at Dover Air Force Base looking all solemn as the flag draped coffins are unloaded…its standard procedure, sir. We’ve done it all before”.

    “And, by Allah, we can do it again! “ snapped the president, thumping the table with his little fist…

  10. JohnMG says:

    …..”But that would sound more like an actual war than a “kinetic military action” (KMA)…..”

    KMA=Kenyan Monkey Action

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