March 20, 2011 |
PARIS - In diplomatic terms, international military action against Libya's leader went from the brainstorming stage to the shooting-at-tanks stage with stunning speed. Saturday's launch of U.S., British, and French air strikes with Arab backing and a United Nations mandate was not universally endorsed. And it's unclear whether it will be fast enough to do what its proponents want, to shore up rebel forces and oust Libya's leader Moammar Gadhafi. But the cascade of quick, weighty decisions getting there was unusual - just one of the unusual things about this dramatic operation.
October 24, 2011 |
TRIPOLI, Libya - Libya's interim rulers declared the country liberated Sunday after an eight-month civil war, launching the nation on what is meant to be a two-year transition to democracy. But they laid out plans with an Islamist tone that could rattle their Western backers. The joyful ceremony formally marking the end of Moammar Gadhafi's 42-year tyranny was also clouded by pressure from the leaders of the NATO campaign that helped secure victory to investigate whether Gadhafi, dragged wounded but alive out of a drainage ditch last week, was then executed by his captors.
March 19, 2011
Remarks released at 5:07 p.m. Saturday from Brazil: "Good afternoon, everybody. Today I authorized the Armed Forces of the United States to begin a limited military action in Libya in support of an international effort to protect Libyan civilians. That action has now begun. "In this effort, the United States is acting with a broad coalition that is committed to enforcing United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973, which calls for the protection of the Libyan people. That coalition met in Paris today to send a unified message, and it brings together many of our European and Arab partners.
October 21, 1986 |
Needing a good solid news peg for its latest peeve with the Reagan Administration, the press got it with the resignation of State Department spokesman Bernard Kalb. Where the press had been floundering around - and I mean floundering - trying to make a case against the Government in the so-called Libyan "disinformation" affair, it now had the Kalb resignation to go with in proving that the White House gang had "deliberately . . . intentionally . . . cynically lied" to the American people.
May 25, 2011 |
TRIPOLI, Libya - The Obama administration reached out Tuesday to the Libyan rebels and said Moammar Gadhafi would "inevitably" be forced from power as the U.S.-backed NATO coalition launched a withering bombardment on the Libyan leader's stronghold of Tripoli. The NATO air strikes struck in rapid succession shortly after midnight, setting off more than 20 explosions in the most intensive bombardment yet of the Libyan capital. Plumes of acrid-smelling smoke rose from an area around Gadhafi's sprawling Bab al-Aziziya compound in central Tripoli.
October 20, 2011 |
Kara Weipz cried Thursday at her Mount Laurel home when she saw the news report of ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's death. Once again, she was reminded of her 20-year-old brother, Rick Monetti, who was killed in the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland - a 1988 terrorist attack later tied to Gadhafi. "I truly believe [Gadhafi's] suffering and pain will endure forever," said Weipz, 38. "He will always have to answer to someone higher than me and receive punishment for the acts he's committed.
March 29, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama on Monday declared the U.S.-led military intervention in Libya a success, saying that it had averted "a massacre" by longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi and that NATO's takeover of the multilateral mission this week means the United States can shift to a support role with less risk and cost. "Tonight, I can report that we have stopped Gadhafi's deadly advance," Obama said, speaking from the National Defense University in Washington. The address was designed to respond to criticism that he had not sufficiently explained the goals of the first major military involvement he has initiated abroad.
March 25, 2011 |
Had President Obama forcefully ostracized Moammar Gadhafi in the very first hours of the crisis in Libya, there might be no need for the no-fly zone in place there now, former National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley said Thursday in an exclusive interview. "Remember, in the opening days, the rebels were taking town after town, and Gadhafi was largely confined to Tripoli," Hadley said, speaking on the sidelines of a World Affairs Council reception. The council was holding a daylong conference at the Union League on the rapid changes in the Middle East.
August 14, 2011 |
BENGHAZI, Libya - Omar el-Keish wanted to make a strong statement when he headed out with his wife and daughter for a revolutionary rally in the de facto rebel capital. Keish decided to bring along a flag. It wasn't the ubiquitous Libyan rebel flag that flutters at every downtown rally. He chose the American flag - the Stars and Stripes - on a long, heavy pole. The 57-year-old airline pilot waved the big fluttering fabric with both arms, and rally-goers smiled and flashed the V for victory sign at the sight of Old Glory.
April 24, 1986
What a sad day when the gleam across the waves flickers at its source, then dies as The Inquirer joins the dark abyss of Rambo America. The editor calls for American support of the killing of innocent Libyan people. Or does he label this accidental collateral damage? Does the editor forget his own condemnation of Israeli attacks on Palestine Liberation Organization targets, specifically the long-range raid on PLO headquarters in Tunisia? Does he forget his own opinions about the anatomy of terrorism and how it escalates or how the U.S. has failed to address the root causes?