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House Presses Obama on Libya

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Posted on Jun 4, 2011
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An American destroyer launches a Tomahawk missile against Gadhafi forces as part of Operation Odyssey Dawn in March.

Though it stopped short of demanding that President Obama pull American forces out of the NATO operation against Libya immediately, the House passed a resolution that gives him 14 days to argue for continued military involvement in the effort to remove Moammar Gadhafi from power. The U.S. has been part of the mission since March 19, with leaders initially guaranteeing success within days or weeks. After more than two months, Congress has become impatient. In addition to the Republican-sponsored resolution that passed on a 268-145 vote Friday, there was a second, more drastic measure offered by Rep. Dennis Kucinich that called for total military withdrawal from Libyan operations; the Kucinich resolution failed 148-265. With roughly 60 percent of the House in favor of reining in Obama’s ability to wage war against Gadhafi, it seems Congress has finally had more war than it can stomach. It’s a wonder it took this long.  —KDG

The New York Times:

The House of Representatives voted Friday to rebuke President Obama for continuing to maintain an American role in NATO operations in Libya without the express consent of Congress, and directed the administration to provide detailed information about the cost and objectives of the American role in the conflict.

The resolution, which passed 268 to 145, was offered by Speaker John A. Boehner, Republican of Ohio, to siphon off swelling Republican support for a measure sponsored by Representative Dennis J. Kucinich, an Ohio Democrat, which calls for a withdrawal of the United States military from the air and naval operations in and around Libya.

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By frecklefever, June 5, 2011 at 12:28 pm Link to this comment

CONGRESS BEING A LEGISLATIVE BODY OUGHT TO FOLLOW ITS OWN
PRIVILEGED CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT…DECLARING WAR…PASSING
RESOLUTIONS FOR WAR IS A RUSE AND SHOULD BE FOUND
UNCONSTITUTIONAL…THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH HAS USURPED(Stolen)
THIS PRIVILEGE OF CONGRESS…AND CONGRESS HAS BEEN A CO
CONSPIRATOR IN THAT THIEFT….

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By UreKismet, June 5, 2011 at 5:19 am Link to this comment

Trying to count the number of outright lies in the first post I lost count after 6.
Fact before the western financed armed insurrection, Libya enjoyed the highest per capita income of any African state.  As well as free dental and medical care Libyan citizens have enjoyed the right to free tertiary education, including at foreign universities and colleges - a reality which the Libyan administration must regret now since the Libyan graduates of amerikan universities especially harvard and University of Chicago were brainwashed into the same nasty anti-human neo-liberal economic theories that have gutted most ‘western’ nations.
Indeed it is those USuk trained technocrats many of whom held senior positions in the legitimate Libyan government, who have slunk to Bengazi to join up with the racist tribalists who want to deny citizenship to Libya’s sub Saharan African citizens because ‘they are too black’. 

These Arab supremacists loathe Ghaddafi because not only did he extend civil rights to all Libyans he is a Berber himself, not an Arab.  For the self styled Arab aristos of Benghazi, that is unconscionable.
Most ordinary Libyans, who incidentally mostly support the administration founded by Ghadaffi, are puzzled as to why amerika sided with the sub-Saharan africans in Sudan when some Arabs there pulled the same stunt (remember George Clooney went on and on about this) but now side against black African citizens of Libya.

Do you think it is because of the Libyan Petroleum Act passedin 1955 (when Ghaddafi was still at school)that prohibits trans-national oil companies from bidding for prospecting licenses.  Only 40% of Libya has been prospected chiefly because of that law which is intended to ensure that the Libyans don’t have to wrassle with corporations much bigger than them.
Libyan oil is ‘sweet’ just about pure pertroleum unlike most other viable reserves, Libyan oil can just about be pumped straight into a car’s gas tank. It requires little refining and the odds of other larger as yet undiscovered fields is high.

amerikans and english would be far better occupied taking on the Bahraini monarchy whose security forces have been raiding girls schools since the commencement of the Arab Spring’.  They have been raping these children as part of a ‘mad dog’ style response designed to terrify Bahrainis who marched in the streets asking for some say in their repressive Wahabist dictatorship disguised as a ‘monarchy’.

This plan cooked up by the Bahraini ‘leadership’ under the tutelage of amerikan state dept officials, and implemented using english trained Saudi Arabian special forces and snipers (who have been blowing the heads off random citizens caught walking down the street)is designed to scare citizens by showing that ‘nothing is off the table’ when it comes to ensuring the Bahraini citizens don’t peacefully request access to political power.

Read about the attaccks on women here http://www.counterpunch.org/patrick06022011.html and the english training of the snipers here:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/28/uk-training-saudi-troops

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By diamond, June 4, 2011 at 3:44 pm Link to this comment

I’m sure the mothers of Libya will thank Dennis very much. They don’t want their children tortured to death or shot down in the streets but it seems the US Congress does. If Gaddafi is allowed to stay in power he will unleash a holocaust in Libya. He is the Milosevic of the 21st century. And his fellow dictators will be strengthened if Gaddafi stays in power and more 13 year old boys in Syria will have their necks broken and their genitals cut off by Assad’s monstrous secret service thugs. Not that anything that bunch of sellouts and sleazebags in the Congress does would surprise me one bit but once again politics has made strange bedfellows - John Boehner, Glenn Greenwald and Dennis Kucinich, all tucked up in bed together.

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