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U.S. Drone Stages First Strike in Libya

Posted on Apr 23, 2011
U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Erik Gudmundson

An American Predator was used for the first time in Libya on Saturday, striking at the forces of Moammar Gadhafi two days after President Obama authorized the use of aerial drones in the bloody civil war there.

The strikes indicate a renewed presence for the U.S. military, which had halted combat sorties soon after handing over the operation to NATO last month. Gadhafi’s forces withdrew from the western city of Misrata after almost two months of heavy fighting, though there is some debate as to whether they had been driven out by rebels or ordered out as part of a new strategy. —KDG

ABC News

The Pentagon has confirmed that the United States Air Force has carried out its first armed Predator drone strike in Libya, two days after President Obama gave his approval.

“The first Predator strike in Libya occurred today in the early afternoon local time. Per common practice we are not providing any details,” said Pentagon spokesman Captain Darryn James.

On Thursday President Obama gave approval for two armed American Predator drones to operate over Libya, according to Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

The U.S. has flown armed drones in Libya for the past several weeks, but they have been used only for surveillance. They will now be used to strike Gadhafi’s forces as part of the civilian protection mission.

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By Virginia777, April 25, 2011 at 1:56 pm Link to this comment


“Drones have to be classed as a new low in human affairs.”

Yes, but this attitude is elsewhere. There is an alarming dip in ethics in our country. The digital age has brought with it a diminishment in caring about our fellow human beings.

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By gerard, April 24, 2011 at 6:29 pm Link to this comment

brewtus:  It’s only fair.  I quit beating up on kids smaller than me when I was in kindergarten.

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By gerard, April 24, 2011 at 4:23 pm Link to this comment

P.S.—Am I the only one who thinks that getting Obama to sign onto another Middle East war would be a sure-fire way to defeat him in 2012?

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By gerard, April 24, 2011 at 3:10 pm Link to this comment

It’s the weapons, Stupid!  If we don’t use them up, we can’t make more—and then where would the economy be?  It’s our GROSS national product.

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By brewtus, April 24, 2011 at 8:52 am Link to this comment
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gerard are you an idiot? i guess it would be a lot better to put our armed forces in danger rather than keep them safe as we can, what are you thinking?

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By steve babcock, April 24, 2011 at 7:05 am Link to this comment
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$13 trillion in debt and involved and unauthorized bombing of a sovereign nation.

The annointed one.  The great uniter is really a con man.

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By fearnotruth, April 24, 2011 at 2:54 am Link to this comment

4th open theatre of war, including Pakistan - Obama’s lemming legions are not
unlikely to realize the need for an honest Primary challenger - the anit-war
movement is effectively quashed until the next Republican puppet POTUS is
installed to quell the rabble on the Right

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By katsteevns, April 23, 2011 at 4:02 pm Link to this comment

By FRTothus, April 23 at 5:26 pm Link to this comment

How do we stop our government from doing these horrible
things just because it makes a few people rich?

Nonviolently, of course. We politely ask them to stop.
= Sit them down in front of a showing of “Roots”.
= Ask them to imagine their kids actually joining the military.
= Explain to them that people really do not want to live in Orwell’s 1984

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By drbhelthi, April 23, 2011 at 2:41 pm Link to this comment

Learning the secret of the banking industry super-rich, which was
discovered by one congressional investigation committee, but actively
covered up since its discovery, is a good start:

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By FRTothus, April 23, 2011 at 1:26 pm Link to this comment

How do we stop our government from doing these horrible
things just because it makes a few people rich?

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By glider, April 23, 2011 at 1:02 pm Link to this comment

Robotic warfare is being reclassified by Obama and the MIC as not war but rather as an Orwellian humanitarian intervention.  We are well on our way to Terminator land.  Good thing our leaders are so righteous.

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By gerard, April 23, 2011 at 11:51 am Link to this comment

I thought I posted a comment on this yesterday, but maybe not.  Anyway, here’s a repeat: 
  It never ceases to amaze me how cowardly war has become.  How anyone can regard modern warfare as heroic is beyond my imagination.
  Of course the invention of ever-increasingly destructive weaponry, dwarfing the power of “the enemy” to counter-act, is not a new symptom of cowardice.  Bombs dropped from overhead or fired from a distance destroy thousands at one blow, with relatively little danger to the actual dropper.
  But Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones) have got to be a step even lower than that. Aimed from thousands of miles away, guided with precision instrumentation
and in no way endangering the aimer, they kill massively and virtually prevent any defense, particularly when aimed at populations without similar technology. 
  Talk about “taking unfair advantage” of people! 
  Drones have to be classed as a new low in human affairs.

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By TDoff, April 22, 2011 at 3:56 pm Link to this comment

Geez, if Greenpeace just had warmer clothes and a nuke, they might have been able to delay oil drilling in the arctic.

‘Course then, their classification would have changed from ‘Activists’ to ‘Terrorists’.

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