Daily Archives: March 23, 2011

Libyan Coalition Falling Apart While The Obama’s Party On

As if we need any further proof of the ineptness of Barack Obama sitting at the top of our country, is ill-advised attack on Libya, after dawdling away for weeks as Libyan rebels were decimated by the forces of Libyan leader, Moammar Gadhafi, a report from the UK Daily Times tells us much of what our own Blamestream Media does not.

Who’s in charge? Germans pull forces out of NATO as Libyan coalition falls apart

Of note at the beginning of the article,

• Tensions with Britain as Gates rebukes UK government over suggestion Gaddafi could be assassinated
• French propose a new political ‘committee’ to oversee operations
• Germany pulls equipment out of NATO coalition over disagreement over campaign’s direction
• Italians accuse French of backing NATO in exchange for oil contracts
• No-fly zone called into question after first wave of strikes ‘neutralises’ Libyan military machine
• U.K. ministers say war could last ‘30 years’
• Italy to ‘take back control’ of bases used by allies unless NATO leadership put in charge of the mission
• Russians tell U.S. to stop bombing in order to protect civilians – calls bombing a ‘crusade’

ABC News soft shoes the situation with U.S. Ready to Hand Over Libya Lead, But Who Will Take It? leaving out all of the mentions of the deepening divide over the unrest on future leadership of the action.

The Arab league, countries like Venezuela, China, Russia and Iran have all criticized the largely U.S. led attacks in Libya while such notable liberals as Rep. Dennis Kucinich and staunch anti-war protester Ralph Nader indicate Obama should be impeached over launching such an attack without first consulting congress for support.

Germany does not want oversight of the “no-fly zone” over Libya to be led by NATO. NATO secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that the organization would only “help enforce” the no-fly zone, not lead it. France wants a “political steering committee” formed to lead the enforcement of the “no-fly zone” while Italy says it will not join the coalition if France were to lead it.

Already, “Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi had expressed his displeasure were France to get the nod to lead and had even threatened to deprive the coalition forces use of the facilities at the bases in Italy” while UK and American officials dicker back and forth over whether or not target Gadhafi for assassination. The Tripoli Post

On the homefront, several Democrats and Republicans aren’t satisfied with a letter sent them by Obama after the attack commenced explaining the why and the so called plans.

James Carafano of the New York Post asks, “What’s our plan?” regarding the lack of clarity expressed to the nation and congress on just what Obama’s intentions are in this action.

Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner (R-Ohio), has sent a strongly worded letter to Obama expressing his displeasure with Obama’s bypassing congress and criticizing his handling of this 3-day old war saying,

“I and many other members of the House of Representatives are troubled that U.S. military resources were committed to war without clearly defining for the American people, the Congress and our troops what the mission in Libya is and what America’s role is in achieving that mission.

“In fact, the limited, sometimes contradictory, case made to the American people by members of your administration has left some fundamental questions about our engagement unanswered.”

In the meantime, bickering amongst the allies continues with “France arguing against giving the U.S. led NATO political control over an operation in an Arab country, while Turkey calls for limits to any alliance involvement,” while V.P. Biden tries to shore up crumbling support amongst Arab Nations.

Within hours of the attack being launched, many were predicting this would end up an all-American conflict and the more it falls apart so early on the more looks like it will be.

As former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State during George W. Bush’s first term, Colin Powell once said, “you break it, you own it.”

But no worries. As this “clusterf*ck” continues unraveling, Barack and Michelle Obama remain in South America toasting the high life of royalty and enjoying themselves being treated with undeserved reverence.

Is it 2012 yet?

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‘Hanoi’ Jane Fonda Dis-invited From Speaking Engagement

73 year-old Jane Fonda, a name that causes many Veterans, especially of the Vietnam War much angst, has been dis-invited from a speaking engagement she had accepted HERE. She was to speak New Hampshire Women’s Leadership Summit scheduled for June 10 at Nashua Community College, but due to several Veteran’s expressing outrage at the invitation, college president Lucille Jordan “dis-invited” the aging actress.

Dr. Annabel Beerel, founder of the summit wrote,

“In recent days, we have heard voices in our community expressing moving objections to the selection of our main keynote speaker. While the summit encourages public discourse and diverse opinions, we do not wish to cause pain to our veterans. In addition to the many outstanding presenters and panels scheduled, we are working on engaging a new keynote (speaker) for the conference.”

Air Force Veteran Roland Petersen, 72 and one of the Veterans who opposed the invitation said,

“I’m delighted. We accomplished our goal. I wanted the publicity because I don’t want anybody in the country considering honoring her.”

Fonda, who traveled to North Vietnam in 1972, while were still engaged with them, spoke against the US effort in assisting South Vietnam, had her photograph taken where she gleefully smiled sitting on an anti-aircraft gun used to shoot down American aircraft and was well known for her setting up “coffee-shops” outside of U.S. Military installations to encourage to desert the Military.

Although she claims to have apologized, she has never apologized to the hundreds of thousands of Veterans she offended and demoralized. She has offered only hollow words of “regret” for the photo having been taken.

As a Vietnam Veteran myself, I too am pleased that the Nashua Community College saw fit to place America’s Veteran’s over this traitor’s invitation. Fonda has never regretted her complicity in prolonging the conflict and costing many more lives to be lost, American and Vietnamese both.

Although many who never served do not share our views and feel she should be forgiven, one cannot be forgiven until they express regret for such actions as she took. Many Americans say they hold no grudge and don’t see what the big deal is.

The big deal is, it isn’t up to America to forgive her actions, it’s up to Vietnam Veterans, the ones she besmirched and she hasn’t asked us yet.

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Vancouver Mayor, Council Members ‘Irked’ Over Public Records Request

The ongoing saga of Vancouver City Council versus the citizens of Vancouver was elevated up a few notches with a request made under Washington Public Records Law.

The Zero Reports;

“Members of the Vancouver City Council, six of them the subject of a public records request for months of email correspondence, lamented the wide net cast by the request and the cost of the request to the city at a council meeting Monday.”

“Mitch Copp of Vancouver filed two public disclosure requests with the city earlier this year. The first, filed in January, asks for all of Mayor Tim Leavitt and Councilman Jack Burkman’s email correspondence from June 1 to Jan. 11. The second, filed in March, asks for email correspondence for council members Larry Smith, Jeanne Harris, Pat Campbell and Bart Hansen.”

“The number of documents we’re talking about can number in the tens of thousands, and every one of those documents has to be read by somebody to determine whether it’s disclosable or not,” Vancouver City Manager Eric Holmes said. “We will be responsible to those to fulfill our responsibility under the statute, but it is a pretty substantial burden on our staff resources.”

Leavitt, still licking his chops over successfully modifying citizens speaking rights before the ruling class said, “It’s going to cause a use of city dollars and resources we could otherwise be putting out on the streets in the form of police officers and firefighters.”

This from the same Mayor who doesn’t have a problem hanging the albatross of the Columbia River Crossing Project, including Portland’s financially failing Loot Rail around future generations necks.

Perhaps he shouldn’t have lied to voters on opposing tolls to be elected Mayor.

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