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Libya War

Why No Libya Policy Is the Best Policy

Dennis Jett | Posted 06.05.2011 | World
Dennis Jett

Despite what the critics say, America is not the land of the inconsistent and the home of the hypocrites. In today's world, the best policy is sometimes not to have a policy.

Today's 10 Plagues

Rabbi Samuel April | Posted 06.05.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Samuel April

The Biblical story of Passover warns us to preserve our planet, its environment and its inhabitants. The eternal message of the Festival of Freedom is peace, liberty and freedom for all.

Air Force Spending $4 Million A Day For Libya War

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 06.05.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Air Force secretary says the service has been spending about $4 million a day to keep 50 fighter jets and nearly 40 support aircraft...

Charlie Wilson's War on Libya

Sam Koppelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sam Koppelman

How do we make the endgame work in Libya? I'm only 15. This is the first time I've had the chance to watch a war unfold as an aware and politically active person.

Conyers: Congress Should Bar U.S. Ground Troops From Libya

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.04.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

It's far from inconceivable that we could find ourselves at a fork in the road in the future, as many do not believe the goal of forced regime change in Libya can be accomplished without ground troops.

Arms to Libya? Bad Idea

Ashwin Madia | Posted 06.04.2011 | World
Ashwin Madia

Introduce arms into Libya now, and we're almost guaranteed that they'll be used against any peace keeping force sent in after current operations end, and Gaddafi is gone. And what then?

Leaving Obama

Andy Ostroy | Posted 06.04.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

Former "Obamacon" defections could be devastating to Obama's reelection bid. His approval rating continues to be stuck in the low-mid 40s. And half of those surveyed don't want him reelected.

Gaddafi Wants It To Stop

Posted 06.03.2011 | World

By Maria Golovnina TRIPOLI (Reuters) - A Libyan minister told Greece's prime minister on Sunday that Tripoli wanted fighting to end, while a Turk...

Are We Prolonging Libya's Civil War?

The Guardian | Simon Jenkins | Posted 06.02.2011 | World

Welcome to 21st-century war, liberal style. You do not fix an objective and use main force to get it. You nuance words, bomb a little, half assassinat...

How Many Should Die to Send Gaddafi to the Hague?

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.01.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

As long as the value of getting Gaddafi to the Hague is not infinite, then there is some number of Libyan soldiers whose killing would not be worth sending Gaddafi to the Hague.

Andrea Stone

Lockerbie Widow: Libyan Defector Shouldn't Get Immunity

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrea Stone | Posted 05.31.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- The wife of a Justice Department special agent killed in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 said she doesn’t believe officials in B...

War's Brutal Tactics

Rachel Newcomb | Posted 05.31.2011 | World
Rachel Newcomb

Al-Obeidy's visible panic, her frantic words and gestures before the security forces hauled her away, are potent reminders of the dangers women face in wartime.

Regarding the War in Libya

Rep. Dennis Kucinich | Posted 05.31.2011 | Politics
Rep. Dennis Kucinich

Today we are in a constitutional crisis because our chief executive has assumed for himself powers to wage war which are neither expressly defined nor implicit in the Constitution, nor permitted under the War Powers Act.

Libya: Was Armed Revolt and Western Intervention the Only Option?

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.31.2011 | World
Stephen Zunes

Just because the incumbent regime may be evil and resistance to the regime is just, its replacement could end up being worse -- a possibility greatly enhanced if power is seized through force of arms.

Adding It All Up

Rep. Bruce Braley | Posted 05.30.2011 | Politics
Rep. Bruce Braley

Anyone who believes the actions we take in Libya are unrelated to the budget battle would probably believe that federal funding of National Public Radio caused our $1.3 trillion deficit. The facts just don't add up.

Is Libya A Just War?

Frank G. Kirkpatrick | Posted 05.30.2011 | Religion
Frank G. Kirkpatrick

President Obama is calling our involvement in Libya an intervention, not a war, and appealing to a loosely defined but historically influential theory known as just war.

Why War Is Never Really Rational

Scott Atran | Posted 05.29.2011 | Politics
Scott Atran

The inconsistency between war as a moral imperative versus political policy runs way wider and deeper than the Libya conflict. It goes to the heart of human nature and the character of society. For despite the popular delusion that war is primarily a matter of political strategy and pragmatic execution, it almost never is. Squaring the circle of war and politics, morality and material interests, is not just Obama's or America's quandary, it is a species-wide dilemma that results from wanting to believe that we humans are fundamentally rational beings, when in fact David Hume was right to say that "Reason is, and ought only to be, the slave of the passions."

Contrary to the President, Removal of Gaddafi Is the Military Objective

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.29.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

The most important content of presidential speeches is often what they don't say. Here are some things that President Obama didn't say about Libya in his speech Monday night.

'Carnage Beyond Imagination' In Misrata

Reuters/The Huffington Post | Hamid Ould Ahmed | Posted 05.29.2011 | World

(Reuters) - Rebels in the Libyan city of Misrata said they were under intense attack on Tuesday by forces loyal to leader Muammar Gaddafi, and they ...

Rebels Battle Outside Gaddafi Hometown

AP/The Huffington Post | RYAN LUCAS | Posted 05.29.2011 | World

BIN JAWWAD, Libya -- Libyan government tanks and rockets blunted a rebel assault on Moammar Gadhafi's hometown of Sirte on Tuesday and drove back the ...

Two Undeclared Wars Dr. King Would Have Disapproved Of

Lillian Daniel | Posted 05.28.2011 | Religion
Lillian Daniel

We are pushing forward into a troubled country, supplying weapons and bombing, all without a serious public conversation about the strategy, reason and not to mention the morality of this course of action.

Pope Urges Dialogue In Libya, Not 'Use Of Arms'

AP | Posted 05.28.2011 | Religion

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday urged diplomats to work for immediate dialogue aimed at suspending the use of arms by all sides in Libya. ...

Tripoli Battle Looms As Libya Rebels Advance Through Gaddafi Hometown

Reuters/The Huffington Post | Posted 05.27.2011 | World

(Reuters) - Outside the impenetrable walls of Muammar Gaddafi's compound in Tripoli, fuel shortages and endless queues are compounding an atmosphere o...

An Honest Speech to the American People

Aaron David Miller | Posted 05.27.2011 | Politics
Aaron David Miller

Having written my fair share of speeches for secretaries of state and contributed to presidential ones, I'd love to hear President Obama give this speech tomorrow night.

Is Gaddafi Using Human Props?

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 05.26.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration says the Libyan government's claims of civilians killed in airstrikes are unproven. (SCROLL DOWN FOR UPDATES...