Oil moves to new highs for the day following news the U.S. will ask the UNSC to approve a...


Oil moves to new highs for the day following news the U.S. will ask the UNSC to approve a resolution authorizing a wide range of military options against Libya. The Obama administration now believes a no-fly zone by itself will be insufficient to save Benghazi from Gaddafi's forces.

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  • losbronces
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    This is a recipe for disaster. More millitary options--just say no.
    17 Mar 2011, 11:04 AM Reply Like
  • SA Editor Stephen Alpher
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    BO knows it will never get approved. Just a bit of CYA ...
    17 Mar 2011, 11:08 AM Reply Like
  • coloneldebugger
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    Huzzah huzzah for more nation building
    17 Mar 2011, 11:09 AM Reply Like
  • Tony Petroski
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    Reuters reported:

     

    "The Obama administration has called for an emergency meeting of the heads of state of the G-20 for next weekend in Copenhagen (Obama can't make it this weekend as he's in Rio). There they will form committees at symposia to come up with concrete actions that can be taken to resolve this crisis peacefully."
    17 Mar 2011, 11:11 AM Reply Like
  • davidingeorgia
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    I'm surprised at the choice of locations for that meeting. I doubt it's warm enough yet in Copenhagen to hit the golf course.
    17 Mar 2011, 11:24 AM Reply Like
  • Duude
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    OK! We get it. You want to give the illusion you tried. Enough! Next.
    17 Mar 2011, 11:12 AM Reply Like
  • TeresaE
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    "no options are off the table" Obama, last week.

     

    No-fly alone won't work - Obama this week.

     

    So, if history is to be my guide, we should be announcing plans to invade within a couple weeks.

     

    One more undeclared war, one more undeclared trillion and thousands more wounded and dead children.

     

    We Americans should be outraged. Of course that would require "we" Americans to get a clue and open our eyes. We won't though, American Idol just started and Dancing with the Stars begins again this week.
    17 Mar 2011, 11:13 AM Reply Like
  • Tack
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    This is nothing more than Obama realizing that he has to look tough, as he foolishly and publicly said "Ghaddafi must go" and has looked insipid ever since. There's utterly no justification for the U.S. to intervene militarily in Libyan internal affairs, no matter how messy, unless some compelling U.S. national interest is at stake. Sorry, "saving face" for Obama doesn't qualify, nor does doing it "for the people."

     

    No such colonial-like action would/will be viewed favorably by Arab nations, nor would the consequences, foreseen or otherwise, likely be favorable for the American economy.
    17 Mar 2011, 11:14 AM Reply Like
  • User 353732
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    In Libya, as in much of the ME, there are only 3 groups that matter: tyrants, thugs and terrorists. There is periodic gangwarfare( for control of wealth and power) that sometimes escalates to civil war amongst these 3 groups. At present its the tyrants against thugs and terrorists in Libya.

     

    Replacing a tyrant with a coalition of thugs and terrorists does nothing for the liberty and security of ordinary Libyans or for reducing geo-strategic risk.

     

    There are no mass spontaneous self sustaining democracy movements in the ME.
    It takes a couple of decades and often a couple of generations to replace despotism and the rule of men and women by participative democracy and the rule of law as well as patient external support and resources.
    Unless the West is prepared to make a long and heroic investment in Libya, a no-fly edict is massive self indulgence and a cruel hoax.

     

    The American War of Independence took many patient years(of which the violent part was a brief culmination) and entailed substantial external moral, material and military support.
    17 Mar 2011, 11:22 AM Reply Like
  • Bozerdog
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    $200 oil, stand by
    17 Mar 2011, 11:52 AM Reply Like
  • John A Shulli
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    By the time everybody at the UNSC gets their ducks in line,the G man's forces will have crushed the rebellion.
    There will be finger pointing etc flying back and forth across the Western Powers,but in the end the West will look weak,especially Europe and Obama will be a one term President................
    17 Mar 2011, 11:54 AM Reply Like
  • Duude
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    "By the time everybody at the UNSC gets their ducks in line,the G man's forces will have crushed the rebellion."

     

    By the time everybody at the UN can agree on anything, Libya will have changed its name and the middle east will be out of oil.
    17 Mar 2011, 12:44 PM Reply Like
  • Poor Texan
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    And in yesterday's headlines "Clinton tries to distance herself from Obama". She doesn't want anything to do with this Libyan mess.
    17 Mar 2011, 01:05 PM Reply Like
  • Wilky
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    Have we not learned that we cannot fix these countries which have vastly different cultures from our own. All the western nations have gone through their own rebellions and civil wars without interference from outside sources. It's time to let all these Arab nations sort out their own problems and keep our bloody noses out to stop them getting bloodied further. It may take scores of years, but so what? In the meantime we must manufacture far more motor car engines and power plants that are fueled by Natural Gas. We have more of that commodity here than anywhere else. This is what can turn the balance of world trade and put America back in the top slot, being self sufficient energy wise. In the meantime, the different middle eastern religeous factions will be so busy fighting each other that they will not have time to bother with us.
    17 Mar 2011, 01:34 PM Reply Like
  • Tack
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    You've just violated the first rule of "do-gooder-ism."
    17 Mar 2011, 01:40 PM Reply Like
  • John A Shulli
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    You have my thumbs up and also pull the US Military out of Iraq and Afghanistan.
    The American People are tired after ten years of War and if you don't believe go to Dover Air Force Base in Dover De. That's where all American KIA's from Irag and Afghanistan are returned to America and their loving families.
    Enough is enough...............
    17 Mar 2011, 01:52 PM Reply Like
  • Poor Texan
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    The American symbol is the eagle, not the ostrich.
    17 Mar 2011, 01:56 PM Reply Like
  • Tack
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    Tex:

     

    That eagle was and is about the protection of the United States and its citizens, not a bunch of adventurous, politically-correct do-gooder-ism and "nation-building" claptrap in third-world countries.
    17 Mar 2011, 02:00 PM Reply Like
  • Poor Texan
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    Sure. And let's just sit back and wait for the next 9/11. Oh wait, it can't happen here.
    17 Mar 2011, 02:22 PM Reply Like
  • Tack
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    Tex:

     

    You better read up.

     

    Libya is not Egypt, or even Tunisia. It's basically disparate tribes, some of which are Islamic activists and others plain thugs. There is no organized democratic opposition to Ghaddafi.

     

    If the U.S. in their usual half-baked way deposes Ghaddafi, there's a reasonable chance that they get the next Iran-like situation, left unattended. We'd have to occupy the place, lose more American soldiers and incur the wrath of other Arab nations, all for nothing.

     

    Ghddafi may not be lovable, but he's past the terrorism-sponsorship days and he serves our national interests better than an unruly mob, as un-politically-correct as that may be.

     

    We have to stop our stupid political activism.
    17 Mar 2011, 02:34 PM Reply Like
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