Operation ODYSSEY DAWN

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  1. Bullet

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    Today, US and Allied forces are once again called into battle to stop oppression, defend the weak, and bring justice to a troubled world.

    As I type this, brave men and women, perhaps some who in a time before perused this site in the start of their journey into our armed forces, once again answer that call. My heart swells with pride that I once was associated with such an outstanding group of people, willing to risk it all so others may know security and freedom.

    My prayers go out tonight to our brave men and women, fighting today in the North African theater; may they come home again soon victorious to the cheers and thanks of a once again grateful nation.

    God Speed and God Bless...
     
  2. aglages

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    Amen.
    Well said.
     
  3. grtkidmom

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    DS home for college (NROTC) he cancelled plans and has been glued to TV all day. No NCAA basketball for us. CNN all day. Very proud to see his Navy pride and support of his military brothers and sisters.
     
  4. luckymacy

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    good hunting.
     
  5. jake s

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    God bless those in this fight. I'm afraid the current government in Libya under Qaddafi wont go down quietly.

    as a side note-- who picks the names for these types of operations? First OIF gets changed to Operation New Dawn, now the Libyian intervention is named Operation Odyssey Dawn. Apparently dawn is the new military operation buzzword at the Pentagon?
     
  6. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    If you want real news, don't watch CNN. I've heard Anderson Coopers head has a larger gravitational pull than the Supermoon.

    Anderson Cooper is very good at covering Anderson Cooper though.
     
  7. patentesq

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    Yoh! I'm a Republican and a huge Anderson Cooper fan!! Fox News is a turn-off for me (too opinionated).
     
  8. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    I'm not an Anderson Cooper fan because I've seen him in action. He lies. He builds scenarios off screen to present a different image from reality. He's not credible in my book....but that's because I've seen/heard his week before the editing filter.

    He's about one thing, promoting himself. The truth comes 3 or 4 down on the list.

    Horrible journalist.
     
  9. patentesq

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    C'mon . . . tell us what you REALLY think!
     
  10. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    I'm generally cool with CNN, FoxNews, BBC, MSNBC (at times), and anyone else...I know that Bill O'Reilly, Glenn Beck, Rachel Maddow are not reporters, they are talking heads, and that's fine. I listen for the conversation, not for the quality of news.

    But Anderson Cooper, parades around like a journalist, and sure he is, but he has some serious issues that are not discussed. I had some respect for him two years ago. I lost all respect for him last year in the month of June. I'll leave it at that.
     
  11. patentesq

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    :smile::smile:
     
  12. DocDadGoat

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    The name?

    Jake I am with you...where did they come up with the name for this mission?

    God Speed and let's get this over with.
     
  13. usnabgo08

    usnabgo08 USNA 2008/BGO

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    I am sure the name originated with some planner on USAFRICOM staff.
     
  14. Lynpar

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    Thanks bullet for posting a thought provoking comment.

    And for the fluff, LITS, Richard Engol (spelling?) is the reporter I want to hear from. You know the "name 5 people you would want to invite to dinner " question? He is on my list for sure! I would really like to here his opinion and not just his reporting. Maybe Rachel could have him on! Sorry she is a favorite too. We can lively dinner table table political discussions for we are a house divided.:cool:
     
  15. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Oh no political conversations around the dinner table!

    Five people I would invite to dinner....who are alive? I know one would be a professional hockey player from Nashville...
     
  16. Luigi59

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    Yes, absolutely, now that we are involved, the safe return of all of those engaged in combat is paramount.

    However.....

    I'm still to trying to understand why (Nobel Peace Prize winner) President Barack Obama is sending our forces into combat over Libya against Qadaffi/Gadaffi/Khadaffi.

    He's not suspected of possessing WMDs. He hasn't invaded another country. He hasn't attacked the USA. He isn't really a serious threat to our security at all. Our "national interests" are not threatened, he only has 2% of the oil.

    This is a Libyan civil war, let it be fought by the Libyans, in Libya. Yes, we should be supplying arms and support to the rebel opposition, but there is no need to put Americans in jeopardy over this regime change (attempt).

    Qadaffi/Gadaffi/Khadaffi a big blowhard, but so is Kim Jong Il and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (and Castro for that matter) yet we are not invading NK or Iran (or Cuba).

    (And this IS about regime change, as it cannot end any other way but with Qadaffi/Gadaffi/Khadaffi leaving, dead or alive.)

    If it's a humanitarian attempt to stop the bloodshed of the Government forces killing civilians, then why aren't we involved in the civil war in Rwanda, where the blood of over 1 MILLION stain the ground? The deadliest conflict in the world since WWII, yet most of us have never heard of this genocide.

    Truth be told, we should be paying more attention and devoting military resources to what is happening in Bahrain (basically the same thing that is happening in Libya, the Gov is killing the pro-democracy rebels) as we DO have national interests there, yet it seems as if Bahrain is being pushed way back to page D23 by the Libyan conflict.
     
  17. aglages

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    True...but the Arab League is not happy. You wouldn't want to upset them would you?
    God Speed and God Bless....

    "The Arab League asked the U.N. Security Council to impose a no-fly zone over Libya to protect the rebels, increasing pressure on the U.S. and other Western powers to take action that most have expressed deep reservations about."
     
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    I think we are in Libya, in large part, BECAUSE of Rwanda. Hillary's hubby regrets having not acted in that conflict.
     
  19. BR2011

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    I think we're doing it for two reasons.

    1. If the rebels win and we helped them out then we have a new friend. Maybe they don't have a lot right now but its always good to have friends in your back pocket.

    2. The recent trend of revolts are throwing out governments that we don't necessarily like. If we show that we are willing to drop bombs for these movements then perhaps other rebel groups (Iran?) will start this same kind of thing.
     
  20. MemberLG

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    Does it matter why to soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines?

    Short answer is no, as they obey all lawful orders.

    I totally agree with you that we should not be involved in Libya.

    If you want my guess on why we are getting involved

    - Supporting UN, President Obama can't have it both ways while wanting the UN to be more active and at the same time not supporting a UN resolution

    - Little bit of ego, we have to get involved in everything

    - Misunderstanding of the Arab League's request. My guess is that the Arab League didn't actually want UN to impose a no fly zone. Asking for one knowing that UN usually takes forever made it win-win proposition for them. Except they also miscalculated UN response. We are doing what you asked us to do, but they don't like it because since we are actully doing what they asked us to do.

    - Making it up for Egypt. Can't been seen as a weak President that won't do anything.
     
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