3/19 LIBYA: Why US AFRICOM Command in 'Operation Odyssey Dawn' War? part 2

: Ghaddafi's 'crime', despite shameful appeasement in recent years, was opposing AFRICOM & U.S. agenda

AFRICOM Commander on Commencement of U.S. Military Strikes in Libya
By General Carter Ham Commander, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) STUTTGART, Germany,
Mar 19, 2011 — At the direction of President Obama and Secretary of Defense Gates, U.S. Africa Command is commanding U.S. military support for the international enforcement of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973 to protect the Libyan people... joins international partners seeking to halt the aggression in Libya.

AFRICOM and U.S. Hidden Battle For Africa
Accra Daily Mail, March 30, 2010

Obama’s mission in Africa
16 July 2009 Ann Talbot
Last week, President Barack Obama flew from the G8 summit in Italy to Accra, the capital of Ghana in West Africa, for his first visit to Sub-Saharan Africa since becoming president. “I have the blood of Africa within me,” he told his Ghanaian audience, “and my family’s history reflects the tragedies and triumphs of the larger African story.”
The value of Obama’s family background was recognised early in his bid for the presidency by Zbigniew Brzezinski, the national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter and a key figure in the formulation of Obama’s foreign policy. In August 2007, Brzezinski declared that Obama “recognizes that the challenge is a new face, a new sense of direction, a new definition of America’s role in the world.”
Brzezinski's Black Africa and the U.S. Black Movement, Presidential Review Memorandum NSCM/46
Objective of our policy toward Black Africa is to prevent social upheavals which could radically change the political situation throughout the area. The success or failure of our policy in the region depends on the solution international and internal issues whose importance of the United States is on the increase.
posted in http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/215

Obama shifted the emphasis of the “war on terror” from Iraq to Afghanistan and Pakistan. But the place of Africa in US global strategy remains essentially the same... any American administration must make US domination of Africa a priority....re-establish US hegemony in the face of increasing competition... Trade between Africa and China was worth $10 billion in 2001. By 2008 it was $107 billion. Ghana is valuable both for its modest supply of oil and because it may offer a military staging post to give the US reach over the whole West African region... Obama will have to rely more than ever on US military might to secure its control of Africa—both through the supply of military equipment to its clients and through direct intervention. No African country has yet offered to host a base for the new US African command, Africom. The purpose of Africom bases is to provide facilities that will allow the rapid deployment of highly mobile troops. Djibouti provided a valuable base for this kind of action in Somalia. US special forces from Djibouti took part in the Ethiopian invasion of Somalia in 2006 to support the Transitional Federal Government, plunging the country into another round of civil war. Obama recently increased military aid to the US-backed regime in Somalia. A network of such bases would enable the US to intervene at will under the cover of proxy forces, while cynically claiming that Africans are sorting out their own problems along the lines of Obama’s rhetoric in Ghana.
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2009/jul2009/pers-j16.shtml http://www.uruknet.de/?s1=1&p=56041&s2=16

Obama administration plans forceful policy to end conflicts in Africa
US president to emphasise democratic goals for African countries during speech to Ghanaian parliament

AFRICOM: Pentagon's First Direct Military Intervention In Africa
by Rick Rozoff

AFRICOM: Africa Command Poised to Help Continent’s Security, Stability
By Steven Donald Smith Special to American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2007 – The U.S. military’s new Africa Command will be dissimilar to other unified commands in a variety of ways, not least of which is its primary charge to cultivate security, a top Defense Department official said here yesterday. “Instead of saying warfighting is the primary mission of the command, we are flipping the equation around, and we are saying that the primary mission of this command is to focus on building security capacities in Africa so that Africans can manage their own security challenges,” Theresa Whelan, deputy assistant secretary of defense for African affairs, said. Speaking at a panel discussion at the American Enterprise Institute, Whelan also worked to allay fears and dispel rumors that AFRICOM represents an American militarization of Africa and a possible usurpation of power from African leaders. She said critics are wrong in their assertion that AFRICOM is an attempt to further expand the war on terror in Africa, secure oil reserves, or hedge against Chinese influence there...Whelan said AFRICOM’s mission could help bring the peace and security that common Africans deserve. AFRICOM will work with other U.S. government agencies to make this a reality. The command will have many civilians from these agencies integrated into its work force. Whelan said the command will consist of people from the State, Treasury, and Commerce departments, along will personnel from the U.S. Agency for International Development. ....
“We see ourselves in the command as a supporting element of U.S. foreign policy. And through this single command for the 53 countries of the African continent, we believe that a holistic unified approach will make us a more effective supporting player in the system,” Whelan said. She emphasized that the bulk of U.S. operations in Africa over the past several years have been focused on [NGO 'humanitarian' soft power] non-security measures. Nine billion dollars has gone to non-security programs in recent years, and only $250 million to security programs. The allocation of U.S. money to humanitarian efforts is unlikely to change, she said, but AFRICOM will work to create a secure environment where the money will be better used.
Former Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz also spoke at the event. He said Sub-Saharan Africa lagged behind the recent economic boom in many nations in Asia and Latin America mainly because of lack of security. “I think the fundamental American interest is in seeing Sub-Saharan Africa turn the corner and stop being the hopeless continent that “The Economist” described in a cover story four or five years ago, and begin to be a continent of hope,” he said. “The reluctance of the U.S. military to even think about Africa is much more of a problem than the danger of so-called militarization.”

Libya says cease-fire holds, invites foreign observers

Germany rejects Libya ceasefire monitoring role

5 Security Council 'abstentions' Russia, Germany, Brazil, China, India, represent about 75% of world population
NATO: Libya Military Intervention: Model For North Africa
3/17/11 http://af.reuters.com/article/egyptNews/idAFLDE72G0VM20110317
"We stand ready to assist if there is a need and a legal perspective. In the longer term, we also must think how NATO can assist North African countries in their transition to democracy."
NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said "When I look at central and eastern Europe I'm extremely optimistic about the future we can achieve in North Africa,"

"Our decisions have been driven by Qadhafi's refusal to respect the rights of his people and the potential for mass murder of innocent civilians."

Libya TV reports airstrikes killed 48 civilians in Tripoli

Jets pound civilian targets in Tripoli
Libyan state television released video footage of an aerial attack launched by Western planes against civilian structures in the capital Tripoli, Reuters said Saturday.
Speaking to reporters in Brazil, US President Barack Obama said Washington is united with its international partners on the need to take action.“Our consensus was strong and our resolve is clear. The people of Libya must be protected, and in the absence of an immediate end to violence against civilians, our coalition is prepared to act and act with urgency,”

"Operation Odyssey Dawn"
American military forces launched their first missiles against 20 Libyan air and missile defense targets "to deny the Libyan regime from using force against its own people" the Pentagon said.
Secretary of State Clinton said “we will stand with the people of Libya and we will not waver [in our effort] to protect them.”...She also said she fears Libyan "unspeakable atrocities." The action marks the largest international military intervention [sic] since the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

"Operation Enduring Freedom"
US war and occupation has liberated over 1,500,000 Iraqis from life since March 19, 2003

"Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it."

"the US or allies might also send military personnel to advise and train the rebels"
U.N. Approves Airstrikes to Halt Attacks by Qaddafi Forces
The United Nations Security Council approved a measure on Thursday authorizing “all necessary measures” to protect Libyan civilians from harm at the hands of forces loyal to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi...The United States, originally leery of military involvement in Libya, became a strong proponent of the resolution, particularly after the Arab League approved a no-fly zone, something that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called a “game changer”...“We want to support the opposition who are standing against the dictator...This is a man who has no conscience and will threaten anyone in his way.”...that Colonel Qaddafi would do “terrible things” to Libya and its neighbors. “It’s just in his nature. There are some creatures that are like that.”
The Qaddafi government responded to the potential UN action with threats: “Any foreign military act against Libya will expose all air and maritime traffic in the Mediterranean Sea to danger, civilian and military facilities will become targets of Libya’s counterattack”...The Associated Press, brought to Ajdabiya by the Qaddafi government, reported hundreds of troops with tanks and artillery waiting outside Ajdabiya’s western gates. Truckloads of ammunition and equipment also were arriving....In an interview with a French television station, Colonel Qaddafi’s son, Seif al-Islam el-Qaddafi, told the rebels: “We don’t want to kill, we don’t want revenge. But you, traitors, mercenaries, have committed crimes against the Libyan people: leave, go in peace to Egypt.”

'private CIA intel"- what the 'news' will not tell
The Libyan War of 2011
By George Friedman
The Libyan war has begun. The long-term goal, unspoken but well understood, is regime change — displacing the government of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and replacing it with a new regime built around the rebels. The mission is clearer than the strategy, and that strategy can’t be figured out from the first moves. The strategy might be the imposition of a no-fly zone, the imposition of a no-fly zone and attacks against Libya’s command-and-control centers, or these two plus direct ground attacks on Gadhafi’s forces. These could also be combined with an invasion and occupation of Libya. The question, therefore, is not the mission but the strategy to be pursued. How far is the coalition, or at least some of its members, prepared to go to effect regime change and manage the consequences following regime change? How many resources are they prepared to provide and how long are they prepared to fight? It should be remembered that in Iraq and Afghanistan the occupation became the heart of the war, and regime change was merely the opening act. It is possible that the coalition partners haven’t decided on the strategy yet, or may not be in agreement. Let’s therefore consider the first phases of the war, regardless of how far they are prepared to go in pursuit of the mission.
Like previous wars since 1991, this war began with a very public buildup in which the coalition partners negotiated the basic framework, sought international support and authorization from multinational organizations and mobilized forces. This was done quite publicly because the cost of secrecy (time and possible failure) was not worth what was to be gained: surprise. Surprise matters when the enemy can mobilize resistance. Gadhafi was trapped and has limited military capabilities, so secrecy was unnecessary.
While this was going on and before final decisions were made, special operations forces were inserted in Libya on two missions. First, to make contact with insurgent forces to prepare them for coming events, create channels of communications and logistics and create a post-war political framework. The second purpose was to identify targets for attack and conduct reconnaissance of those targets that provided as up-to-date information as possible. This, combined with air and space reconnaissance, served as the foundations of the war....
The choice here is to maintain air operations for an extended period of time without clear results, or invade. This raises the question of whose troops would invade. Egypt appears ready but there is long animosity between the two countries, and its actions might not be viewed as liberation. The Europeans could do so. It is difficult to imagine Obama adopting a third war in Muslim world as his own. This is where the coalition is really tested...

* Egypt arming Libya rebels, Wall Street Journal reports
Egypt’s military has begun shipping arms over the border to Libyan rebels with Washington’s knowledge, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. Egyptian weapons transfers began “a few days ago” and are continuing, according to a senior US official. “There’s no formal US policy or acknowledgment this is going on but this is something we have knowledge of”.There was no official Egyptian confirmation of the shipments, the newspaper said. The United States is a major ally and supplier of military aid to Egypt.“We know the Egyptian military council is helping us, but they can’t be visible,” said Hani Souflakis, a Libyan businessman in Cairo who has been acting as a rebel liaison with the Egyptian government since the uprising began, according to the newspaper. “Weapons are getting through,” said Souflakis. “Americans have given the green light to the Egyptians to help. The Americans don’t want to be involved in a direct level, but the Egyptians wouldn’t do it if they didn’t get the green light.”

...Obama administration officials said allied action against Libya had to include the participation of Arab countries and were insistent that the red, green and black of Arab nations’ flags be prominent in military operations. As of Thursday night, the United States said it had commitments from both Qatar and the United Arab Emirates to contribute fighter jets to the effort, and Jordan had also agreed to take part, although to what extent was not yet clear by Friday... * but Egypt — the leading military power of the Arab world — was concerned air strikes could endanger some million Egyptians who live in Libya... and Egypt’s transitional military government remains fragile....

well-trained defenseless 'rebels'
Rebels seize Libyan state-owned gasoline tanker
A Libyan state-owned gasoline tanker has been seized by rebels in a move traders said is likely to act as a further deterrent to trading with the state, They said the tanker was hijacked while carrying gasoline to the country for the National Oil Corporation."It is likely to deter further dealing in fuels," said a trader with a European refiner on Friday.

Imperialist war is humanitarian 'patrol' to 'protect civilians'
Allied Warplanes Patrol Libyan Skies
Voice Of America March 19, 2011
Gadhafi sent urgent messages to world leaders Saturday, including U.S. President Barack Obama and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. In a letter read to reporters by a government spokesman in Tripoli, Gadhafi noted the rebels had seized control of Benghazi, and asked rhetorically how Obama would "behave" if there was a similar situation in the United States.
Addressing the U.N. secretary-general, Gadhafi said the Security Council's resolution on Libya is "invalid," and predicted that any Western action against Libya would be seen as "clear aggression." Separately, Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa held a news conference from Tripoli on Saturday. He said his government is abiding by the cease-fire it announced earlier.

Washington’s UN War Resolution on Libya
March 19, 2011 By Stephen Lendman
Resolution 1973 authorizes “shock and awe,” entailing mass destruction and “collateral damage,” assuring heavy civilian casualties...on bogus “humanitarian” grounds....America’s specialty waging illegal wars, currently against Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, plus proxy regional wars: Saudi troops, at Obama’s behest, invading Bahrain guns blazing, murdering civilians, arresting opposition leaders and activists, denying wounded men and women medical treatment, occupying the country, and instituting police state control.
Gaddafi responded to belligerence. He didn’t instigate it. International law supports him. [http://sjlendman.blogspot.com/2011/03/pack-journalism-promotes-war-on-libya.html] Knowing the threat, Gaddafi said his government will comply with all UN resolution terms. Foreign Minister Koussa confirmed it, citing “strange and unreasonable” terms, noting signs Western belligerence is planned, joined by two or more Arab states (perhaps including Saudi Arabia and Bahrain), saying the resolution violates Libyan sovereignty and UN Charter authority, prohibiting outside intervention....US warships, hundreds of marines, and surveillance aircraft are deployed nearby, planning on intervention, including boots on the ground short of occupation...
Al Jazeera sounds more like BBC and America’s media, providing managed, not real news...It’s Libyan coverage has been especially one-sided, backing pro-Western interests. In Arabic and English, it’s featured National Front for the Salvation of Libya officials with ties to the CIA and Saudi Arabia, pretending they’re credible sources. Moreover, they gave Muhammad as-Senussi air time, Libya’s so-called heir to the Senussi Crown, calling for international community allies to oust Gaddafi and “stop the ongoing ‘massacre,’ ” they instigated...distorting facts for Western interests, aiding its drive to war.

3/17/11 Channel Al - Arabiya reported Libyan army is planning to stop fighting Sunday for 24 hours to allow rebels to surrender and hand over their weapons

Clinton said Friday the United States was not impressed by words of cease-fire from the Libyan government

Libya accuses rebels of breaching truce
Libyan Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Kaaim early Saturday accused rebels of breaching Tripoli’s self-declared ceasefire. He earlier had said the Libyan military will not attack Benghazi, which has a one-million population. “Armed militias have begun firing a few minutes ago in the town of Al Magrun,” about 80 kilometers south of Benghazi, he told reporters. “The bombing is continuing.” Kaaim said the government forces were “not taking any action against them because we don’t want to violate the ceasefire.”... the rebel military command in a statement read on rebel radio urged its fighters to mobilise swiftly to defend western access routes to Benghazi. The rebels said they were coordinating with Western nations on targets for air strikes against Qadhafi’s forces, as a coalition of countries geared up to launch attacks under the Security Council resolution...
Washington accused the Qadhafi regime of violating the truce.

As though US CIA death squads, torturering killers are separate from US Intel, a new phenomenon, and as though most of the world doesn't know it and its proxy dictators well
Arab Uprisings Cast Harsh Light on U.S. Intelligence Ties
...with the Sept. 11 came a new group of enemies. In recent years, the C.I.A. has been closely tethered to Colonel Qaddafi’s intelligence service as it hunts for information about operatives of Al Qaeda in North Africa. Now, the uprising against the Libyan leader, along with the revolts that drove out the presidents of Tunisia and Egypt and threaten other rulers, have cast a harsh light on the cozy relationships between America’s intelligence agencies and autocratic, often brutal Arab governments. The C.I.A. faces questions about whether such ties blinded it to undercurrents of dissent and may now damage America’s standing with emerging democratic governments...Dennis C. Blair, the former top American intelligence official, said that while spy services in places like Libya and Egypt were cooperating with the United States against Al Qaeda, they were “aggressively and sometimes brutally suppressing dissent in their own countries.”
“Not only did these intelligence relationships interfere with our ability to understand opposition forces, but in the eyes of the citizens of those countries they often identified the United States with the tools of oppression,” Michael Scheuer, who spent two decades at the C.I.A. in counterterrorism operations, said it was absurd to believe that such work could be done without the help of unpalatable allies...“Foreign policy and intelligence doesn’t have anything to do with values,” Mr. Scheuer said. “It has to do with material interests and security. We would be blind in most of the world if we only dealt with Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.”

2 do imperialist tango: peaceloving dems & warmongering repubs.
Kerry warns U.S. against failing to act on Libya
Kerry said it would be of "enormous national consequence" if the United States could use the demands for change in the Middle East to "affirm the value of democracy and deal a sharp blow to the forces of radicalism.We have to recognize the extraordinary opportunity staring us in the face. We also have to recognize the danger of failing to seize it. How we respond today, right now, will in my judgment shape our strategic position in the entire Middle East..."

Lugar: No-fly zone requires Congressional declaration of war
3/17/11 http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/
The top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee argued against implementing a no-fly zone over Libya on Thursday, and also said Congress must pass a formal declaration of war if the Obama administration decides to take that step "But given the costs of a no-fly zone, the risks that our involvement would escalate, the uncertain reception in the Arab street of any American intervention in an Arab country, the potential for civilian deaths, the unpredictability of the endgame in a civil war, the strains on our military, and other factors, I am doubtful that U.S. interests would be served by imposing a no-fly zone over Libya." Lugar pointed to the fact that 145,000 American troops are currently deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and that the annual U.S. budget deficit is already around $1.5 trillion.

Congressional Budget Office: Obama budget understates deficits by $2.3 trillion

Large US Opposition to Military Intervention in Libya
CNN/Opinion Research 74%, Pew Research 65%, Fox News poll 65%

snapshots of other deadly US global world war stabilization

spontaneous local 'Arab revolutions'
General Petraeus 'offered training to Yemeni forces'
General Petraeus, President Ali Abdullah Saleh and the Yemeni military agreed to increase the tempo of cooperation and training at a meeting in Sana'a in August 2009. Petraeus also facilitated the provision to Yemen's military of 25 M-113 armored personnel vehicles from Jordan. The general sent the head of the US military's special operations command centre to Sana'a to discuss their counter-terror cooperation in detail and he advised on training opportunities with US allies in the region, the wikileaks cables reveal. President Saleh, Yemeni Air Force (YAF) Commander Muhammad Saleh al-Ahmar and Republican Guard commander Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh all responded positively to Petraeus' suggestion that Yemen's military take advantage of training opportunities at the King Abdullah Special Operations training centre in Amman and the al-Dhafra Air Warfare centre in the United Arab Emirates.

Yemeni security forces kill at least 50 anti-government protesters and wounding 240 in Sana'a the capital
The United States, which supports Saleh’s government with hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid condemned the violence. Instead, Saleh declared a 30-day nationwide state of emergency that formally gave his security forces a freer hand to confront demonstrators. The declaration bars citizens from carrying and using weapons

Yemeni president expresses ‘regret’ over remarks
“President Saleh called assistant to the president, John Brennan, this morning to convey his regret for misunderstandings related to his public remarks that Israel and the United States have engaged in destabilizing activities in Arab countries,” the White House said in a statement. President Saleh also said he is firmly committed to meaningful political reform in Yemen and he is reaching out to opposition elements in an effort to achieve reform through a democratic, inclusive, and peaceful process." ...
Saleh is a key US anti-terror ally for Washington...But Tuesday in an address at Sanaa University, Saleh said “the events from Tunisia to Oman are a storm orchestrated from Tel Aviv under Washington’s supervision.””What is taking place on Yemen’s streets is just a copycat attempt,” he said. The protesters are “led from outside”

U.S. Drone Strike Kills at least 80 in Pakistan
Urdu TV channel PTV reported 12 missiles were fired at different targets in the afore-said area...the death toll has kept rising as more information comes in from the remote area with inadequate communication facilities Residents said they had seen four drones hovering over the area before and after the attack. They said two aircraft fired missiles. Thursday's drone strike is the 23rd in Pakistan since 2011 and one of the most deadly strikes in the country...at least 187 people have reportedly been killed in such strikes since this year.
US Predator drone strike 'kills at least 40' in Pakistani North Waziristan region
March 17, 2011 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-12769209
Most of the most of the dead were tribal people - elders, local traders and members of the tribal police attending a tribal meeting It is the second drone strike in the area in as many days. On Wednesday a missile strike killed five suspected militants in Datta Khel. US drone attacks have escalated in the region since President Barack Obama took office. The US does not routinely confirm it has launched drone operations, but analysts say only American forces have the capacity to deploy such aircraft in the region. The Pakistani authorities deny secretly supporting drone attacks, which cause great anger. The latest deaths come amid rising anti-US anger after CIA contractor Raymond Davis was acquitted of murder and freed.

3/18/11 Thousands of Pakistanis rally against US
The protesters chanted 'Friends of the US are traitors', 'Down with America', 'Hang Zardari', unpopular President Asif Ali Zardari who has called for ties with the United States to be maintained. Some 3,000 people rallied outside Islamabad's Red Mosque against the release of US national Raymond Davis...More than 1,500 people rallied in the eastern cultural hub of Lahore burning US flags and chanting ..

US postpones bilateral contacts until Davis freed
By Anwar Iqbal, http://www.dawn.com/2011/02/08/us-postpones-bilateral-contacts-till-davi...
The United States put all bilateral contacts with Pakistan on hold until Islamabad releases an employee of its consulate in Lahore, arrested for shooting down two men, diplomatic sources told Dawn.... that the dispute could affect three major events planned this year: President Asif Ali Zardari’s visit to Washington, the next round of US-Pakistan strategic dialogue and trilateral talks involving Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United States...a Pakistan diplomatic source said all sort of interactions could be affected, including US assistance to Pakistan, one of the largest non-Nato recipients of American military aid...even effect a $7.5-billion, five-year civilian aid package “They tell us they’ll interact with us once this issue is resolved,”

Did US permit Saudi Arabia to invade Bahrain in return for Saudi paying "blood money" for release of CIA agent in Pakistan?
`Blood Money Paid By Saudi Arabia`
By Anwar Iqbal March 18, 2011 "Dawn" -WASHINGTON: Saudi Arabia is believed to have arranged the blood money that allowed CIA contractor Raymond Davis to go home after nearly two months in a Lahore jail, diplomatic sources told Dawn...the Saudis joined the efforts to resolve the dispute when it became obvious Davis`s continued incarceration could do an irreparable damage to US-Pakistan relations. The Saudis agreed to pay “at least for now”, to get Davis released, sources said, but did not clarify if and how would the Saudis be reimbursed....The New York Times, however, quoted US officials as saying the money would be paid by members of the Pakistan government, and then reimbursed by the Obama administration.