It’s been three weeks since President Obama ordered American intervention in Libya, and the early hope that outside involvement would be quick and cheap doesn’t seem to be panning out, according to Stephen Walt, Professor of International Affairs at the Harvard University’s John F.
Nation of Islam Min. Louis Farrakhan said the United States is a hypocrite for its current military action against Libya.Calling Col. Muammar Qaddafi "brother leader," Farrakhan said the embattled Libyan dictator has been a friend to him.
It went almost unnoticed in major media this year, but we just passed the eight-year anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Most commentators now refer to the U.S. fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, but the U.S. has occasional military operations in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia as well.
Airstrikes by American forces continued for a second night in Libya. Over the weekend British forces targeted Qaddafi’s compound in Tripoli, but today the chief of the UK Defence Staff said Qaddafi himself was “absolutely not” a target.
Muammar Qaddafi called last night into a radio station in Benghazi to threaten people. Then today his regime said it would instituting a cease fire. The UN resolution that passed on Thursday to allow military action in Libya will do more to shape the conflict in the coming days.
Earlier today, Qaddafi’s forces continued their attacks on the rebel held city of Benghazi, which has a population of one million. According to news reports the bombings have targeted the Benghazi airport and other strategic locations.