It's days like this.. after hearing a ton of explosions a day before the day to pop your firework cherry, that I read stuff like this and just don't feel like going to any BBQ's..
Google Earth is being used as a guidance system for aiming mortars by rebel forces in Libya.My god, what the fuck. Maybe they should teach them how to throw a knife 400 feet into the heart of Gaddafi loyalist..
An engineer – Ahmed Eyzert who has since been killed in the fighting - worked out how to drop mortar shells on enemy positions using a combination of images and data from the internet and a French mortar ranging table.
The system has been refined, with rebel scouts using binoculars and laptops now pinpointing the military machinery of Gaddafi’s forces.
But it is not just Google Earth that’s been helping them. The rebels say the computer game Call of Duty has taught them vital tactics
What's next, we'll make sure that if you kill 3 Gaddafi soldiers, you can call in a UAV? Wait, that is way less far removed from what is actually the case there. But to that end, I really hope every rebel is killed and Gaddafi regains control of his country...
Wait, I can't support him. Gaddafi is a resource nationalist so he's pretty bad when it comes down to it.
Well shit, you either support Gaddafi or your support neoliberalism. Talk about stuck between a rock and a hard place. How about I just hope everyone involved dies though that could be a problem given that Libya has the highest life expectancy in Africa.
Correction - Had. Cause it's clear in that it doesn't anymore. Isn't that right, Obama?
WASHINGTON — President Obama rejected the views of top lawyers at the Pentagon and the Justice Department when he decided that he had the legal authority to continue American military participation in the air war in Libya without Congressional authorization, according to officials familiar with internal administration deliberations.If you have a strong stomach... well, don't, don't click on any of these videos cause then you'll see what Obama's Libya is like now a days.. You can plainly see that Obama is a war criminal and these clips just show what our President is supporting. This is his initiative. He is wholly and personally responsible for it.
Jeh C. Johnson, the Pentagon general counsel, and Caroline D. Krass, the acting head of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, had told the White House that they believed that the United States military’s activities in the NATO-led air war amounted to “hostilities.” Under the War Powers Resolution, that would have required Mr. Obama to terminate or scale back the mission after May 20.
But Mr. Obama decided instead to adopt the legal analysis of several other senior members of his legal team — including the White House counsel, Robert Bauer, and the State Department legal adviser, Harold H. Koh — who argued that the United States military’s activities fell short of “hostilities.” Under that view, Mr. Obama needed no permission from Congress to continue the mission unchanged.
Presidents have the legal authority to override the legal conclusions of the Office of Legal Counsel and to act in a manner that is contrary to its advice, but it is extraordinarily rare for that to happen. Under normal circumstances, the office’s interpretation of the law is legally binding on the executive branch.
Chances are the outcome of all this will be Gaddafi is probably going to lose. And you're probably wondering why everyone thinks the rebels are going to win instead of there being an awkward stalemate.. There's a few reasons.
- Long run NATO stands a good chance of popping Muamar (not even necessarily deliberately)
- The rebels are generally advancing at this stage
- The rebels have air cover&surveillance whereas the loyalists are subject to harrassment from the air by NATO
- The rebels are growing stronger and more organized whereas the loyalists are not
- Eventually Gaddafi is going to run out of armor and artillery. At which is giving him his current advantage.
In fact, Gaddafi's best hope is probably in hopes that Greece collapses first. But even then it's probably just a matter of time.
"The way I like to put it is, from our standpoint at the Pentagon, we're involved in a limited kinetic operation," says Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Nobel Peace Prize winner Barack H. Obama has consistently used the same locution.Sometimes I look back and remember how everyone I talked to about this was just assuming that this was going to be a No Fly Zone. Oh man, innocents lost, I suppose.