10/25/11 Before USNATO Libya Campaign, part 1

BEFORE...

Voice Of America explains why US war for the African continent is named "the Arab Spring"
New Libya More Arab, Less African?
8/25/11 http://www.voanews.com/english/news/africa/decapua-libya-au-arab-laegue-...
The Arab League Thursday recognized Libya’s rebel Transitional National Council (TNC) as the country’s legitimate government... Na’eem Jeenah, executive director of the Afro Middle East Center in Johannesburg, said the question remains who the Transitional National Council represents....Gadhafi proposed that all countries on the African continent form a United States of Africa....Libya was a major financial backer of the AU...Now his days appear numbered “...the importance Gadhafi gave to the African Union and the African continent will be reduced...there will be much more emphasis on being part of the Arab League, Arab world, developing stronger relations with other Arab states and the west"...

Pentagon's new Africa command raises suspicions about U.S. motives
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2008/09/29/v-print/53234/the-pentagons-new-af...
NAIROBI, Kenya — The U.S. Africa Command, the Pentagon's first effort to unite its counterterrorism, training and humanitarian operations on the continent, launches Wednesday amid questions at home about its mission and deep suspicions in Africa about its intentions.

Before US-NATO Invasion, Libya Had the Highest Human Development Index, Lowest Infant Mortality, Highest Life Expectancy In Africa
By Mary Lynn Cramer. 04 May, 2011, http://www.countercurrents.org/cramer040511.htm
Before the USNATO and “rebels” began their murderous attacks on the Libyans and their government, according to UN data people In Libya had the highest gross domestic product (GDP) at purchasing power parity (PPP) per capita of all of Africa ... Libya had the highest Human Development Index of any country on the continent. In Libya, a lower percentage of people lived below the poverty line than in the Netherlands....Libya ranked 61st, a lower incarceration rate than the Czech republic...the lowest infant mortality rate in Africa...the highest life expectancy in Africa, less than 5% undernourishment... no taxes on food. (from “World Cheers as the CIA Plunges Libya into Chaos” by David Rothscum, Axis of Logic, 2/27/11)

Libya's led other African nations to also refuse to 'host' US Africa Command, AFRICOM, one of the six regional commands U.S. imperialism has divided 'its' world into.
HQ still in Stuttgart, Germany.
"We've got a big image problem down there... Public opinion is really against getting into bed with US. They just don't trust US" State Dept. official
Guardian, June 25, 2007, courtesy of Bill Blum, Libya and the World We Live in

7/11/07 U.S. Embassy Tripoli, U.S. Department of State
GROWTH OF RESOURCE NATIONALISM IN LIBYA
http://wikileaks.org/cable/2007/11/07TRIPOLI967.html
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American, French & British Military Land In Libya to Assist Anti-government forces
2/25/11 DEBKAfile
Israel's DEBKAfile military sources report hundreds of US, British and French military advisers arrived in Cyrenaica, Libya’s eastern breakaway province. The advisers, including intelligence officers, were dropped from warships and missile boats at the coastal towns of Benghazi and Tobruk This is the first time American and European military intervention in North Africa since the January 'Jasmine Revolution' in Tunisia.

NATO Special Forces Illegally on the ground to Aid Rebel Attack On Sirte
Defence sources confirmed NATO Special Forces and Special Forces from Qatar, France and eastern European states. have been on the ground in Libya for weeks,
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/world/2011/0826/1224303000900.htmlNa...

“If we tried to overthrow Gaddafi by force our coalition would splinter. We would likely have to put US troops on the ground to accomplish that mission or risk killing many civilians from the air.”
Obama, March 29, 2011

President Obama Authorizes Covert Help for Libyan Rebels
3/30/11 http://abcnews.go.com/International/president-obama-authorizes-covert-li...
President Obama signed a secret presidential finding authorizing covert operations to aid the effort in Libya where rebels are in full retreat despite air support from U.S. and allied forces, a source tells ABC News....Despite the allied muscle, the rebels are being chased by Gadhafi's forces. The presidential finding discusses a number of ways to help the opposition to Moammar Gadhafi, authorizing some assistance now and setting up a legal framework for more robust activities in the future. "I will reiterate what the President said yesterday – no decision has been made about providing arms to the opposition or to any group in Libya. We're not ruling it out or ruling it in," the statement said. The finding does not direct covert operatives to provide arms to the rebels immediately, although it does prepare for such a contingency and other contingencies should the president decide to go down that road in the future. The White House press office issued a statement saying it does not comment on intelligence matters...U.N. resolution 1973 authorizing airstrikes embargoes weapon shipments to Libya but Secretary of State Clinton suggested the embargo on weapons likely applies only to those sold to the government.

Libyan Rebel Commander of Free Libyan Army Is From Fairfax Va. USA
3/30/11 http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/libyan-rebel-general-fairfax-virginia/stor...

US adds WMD for good measure ...not 'drawing lessons from Iraq'
In hunt for Kadhafi US has crucial, low-profile role
8/26 http://news.yahoo.com/hunt-kadhafi-us-crucial-low-profile-role-141528552...
...Finding the fugitive strongman was an important priority for US..."It's a question of getting to him before he tries to form an insurgency against the new government," said Bruce Riedel, a former CIA officer and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. The US has a vast array of assets to bring to bear, including surveillance aircraft, eavesdropping by the National Security Agency [NSA], tips from defectors and CIA operatives on the ground, he said....But Thursday, the Pentagon and State Department insisted finding Kadhafi was not a priority citing the UN-backed mandate for the NATO air campaign that only calls for protecting Libyan civilians. "Neither the United States nor NATO is involved in this manhunt. It's a Libyan effort," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters. Drawing lessons from Iraq, Washington wants to avoid any appearance of heavy-handed intervention that would overshadow the rebels, experts said. "Any assistance on that (manhunt) would be behind the scenes..." said Frederic Wehrey, senior policy analyst at the RAND corporation... US military and intelligence services are also monitoring chemical weapons stockpiles...

Secret Assault on Terrorism Widens on Two Continents
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/15/world/15shadowwar.html?_r=1
"The attack offered a glimpse of the Obama administration’s shadow war... In roughly a dozen countries — from the deserts of North Africa, to the mountains of Pakistan, to former Soviet republics — the United States has significantly increased military and intelligence operations

U.S. 'leaks' its plans via strategic info soft power agents: UN, 'rebel' website, USAID/Soros Amnesty Int'l. and al jazeera
UN 'plan for post-Gaddafi Libya' leaked
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2011/08/20118291127750603.htm...
A leaked document apparently detailing UN preparations for its role to deploy military observers and police officers to the North African country. The 10-page document, apparently written by special UN team led by Ian Martin, former British head of Amnesty International, was obtained and published by Inner City Press, UN watchdog website...
The UN is pushing for the creation of an interim government ahead of the polls. "If the stablisation of Tripoli after the collapse of the Gaddafi government becomes such a major challenge that the transitional authorities seek more robust international assistance, this is a task clearly beyond the capacity of the UN," the plan states. "In this situation, the only viable option to ensure a safe environment in Tripoli are the transitional authorities themselves, with the advice of those who are already assisting or advising them. "The Security Council's 'protection of civilians' mandate implemented by NATO forces does not end with the fall of the Gaddafi government, and there, NATO would continue to have some responsibilities."

Movin' On Up Shadow Warriors: SOFs
By Conn Hallinan
http://www.counterpunch.org/hallinan08182011.html
For decades the U.S. has waged clandestine war on virtually every continent on the globe, but, for the first time, high-ranking Special Operations Forces (SOF) officers are moving out of the shadows into the command mainstream...suggesting the U.S. is embarking on a military sea change to replace massive deployments, like Iraq and Afghanistan, with stealthy night raids, secret assassinations, and death-dealing drones. Its implications for civilian control of foreign policy promises to be profound.Early this month, Vice Adm. Robert Harward—a former commander of the SEALs—the Navy's elite SOF that recently killed al-Qaeda leader Osma bin Laden—was appointed deputy commander of the Central Command military region ... the Middle East and Central Asia. Another SEAL commander, Vice Adm. Joseph Kernan, took the number two spot in the Southern Command region, Latin America and the Caribbean.
The Obama Administration has been particularly enamored of SOFs, and, according to Karen DeYoung and Greg Jaffe of the Washington Post, is in the process of doubling the number of countries where such units are active from 60 to 120... in 60 percent of the world's nations: "We do a lot of traveling" U.S. Special Operations Command spokesman Col. Tim Nye said....
The U.S. has a long sordid history of supporting coups—at times engineering them...SOFs almost a parallel military. In 2002, Special Operations were given the right to create their own task forces, separate from military formations like Central and Southern Command. In 2011 they got the okay to control their own budgets, training and equipment... Adm. Eric Olson, former Special Operations commander, said at the Aspen Institute's Security Forum recently that having Special Forces in 120 countries "depends on our ability to not talk about it"... what the military most wanted was "to get back into the shadows."

USAFRICOM
U.S. AFRICOM General: We Won’t Help Libya’s Rebels (Unless We Do)
3/21/11 http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/03/u-s-general-we-wont-help-libyas-...

"before' plan for Libya - more below in "after" section
"and a seamless transition of control operations to US AFRICOM"
US AFRICOM general sees end to Libya NATO mission
10/3/11 http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/feedarticle/9876079

4/24/11 "The US is NATO – that’s the reality"
McCain on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

US NATO: Admiral Stavridis with Senator Lieberman: "We’re NATO. We’re not all that is NATO, but we’re at the heart of NATO. We’re most of NATO."

3/28/11 Obama to declare Libya operations under NATO's control, U.S. to keep 'limited' role
http://articles.nydailynews.com/2011-03-28/news/29375759_1_civilians-nat...

3/29/11 Adm. James Stavridis, chief of both NATO and U.S European Command [EUCOM] Opens Door to Libya Ground Troops
www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/03/nato-chief-opens-the-door-to-libya-grou...
The mantra, from President Obama on down, is that ground forces are totally ruled out for Libya. After all, the United Nations Security Council Resolution authorizing the war explicitly rules out any “occupation” forces....but “the possibility of a stabilization regime exists.”...Ben Rhodes, Obama’s deputy national security adviser for strategic communications, said "the U.S. has no plans, we’re not doing any planning to have any boots on the ground in any fashion.”

U.S. Admiral James G. Stavridis appointed NATO Supreme Commander
Brussels 5/13/09 http://en.sae.gr/?id=16559
The NATO Defense Planning Committee announcement appointing Adm Stavridis NATO Supreme Allied Commander comes after President Barack Obama approved his nomination in March for NATO chief and Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) ... like his predecessor, Adm Stavridis will also serve as commander of U.S. forces in Europe...Adm Stavridis
previously served as Commander of U.S. Southern Command.

NATO Partnership in Libya Serves as Model, Panetta Says
http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=65119 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/stopnato/message/52308

3/28/11 Obama; US has important strategic interest in Libya
The International Institute for Strategic Studies
http://www.iiss.org/publications/strategic-comments/past-issues/volume-1...
http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/03/28/remarks-president-address-nation-libya>
In an address on 28 March, Obama said the US has an important strategic interest in Libya, including preventing a regional humanitarian and refugee crisis that would destabilise fragile transitions in Egypt and Tunisia. American action would send a message of support to the 'Arab Awakening' movements...

Leading neocon Robert Kagan gives Obama speech a rave review
3/28/11 http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/post/in-obamas-speech-...
With his speech tonight, President Obama placed himself in a great tradition of American presidents who have understood America’s special role in the world. He thoroughly rejected the so-called realist approach, extolled American exceptionalism, spoke of universal values and insisted American power should be used, when appropriate, on behalf of those values. I was particularly pleased to see him place Libya in the context of the Arab Spring. While in isolation acting to defend the people of Libya against Moammar Gaddafi might not seem imperative, it is in the broader context of the Middle East that U.S. actions take on greater significance. Tonight the president began to place the United States on the right side of the unfolding history in the region.

Obama's Libya speech and 'wider' U.S. strategic interests
3/29/11 from Obama’s Remarks on Libya, http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/29/us/politics/29prexy-text.html
"If we tried to overthrow Gadhafi by force, our coalition would splinter. We would likely have to put U.S. troops on the ground to accomplish that mission, or risk killing many civilians from the air. The dangers faced by our men and women in uniform would be far greater. So would the costs, and our share of the responsibility for what comes next. To be blunt, we went down that road in Iraq. Thanks to the extraordinary sacrifices of our troops and the determination of our diplomats, we are hopeful about Iraq's future. But regime change there took eight years, thousands of American and Iraqi lives, and nearly a trillion dollars. That is not something we can afford to repeat in Libya."

US: "All transactions involving the TNC are authorized
http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/08/30/libyan_ntc_can_now_do...
"All transactions involving the TNC are authorized," new General License, signed Aug. 19. (U.S. still uses TNC though the rebel leadership council officially changed its name to NTC.)

US-NATO 'ARAB SPRING' AS IF LIBYA IS NOT AN AFRICAN NATION DIVIDE & CONQUER RACIST BLOODBATHS

Libya’s new rulers killing black people: African Union
http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/205516/20110829/libyan-gaddafi-rebels-tn...
The African Union (AU) will not recognize the Transitional national Council (TNC) of Libya as the legitimate government of that country because it is indiscriminately killing black Africans

Ghana should NOT recognize the rebels
http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/artikel.php?ID=217195
It has been 6 months since the intervention in Libya started under the premise of saving the Libyan people from Gaddafi said to be on the edge of Benghazi with the intention of massacring his people. At the time of the [US] intervention there was no evidence of this. In fact, his troops had marched all the way from Tripoli across the desert and put out protest without massacring people on their way to Benghazi. In fact there was another massacre ... a massacre by rebel “democracy lovers” of unarmed native Black Libyans,10-20 percent of the population.. ... Black Libyan soldiers sent to restore order who spoke the Libyan language and African immigrants ... under the façade they were 'foreign mercenaries'...the rebels have no integrity....The Sad thing is many people were killed by these so called “Democracy seekers”. This included in excess of 70 Chadian in one day. Turkish construction worker told the BBC “We had seventy to eighty people from Chad working for our company. They were massacred with pruning shears and axes, accused by the attackers of being Gaddafi’s troops. The Sudanese people were massacred. We saw it for ourselves.’ ” http://www.wsws.org/articles/2011/mar2011/rebe-m31.shtm

NATO Rebels Show off Israeli Made Weapon In Misrata
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHKdNNSxG_0&feature=related

Libyan rebel TNC will recognize Israel:
Libya's National Transitional Council is to recognize Israel diplomatically, and Israeli businessmen are arriving in Libya to establish future business activities with the "new government,"
http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=338157

Libya: dozens found dead at abandoned Tripoli hospital
The decaying bodies of up to 80 people have been found in Tripoli's Abu Salim trauma hospital
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/872...
The hospital had been cut off from health care workers for five days as rebel fighters seek to dislodge Gaddafi loyalists in the area of Abu Salim. Rescuers finally reaching the hospital late Thursday, finding 21 surviving patients among a macabre scene of dead bodies.

Black Libyans Victims Of Gaddafi Upheaval
10/28/11 http://newsone.com/world/jothomas/black-libyans-becoming-victims-of-gadd...
LIBYA–While the news on Libya is focused on the ouster of Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi, another narrative is being played out off the radar of the mainstream media... lynch mobs have been attacking Black Libyans, who largely inhabit the country’s south, because of their skin color and loyalty to Gaddafi.

African workers live in fear after Gaddafi overthrow
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/31/us-libya-africans-idUSTRE77U6O...
TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Nigerian Festus Prince said he took his family and ran after he saw a Libyan gang shoot his brother in the head for refusing to hand over money. His tale is just one of several told by Africans at a camp near Tripoli describing intimidation or outright violence as rebel forces fighting Muammar Gaddafi entered Tripoli...

U.S. STANDARD DIVIDE-CONQUER M.O.
"25 Jun 2005 ...US post-9/11 Strategy in Muslim World: Promote Sunni, Shiite, Arab -non-Arab Divides. Rand Corporation Study Conducted FOR US Army..."

3/14-3-16/2007 in Doha, Qatar, Rand report for the Pentagon ... Egypt's Revolution-Creative Destruction For A 'Greater Middle East' ...by "RAND National Security Research Division's Alternative Strategy Initiative: A Conference on Creative Use ... its goal was to highlight groundbreaking indigenous media ..." www.rand.org/pubs/conf_proceedings/CF242.html
discussed in F. William Engdahl's "Egypt's Revolution: Creative Destruction for a 'Greater Middle East"?, February 5, 2011, www.engdahl.oilgeopolitics.net.

"19 Mar 2011 ... American Plan to divide Libya ... Libya, Benghazi, Revolutionaries.." www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAhBiM-42GE

“Tawarga no longer exists, now New Misrata's closed military area”
6/13/11 Disappeared: Thousands of Libyan Blacks Missing in Rebel Offensives
Entire City Depopulated, Declared 'Closed Military Area'
by Jason Ditz
Tawarga was an agricultural city of some 10,000, mostly black people... Today, it is entirely empty, declared a “closed military area” by the rebels. The rebels rounded them all up and herded them into “refugee camps” in Tripoli. But reporters that went to Tripoli found the camps empty as well, with the only person there, someone looting scrap metal out of one camp, said they had “gone to Niger.” Tripoli residents near the camp report the Tawargans had been in the camp, but the camp was attacked by Misrata forces. They beat the men, rounded up the women and children and took them away in trucks... to another camp in another part of Tripoli. That camp too was empty. Black people have been disappearing all across Libya, with rebels arresting people on the basis of skin color but how does a whole city go missing? We have hints in June media reports when Misrata rebels began openly talking about “cleansing” the region saying black Libyans might as well pack up because “Tawarga no longer exists, only Misrata.”....three months from this proclamation an empty city... a sign saying “New Misrata.”

Rebel ‘ Brigade for Purging Slaves, Black Skin’
Ethnic Cleansing of Black Libyans
6/21 http://www.blackstarnews.com/news/135/ARTICLE/7478/2011-06-21.html
The "rebels" in Misrata, Libya have driven out the entire Black population of the city, according to a chilling story in The Wall Street Journal today headlined "Libya City Torn by Tribal Feud" ". The rebels" vow to cleanse Tawargha of all Black people... Isn't this the definition of the term "genocide"? According to The WSJ the "rebels" refer to themselves as "the brigade for purging slaves, black skin." ...quote rebel commander Ibrahim al-Halbous saying Black Libyans "They should pack up...Tawergha no longer exists, only New Mistrata."...

Libyan Prince Says Qaddafi Will Be Ousted If Rebels Are United
8/16/11 http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-08-16/libyan-prince-says-qaddafi-will...
Opposition forces say they have ended nightly Qaddafi military rocket attacks by taking the town of Tarwaga, near the western city of Misrata. Qaddafi has lasted longer than expected amid reports of fuel and food shortages in Tripoli, which he controls. “United we fight for a new society in which the freedoms and rights of the people come first,” said Prince as-Senussi, who lives in London.“This long struggle, that has been longer than we had hoped, is not yet over”...As-Senussi, the son of Hassan as-Senussi and great- nephew of King Idris, who was overthrown by Qaddafi in September 1969, pushed for a no-fly zone over Libya in February, has worked with Libyan expatriates...

Strategic Interests
The Battle for Libya: Implications for Africa
by J. Peter Pham, Ph.D.
3/3/11 http://worlddefensereview.com/strategicinterests.shtml
...Libya is an African power whose fate has significant implications for the rest of the continent. Hence some points worth keeping in mind as one considers the geopolitical consequences of the drama now playing itself out along the shores of the Gulf of Sidra. Qadhafi's adventurism has long exacted its toll on Africa...Qadhafi has long harbored ambitions of hegemony over the continent. Moreover, at least until the more recent years, he did not shy away from acting to secure that objective when he thought he could get away with it. Not only did he support numerous independence movements—including those of Angola, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Namibia, and Zimbabwe—in the 1970s...
Libya is deeply involved in Africa, diplomatically and economically. As I documented here a year ago ,in recent years Qadhafi has carved out major roles as political and economic actors in Africa... Libyan financing has been critical to the building of infrastructure in Sub-Saharan African, including the reverse flow-capable extension of the Mombasa-Eldoret oil pipeline in Kenya to the Ugandan capital of Kampala. The recently announced tender for the construction of a 230-kilometer pipeline from Lake Albert to Kampala is predicated upon the construction by the Libyans of the extension from Kenya, while soon-to-be-independent Southern Sudan's ambitions of bypassing the North with its oil exports is largely based on the completion of the Ugandan pipeline. Thus the extent to which a post-Qadhafi government—or even Qadhafi himself, should he survive the challenge to his rule—chooses to remain engaged in Africa will have serious repercussions on infrastructure as well as overall development on the continent....
The most probable outcome for Africa, irrespective of how the fight for the control of Libya unfolds, will be a diminishing of the role the North African country has played in the politics and economics of the continent....a new geopolitical and economic balance of will most certainly emerge in Africa as the smoke of the current battles clears.

“International Security and the Libya Crisis”
International Institute for Strategic Studies
London, 11 April 2011 from speech by Speech of H.E. Franco Frattini,  Minister of Foreign Affairs, Italy
http://www.iiss.org/recent-key-addresses/franco-frattini-on-internationa...
A broader ambitious vision is needed: our strategy in North Africa and the Middle East requires a new approach. For years, we have pursued stability at the expense of economic integration and modernisation. And we have achieved neither... More investments and more economic integration are required to save the southern Mediterranean from the trap of disorder and resentment. We should play a stabilizing role in the region...a new Mediterranean plan to contribute to the development of our southern partners through initiatives of institution building, good governance, economic integration and support ...a new Marshall Plan because these huge challenges require global responses, as did shattered Europe after World War II...
The success of these ambitious plans...could be decisive in bringing an end to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. The uprisings in the region were led by Arabs with an aim of improving political and social conditions. No Israeli flag was ever burned in Tahrir Square or in Benghazi. The revolts were not linked with the problematic relations between Israelis and Palestinians. But we cannot overlook the impact of the new scenarios on the Peace Process. The wake up call could be brutal, as the less stable the development and democratization process, the more likely a rise of rhetoric and anti-Israeli sentiment. We have to prevent the risk that prolonged unrest and social disruption in the Middle East could spread radicalism, leading to the return of violence in the occupied territories. We continue to strongly support the American efforts ...but we have come to understand the EU too needs to inject more leadership and political vision in the Peace Process...

Rebel spokesman to Haaretz: Libya needs world's help, including Israel's
Ahmad Shabani says recognition of Israel by future Libyan government is ''very sensitive question... whether Israel will recognize us''.
8/24/11 www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/rebel-spokesman-to-haaretz-libya-need... a

Africa Command: U.S. Strategic Interests and the Role of the U.S. Military in Africa
Date of Report: July, 22, 2011
http://africa-reports.blogspot.com/2011/08/africa-command-us-strategic-i...
On February 6, 2007, the Bush Administration announced the creation of a new unified combatant command, U.S. Africa Command or AFRICOM, to promote U.S. national security objectives in Africa and its surrounding waters. ....

U.S. Army Africa sponsors security cooperation conference
1 September 2011 — By Rich Bartell, U.S. Army Africa Public Affairs
http://www.usaraf.army.mil/NEWS/NEWS_110901_SECURITY_CONFERENCE.html
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/stopnato/message/52494
VICENZA, Italy - One of the main goals of the five day conference was to inform various organizations working for the U.S. in Africa of ongoing initiatives and missions from USARAF. Nearly 150 military and civilian personnel representing organizations from throughout Africa, Europe and the U.S. participated in U.S. Army Africa’s Theater Army Security Cooperation [TASC] Conference Aug. 29 to Sept. 2.The Office of Security Cooperation, Defense Attaché Office and USARAF personnel working in more than 30 African nations took part, along with the U.S. Air Force, Army Reserve, National Guard and civilians from several major U.S. military commands. USARAF Commander, Maj. Gen. David R. Hogg, set the tone for the week-long conference in his opening remarks.“We’re going to roll up our sleeves and lay down programs looking forward into the future. That way, we can start nesting and getting the resources that support those programs... Reserve and National Guard forces we can tap into to do missions on the African continent. We’ll have more resources to accomplish missions on the continent, building partner capacity within our theater security operation mission,” Hogg said...

U.S. AFRICOM
http://www.africom.mil/getArticle.asp?art=6356&lang=0
STUTTGART Kelley Barracks, Germany, March 28, 2011, General Carter Ham, commander of U.S. Africa Command...assumed command March 9 and was ordered by President Barack Obama to command U.S. military Operation Odyssey Dawn in Libya..."While we did lead operations in Libya, that's not the preferred solution," Ham said. U.S. AFRICOM should focus on crisis prevention, and only be ordered to undertake military action as a last solution. Ham concluded his thoughts on Libya by passing on comments from President Obama, who said he was proud of the "extraordinary accomplishments" of the command staff.
http://www.africom.mil/
Africa Command protects and defends the national security interests of the United States by strengthening the defense capabilities of African states and regional organizations and, when directed, conducts military operations, in order to deter and defeat transnational threats and to provide a security environment conducive to good governance and development. U.S. Africa Command is located at Kelley Barracks in Stuttgart-Moehringen...U.S. Africa Command supports the U.S. Department of State in the achievement of US foreign policy objectives in Africa. In addition and where appropriate, U.S. Africa Command provides personnel and logistical support to State Department-funded activities. Command personnel work closely with U.S. embassies in Africa to coordinate training programs to improve African nations' security capacity.

U.S. Army Africa
http://www.usaraf.army.mil/mission.html
U.S. Army Africa, the Army Service Component Command for U.S. Africa Command, enables full-spectrum operations while conducting sustained security engagement with African land forces to promote security, stability and peace. As directed, deploys a contingency HQs of crisis response. America’s premier Army team dedicated to positive change in Africa.
U.S. ARMY.MIL/Africa Links
U.S. Africa Command 17th Air Force U.S. Navy Forces Africa U.S. Marine Forces Africa Interactive Map

Obama's Arab spring speech - Middle East unrest
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/middle-east-live/2011/may/19/syria-libya...

4/16/11 Video: Libya Rebels Execute, Behead, Mutilate Gaddafi Army who Surrendered Where is CNN now?
http://uruknet.de/?p=m76906&fb=1
Hillary Clinton, Cameron, Sarkozy and Obama's proxy 'humanitarian' rebel army at work..as the imperialists bomb and invade Libya...since the rebels are the perpetrators, the Libyan Army and Police the victims, these stories are blacklisted from imperialist media....

RAND: Libya's next leaders can't be seen as NATO puppets
Frederic Wehrey, a senior policy analyst at RAND Corp. think tank. said new Libyan leaders will lack credibility if they're seen as puppets of the Western military alliance. Because the regime was toppled with NATO assistance, any successor faces legitimacy problems."...Libya shows the U.S. military doesn't have to shoulder the entire burden of enforcing international sanctions, Wehrey said.. If NATO had failed to help topple Gadhafi, it would have called into question the alliance's reason for being, Wehrey said.
http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/story/2011-08-22/New-Libyan-leaders-c...

Disturbing Trend in Tripoli: Reports of Executions and Abandoned Bodies
8/26/11 http://www.theatlanticwire.com/global/2011/08/disturbing-trend-tripoli-r...
As fighting between rebels and loyalists continues to rage in Libya--whether in central Tripoli, the Tripoli airport, or Muammar Qaddafi's hometown of Sirte--there's a troubling story line emerging in the capital: reports of abandoned bodies of people who appear to have been summarily executed... The NYT points out that these reports are increasing "as reporters are able to enter ever wider swathes of the sprawling capital." Thursday, a Reuters correspondent discovered bullet-riddled bodies of Qaddafi soldiers at a military encampment in central, including two with their hands bound by plastic handcuffs...a British medical worker said a hospital received the bodies of 17 civilians thought to have been executed by government forces

US-NATO & their thugs unable to bomb and terrorize Libya into submission after 8 months
10/14/11 NYT Hundreds of anti-Qaddafi militiamen fired heavy weapons in residential streets