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    Breaking News: 'To my Dear Obama, our son', says Gaddafi, defending attack on rebels

    Trying to strike a personal note, Gaddafi prefaced his letter saying, "To our son, his excellency, Mr Barack Hussein Obama. I have said to you before, that even if Libya and the United States of America enter into a war, god forbid, you will always remain a son. Your picture will not be changed."
    Defending his decision to attack rebel cities, Gaddafi told Obama, "Al-Qaida is an armed organisation, passing through Algeria, Mauritania and Mali. What would you do if you found them controlling American cities with the power of weapons? What would you do, so I can follow your example."
    'To my Dear Obama, our son', says Gaddafi, defending attack on rebels - The Times of India

    We live in very bizarre times. It is impossible to imagine where this situation is Libya will end. A few airstrikes won't bring Gaddafi down, he has said he will not go, he will hide behind women and children, he will do anything. Will the UN alliance do anything.

    We'll either look like fools as we put our weapons to bed and leave Gaddafi to do what he does, or we will be fools and go in to take him down. This is a mess.

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    Re: Breaking News: 'To my Dear Obama, our son', says Gaddafi, defending attack on reb

    Quote Originally Posted by Marshabar View Post
    'To my Dear Obama, our son', says Gaddafi, defending attack on rebels - The Times of India

    We live in very bizarre times. It is impossible to imagine where this situation is Libya will end. A few airstrikes won't bring Gaddafi down, he has said he will not go, he will hide behind women and children, he will do anything. Will the UN alliance do anything.

    We'll either look like fools as we put our weapons to bed and leave Gaddafi to do what he does, or we will be fools and go in to take him down. This is a mess.
    Yes, it is. But I don't know how the world could have stood by and done nothing. He has mustard gas. Will he use it? I don't think he's too worried about the world's approval anymore. Could be he'll do a behind-the-scenes compromise..."I won't use mustard gas, if....."

    We may soon have proof that he's a madman.
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    Re: Breaking News: 'To my Dear Obama, our son', says Gaddafi, defending attack on reb

    It might have been better to stay out. If only because I think getting into someone else's Civil War is not a position we want to be in. Didn't go so well in Somalia, as I recall.

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    Re: Breaking News: 'To my Dear Obama, our son', says Gaddafi, defending attack on reb

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    Yes, it is. But I don't know how the world could have stood by and done nothing. He has mustard gas. Will he use it? I don't think he's too worried about the world's approval anymore. Could be he'll do a behind-the-scenes compromise..."I won't use mustard gas, if....."

    We may soon have proof that he's a madman.
    hopefully one of his personal guards turn on him and take him out.

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    Re: Breaking News: 'To my Dear Obama, our son', says Gaddafi, defending attack on reb

    Very very tough call. I think he's already proven he's a mad man, Maggie, although he did choose the straighten up, on the world stage anyway, when members of his family were killed and he saw what happened to Saddam.

    This is an interesting article about Gaddafi's miltary strength or lack of.
    "We know very little, but we know one thing: His military machinery is not so big," says analyst Alessandro Politi.
    Gadhafi's Military Muscle Concentrated In Elite Units : NPR

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    Re: Breaking News: 'To my Dear Obama, our son', says Gaddafi, defending attack on reb

    Maggie said: Could be he'll do a behind-the-scenes compromise..."I won't use mustard gas, if....."
    Yes, but his word means as much as Saddam Hussein's word meant. His cease fire was mighty temporary the other day. That's what Hussein did leading up to the invasion. Their deals aren't worth spit.

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    Re: Breaking News: 'To my Dear Obama, our son', says Gaddafi, defending attack on reb

    I'm not sure that I would call him a madman simply because from what I've seen in interviews with him and what seems to be the case with many leaders like this is that he/they are surrounded by "yes men" who present them an entirely different view of the world than actually exists. It doesn't seem to be that he actually perceives the world in a crazy way because of something in his own mind, but that he has allowed his world view to be provided by people who will tell him what he wants to hear (either because they're afraid or they're just along for the ride until he falls).

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    Re: Breaking News: 'To my Dear Obama, our son', says Gaddafi, defending attack on reb

    Quote Originally Posted by theplaydrive View Post
    I'm not sure that I would call him a madman simply because from what I've seen in interviews with him and what seems to be the case with many leaders like this is that he/they are surrounded by "yes men" who present them an entirely different view of the world than actually exists. It doesn't seem to be that he actually perceives the world in a crazy way because of something in his own mind, but that he has allowed his world view to be provided by people who will tell him what he wants to hear (either because they're afraid or they're just along for the ride until he falls).
    Maybe that's why he feels he has so much in common with Obama.

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    Re: Breaking News: 'To my Dear Obama, our son', says Gaddafi, defending attack on reb

    Quote Originally Posted by Marshabar View Post
    Very very tough call. I think he's already proven he's a mad man, Maggie, although he did choose the straighten up, on the world stage anyway, when members of his family were killed and he saw what happened to Saddam.

    This is an interesting article about Gaddafi's miltary strength or lack of.


    Gadhafi's Military Muscle Concentrated In Elite Units : NPR
    As CiC, what would you do, Marsha?

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    Re: Breaking News: 'To my Dear Obama, our son', says Gaddafi, defending attack on reb

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    As CiC, what would you do, Marsha?
    I would have encouraged France to arm the rebels and helped with supplies and ordnance if necessary. This isn't a fight we are going to win.

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