Operation Odyssey Dawn

Odyssey Dawn: The military operation – World news – Mideast/N. Africa – msnbc.com A brief overview of some of the military assets involved in establishing and enforcing the No-Fly Zone in Libya.

US, UK and French attack Libyan leader Gaddafi’s military sites

Earlier this afternoon over 110 Tomahawk cruise missiles fired from both US and British ships and submarines struck more than 20 integrated air defence systems and other air defence facilities ashore

I know many people are opposed to military action or intervention of any sort in Libya because they believe it is not our concern. I can understand that sentiment even as I disagree with it. War is not something to take lightly and without consideration regardless of the situation. In the case of Libya, I personally feel the establishment of the No-Fly Zone is necessary given the history of the Gaddafi regime both within its borders and internationally. The United States has a long history, haphazard and sometime erratic in application though it be, of supporting democratic efforts and movements around the world. For me, Operation Odyssey Dawn is no different than those previous efforts.

Egypt, Libya and Beyond

Libya No Fly Zone

The United Nations finally passed a resolution establishing a ‘No-Fly Zone’ in Libya. The resolution itself was not unanimous with the usual suspects (Russia, China, India who fear being taken to task for their own human rights abuse and oppressive policies of certain ethnic, cultural and religious groups)  abstaining. But that’s par for the course of most resolutions at the UN. While I’m pleased it was finally established, I fear it may well be too late to protect the Libyan people or the anti-Gaddafi forces who wish to oust the dictatorship from the Gaddafi’s military.

The question for the Obama administration is will this now become their equivalent of the Bush Doctrine that the left (including the President) maligned so much? Will it be implemented with equal regard in so called allied nations in which the governments are cracking down on their citizenry through violence such as Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Yemen, et al? Already we see right-wingers using the same anti-war tactics used by the left to malign the decision.



Egypt’s march to reform and democracy continues, albeit slowly and not without some difficulties. Tomorrow a referendum is being held on Constitutional Amendments. Naturally the power vacuum had left Egypt divided with different groups, often at odds, trying to fill that power vacuum.



Whether fearful of the people sweeping away their dictatorships or holding them accountable for their corruption a large number of African nations are cracking down, sometimes violently on pro-democracy and pro-reform movements in their nations. The usual culprits are a part of this crowd: Mugabe (Zimbabwe), dos Santos (Angola), and Gbagbo (Ivory Coast).


Sadly world political leaders, even those in the West, still do not truly comprehend the anger and determination of the people of the world to be free of corruption and abuse of power. These so called leaders think a few placating words and a few shekels while implying threats if that isn’t enough for their lowly peons to accept. Meanwhile, the underlying problems that have sparked the anger and rebelliousness of the world wide population have not been addressed. While each regions problems are unique to them they all have a target to blame for these problems: their governments. Governments that fail to work in the best interests of their citizenry above their own selfishness and greed are doomed to fail as the people realize they’ve been betrayed by those who claim sovereignty over them. That betrayal, that greed, that selfishness, is ultimately what drives all revolutions.

UN Climate Chief Resigns, Rutan on AGW

Head of United Nations Climate Change negotiations resigns

The Dutch-born Yvo de Boer announced his resignation Thursday, effective July 1, 2010.

At least another unscientific fear monger will soon be gone from the debate (at the U.N.). I won’t be surprised if he ends up at one of the organizations that is trying to reap massive profits via such fraudulent schemes as cap-and-trade at the expense of common people.

Burt Rutan on Climate Change and Burt Rutan calls Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) a Fraud An engineer’s perspective on climate change. Highlights some of the problems I personally have with the alleged science used by climatologists involved in the ongoing climate change debate.

Distrubing Trends

In the U.S. government:

  • The unspoken and MSM ignored H.R. 45 (Blair Holt’s Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009). It sounds like a good thing on the surface until you take a look at the egregious invasion of privacy and near criminalization of gun owners (fingerprinting, federal government identification (why is this ok but a national id opposed by these nutters?), approval by the Attorney General of the United States, forced consent to allow AG or AG reps to look at medical records, forced tracking of law abiding citizens by requirement to inform the Federal government when you move, giving up 4th Amendment rights in order to be “licensed”, subverting the 10th Amendment, and so on).
  • White House proposing oversight of the 2010 U.S. Census instead of Commerce Department. Why the sudden need for White House supervision?
  • Reintroduction of “Fairness Doctrine”. Why at this time after so many years of its absence? Simple. Some elements of the Democratic Party desire to use the Fairness Doctrine as a way to silence criticism of their agenda and popular media figures. They have forgotten the FCC itself abolished the practice after coming to the conclusion that government intrusion restricted journalistic freedom and hindered public discussion of issues. Why would anyone want to reinstate a program that allows government interference into broadcasting as well as hinders journalistic freedom and public discussion? Would they next try to impose the Fairness Doctrine on the internet?
  • Card Check. If passed The end of secret voting on whether to unionize or not.

Of course there was somewhat good news in the passing of the stimulus bill. I still consider it a pork fest and believe it will do little to nothing to help the economy while punishing our grandchildren with ridiculous amounts of debt.

At the UN and World:

  • Apparently some twits at the corrupt United Nations want 0.7% of the stimulus bill. Of course these are the same twits that want 0.7% of the GNP. I say not until they show transparency, accountability, and eliminate uneeded positions, gifts, and graft.
  • Voting in Venezuela. Chavez hopes to dupe the citizenry there into allowing him to set himself up as President for Life. Hopefully, they’ll be smart enough to realize term limits were placed in their constitution to protect them and their democracy for neo-socialists like Chavez.

In Life:

  • Idiots claiming certain diseased don’t exist when in fact they do. Annoys me to no end. Morons.