Posts tagged: Libya
Mitt Romney's criticism of President Obama's handling of the attacks on American outposts in the Middle East does not appear to have resonated with voters, according to a new survey released Monday. While 26 percent of Americans approved of Romney's comments critical of the president's response to the attacks, which left four American foreign service officers dead, 48 percent of those surveyed disapproved and an additional 26 percent did not voice an opinion, according to a poll from the Pew Research Center. Meanwhile, 45 percent of those polled said they approved of the president's handling of the situation, versus 36 percent who disapproved/Justin Sink, The Hill. More here.
Question: Why did Romney fail to gain traction on Libya?
Marc Johnson of The Johnson report sez Republican Mitt Romney would have been wise to heed the advice of Arthur Vandenberg, a Republican U.S. senator from Michigan who helped Harry Truman pass the Marshall Plan and believed “Politics stop at the water's edge.” More from Marc: “Romney has spent most of today cleaning up after a statement he issued too quickly and without all the facts as the awful events in Libya were spinning out of control late yesterday. His midnight statement condemning the Obama Administration is being widely regarded as an amazing piece of amateur hour time for someone who hopes to be Commander-in-Chief. Ronald Reagan’s gifted speechwriter Peggy Noonan said Romney wasn’t doing himself any favors with his hair trigger attack.” More here.
Question: Is a bipartisan approach to foreign policy in this day when the extremes of both parties push away from consensus and compromise?
The United Nations strongly condemned on Wednesday an attack that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three embassy staff and said the “horrific and tragic attack” further spotlighted the security challenges facing Libyan authorities. “The United Nations rejects defamation of religion in all forms, but there is no justification for violence such as occurred in Benghazi,” U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman told the U.N. Security Council during a regularly scheduled briefing on Libya. The U.S. ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens (shown in 2011 AP file photo) and three embassy staff were killed on Tuesday as they rushed away from a consulate building in Benghazi that was stormed by al Qaeda-linked gunmen blaming America for a film they said insulted the Prophet Mohammad/Reuters. More here.
Question: How should America respond to this attack?
Holly Pickett takes pictures in the Gaza strip in January of 2009. The Butte native has been a photojournalist in the Middle East for the past three years based in Cairo, Egypt. (Ben Curtis AP Photo)
A Butte woman may have been the first Westerner to see former Libya dictator Moammar Gadhafi's dead body. Photojournalist Holly Pickett raced to the ambulance carrying his bullet-riddled body Thursday. “I was a little afraid that this would turn into another undocumented rumor. That's why I chased the ambulance with Gaddafi's body,” Pickett wrote on her Twitter page. Shortly after noon Thursday, Pickett was in a residential area behind a field hospital when an ambulance carrying Gadhafi's body raced past her. “We chased,” she tweeted. “All I could think when I found out they had Gaddafi was, 'I am the only journalist who knows what happened. I have to get a photo'”/Kristen Inbody, Great Falls Tribune. More here.
Question: Would you have the courage to cover revolutions in far-flung countries?
Holly Pickett, former Spokesman-Review photographer who saw Moammar Gaddafi's body Thursday, just tweeted: “I am in #Misrata and the front-line medics just celebrated because the field hospital was dismantled and returned from #Sirte. War is over.” You can follow her other tweets on this compelling day here.
In this Sept. 1, 1987 file photo, Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi, holds a baton as he sits to review Libyan troops during the 18th anniversary celebration of Libya's revolution in Tripoli. Libya's information minister said Gadhafi was killed Thursday when revolutionary forces overwhelmed his hometown, Sirte, the last major bastion of resistance two months after the regime fell. Story here. (AP Photo/John Redman)
Question: Good riddance to bad rubbish?
People celebrate the capture in Tripoli of Moammar Gadhafi’s son and one-time heir apparent, Seif al-Islam, at the rebel-held town of Benghazi, Libya, early today.
BENGHAZI, Libya – The long, brutal reign of Col. Moammar Gadhafi appeared to collapse Sunday as rebels swept into Tripoli, captured two of his sons and set off wild street celebrations in a capital that he’d ruled by fear for more than four decades, Libyan and NATO officials said. Full story.
Care to speculate on the fate of Moammar Gadhafi?
Getty photographer Chris Hondros walks the ruins of a building Aug. 21, 2006 in southern Beirut, Lebanon. Hondros, 41, died earlier today after being seriously wounded while on assignment in Misrata, Libya, according to Getty's director of photography, Pancho Bernasconi. 'Restrepo' director Tim Hetherington was also killed in Libya today. Story here. (AP Photo/Getty Images)
Libyan rebels take a rest at a checkpoint on the frontline near Zwitina, south of Benghazi, eastern Libya, on Thursday.
WASHINGTON – The United States welcomed a partial handover for the Libyan air campaign to NATO on Thursday, but the allies apparently balked at assuming full control and the U.S. military was left in charge of the brunt of combat.
NATO agreed to take over command of the newly established no-fly zone over Libya, protective flights meant to deter Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi from putting warplanes in the air. That leaves the U.S. with responsibility for attacks on Gadhafi’s ground forces and other targets, which are the toughest and most controversial portion of the operation.
The U.S had hoped the alliance would reach a consensus Thursday for NATO to take full control of the military operation authorized by the United Nations, including the protection of Libyan civilians and supporting humanitarian aid efforts on the ground. It was not immediately clear when the allies could reach agreement on the matter. Robert Burns, AP
Does anyone think the U.S. involvement in Libya is a good thing?
A local convenience store in Lawrence, Kan., had to improvise when fuel prices required more number two's than were on hand Thursday. Oil prices rose again Thursday as the rebellion in Libya appeared to have shut down even more oil production than previously estimated. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Question: How much higher do gas prices have to go before your driving habits are affected?