What Obama Could’ve Done in Libya

Well, this would go up to Obama. I mean something like this when you’re ordering military action, you’ve gotta get the president involved and probably get the joint chief. Obama would have had to sign off an attack like this, I would think, anyway. I’m not a military expert. I don’t know off the top of my head who would have the flexibility or latitude to order — maybe a local commander could have. But it’s a good question. We’ll find out. What was nearby?

Sharyl Attkisson from CBS reported the other day that “The Pentagon says it did move a team of special operators from central Europe to the large Naval Air Station in Sigonella, Italy, but gave no other details. Sigonella is just an hour’s flight from Libya. Other nearby bases include Aviano and Souda Bay. Military sources tell CBS News that resources at the three bases include fighter jets and Specter AC-130 gunships.”

Those are excellent for crowd dispersal. They are effective in flying and buzzing a crowd to disperse it. Fox just had a graphic up of all the nearby assets that could have been used. Now, Sharyl Attkisson of CBS, in a report that we aired of hers earlier this week, said, “Sending the military into another country can be a sensitive and delicate decision. CBS News has been told Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did seek clearances from Libya to fly in their airspace, but the administration won’t say anything further about what was said or decided on that front.” So we don’t know if Libya granted permission or denied permission, and some are saying that that would be the real hurdle. And if Libya didn’t grant permission, we just sit there and let this happen?



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