26 March 2011

today in no fly zones

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Uruknet has a startling piece up about our "no fly zone"....
WCTI-TV in New Bern reports those Marines, assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) at Camp Lejuene, are "preserving the sanctity of the city [of Ajdubiyah] and the safety of the civilians within it." [report has been updated]

Capt. Timothy Patrick with the 26th MEU told the station: "In Libya right now they are doing exactly what we need them to do. They are doing what they are told, and right now that's protecting Libyan people against Qadhafi forces."

Evidently the Marines' efforts are being successful. The commanding officer of the 26th MEU, Col. Mark Desens, says that following a second round of strikes by AV-8B Harrier jets, the Libyan dictator's forces "are now less capable of threatening the town than before."

According to the report, the 2,200 Marines with the 26th MEU are nearing the end of their deployment in the Mediterranean area and are due to be replaced with Marines from the 22nd MEU out of Camp Lejeune. A March 7 notice from the commanding officer of the 22nd MEU says that unit was being deployed to the Mediterranean Sea earlier than previously planned.
Plus, bonus, back on the same side at last.... Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi, the Libyan rebel leader, has said jihadists who fought against allied troops in Iraq are on the front lines of the battle against Muammar Gaddafi's regime.

And, remember when it was an impeachable offense?

A Libyan woman burst into a Tripoli hotel occupied by journalists and tried to tell them of her abuse and rape at the hands of Gaddafi's forces on Saturday. "Look at what Gaddafi's militias did to me," Eman al-Obaidi screamed, showing her bloodied leg and bruised face.
Whereupon the bellboys all started laughing uproariously, slapping their knees, and screaming, "Good one, imperialist shill!" as Reuters and the AP barked the newsflash into their Blackberries....


Here, a little historical perspective that brings us to right now....

love, 99

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