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VP Biden stated that the U.S. "spent $2 billion total and didn't lose a single life." According to its website, NATO accounted for Libya operations have totaled about $7.4 million per month for electronic warfare capabilities and $1.1 million per month for headquarters and command staff. The Congressional Research Services estimate the Afghanistan war has cost nearly $500 billion so far. With Iraq, the figure may have halved that limit.
In the first week of Libya operations, bombs were dropped from B-2 stealth planes flown from Missouri and roughly 200 missiles launched from submarines in the Mediterranean (no U.S. aircraft carriers were in the Med). Thee U.S. submarines participated and their respective patrol areas were needlessly compromised as they fired their tomahawks. After the U.S. military ramped up the operation, other NATO countries shouldered most of the air burden; with U.S. taxpayer gracious support. Americans took a supporting role: aerial refueling tankers, electronic jamming, and surveillance. "Without putting a single U.S. service member on the ground, we achieved our objectives and our NATO mission will soon come to an end," Obama said.
1. NATO aircraft, including those supplied by the U.S., totaled 26,089 sorties and 9,618 strike sorties.
2. More than 70 U.S. aircraft have supported the operation, including Predator drones.
3. NATO flew 67 sorties and 16 strikes sorties over Libya one day before Qaddafi was killed.
4. NATO mission also employed submarines, aircraft carriers, amphibious assault ships, destroyers, frigates, and supply shipsâ€”as many as 21 vessels at one time.
5. U.S. had sold participating countries in the operation roughly $250 million in ammunition, parts, fuel, technical assistance, and other support, according to the Pentagon.
Since March 24, an "unprecedented" coalition of NATO Allies and non-NATO contributors having been "protecting civilians under threat of attack" in Libya, enforcing an arms embargo and maintaining a no-fly zone. NATO Secretary General Rasmussen explained, under ''Operation Unified Protector,'' NATO is doing ''nothing more, nothing less'' than meeting its mandates under United Nations Security Council resolutions. No NATO ground troops have participated in the operation â€“ NATOâ€™s success to date has been achieved solely with air and sea assets and a lot of our money.
U.S. and NATO officials steadily maintained their mission was never to hunt, capture or kill the Libyan leader. The mission, they said, was to enforce the arms embargo, establish and hold a no-fly zone, and take actions to protect civilians from attack or the threat of attack. That apparently changed in the end when NATO lost control of its Islamic allies and Arabs did what they do best - not take any prisoners. That last directive seemed to give plenty of reason to target Libya's top commander. But Pentagon officials said for months that if Qaddafi should happen to be at one of those locations when NATO missiles strike, so be it. I was reading in a paper that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shared a laugh with a television news reporter moments after hearing deposed Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi had been killed. "We came, we saw, he died," she joked when told of news reports of Qaddafi's death by an aide in between formal interviews. What a man.....
At the end:
Eight months and some 7,725 air sorties and 1,845 strike sorties, 397 of which dropped ordnance, and 145 Predator drone strikes later, it was over. Still no American aircraft carrier is positioned in the Mediterranean. Also, if you would remember, the U.S. Navy did not even support U.S. citizen evacuation from the troubled area before the start of operations.
The Maghreb has finally been turned over to the Sunnis and we have no idea who's effectively in charge. Before the "Arab Spring," encouraged by the U.S. State Department (well-documented), military and political leaders found the moderate leaders in the Maghreb predictable. Now what? The Administration has completed its own sortie in the Magheb. The Levant is next. It may be that Yemen is next on the agenda as our government is conducting diversionary moves aimed at Pakistan, Iran, and Syria. The end-game seems to be priming the Arab world in one last conflict with Israel.
Monday, October 24, 2011 at 01:19 PM
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Gaddafi had seen the light and was being a friend to Israel and others....
Monday, October 24, 2011 at 02:06 PM
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