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  •  Actually the President and Amb Susan Rice (2+ / 0-)
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    were trying to arrange military support for the safety of humanitarian orgs to get into Libya in the UN resolution.

    I will repost part of a comment I made earlier in another diary about this:

    Legal legitimacy of a UNSC resolution to provide military support to assist Humanitarian Orgs failed because of the fear (among members of the UN) that we would not abide to our agreements to only do this for humanitarian reasons. This is based on our reneging on a UN Resolution that ended the 1991 Gulf War so we could illegally invade Iraq in 2003.

    The US tried in the UN Resolution:

    to use "all means necessary to protect civilians and key installations." In the diplomatic terminology of U.N. resolutions, the phrase "all means necessary" has traditionally served as a code for military action.

    The Ambassador from Great Britain offered more cautious language

       

    The U.S. provision allowing for the use of force, however, was shelved. Instead, Britain, which led the negotiations, proposed somewhat more cautious language, but still sweeping enough to allow Western powers to enter Libya with force. It proposed a provision authorizing states to "adopt all measures necessary" to enable the delivery of humanitarian assistance.

        Western diplomats said the language was not intended to provide a legal basis for a military invasion in Libya, and that the U.S. and its European partners have no intention of entering the fighting in Libya. But they said they hoped it would provide their forces with some flexibility in the event that they had to go into Libya to secure a humanitarian relief operation or to ensure the delivery of medical supplies.

    But Russia objected based on the US/ UK breach in 2003 of the Resolution that ended the 1991 Gulf War when we invaded Iraq based on BS evidence. (The Bush Cabal continues to haunt us and make the rest of the world wary of our intentions.)  They apparently don't trust us to abide by our agreements to use military assistance solely for the purpose of moving in humanitarian aid.  

    Blockquotes from
    Foreign Policy: How the US sought, but failed, to get a green light for Military Action to protect civilians, installations in Libya

    My personal feeling is that Obama has been acting appropriately insofar as much as he can with all the constraints of mistrust placed on proposed US actions due to previous Presidents' missteps, f@ck-ups, dastardly intentions, blatant lies, etc

    The beatings will continue until morale improves. ********************************* -8.50, -6.92

    by ferallike on Mon Feb 28, 2011 at 11:07:41 PM PST

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