Memorial Day is often a time to reflect on the soldiers who die in war. Why not also the civilians? Why not these five girls, seven boys and two women killed in their sleep from an object dropped on them at 10,000 feet, without warning? Don’t they deserve a memorial? Don’t their families and countrymen deserve to be free of a life in fear that they could be the next target of a poorly aimed bomb from the sky?
|By: David Dayen Monday May 2, 2011 11:40 am|
The White House considered bombing the bin Laden compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, but abandoned the idea out of concern for civilian casualties and a need to produce physical evidence that bin Laden was indeed killed. President Obama authorized the development of several attack plans for the killing of bin Laden, including both a bomb from above and the Navy SEAL mission that was carried out yesterday. Ultimately the SEAL mission was chosen.
|By: David Dayen Saturday April 23, 2011 12:00 pm|
The first Predator drone strike has hit Libya, the US military confirmed today. It’s not clear where it struck, but explosions were heard outside Tripoli, in addition to in the area around the besieged city of Misurata. Some missiles fired by NATO apparently hit an underground bunker near the Gadhafi compound in Tripoli, which looks to have been used for military storage.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday April 19, 2011 8:40 am|
As was entirely predictable, the “airstrikes only” campaign in Libya failed to bring down the well-armed and well-financed regime of Moammar Gadhafi . So, what is John McCain’s solution? Even more airstrikes.
|By: David Dayen Monday April 18, 2011 8:15 am|
The situation in Misurata is bleak: hospital officials confirm 17 dead yesterday. As that continues, regardless of the UN effort you will hear the cries from residents of the need for more airstrikes or even ground troops. After all, the logic is exactly the same: the UN needed to prevent a massacre in Benghazi. Why not Misurata, the third-largest city in Libya, as well?
|By: David Dayen Friday April 15, 2011 1:15 pm|
President Obama penned a joint op-ed with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister David Cameron about the situation in Libya. The President has been awfully quiet about the Libyan mission since announcing it would take “days, not weeks” four weeks ago. But this statement reaffirms the commitment, and actually goes further by all but announcing a policy of regime change.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday April 5, 2011 2:02 pm|
Reuters is reporting that, after months of struggle, Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo has surrendered to the UN mission in Abidjan, and he has asked for their protection. However, that has not been confirmed by other news organizations.
|By: David Dayen Thursday March 31, 2011 8:39 am|
Turd sandwich, indeed.
|By: David Dayen Monday March 28, 2011 6:18 am|
“A rebel spokesman in Benghazi said Sirte was now in the hands of rebel forces – but there has been no independent confirmation of the claim, and international journalists inside the city suggested it was still in government hands on Monday.”