Currently viewing the tag: “League”

Tell me you’d want these guys on your side in any conflict.

American Thinker Blog

Tagged with:
 

It was a weekend at the top, middle and bottom of the Premier League where results may have huge ramifications on the destiny of club’s in the coming weeks to months. Wigan won, Arsenal almost lost, Chelsea could be on a surge to battle for the…



This is a content summary. Visit http://www.epltalk.com for full contents! Want the full RSS feed? Visit http://www.epltalk.com/epl-talk-pro-faq/ to learn more.



EPL Talk

Tagged with:
 

A reader writes:

The secretary of state knows as well as any reasonably well informed observer that the Arab League is subject to many conflicting pressures- not least the fact that barring a military crackdown Moussa will soon be running for the Egyptian presidency. The significance of the original Arab endorsement of a "no fly zone" was that it cleared the way for a U.N. resolution. Today's criticism was just bet-hedging by regimes that must not only serve their outside patrons, but also large domestic constituencies hostile to any affiliation with Europe and the U.S.

But we were told there would be clear Arab cover for the war itself, not just the Resolution, and that it would include Arab militaries, precisely so as to undermine the usual anti-Western backlash my reader refers to. So far, I don't see any such thing, although Qatar is saying it will help. Everyone else seems to be keeping their head down.





Email this Article
Add to digg
Add to Reddit
Add to Twitter
Add to del.icio.us
Add to StumbleUpon
Add to Facebook




The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan

Tagged with:
 

A reader writes:

The Arab League has played us well. Our intervention in Libya is the perfect distraction.

Now that we're enmeshed in Libya, we will have far less attention to pay to Saudi intervention in Bahrain, or to the regimes' responses to protests in Jordan, Syria and Yemen. And what easy marks we are. We find it impossible to sit on the sidelines as critical events unfold in other nations, and we are desperately afraid that the Middle East, and its oil, is slipping away from our control. Libya, with a madman for a tyrant, is an easy intervention target. Here, the Arab League seemed to say, do you need to make a stand for human rights in the Middle East? Take Libya. We all hate him anyway.

We are gullible beyond belief. Did Obama, Clinton, Cameron and Sarkozy ever stop to ask themselves who really benefits from our intervention in Libya? No, a bottomless stockpile of missiles combined with a sincere, if narcissistic, belief in ourselves as a "force for good" in the world, made us ripe for the con.





Email this Article
Add to digg
Add to Reddit
Add to Twitter
Add to del.icio.us
Add to StumbleUpon
Add to Facebook




The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan

Tagged with:
 

That did not take long, the Arab League is already criticizing the missile attack on Libya.

President Barack Obama just learned a “Middle East” lesson when it comes to dipping your toe into the Arab League waters. You are damned if you do and damned if you don’t. The criticism came less than 24 hours after international forces attacked Khadafi military forces to create a “no fly zone.” This after the Arab League begged for a no fly zone. What a shock, after drawing the world into a civil war conflict, the Arab League now says,  ”the military operations have gone beyond what the Arab League backed”.

Amr Moussa says the military operations have gone beyond what the Arab League backed.

Moussa has told reporters Sunday that “what happened differs from the no-fly zone objectives.” He says “what we want is civilians’ protection not shelling more civilians.”

By the way, the Obama White House has billed this as an international military action; however, as AOL News points out,  no Arab nation participated in Saturday’s military intervention and none are publicly supporting it.

In fact, the head of the Arab League criticized the international strikes today, saying they caused civilian deaths. Libya said 48 people were killed in the strikes but there was no other official confirmation.

Who could not have seen this coming? One would have to be a rank amateur novice to the ways of the Middle East if they thought the Arab League was going to back 100% a military action against another Muslin country. The Obama folks have “misunderstood” what is going on and had no business getting involved in another countries civil war. What country will the US get involved in next to protest citizens against a regimes brutal ways, Yemen, Syria, North Korea, China?

The White House suumonded VP Joe Biden to reassure the Arab League that the international coalition that they are merely trying to fulfill United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973.”  This after the Obama White House has bent over backwards and made every statement and pre-apology that the military efforts against Libya is an international one and not an invasion or attack on a Muslim country.

Does any one really think this is going to he a quick in and out military action by the US as Obama’s minions are stating? If GWB was in office, they would be calling this a quagmire by weeks end.

Share This

Scared Monkeys

Tagged with:
 

Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. Had Western powers done nothing, they would have been accused of sitting idly by, indifferent to the suffering of a Muslim population. Having done something, they are accused of doing too much, and chances are good that calls for revenge over the supposedly “indiscriminate” loss of Muslim life will now be converted into a reason for more “defensive jihad” — which is ultimately jihad waiting for an excuse.

In all of this, the sense of entitlement of the Arab League to order around other nations to do its dirty work — and take the flak, in all senses of the word, for the military intervention — is staggering. One is reminded of the appalling remarks attributed to King Fahd in 1993:

“I summon my blue-eyed slaves anytime it pleases me. I command the Americans to send me their bravest soldiers to die for me. Anytime I clap my hands a stupid genie called the American ambassador appears to do my bidding. When the Americans die in my service their bodies are frozen in metal boxes by the US Embassy and American airplanes carry them away, as if they never existed. Truly, America is my favorite slave.”

That seems to be more or less the attitude at work here. The word out of the British Foreign Office about Amr Moussa is not surprising, though, combining two tactics we see a great deal of: complaining that controversial comments have been misquoted, and claiming something fell through the cracks on the way between Arabic and English.

An update on this story. “Gaddafi may become target of air strikes, Liam Fox admits,” by Patrick Wintour and Ewen McAskill for The Guardian, March 20:

America, France and Britain – the leaders of the coalition’s air attacks on Libya – were struggling to maintain international support for their actions, as they faced stinging criticism about mission creep from the leader of the Arab League, as well as from China and Russia.

Critics claimed that the coalition of the willing may have been acting disproportionately and had come perilously close to making Gaddafi’s departure an explicit goal of UN policy.

Russia, which abstained on the UN vote last week, called for “an end to indiscriminate force”.

Despite denials from coalition forces, Alexander Lukashevich, Russia’s foreign ministry spokesman, said that the coalition had hit non-military targets.

He suggested that 48 civilians had been killed. “We believe a mandate given by the UN security council resolution – a controversial move in itself – should not be used to achieve goals outside its provisions, which only see measures necessary to protect civilian population,” he said.

The Arab League secretary general, Amr Moussa, also startled western governments when he denounced the air attacks only a week after the league had called for creation of a no-fly zone.

Moussa, who is a candidate for the Egyptian presidency, said: “What has happened in Libya differs from the goal of imposing a no-fly zone and what we want is the protection of civilians and not bombing other civilians.”

The Foreign Office later said Moussa claimed he had been misquoted, or had put his criticism more strongly in Arabic than in English. “We will continue to work with our Arab partners to enforce the resolution for the good of the Libyan people,” the FO said.

The Arab League had, though, been called to an emergency session to discuss the scale of the attacks.

The British defence secretary, Liam Fox, said the scale was in line with UN resolutions that had been “essential in terms of the Gaddafi regime’s ability to prosecute attacks on their own people”. He also said it was possible that Gaddafi himself could become a target of air attacks if the safety of civilians could be guaranteed.

Ahead of a Commons debate and vote tomorrow, leading figures in David Cameron’s cabinet were under pressure to clarify whether the explicit purpose of the attacks was to render Gaddafi’s regime so powerless that it collapses.

Speaking on the Politics Show, Fox said: “Mission accomplished would mean the Libyan people free to control their own destiny. This is very clear – the international community wants his regime to end and wants the Libyan people to control for themselves their own country.”

He then added: “Regime change is not an objective, but it may come about as a result of what is happening amongst the people of Libya.”…

Jihad Watch

Tagged with:
 

Yesterday, Marisol wrote: “Tomorrow, or soon, they will pillory us again as the ‘world’s policeman.’” And here we are. These strikes against Libya are disastrously wrongheaded and play into the hands of Islamic supremacists, but that doesn’t stop the Arab League from using them to play the victim card and try to stir up a little defensive jihad.

“Arab League criticizes allied airstrikes on Libya,” from AP, March 20 (thanks to JCB):

CAIRO – The head of the Arab League has criticized international strikes on Libya, saying they caused civilian deaths.

The Arab League’s support for a no-fly zone last week helped overcome reluctance in the West for action in Libya. The U.N. authorized not only a no-fly zone but also “all necessary measures” to protect civilians.

Amr Moussa says the military operations have gone beyond what the Arab League backed.

Moussa has told reporters Sunday that “what happened differs from the no-fly zone objectives.” He says “what we want is civilians’ protection not shelling more civilians.”…

Jihad Watch

Tagged with:
 

They’re calling backsies:

A coordinated attack by Western forces targeting Libyan air capabilities and armor appears to have succeeded in damaging Libyan military installations and armor, but Arab support for the no-fly zone may be waning.

Arab League head Amr Moussa told reporters Sunday that the Arab league thought the use of force was excessive following an overnight bombing campaign that Libya claims killed at least 48 people.

“What we want is civilians’ protection, not shelling more civilians,” he was quoted saying by the Associated Press.

Not sure what’s really happening here, but vocal support from the Arab League was supposed to make this different from other western military strikes on Arab countries.


Yglesias

Tagged with:
 

Peter Bergen drank the Susan Rice Kool-Aid as well:

The Obama administration was handed a gift by the Arab League, which in its more than six-decade history has garnered a well-earned reputation as a feckless talking shop, but unusually took a stand one week ago by endorsing a no-fly zone over Libya. That endorsement put the Arab League way out in front of the Obama administration, which was then dithering about whether to do anything of substance to help the rebels fighting Gadhafi.

The unexpected action by the Arab League gave the administration the impetus and diplomatic cover to then go to the United Nations Security Council to secure a broad resolution endorsing not only a no-fly zone, but also allowing member states to "take all necessary measures" to protect civilians in Libya.

And it took the Arab League less than 24 hours to abandon the operation. And so almost instantly, a central plank of this war's legitimacy has been revealed as a delusion.





Email this Article
Add to digg
Add to Reddit
Add to Twitter
Add to del.icio.us
Add to StumbleUpon
Add to Facebook




The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan

Tagged with:
 

Of all the nutty arguments made by secretary of state Clinton for the new war in Libya was that the Arab League had signed on. We were told that military forces flying Arab flags would be at the center of the coalition. Now, we find that there are no such military forces. Worse, even the paper tiger of the Arab League has now bolted the mission. It took the Arab League less than a day to get off the bus. And yet this was apparently Clinton's trump card in her internal argument.

Drum roll, please:

The head of the Arab League has criticized international strikes on Libya, saying they caused civilian deaths. The Arab League's support for a no-fly zone last week helped overcome reluctance in the West for action in Libya. The U.N. authorized not only a no-fly zone but also "all necessary measures" to protect civilians. Amr Moussa says the military operations have gone beyond what the Arab League backed.

Moussa has told reporters Sunday that "what happened differs from the no-fly zone objectives." He says "what we want is civilians' protection not shelling more civilians." U.S. and European strikes overnight targeted mainly air defenses, the U.S. military said. Libya says 48 people were killed, including civilians.

And so it begins. A western intervention in a Muslim country with no exit plan, inevitable civilian casualties, and no serious backing from the Arab world, and majority opposition among the US public. What could possibly go wrong?





Email this Article
Add to digg
Add to Reddit
Add to Twitter
Add to del.icio.us
Add to StumbleUpon
Add to Facebook




The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan

Tagged with:
 

A mere week after calling for a no-fly zone over Libya, the Arab League is now criticizing the nations implementing a no-fly zone over Libya:

CAIRO (AP) — The head of the Arab League has criticized international strikes on Libya, saying they caused civilian deaths.

The Arab League’s support for a no-fly zone last week helped overcome reluctance in the West for action in Libya. The U.N. authorized not only a no-fly zone but also “all necessary measures” to protect civilians.

Amr Moussa says the military operations have gone beyond what the Arab League backed.

Moussa has told reporters Sunday that “what happened differs from the no-fly zone objectives.” He says “what we want is civilians’ protection not shelling more civilians.”

File this under “You can never please anyone.”

 




Outside the Beltway

Tagged with:
 

Following Saturday’s action, we have two big matches in the Premier League today, on Sunday. The first one kicks off between Sunderland and Liverpool at the Stadium Of Light. The prospect of this match still instantly reminds me of floating red…



This is a content summary. Visit http://www.epltalk.com for full contents! Want the full RSS feed? Visit http://www.epltalk.com/epl-talk-pro-faq/ to learn more.



EPL Talk

Tagged with:
 

It’s been a very Champions League-centric week, so I’m glad to see the return of the Premier League this weekend, so we can return back to normalcy, which is typically filled with excitement and plenty of goals. Today, we have several enticing…



This is a content summary. Visit http://www.epltalk.com for full contents! Want the full RSS feed? Visit http://www.epltalk.com/epl-talk-pro-faq/ to learn more.



EPL Talk

Tagged with:
 

The puppeteers over at BBC 3 have been busy this afternoon preparing a late-breaking episode of Special 1 TV. The topic, which is on everyone’s minds today and at Special 1 TV, is the Champions League draw. Jose, The Boy and Wenger cover the news in…



This is a content summary. Visit http://www.epltalk.com for full contents! Want the full RSS feed? Visit http://www.epltalk.com/epl-talk-pro-faq/ to learn more.



EPL Talk

Tagged with:
 

Tramon WilliamsWe talked about it for much of the season — Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams has developed into one of the league’s best cover corners. Now, the hardcore football geek statistics have validated the statement. Williams appears near the top of Football Outsiders cornerback charting stats for 2010.




Total Packers

Tagged with: