400 More Marines Head Toward Libya

March 23, 2011

If we take Gates at his word, it would appear Marines landing in Libya would come under "contingency planning." They've been deployed to the Keersarge, which would already have the 26th MEU. Amphibious assault? So much for only no flight zones, I guess.

The Pentagon is sending an additional 400 Marines to join the amphibious assault ship Kearsarge near North Africa in response to the unrest in Libya, Pentagon officials said Tuesday.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates ordered the Kearsarge and the amphibious transport dock Ponce to move from the U.S. Central Command region into the Mediterranean Sea to provide the capability for evacuation or humanitarian aid.

“We are obviously looking at a lot of options and contingencies,” Gates said Tuesday at a Pentagon briefing.

U.S. military officials are closely tracking the events in Libya, where armed rebels are clashing with military forces loyal to the Arab nation’s longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi.

Gates downplayed the prospect of military action in Libya, noting that there is no clear support from the United Nations or a consensus among U.S. allies.

The Kearsarge deployed in August with an amphibious readiness group with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, but most of those Marines have deployed to Afghanistan. The 400 Marines will be coming from 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

AdSense 300×250
NewsMax Trending Now
  1. Ragspierre says:

    “Gates downplayed the prospect of military action in Libya, noting that there is no clear support from the United Nations or a consensus among U.S. allies.”
    So, when the MEEEEsiah said…
    “In the past there have been times when the United States acted unilaterally or did not have full international support, and as a consequence typically it was the United States military that ended up bearing the entire burden.”
    He was talking out his ass even MORE than usual.
    That EVIL BOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooooooooosh Straw Man sure has a LONNNNGGGGGG life.
    Funny how Barackah just insists on making the real one look good.

  2. Gulf of Tonkin, Gulf of Sidra, WHATever…

  3. Ragspierre says:

    “Now, with respect to our national interests, the American people and the United States have an interest, first of all, in making sure that where a brutal dictator is threatening his people and saying he will show no mercy and go door-to-door hunting people down, and we have the capacity under international sanction to do something about that, I think it’s in America’s international — in America’s national interest to do something about it.”
    That is the sound of all the EVIL BOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooooooooosh Warmonger moonbats being FOREVER thrown under the Obamic Bus of DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM…!!!
    Don’t EVEN open your lying mouths again.

  4. salvage says:

    Three quagmires, American exceptionalism indeed!

  5. Ragspierre says:

    Except Iraq is going rather well.
    Afghanistan, under Obama, is an open question.
    This idiocy in Libya, well…time will tell, but it sure has turned south, hasn’t it….????
    sewage does not believe in…or even like…American exceptionalism.

  6. salvage says:

    Rather well.
    Uh huh.
    Except that this sort of thing:
    BAGHDAD, March 23 (Reuters) – Iraq’s Ministry of Electricity said on Wednesday it had reached an agreement with three foreign firms to install 50 diesel-fuelled emergency power generator stations across the country to help ease its acute power shortage.
    A Fort Stewart soldier deployed to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn was killed Monday after enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.
    March 23 (Reuters) – Following are security developments in Iraq as of 2100 GMT on Wednesday.
    * denotes new or updated item
    * RAMADI – Two policemen were wounded when a roadside bomb targeting a police patrol went off in central Ramadi, 100 km (60 miles) west of Baghdad, police said.
    * MUSSAYAB – Two policemen were wounded when a roadside bomb targeting a police patrol went off in Mussayab, 60 km (40 miles) south of Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source said.
    * BAGHDAD – A roadside bomb killed one civilian and wounded seven others when it exploded in Baghdad’s southeastern Zaafaraniya district, an Interior Ministry source said.
    * BAGHDAD – An official in the Municipalities Ministry was killed by armed men while he was driving his car in Baghdad’s northeastern Sadr City slum, an Interior Ministry source said.
    * BAGHDAD – A driver working for the Electricity Ministry was killed when a bomb attached to his vehicle went off in Baghdad’s northwestern Hurriya district, an Interior Ministry source said. The source also said two passengers in the car were wounded.
    * BAGHDAD – A roadside bomb wounded two civilians when it exploded on a highway in central Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source said.
    * KIRKUK – An improvised explosive device (IED) targeting a police brigadier general wounded two civilians when it went off in central Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, Kirkuk police operations room said. The operations room said a second IED targeting the same brigadier general wounded five firemen who were at the scene to extinguish a fire caused by the first explosion.
    BAGHDAD – Major General Ahmed Obeidi, head of the 6th Iraqi Army Division, died in a hospital on Tuesday from wounds sustained on Sunday when gunmen shot at his car in Palestine Street, northeastern Baghdad, an Iraqi army source said.
    BAGHDAD – A bomb attached to a car killed its driver in western Baghad’s Amiriya district, an Interior Ministry source said.
    MOSUL – Gunmen wounded two off-duty policemen inside their vehicle in western Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.
    MOSUL – Gunmen threw a hand grenade at a police patrol and wounded one civilian in central Mosul, police said.
    MOSUL – Gunmen in a car killed an off-duty policeman near his house in southwestern Mosul late on Tuesday, police said.
    Happens every day.
    I know, I know, it’s not on Fox News so you don’t see it.
    So tell me you cilly sunt is that really your idea of “rather well”?

  7. salvage says:

    >Afghanistan, under Obama, is an open question.
    And then it all changed a few Novembers ago.
    Are you really this stupid or are you even stupider than that?

  8. Ragspierre says:

    Support that BS.
    With a link.
    You DO know that an Iraqi is safer than a Mexican, who is safer than a Venezuelan, right?
    Why do you think there is an increase in power demand, idiot?

  9. Ragspierre says:

    Remember the Marsh Arabs?
    Remember the enviro-war that Saddam was waging, where he drained the marshes to displace the Marsh Arabs.
    You stupid lying phuc.

  10. Drago says:

    I can’t tell.
    Did salvage post the crime report from a typical saturday night in Detroit?
    salvage the military ignoramus: “Under Bush it was MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!”
    The Mission of the officers and men of the USS Lincoln was accomplished. As would be expected of a crew and airwing of a US CVBG.

  11. Drago says:

    Poor poor salvage.
    Like barfo, for him, history ended in Jan of 2009.
    barfo and salvage simply can’t bring themselves to discuss anything that happened after that date.
    I wonder why that is?

  12. salvage says:

    The U.S. Vice-President, Dick Cheney, said today the Taliban militia was now “out of business, permanently” as the allies targeted weapons of mass destruction in the next phase in the war on terror.
    And so now what you’re saying “rather well” is measured in comparison to Mexico?
    Do you know the difference between Mexico and Iraq? Like how America invaded one so its responsible for the result?
    As a wingnut I know you have no idea of what responsible means.
    Oh and here’s more about how rather well Iraq is:
    3. Iraq
    Ranked 175th worldwide out of 178 countries, Iraq has only fallen on the Corruption Perceptions Index as the war in Iraq has continued. While not ranked before the ouster of Saddam Hussein, Iraq is now perceived as less corrupt than only three countries.
    2. Iraq
    While there has been a fall in violence in the last year, militants are concentrating their attacks on infrastructure, with a concerted effort to strike at the heart of the government. Around 4,500 civilians were killed in Iraq last year, according to Iraq Body Count, an independent monitoring organization. Security experts believe that Iraqi elections slated for March 7 will be accompanied by a rise in sectarian violence driven by former Baathists and al-Qaida.
    Read Full Story

  13. Ragspierre says:

    Idiot sewage….
    We did invade Mexico. See, your history just sucks.
    So, according to a Collectivist “monitoring” outfit, Iraq has a corruption problem.
    Where it did not under Saddam.
    Really…???? You ARE kidding here, right…?!?!?
    “The United States fell behind Chile and into 22nd place, marking the first time it failed to rank in the top 20. Russia ranked worst among global powers, falling from 146th place to 154th place, tied with Cambodia.”
    Huh. Ya tink Obama has something to do with our corruption ranking slipping?

  14. Ragspierre says:

    sewage, you weren’t one of those people who was predicting that we would get chewed to pieces in Afghanistan when we went in their initially.
    Not you.
    Remember all those fools who were saying we would never have enough body bags, and historically the Afghans just simply could not be beat.
    You weren’t one of them, were you?

  15. salvage says:

    >We did invade Mexico. See, your history just sucks.
    Jesus Christ.

  16. Ragspierre says:

    sewage, liar, you are linking to a story that is a year and a half old on Iraq.
    The dreaded election violence…??? Meh. Not. So. Much.
    Stupid, I read. You should try it some time.
    “Topical”…look it the FLUCK up, moron.
    This is less than a year old.

  17. Drago says:

    Salvage posting stuff from a year and a half ago!
    Poor salvage!
    Meanwhile, in actual, real world happening-today kind of news, salvages messiah and his minions are engaging in the time honored tradition of “kinetic military action”!!
    If you want a real hearty laugh, check out Ace of Spades for their takedown of Andrea Mitchell’s latest fellating of obambi with her outline of the obambi policy.
    Let’s just say it’s as vacuous a description of a supposed strategy or doctrine as the our current diversity hire occupant of the white house.
    BTW, has salvage yet explained if he/she/it (in recognition of our transgendered community…NTTAWWT!!) is in support of the no-fly zone war non-war kinetic military action with the stable/not stable coalition of the willing/not so willing?!!
    I’ll bet salvage hasn’t!!
    I’ll bet salvage doesn’t even have any newspapers dated past 1Feb2009 in his parents basement!!