End game looks close as US, French push toward “coup de grace”
July 12, 2011
A new Rasmussen poll reveals that less than one quarter of voters believe that the US should continue military action in Libya.
The survey of 1,000 likely voters, conducted on July 10-11, shows that support for Obama’s “kinetic military action” against the Qaddafi regime and the people of Libya has fallen by a huge nineteen percentage points since late March, when forty three percent expressed support following a televised speech by the president.
The White House has been loathe to admit the fact that the attack on Libya is a war as it would stymy the billions of dollars the Pentagon has creatively shifted around to fund the bombardment. The conflict has also opened up Obama to potential impeachment charges for his flagrant violation of the constitution in not seeking Congressional approval for the campaign, against the advice of his own constitutional lawyers.
Two weeks ago Obama delivered probably the most arrogant statement thus far betraying his open hostility to the rule of law, churlishly dismissing criticism from Congress and remarking, “I don’t even have to get to the Constitutional question.”
Now just twenty four percent of likely voters say they still support the NATO led aggression, with forty four percent firmly against further action and thirty two percent undecided.
Less than a quarter also believe that Libya is a vital national security interest for the US, with an overwhelming majority of Seventy-five percent of all voters agreeing with the statement “the United States should not commit its forces to military action overseas unless the cause is vital to our national interest.”
Just over a third rate the Obama administration’s handling of the Libya conflict as good or excellent, with twenty seven percent rating the administration’s performance as poor.
Earlier this week France appeared to side with Russia and China in calling for an immediate end to NATO bombardments in Libya.
French Defense Minister Gerard Longuet told reporters that it was time for Libyan rebels to “to sit around a table to reach a political compromise” with Qaddafi loyalists, noting that “there was no solution with force.”
Furthermore, Qaddafi’s son, Seif al-Islam has claimed that his father’s government is in talks with the French government.
The French government has also acknowledged that support for Qaddafi is being bolstered amongst the Libyan population as reports of NATO strikes killing civilians continue to grow in number.
However, the US State Department issued a statement declaring that “the United States will continue efforts as part of a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) coalition to enforce a U.N. Security Council-authorized no-fly zone in Libya designed to protect civilians under threat of attack.”
As we reported last week, Israeli intelligence sources based in Washington have indicated that the US and France have set a deadline of September 2nd to topple Qaddafi, with NATO powers ready to inflict a crushing blow if the Libyan leader refuses to step down peacefully.
NATO is reportedly preparing for a full ground invasion in order to oversee a final “coup de grace” that will manifest itself as a “large-scale, all-out military bid to kill or oust” Qaddafi.
NATO powers are looking to end the war in Libya within the next two months so that the conflict will be over by the time Barack Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy convene for a crucial Israeli-Palestine peace summit in Paris on September 2nd. Obama and Sarkozy’s credibility as peacemakers will be completely undermined if they are still overseeing attacks on Libya, which they assured the world, over four months ago, would be completed within days.
Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.net, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham in England.
This article was posted: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 9:38 am