Theodore's World: Obama : Libya fight is not war, it's "kinetic military action"

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March 25, 2011

Obama : Libya fight is not war, it's "kinetic military action"

The Obama Administration is now calling the intervention in Libya- a kinetic military action.

Obama : Libya fight is not war, it's 'kinetic military action'.

Washington Examiner

In the last few days, Obama administration officials have frequently faced the question: Is the fighting in Libya a war? From military officers to White House spokesmen up to the president himself, the answer is no. But that leaves the question: What is it?

In a briefing on board Air Force One Wednesday, deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes took a crack at an answer. "I think what we are doing is enforcing a resolution that has a very clear set of goals, which is protecting the Libyan people, averting a humanitarian crisis, and setting up a no-fly zone," Rhodes said. "Obviously that involves kinetic military action, particularly on the front end."

Rhodes' words echoed a description by national security adviser Tom Donilon in a briefing with reporters two weeks ago as the administration contemplated action in Libya. "Military steps -- and they can be kinetic and non-kinetic, obviously the full range -- are not the only method by which we and the international community are pressuring Gadhafi," Donilon said.

Rhodes and Donilon are by no means alone. "Kinetic" is heard in a lot of descriptions of what's going on in Libya.

"As we are successful in suppressing the [Libyan] air defenses, the level of kinetic activity should decline," Defense Secretary Robert Gates said in a meeting with reporters in Moscow Tuesday.

In a briefing with reporters the same day from on board the USS Mount Whitney, Admiral Samuel Locklear, commander of Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn, said, "The coalition brings together a wide array of capabilities that allow us to minimize the collateral damage when we have to take kinetic operations."

On Monday, General Carter Ham, head of U.S. Africa Command, said of the coalition forces, "We possess certainly a very significant kinetic capability."

And unnamed sources use it too. "In terms of the heavy kinetic portion of this military action, the president envisions it as lasting days, not weeks," an unnamed senior official told CNN Saturday.

Now, White House officials are referring to the war in Libya not as a war but as a "kinetic military action." As common as "kinetic" might be among those in government, it still seems likely to strike members of the public as a euphemism that allows the Obama administration to describe a war as something other than a war.

Wild Thing's comment.......

obama why don’t you kinetic yourself on out of here. Kinetic Military Action is a derivative of Obama’s Birth Certificate. It is so damn kinetic he can not find it.

EXCUSE ME FREAK OBAMA!!! But bullets are fired, bombs are dropped, missiles are launched and people die. Not to debate the rights or wrongs of this action but IT IS WAR! Then again, War has an objective. This doesn’t ... or does it?

sheesh! This kind of verbiage sounds alot like McNamara!!

Posted by Wild Thing at March 25, 2011 07:55 AM


WE go back a few years Bear Nation and I've said all along the Estados Unidos libtard socialist media, including MSLSD and Commies Nutwork News,
... are the ENEMY all along!

Libya will be another bust like Somalia, where we airlifted water, food and medical supplies in to Mogadishu then airlifted out 19 slaughtered US Army Rangers (Blackhawk Down)...

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at March 25, 2011 10:09 AM

In 1964 it was McNamara who came up with the idea that we in the Military were Goodwill Ambassadors, what kind of non-sense was that. Then he tried to make all Services look alike by changing the uniforms and making them all look similar. Took away our brown shoes, gave us cheap boots that never broke in. Now we've come full circle, Kinetic Military Action.

When I think about this. Is this any different that the operation in Santo Damingo, Dominican Republic, April 28,1965, LBJ, sent us into The Dominican Republic to quell a Military Coup. As it was we were one Company short, on those cruises you dropped one company off in Gitmo for the MLR that was set up around the base, for the cruise, but the next day the 82nd was on its way down, and 1st Bn 8th Marines were coming too. And later became an RLT(regimental Landing Team) Plus Cia, Rangers, and our own Recon and a whole host of other people. Ironically, a week before we left on that curise, the 3rd MarDiv went into Vietnam.

There was no authorization from Congress. So technically that was as Illegal as what obama is doing now. Seems like the democrats are famous for this kind of cheating.

So by this new definition, Korea, Vietnam, (Dom-Rep), the Gulf War, 9-11, Iraq, Afghanistan and now Lybia were all Kinetic Military Actions ? In all those wars there has been an expensive price paid, almost 200,000 American lives lost.

I am confused.

Posted by: Mark at March 25, 2011 03:53 PM

Darth, your right, I remember how you said that about the media long ago.

And like you said about Lybia too, and the media will never tell the truth when obama messes up.I wish more people out there in the world would see that.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 25, 2011 11:34 PM

Mark, thank you for sharing about McNamara and LBJ. I think your right too the democrats are famous for this kind of thing and they keep repeating it. And it is an outrage that so many have died in all those war and they were wars, just because the left wants to use other words for it, they are full of it.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 25, 2011 11:38 PM

KMA - Kiss My A - - .....jerk!! Did he just come in from outerspace!!??

Posted by: jan at March 26, 2011 10:23 AM