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Qaddafi Continues Airstrikes in Libya

Not a "video game."

9:39 AM, Mar 7, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
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The New York Times reports that airstrikes continue to pound rebels in Libya:

With tanks, helicopters and fighter planes, troops loyal to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi attacked rebel troops in the coastal town of Bin Jawwad on Sunday and pushed them east, stalling, for the moment, hopes by the antigovernment fighters of a steady march toward Tripoli.

By Monday, rebel forces said they were seeking to regroup but needed reinforcements, according to Mohamad Samir, an army colonel fighting with the rebels, quoted by The Associated Press. News reports on Monday said there had been a new air attack on the rebels at Ras Lanuf, where they had withdrawn after Sunday’s counter-offensive by loyalist forces.

Meanwhile, back in Washington, the Obama administration continues to argue that a no-fly zone over Libya wouldn't be appropriate. As Obama's chief of staff, William Daley, said on NBC's "Meet the Press" yesterday, “Lots of people throw around phrases like no-fly zone — they talk about it as though it’s just a video game.” 

But who is Daley talking about, when he suggests that those in favor of a no-fly zone over Libya are "talk[ing] about it as though it's just a video game"?

Two senators who are no strangers to military combat -- Vietnam veterans John Kerry and John McCain, a Democrat and Republican respectively -- have been the leading voices, arguing that the U.S. should use its power to stop the slaughtering of Libyans at the hands of Qaddafi. As McCain said yesterday on ABC's "This Week," “we can’t risk allowing Qaddafi to massacre people from the air.”

Is Daley really suggesting that John McCain, who himself was shot down over Vietnam and spent five years in the Hanoi Hilton, is just viewing this situation as though it were a video game?  

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