The British Conservative-Liberal government of Prime Minister David Cameron and the French administration of President Nicolas Sarkozy are moving closer to deploying ground forces in Libya, escalating the neocolonial war being waged against the regime of Muammar Gaddafi.
In a televised interview yesterday, Cameron repeatedly refused to rule out launching operations involving ground troops. “What we’ve said is there is no question of an invasion or an occupation, this is not about Britain putting boots on the ground, this is not what we are about here,” he declared.
But when the prime minister was asked if he categorically ruled out any form of ground force, he replied: “What I’ve said is there is no occupying force, no invasion. The position hasn’t changed.”
Asked about a possible “temporary” ground operation, he answered: “I’ve answered the question. We’re not occupying, we’re not invading.”
That's from Patrick O'Connor's "France, Britain step up drive for deployment of ground troops in Libya" (WSWS). And that's it for heavy from me. I'm burning up. And I've got the temperature down low. I must be coming down with something.
I had the TV on this evening but couldn't pay attention -- fever. So I ended up pulling out the laptop. I streamed Justified (I am in major lust for Timothy Olyphant) but had little idea what happened. I blanked out. Next thing I knew, Timothy was stopping a bank robberty. And the episode was almost over. So bored, I went to NPR, I streamed Fresh Air. I was so sick, that sounded like a good idea. There was a discussion of plastics and how they can be toxic and I followed most of that -- in part because Terry Gross wasn't on (it was a guest host). But then they did a piece on the birth of country music. And a voice over from Terry explaining Ed Ward was doing the segment. Ed War "rock historian." Excuse me, "rock historian" for county music coverage does not make me feel I'm being informed. Stuck up Terry Gross doesn't know any country music critic?
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"