Thursday, March 24, 2011


Libya: Nato to take control after William Hague's appeal

Nato will take over control of Libyan military operations this weekend after Britain made an emotional appeal to allies to put a quick end to the "appalling violence" of the Gaddafi regime


Few Americans see Obama as strong military leader

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Vehicles belonging to forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi explode after an air strike by coalition forces, along a road between Benghazi and Ajdabiyah, March 20, 2011. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
WASHINGTON | Thu Mar 24, 2011 2:01pm EDT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Only 17 percent of Americans see President Barack Obama as a strong and decisive military leader, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll taken after the United States and its allies began bombing Libya.
Nearly half of those polled view Obama as a cautious and consultative commander-in-chief and more than a third see him as indecisive in military matters.
Obama was widely criticized in 2009 for his months-long consultations with senior aides and military chiefs on whether to send more troops to Afghanistan. Critics called it dithering, but he said such a big decision required careful deliberation. He eventually dispatched 30,000 more troops.
But Obama is facing mounting discontent among opposition Republicans and from within his own Democratic Party over the fuzzy aims of the U.S.-led mission in Libya and the lack of a clearly spelled-out exit strategy for U.S. forces.

NRA Eyes Record Rally for Gun Rights

Thursday, 24 Mar 2011 05:38 PM
By Chris Gonsalves
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The National Rifle Association is expecting a record turnout at its annual members’ meeting in Pittsburgh next month, the result, organizers say, of a growing national backlash against government intrusion into Second Amendment rights.

The event, which runs from April 29 to May 1, will feature a keynote by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a presentation of the Ronald Reagan Leadership Award by the late president’s son, Michael Reagan, and a performance by award-winning comedian Jeff Foxworthy.

NRA officials say publicly they expect at least 60,000 people to turn out for the convention.

But with attendance of more than 71,000 setting records last year -- and with more than a million NRA members within reasonable driving distance of Pittsburgh -- this year’s show could draw an all-time high crowd of around 75,000.

Greater Pittsburgh Convention & Visitors Bureau officials say 27 hotels have already booked 4,750 rooms for the event.

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