10.38pm: More than 2, 000 people have been killed in Benghazi alone over the past few days, a French doctor told Le Point Magazine. The doctor also said that those attacking anti-government protesters included foreign mercenaries from Chad and Niger.
The "official" death toll is laughably small...
6.34pm: At least 640 people have been killed since the protests began, the International Federation for Human Rights (IFHR) says. This figure is more than double the official Libyan government toll of 300 dead.The elephant has given birth to yet another mouse. Here is the key statement from Obama in today's news conference about Libya:
The American people extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of all who've been killed and injured. The suffering and bloodshed is outrageous and it is unacceptable. So are threats and orders to shoot peaceful protesters and further punish the people of Libya. These actions violate international norms and every standard of common decency. This violence must stop.Having the leader of the world's biggest army, the country look to for leadership, and having this guy say "this violence must stop" as if it will fall from heaven by itself if ridiculous. This isn't "leadership". This is idiocy. I have not a shred of respect left for Obama. He isn't the positive evil that Bush was, but he is a big nothing when it comes to helping usher in a better future. His actions on Libya are consistent with his "do nothing but wring you hands" approach he has taken with his own people in trying to deal with the legislative onslaught of the rabid Republicans in the US. Tragic.