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From Darkness to (Odyssey) Dawn

Transcript from The Journeying Progressive’s speech today (downtown Kansas City, MO):

“Good afternoon. It is dark right now in the nation of Libya. For the past month, the world has watched a selfish dictator brutally suppress the protests of a people in crisis. Today, the United States and her allies have said “Enough.”

Muammar Gaddafi has done far more than simply oppose the protests of Libyan citizens–he has rained fire and death on them from the sky. His use of military aircraft to bomb, strafe and kill his own people is a horrendous affront to humankind. The lines could not be drawn any clearer.

The United States can not fight–does not wish to fight–the battles of the Libyan people for them. But when a bloodthirsty autocrat uses military strike aircraft on a people who seek peace–a people he is supposed to represent as president–the field is not level. Further action–unchecked–will result in the mass slaughter of untold numbers of Libyan men, women and children. We cannot allow this to continue.

Our goal is to protect the people of Libya. Our own Declaration spells out the truth, in terms that we know well:

“That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

This is their time, their nation, their livelihood. But they cannot fulfill their destiny underneath the scepter of aerial bombardment. Libya cannot live under the dark shadows of air-to-ground missiles.

Our goal is to protect the people of Libya. A no-fly zone means just that: Gaddafi will no longer be able to rain terror upon his own people from the sky. Together with our partners from the Arab world and allies in Europe, we form an indelible shield from unwarranted aggression for the Libyan people. We will add no ground troops to this fight; we seek no land or treasure from the people. But whenever any man targets a hospital, or destroys a mosque, or takes the lives of mothers and fathers and children–the world will not merely watch with sad eyes. We will act with firmness, justice and resolve.

Our goal is to protect the people of Libya–and we expect nothing in return. There can be no quid pro quo when human rights and dignity are involved. The only wish we have for the Libyan people is to be free, to be able to live for their families and their future.

It may be dark tonight in Libya, but when the world stands together against oppression and tyranny, then may the darkness turn to dawn. Then may the future come, to a sovereign people–to a people who seek their own way forward. I look forward to protecting the people and ushering in this century’s next great victory for freedom. Thank you.

(Disclaimer: This speech happened in front of about 4 people in my living room. Just flexing the creative muscles and saying what our elected officials haven’t thus far.)

Original article posted here.


  1. And experienced the thrill of delivering it/seeing it delivered to applause and “head nodding”–this one’s for you. Words are awesome.

  2. DTOzone

    A hard-core group of liberal House Democrats is questioning the constitutionality of U.S. missile strikes against Libya, with one lawmaker raising the prospect of impeachment during a Democratic Caucus conference call on Saturday.

    Reps. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.), Donna Edwards (Md.), Mike Capuano (Mass.), Dennis Kucinich (Ohio), Maxine Waters (Calif.), Rob Andrews (N.J.), Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas), Barbara Lee (Calif.) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.) “all strongly raised objections to the constitutionality of the president’s actions” during that call, said two Democratic lawmakers who took part.

    The one raising the prospect of impeachment was, you guessed it, Kucinich.

  3. Shaun Appleby

    In Libya:

    BREAKING: PSYOPS is running! USAF EC-130J tail nr 00-1934 callsign STEEL 74 transmitting messages to #Libya on HF freq

    3 minutes ago

  4. HappyinVT

    The UN ambassador and the Human Rights minister have both resigned over the violence toward the protesters.  And it seems even the president’s tribe is starting to turn on him.

  5. DTOzone

    The Arab League on Sunday criticized Western military strikes on Libya, a week after urging the United Nations to slap a no-fly zone on the oil-rich North African state.

    “What has happened in Libya differs from the goal of imposing a no-fly zone and what we want is the protection of civilians and not bombing other civilians,” Arab League secretary general Amr Mussa told reporters.

    Maybe they didn’t understand what a “no-fly zone” meant?  

  6. HappyinVT

    meant just that:


    Amr Moussa, the head of the Arab League says that Arabs did not want military strikes by Western powers that hit civilians when the League called for a no-fly zone over Libya, saying:

    What is happening in Libya differs from the aim of imposing a no-fly zone, and what we want is the protection of civilians and not the bombardment of more civilians.

    Uh, a no-fly zone doesn’t work so well when you don’t take out Gaddafi’s anti-aircraft capabilities.  However, I do understand the League’s reluctance to sign off on the bombing of military targets like we’ve seen happen outside Benghazi as well as the bombing of command and control and/or communications installations.

  7. HappyinVT

    ChangeInLibya Halwasa Guy by iyad_elbaghdadi

    Qatari jets are in Libyan airspace right now. Might begin attacks soon! For once an Arab nation is helping another against a tyrant.

    I wonder if they are patrolling versus attacking.  Or maybe reconnoitering.

  8. (All times are local in Libya GMT+2)


    British special forces have been on the ground in Libya for weeks, preparing for possible operations, says German newsmagaine Focus.

    Members of the Special Air Service and Special Boat Service have reportedly been noting the locations of potential targets, such as fighter jets and communications facilities.


    Among the headlines, you may think ‘”Odyssey Dawn” is the only military operation in action – but we understand each of the contributing nations has their own codename for enforcing UN Security Council resolution 1973:

    Operation Odyssey Dawn – The US military operation.

    Operation Ellamy – The UK military effort

    Operation Mobile – The Canadian component.

    Operation Harmattan- The French military operation.

    If we find out why they’re named those names, we’ll let you know…

  9. spacemanspiff


    We’ve found a lot of brutal poll numbers for Sarah Palin so far in 2011: down in South Dakota, down in South Carolina, down in Arizona, only up by 1 point in Texas, only up by 1 point in Nebraska to name a few. But this has to be the worst- independent voters say they would support Charlie Sheen over Palin for President by a 41/36 margin.

    Tiger blood.

    Uhh… WINNING!

  10. HappyinVT

    16:00 BBC Col Gaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam, said that the regime in Tripoli had been “surprised” by the air strikes. Speaking to Christiane Amanpour on ABC’s This Week he said: “Believe me one day you will make up and you will find out that you were supporting the wrong people and you had made a big mistake in supporting those people. It’s like the WMD in Iraq. It’s another story.”  

    We may well be making a mistake supporting “those people.”  The US seems to do that with alarming regularity but his father made mistakes, too; chief of which was to promise to massacre those in Benghazi.

  11. HappyinVT

    according to AJE live blog:

    Two AFP journalists and an accompanying Getty photographer have gone missing in Libya.

    Norway is sending six F-16s Monday am as well as additional pilots, technicians and press officers.  Denmark is also sending six (seems to be the go-to number) F-16s.

    And the US is looking to hand off control of the Libyan operations to a coalition in the coming days.

  12. Vice Admiral William Gortney


    NFZ effectively in place.

    Loyalist ground forces advancing on opposition will be brought under attack.

    Not ready at this time to answer whether Loyalist forces not advancing will be left alone.

    Shortly before I came in here the Arab League endorsed our handling of the operation.

    No aircraft shot down.

    Fixed SA 2, 3 and 5 and early warning radars have been taken down, mobile SA 6 and 8 and large number of handheld manpad 7-types.

    Have not directly targeted fixed or mobile AAA sites in Tripoli.

    Again not ready to specify detail i.e. “if rebels are advancing, what are loyalists allowed to do?” (Gandalf – nudge nudge ;~)

  13. HappyinVT

    iyad_elbaghdadi Iyad El-Baghdadi

    I’ve been told that Mahmud Shammam said earlier on AJA that Gaddafi was hiding out in Bashir Saleh’s house on the Algerian border. #Libya

    Not that I know who Mahmud Shammam or Bashir Saleh are.

  14. HappyinVT

    02:13 Almanara Media is confirming from trusted sources that Khamis Al Gaddafi has passed away on Sunday due to severe burn injuries he sustained a few days ago. The burns were caused when a fighter jet pilot performed a martyr mission and crashed his fighter jet into Gaddafi’s compound Baab Al Aziziyah. IMPORTANT: We are only citing Almanara Media for this news. We have not confirmed it via any other source.

  15. HappyinVT

    Libyan officals took journalists to see what they claimed was the damage from a missile attack. Officials said the missiles had struck very near to Gaddafi’s tent.

    Anita McNaught, Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Tripoli, said journalists taken to the scene asked officials why there was no smoke or fire. One official said he didn’t know because he wasn’t a military expert.…  

    Good point.  Nic Robertson didn’t bring that up during his reporting.  Although coalition officials admit to targeting a building in the compound so I’m confused.

  16. That our Saudi “allies” aren’t too pleased with how we handled Mubarak and are having “trust issues” with us.

    All of this is hugely ironic, and leaves me to wonder: do we really care about a falling out with the Saudis? Yes, it will drive oil prices up, but won’t that just make the alternative energy movement here in the United States seem that much more appealing? Won’t it be easier to align our moral beliefs without allying ourselves so strongly with a country that STILL has not granted WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE?

    Not that I’m advocating purposefully souring ties with Saudi Arabia. But maybe, if it happens antecedent to the ongoing awakening in the Middle East…”oops?”

  17. Just reading over William Jennings Bryan’s “Cross of Gold” speech, and came upon a line in response to his opponent’s fears of “too much government:”

    “My friend, in this land of the free you need fear no tyrant who will spring up from among the people. What we need is an Andrew Jackson to stand as Jackson stood, against the encroachments of aggregated wealth.

    …When I find a man who is not willing to pay his share of the burden of the government which protects him, I find a man who is unworthy to enjoy the blessings of a government like ours.”

    You can’t read or listen to this speech and not feel like–yeah, this is what we need again.

  18. fogiv


    As the uprisings continue across the region, signs of solidarity continue as well. Making the rounds on Twitter is this short video with the following message:

    “Inspired by the uprisings occurring in the Middle East and North Africa, this film is an ode to movements striving to reclaim their dignity and sovereignty from their keepers”:

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