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  • Can the US military help Libyan rebels oust Muammar Qaddafi? Four options.

    Can the US military help Libyan rebels oust Muammar Qaddafi? Four options.

    As violence in Libya increases, US officials have promised that the administration is exploring “all possible options for action” against Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi. Yet Pentagon officials emphasize that they are also weighing the adverse risks of US military action aiding rebels, such as the possibility that Mr. Qaddafi could galvanize support in the name of anti-imperialism. What are steps the US military could take to aid rebels, and how feasible are they?

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  • In a government shutdown, who will pay US military?

    In a government shutdown, who will pay US military?

    US military operations from Afghanistan to Japan will continue even if there is a government shutdown, Pentagon officials say. What they don't know is whether troops will get paychecks.

  • Obama's dilemma: Is Libya mission a success if Qaddafi stays?

    Obama's dilemma: Is Libya mission a success if Qaddafi stays?

    President Obama wants Qaddafi out, but doesn't want to use military operations to do it. How that tension plays out could determine the success of the mission.

  • Can the US military help Libyan rebels oust Muammar Qaddafi? Four options.

    Can the US military help Libyan rebels oust Muammar Qaddafi? Four options.

    As violence in Libya increases, US officials have promised that the administration is exploring “all possible options for action” against Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi. Yet Pentagon officials emphasize that they are also weighing the adverse risks of US military action aiding rebels, such as the possibility that Mr. Qaddafi could galvanize support in the name of anti-imperialism. What are steps the US military could take to aid rebels, and how feasible are they?

  • Tea party to GOP: Don't spare Pentagon from budget ax

    Tea party to GOP: Don't spare Pentagon from budget ax

    Tea party-backed GOP freshmen are eyeing the Pentagon – which remains the largest single spender of government dollars. Do they have the clout to target even cherished GOP priorities?