'Libya war could bring Obama down'
Mon Jun 6, 2011 10:40AM
Interview with Webster Tarpley, author and historian in Washington
NATO warplanes have intensified attacks on Libyan capital, Tripoli after British Foreign Secretary William Hauge said there is no deadline for military operations in the country. He said NATOS's almost three month-long mission is intensifying and it could last for more than months.
The following is the transcript of Press TV's interview with Webster Tarpley Webster Tarpley regarding the issue.
PressTV: Why is NATO going a lot further than the UN has allowed to. What do you think the final outcome or results that NATO has in mind?
Tarpley: well we are seeing a drama of Imperialist desperation. The goal of all this all along has been to smash Libya into various parts to drive Gaddafi out of power and to seize control of the oil to re-impose the yoke of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in still more severe form than we ever had it. And I think right now desperation is growing especially in London and Paris, that old Suez 1956 combination unreconstructed Imperialist. They are desperate now because what they met with so far are not working. They tried high level bombing, combined with this rebel rabble underground with a lot of al-Qaeda fighters included in it and that's not working. So their basic cards to play are still two. One is now the helicopters that the British and French ships sent with their boasting that the helicopters cannot ... very close to the ground well.
Anyone who saw the movie black hawk down knows the vulnerability of these helicopters to rocket propelled grenades and in particular to this ..kind of surface to air missile that the Russians undoubtedly have sold to Gaddafi. So as these helicopters come into play, it's likely that loses may increase and that will cause a crisis in that coalition. The other side of it is that they back ground invasion, but ground invasion will probably bring down the British government which is a coalition and if would guarantee that Sarkozy would never get a second term in office, and the Italian government and couple of others will probably fall too. Let me also mention that here in the United States, you are getting Republicans, people who have been warmongers for decades who are now ceasing on the Libyan war as a means of attacking Obama, especially we do have the war power act which would have required Obama to get congressional approval for what he is doing within 60 days meaning by about May 20th. At May 20th the second clock starts which gives him 30 days to pull out. If Obama does not pull out of the attack on Libya by about the 20th of June, he could be brought down by the Republicans in the House, who might use that as a vehicle to express their resentment so they build up some other issues.
PressTV: the use of illegal weapons also makes matters worse. Don't you think so?
Tarpley: I think the record of NATO is one of the Nuremburg crimes frankly. I think that Nuremburg precedents do apply and people in the NATO command should realize that those Nuremburg precedents are still there. Whatever, somebody like Ocampo at the International Criminal Court may say there is some idea of justice. So yes, we have undoubtedly depleted uranium being used, cluster bombs being used and all the rest and that's what they call democracy these days.