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Obama 'very pleased' with German role in Libya

The Local · 6 Sep 2011, 11:08

Published: 06 Sep 2011 11:08 GMT+02:00

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Caitlin Hayden, the deputy foreign affairs spokeswoman for Obama told Berlin daily Der Tagesspiegel on Tuesday that the president was “very pleased with the role Germany is playing” in Libya. She added that Obama expected “comprehensive and robust support” from Germany in supporting the country's reconstruction after the ouster of strongman Muammar Qaddafi.

Hayden expressed particular pleasure with Germany’s decision to quickly recognize Libyan rebels as the country’s rightful leaders. She also cited German financial support of the transitional government and promises to participate in police training and water and electricity supply construction efforts as positive points.

Relations between Berlin and Washington soured when Germany refused to play a major role in the NATO efforts to hinder Qaddafi’s military advances against rebel forces. It also abstained from voting on a UN resolution backing military action. Other nations including France, Great Britain and even Qatar contributed to the air campaign with jets and material support.

The German reluctance isolated the country diplomatically and prompted strong criticism from leading elder statesmen including former Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer, who said Germany had committed “perhaps the greatest foreign policy debacle since the founding of the republic.”

But Hayden said the Germans had been more involved in the air campaign than many people think, in particular by helping coordinate air strikes from NATO headquarters. That participation has been a bone of controversy among some German MPs, particularly in the Green party.

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She also told Der Tagesspiegel that Obama wanted bygones to be bygones. When asked by the newspaper whether the US felt abandoned by Germany’s UN abstention she said the president regarded the country as “one of our closest allies.”

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12:15 September 6, 2011 by DepotCat
"Germany had been more involved in the NATO air campaign than widely thought...">>> Using F-16s belonging to Norway no doubt...{See header photo...If it hasn't been changed}
18:07 September 6, 2011 by derExDeutsche
What does Germany care what an unpopular 1 term US President thinks about Europe's Oil Wars.

The Press and Euro Elites have already done its job absolving Europeans and Democrats. Just as the Press and Euro Elites had done their job for the Iraq War and Republicans.
23:34 September 6, 2011 by nemo999
NATO, is in the process of ending its smoke testing of its processes, procedures, systems, air assets and the results are not that good. Most of the strike missions were carried out by F-16 (Norway, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Greece) since many of the other aircraft have limited (Rafale), or no (Typhoon) strike capability. Or in some cases limit ordinance inventories and or limited or reduced operational capabilities with other stockpiled NATO ordinance precluded the extensive use of these aircraft in the strike missions. The smoke test showed short falls in the various indigenous (European) surveillance and recon air assets, short falls in Air Early Waring and Control assets, and short falls in Air Refueling assets.

Short falls in Sea Control were also observed, since there was only one operational European Aircraft Carrier and it ability to stay on stations for extended periods was starting to become an issue.

It was an operational test to show which showed where a great many of the stress points are located within NATO Air Forces, and to a limited extent in NATO Naval forces.

Germany did not get to directly smoke test it's NATO air or naval assets.
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