Durbin: Libyan Rebels Need Command Structure

CHICAGO (WBBM) — U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says he believes the Libyan rebels should be given weapons to help them overthrow the Gadhafi regime more quickly. But Sen. Dick Durbin said Friday that he believes the rebels need an effective command structure far more.

“They don’t have commanders. They don’t have battle plans. They don’t have communications,” Durbin said. “So weapons? Sure. I think they have them. If they need more, help them. But beyond that what they need is command and control.”

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Durbin said he does not favor introduction of U.S. ground troops, and wants to avoid any actions that could put the United States into another “war with no end.”

LINK: Latest CBS News Coverage Of Libyan Conflict

Kirk said he believes that furnishing weapons will help end the Libyan war more quickly and limit the costs for the U.S. and its allies.

NATO and some nations have said that an arms embargo rules out providing weapons to the Libyan rebels. But key Obama administration officials ha ve suggested that arming them could be an option.

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  • Good idea

    Sure just arm what will soon be (or already is) our enemy. Don’t these idiots have ANY grasp of what has happened in the past?? Want peace in that region?? Neutron weapons that preserve the oil wells and watch what happens to price of gas!!!! Turbin should ge over there and become the leader to the muslims that he loves so much!!!! We have accomplished NOTHING over there with the exception of wasting a ton of $$.

  • MyNaeis

    Who is this durbin’s kirk’s? Every smal object think they are big. And they rool the world. All durbin’s kirk’s cant fixed here problem and they want rool the world? Realy world turn up-sid4e-down.

  • Just the facts

    Just like Mr. Hillary Clinton said…………………….”we’re still getting to know them”. We should send “him” over to flash those moooslims and scare them all to death!!!!

  • Mr. Justice

    I wish we would stay out of other countries civil wars. We don’t need to be involved. The rebels create a worse atmosphere of violence than the present Libyan government

  • Special Forces

    Isn;t this Durbin the irishman who call our military people Nazi’s,and tells us muslims are good people is it because obama is a muslim,this Durbin has got to go,send his ask with the so-call rebels so Gaddaffi’s boys put a ****** in his ask.This guy is a disgrace to ever serve in the military and their love ones.

  • tom sharp

    Why doesn’t Durbin go to Libya and tell the rebels what to do face to face. Knowing nothing about what is going on, what is really needed, or how to address those needs didn’t seem to stop him from supporting Acorn when every man on the street knew the organization was a cesspool of fraud and waste.

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