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August 24th, 2011
09:25 AM ET

How are NATO forces expected to proceed in Libya going forward? General "Spider" Marks weighs in

Tuesday morning, NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said that the end is near for Moammar Gadhafi's regime, stating that the war is "not over yet, although it's close."

"We continue to watch for flare-ups from around the country, where there are still going to be pockets of resistance," Lungescu explained. "We are also watching the chemical weapons and Scud missiles to make sure they are not used in the endgame."

These comments come as anxiety continues to increase about where Gadhafi's weapons cache will end up after the conflict is over. There are twenty thousand shoulder fired rockets, ten tons of mustard gas, and tons of raw uranium yellowcake in weapons stores in Libya.

Major General James "Spider" Marks comments on which of these weapons are of greatest concern to the United States and explains what role he thinks U.S. intelligence is playing in securing the WMDs on American Morning today. He also weighs in on how NATO and the U.S. military will be involved with the country going forward.


Filed under: Libya • NATO
August 24th, 2011
07:44 AM ET

Talk Back: Where were you when the earthquake struck?

A strong earthquake in Virginia yesterday sent out seismic waves felt by millions from Georgia to northern New England. With so many on the East Coast unaccustomed to earthquakes, many people were left wondering whether all that rumbling could have been caused by a truck, helicopter, an explosion or some other force.

Three aftershocks were reported by Tuesday evening. No major injuries or extensive damage were reported after the 5.8-magnitude earthquake, which struck about 40 miles northwest of Richmond. The quake prompted evacuations of office buildings and the precautionary closing of monuments in the nation's capital.

Talk Back: Where were you when the earthquake struck?

Let us know. Your answer may be read on this morning's broadcast.


Filed under: AM Talk Back
August 24th, 2011
05:32 AM ET

AM Talk Back: Should perp walks be public?

A New York judge dropped criminal charges against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn yesterday, over three months since he was indicted by a grand jury over allegations that he sexually assaulted housekeeper Nafissatou Diallo in his suite at the Sofitel hotel in New York.

At the time of his indictment, Strauss-Kahn was taken "downtown" by the New York police and paraded in front of the media in a very public "perp walk" that was heavily criticized by many in France.

New York mayor Michael Bloomberg also came out against public perp walks, saying, "I've always thought the perp walk was outrageous...even if they're guilty, they're not guilty until they're convicted and yet we vilify them."

Nevertheless, the perp walk remains a common practice across the country.

AM Talk Back: Should perp walks be public?

Let us know what you think. Your answer may be read on this morning's broadcast.


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