suitable venue for sorting out this particular mess. The good news is that the regular mayoral election is just around the corner.
: Does seem too easy. If the powers that be don't like the lone voice, is it that easy way tomaneuver into a council that resembles nothing of the people's choice. I know Lee is a bit odd, loud,obnoxious, etc., but was he properly removed? Is this just going to lead to more lawsuits?
: This "process" was undergirded by the "research" of a person hired by the very bodywho obviously sought the removal in the first place. Where is the impartiality in that approach?
The Obama administration secretly gave its blessing to arms shipments to Libyan rebelsfrom Qatar last year, but American officials later grew alarmed as evidence grew that Qatar was turningsome of the weapons over to Islamic militants, according to United States officials and foreign diplomats.
in the months before, the Obama administration clearly was worried about the consequences of
itshidden hand in helping arm Libyan militants
, concerns that have not previously been reported. Theweapons and money from Qatar strengthened militant groups in Libya, allowing them to become adestabilizing force since the fall of the Qaddafi government.The experience in Libya has taken on new urgency as theadministration considers whether to play a direct role in armingrebels in Syria, where weapons are flowing in from Qatar andother countries
Obama administration did not initially raiseobjections
when Qatar began shipping arms to oppositiongroups in Syria, even if it did not offer encouragement,according to current and former administration officials.The United States, which had only small numbers of C.I.A.officers in Libya during the tumult of the rebellion, provided littleoversight of the arms shipments.
Within weeks of endorsingQatars plan to send weapons there in spring 2011, theWhite House began receiving reports that they were going to Islamic militant groups
more antidemocratic, more hard-line, closer to an extreme version of Islam
than the main rebelalliance in Libya, said a former Defense Department official.Relying on surrogates allows the United States to keep its fingerprints off operations, but also means theymay play out in ways that conflict with American interests.