March 25th, 2011
09:49 PM ET

NATO's Expanding Role in Libya: Join the Live Chat

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The top commander of the U.S. military operation in Libya says NATO has agreed in principle to take over not only the no-fly zone, but also the broader mission of protecting civilians. We'll have the latest developments from Tripoli and Benghazi. Plus, dire concerns in Japan after a troubling day at the crippled nuclear power plant.

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  1. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Bye guys!

    March 25, 2011 at 11:00 pm |
  2. Nicole Netherlands

    So good the mother can see her children (!)
    Arwa, Nic, Ivan stay safe.
    Thinking of the people in Misurata,
    and the workers in that nuclear plant...
    Have good weekend -everyone-!

    March 25, 2011 at 11:00 pm |
  3. Nina

    Good Night Dr. Gupta, Team 360, Megan, Starr, and Mike

    Excellent program and always nice to see Dr. Gupta
    Have a wonderful weekend everyone... TGIF!!!

    March 25, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
  4. Janis

    Yes, Jessica. Her kids can go to Harvard!!

    Good night all. Late start – computer problems again.

    Be strong Japan.
    Be strong Libya.

    March 25, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
  5. Janis

    I don't think the kids would appreciate their father when they got older if he does that.

    March 25, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  6. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good night Anderson, Megan, Sanjay, Isha, David G, Martina, Nicole, Kim, Emily, Gloria, Mike, Casey, Cessy, Paula, Isabel, David-Indiana, JoAnn, Monica, Kathy, Jane, Gayle, Renee, Caroline, Lori, BettyAnn, Starr, Heather, Sharon, Karin, Dulcie, Sree, Michael, Karen, Miranda, Nancy, Sue, Kenya, Libby, Nina, Samantha, Chi, Karyn, Indiana, Jana, others and my friend Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!
    See you on Monday night, Have a great night & Sleep tight everyone!!! Have a great weekend! Thanks for coming in to join us tonight!

    You're doing great job fill-in Anderson!!!! Have a great weekend!

    March 25, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  7. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    I heard that we would know by this evening where the leak came from.

    Did i miss it? Do they know exactly where the leak is coming from? Is it the core?

    Sanjay makes an excellent point about the workers in Japan. Sp far, it's been their bravery that has kept a disaster frin happening. The least is that they have proper equipment and protection. God bless them.

    @MaryBeth- can't agree with you more re: Prof.
    Ajami- my favorite with him are the Arabic insults he makes to Gadhafi, calling him a hyena (that's the only one i can remember right now). And, yes, i learn something new from him every time he is on the show.

    I know this is a long post, but just want to say thank you and good night to everyone. And, wish a safe and peaceful weekend to All.

    March 25, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
  8. Nina

    @ Mike
    gamma rays penetrate the farthest, but Alpha particles can do more damage if ingested.

    Is that because you cannot ingest gamma rays? Can it be absorbed through the skin?

    March 25, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
  9. Janis

    @Maggie – hello, me too, Maggie. Well said.

    March 25, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
  10. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    MaryBeth, the legal limit is usually VERY low. So 1000 times that limit may not be a big deal, as in the ocean it will be diluted very quickly. It would be good to know the level, as you could tell how bad it really is.

    March 25, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
  11. ghaased

    Hi, would you like to check Iranian media silence about the news from Syria and also how much Syrian situation has influence over Iranian position in Middle East

    March 25, 2011 at 10:54 pm |
  12. Janis

    Yes, I remember baby Jessica. She was the center of the news for days.

    March 25, 2011 at 10:54 pm |
  13. Nina

    The mother has the right to see her children. Any head injury would not be dangerous to the children as long as the visit is supervised by More than just the husband. goodness...

    March 25, 2011 at 10:54 pm |
  14. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Janis, gamma rays penetrate the farthest, but Alpha particles can do more damage if ingested. Paper and skill will stop an alpha outside the body, but not inside. Gamma can penetrate inches of lead or metal and feet of water. All are used as shielding.

    March 25, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  15. Sharon Hastings

    Those workers at that plant are fighting their own war under unimaginable conditions!

    March 25, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  16. Maggie

    I am proud to be an American and I know things are real tight in our USA but, Why start helping people who want to protect their babies and not be slaughtered by a control freak,a mass murderer! Don't start pitching and then drop the ball! Finish what was started every tank, every gun, every rocket launcher, every bullet against the rebels should be destroyed. Don't leave them anything to harm these people with. Take them out! And one less Omar would be one less monster in the world.

    March 25, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  17. Nina

    Very good question Sanjay! Why is the protective gear not adequate?

    March 25, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
  18. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    It's more likely that a relief valve lifted in the reactor rather than a vessel breach. that's why relief valves exist, to prevent vessel breaches.

    March 25, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  19. MaryBeth

    @Mike, the actual radiation levels have never been revealed, just alluded to and then disagreed upon. I wish they would just come out and say "The actual radiation levels are so and so" but I don't think it's going to happen.

    March 25, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  20. Nicole Netherlands

    Those people, that will mean more evacuation.
    Wonder if the recovery of the diseased can go on in the struck territories.

    I am afraid that pooring concrete will be the only solution if there is really a breach in the core.

    March 25, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
  21. Janis

    Aren't gamma rays the worst case for radiation leakage?

    March 25, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
  22. Steve L

    The US is part of NATO and will stay and do it's part as long as Necessary (I would hope). Why is everyone so concerned if they are there a week or 3 weeks. NATO needs to stay and finish the job.

    March 25, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
  23. Nina

    China said two Japanese travelers arriving in the country were found to have exceedingly high radiation levels... is this true?

    March 25, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  24. MaryBeth

    Canada is taking the lead? Good for them!

    @Starr, Fouad Ajami is awesome! He's made some great points and asked some good questions. He really knows what he's talking about and the mindset of the people in Northern Africa and the Middle East.

    March 25, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  25. Janis

    Japan has very worrisome problems. The PM announcement was pretty dire. He's usually so guarded in relating info about the radiation.

    March 25, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  26. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Sanjay, give the actual radiation levels.

    March 25, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  27. Jean

    I am afraid the unrest in the Arab world and the dissapation of the Canadian government is a precursor to what will happen to the USA if we do not get this country straightened out! Sure hope I am wrong!!!

    March 25, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  28. Nina

    Fukushima nuclear plant seems to be in real trouble... Yikes

    March 25, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  29. Janis

    @MaryBeth – Hello. I was wondering about reports of abuses going on in Egypt myself. Think it could be the police or whoever just don't know how to act yet since they were trained under abusive regime. Complete retraining for everybody? Wow.

    March 25, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  30. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    The US may be turning over leadership to NATO, but we are still doing air strikes. When will we be completely out?

    March 25, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  31. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    @MaryBeth – i agree with you. Apparently, no matter how many briefings the Congress got, it was never enough. Pres. Obama first moved too slow and then he moved to fast and on and on. He'll not catch a break

    Some of my two favorite commentators, Prof.Ajami and Ivan Watson.

    Outrageous behaviors on the part of Egyptian military/police.
    I guess it is true, old habits do die hard.
    I hope Prof. Ajami is right about Egypt.

    Good to hear that Tunisia is rid of "bad" police.
    Unemployment is an issue everywhere. I hope their tourist trade returns soon.

    March 25, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  32. Janis

    There's so much turmoil in the mid east. Unemployment and economic hopelessness started all of this? I wonder if history will prove that out. There must have been something under the surface and economics was the catalyst to cause it to explode. Wonder what historians will say.

    March 25, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  33. Dushka

    If NATO has any kind of Commando capability who could sneak into Ajdabiya and Misrata to finish off the remnants of Qaddafi's artillery hidden in those 2 cities now is time to use it.

    Also some food and water should be delivered to the refugees displaced from those cities, maybe by helicopters at night.

    March 25, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  34. benny

    what if Khadafi circumvent the no fly zone and the naval blockade by importung weapons, mercenaries and supplies from the land border of Chad and Niger. Can anyone stop him? gbkl

    March 25, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
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