10 MOST IN DEMAND GADGETS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON


Like it or not, the countdown to the holidays has begun. No sooner were the Halloween cobwebs hung across our front hedges than the warnings started coming that our shopping days until Christmas were numbered. Whether you're eager to get in line (or online) early, or wondering which companies are positioned to claim the most sales, Minyanville has profiled the most in-demand gadgets this season.

10. Microsoft's Xbox Kinect

During a year when video game consoles saw their weakest sales since 2006, Microsoft's (MSFT) Xbox Kinect was breaking sales records, not just within the gaming industry, but for all electronics devices (according to Guinness) in the two months following its launch. The controller-free device, with full-body tracking technology, beat numbers previously set with the debuts of the iPad, iPhone (AAPL) and Amazon Kindle (AMZN). Consoles start at $300.

9. iPod Touch

Like video game consoles, MP3 players are getting phased out -- with some exception given to Apple's iPod touch -- and that's thanks to its nonmusic-playing capabilities. If kids love anything more than video games, it's playing them on the go. With games that can be purchased for under a buck (compared with $40-plus), apps are where it's at. Traditional consoles are clearly no match for portable play. Expect to pay $150 to $200. (For related content, see Four Reasons Why iTV Will Be the Easiest Money Apple's Ever Made.)

8. Klipsch Image S4 Headphones

Chances are, most people on your holiday list are walking around with substandard earbuds. Indianapolis loudspeaker outfit Klipsch carries one of the highest-rated pairs on the market -- noted for their superior sound performance, noise cancelation, bass response, and comfortable oval-shaped ear tips -- and they go for about $80.

7. Kodak Playsport

Kodak's (EK) take on the now-retired Flip camera is this pocket-sized digital minicamcorder that records 1080p HD video and sells for about $150. Its name, reminiscent of the old Sony Sports Walkman, encourages the recording of active pursuits -- whether atop a mountain or 10 feet under water.

6. Roku 2 XS

This diminutive box media center, with a small price point to match (the entry level setup is $60), works with your TV to stream content from Netflix (NFLX), Hulu, Amazon, Pandora (P), and dozens of other online media libraries. It includes a dedicated Angry Birds channel, which you can play on the remote that doubles as a Wii-like motion game controller.

5. Samsung Galaxy Nexus

The first member of the Android (GOOG) smartphone family to run on its much ballyhooed Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 operating system is the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Exclusively on the Verizon (VZ) network, the phone will bring "an entirely new look and feel to Android" with its 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED display... just in time for the holidays. The US price has not yet been disclosed.

4. iPhone 4S

Apple loyalists quickly recovered after their hopes were dashed for the iPhone 5 and settled happily for the 4S. According to Apple, it was the company's most successful phone launch to date. As far as its demand for the holidays, it's the newest iPhone. Enough said. $200-$400 each. (See also Will Apple's iPhone 4S Have Its Own Antennagate?)

3. Barnes & Noble Nook Touch Reader

With ebook readers consistently ranked one of this holiday season's must-have items, Barnes & Noble's (BKS) second-generation Nook ($250) is a top shopping contender. The high resolution touch screen and compact design along with a doable price point helped it earn PC Magazine's Editor's Choice for ebook readers.

2. Kindle Fire

Since the steep sticker price of the iPad 2 will bust the 99 percent's holiday budget, an affordable and respectable alternative can be found in Amazon's full-color, seven-inch, multitouch screen Kindle Fire. CNET's review of the Kindle Fire put it best: "In the world of tablets, there are great products and there are cheap products, but very few great, cheap products." The tablet readers are priced at $199. (Also read Is This the End for Amazon Bulls?)

1. iPad 2

If the iPad is the King of Tablets, Apple will undoubtedly reign supreme this Christmas. No single electronics item will be more coveted than this slimmer, souped-up iPad update with iOS 5 and iCloud access. Though now facing some plucky competition from Android, the iPad enjoys a healthy 67 percent of the tablet market share with over 32 million units sold since its 2010 launch. Prices start at $499.

LAST MINUYE HALLOWEEN COSTUM IDEA

For some, Halloween is the most anticipated holiday of the year. For others, putting together a costume conjures a bit of dread. If you're at a loss for what to wear this Halloween, don't throw on that witch hat just yet. We've come up with 10 affordable and creative costumes that can be put together just an hour before the party.

1. Costume: Little White Lies

What You Need: Long-sleeved black shirt, white sticky notes.
How to Do It: Write snarky little sayings — i.e. "No, you don't look fat" — on a pad of white sticky notes. Stick them all over your black shirt. (Or, you can buy the ready-made outfit.)
Where to Buy It: Black Shirt, $6.90, Amazon.com. White sticky notes, $5.99, Officemax.com. "Little White Lies" complete costume, $34.83, MyCheapCostume.com
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Costume: Tickled Pink
Costume: Tickled Pink
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2. Costume: Tickled Pink

What You Need: Pink clothing, pink feather boa.
How to Do It: Throw on a pink dress or a pink top. Wrap a pink feather boa around your neck.
Where to Buy It: Pink boa, $5.99, BirthdayInABox.com. Mossimo short sleeve dress, $18, Target.com.
Costume: Cute Cat
Costume: Cute Cat
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3. Costume: Cute Cat

What You Need: Cat ears, eyeliner, and sparkly eye-makeup.
How to do It: This oldie-but-goodie never disappoints. Add some sparkle to your eyes for something different.
Where to Buy It: Cat ears, $8, HalloweenExpress.com.
Costume: Fall Foliage
Costume: Fall Foliage
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4. Costume: Fall Foliage

What You Need: Brown turtleneck, safety pinks, and silk leaves.
How to Do It: Pick up some silk leaves at your local craft store. Attach them to your shirt.
Where to Buy It: 100 silk fall leaves, $15.99, Amazon.com. Westbound Turtleneck, $19, Dillards.com.
Costume: Pig in a Blanket
Costume: Pig in a Blanket
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5. Costume: Pig in a Blanket

What You Need: Pig nose, blanket.
How to Do It: Grab a lightweight blanket from couch and wrap it around your shoulders. Strap on the pig nose.
Where to Buy It: Pink pig nose, ears and tail set, $12.99, SpiritHalloween.com.
Costume: Gold Digger
Costume: Gold Digger
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6. Costume: Gold Digger

What You Need: Shovel, gold spray paint.
How to Do It: Spray an entire lightweight shovel with gold paint.
Where to Buy It: Bon shovel, $45.50, Amazon.com. Gold spray paint, $3.09, Amazon.com.
Costume: Bacon and Eggs
Costume: Bacon and Eggs
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7. Costume: Bacon and Eggs

What You Need: Dark clothes to wear underneath your costume.
How to Do It: If you're not super creative but want to look like you are, scoop up this 2-for-1-costume set. Your neighbors will be impressed.
Where to Buy It: Adult Bacon and Eggs Costume, $46.99, Target.com.
'80s Aerobics Instructor
'80s Aerobics Instructor
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8. Costume: '80s Aerobics Instructor

What You Need: Leotard, legwarmers, tights, scrunchie, sneakers.
How to Do It: Avoid spending a ton of cash on this one by working with what you already have. (Like tights and tennis shoes.) American Apparel and We Love Colors have an amazing selection of affordable leotards and legwarmers.
Where to Buy It: Cotton spandex jersey tank, $26, AmericanApparel.net. Striped legwarmers, $9, WeLoveColors.com.
Costume: Superhero
Costume: Superhero
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9. Costume: Superhero

What You Need: Colorful nylon cape; personal touches.
How to Do It: Instead of playing a cartoon superhero, create your own persona. (When else will you get the chance?)
How to Do It: Buy a nylon cape in your favorite color—add a bandanna, wild makeup—whatever makes you feel super.
Where to Buy It: Superhero cape, $11.88, SeasonsTrading.com.
Costume: Overgrown Hippie
Costume: Overgrown Hippie
Photo courtesy of Fairchild Archive

10. Costume: Overgrown Hippie

What You Need: Tie-dye shirt, bell bottoms/flare jeans, socks with sandals, round glasses.
How to Do It: Grab your favorite flares and pair them with an oversized tie-dye shirt and socks with sandals. Make it really authentic by adding some tiny braids at the front of your hair.
Where to Buy It: Want to take a less DIY approach? Buy this hippie costume, $49.97, at Costumediscounters.com.

CAT LOST BY AMERICA AIR LINE FOUND TWO MONTHS AGO


A cat who became a paws celebre after it was lost by American Airlines at Kennedy Airport two months ago has been found.

The kitty, named Jack, was discovered in an airport customs room late Tuesday and is "doing well," the airline said in a statement.

"Oh my God, we're totally thrilled. Totally, totally thrilled," said Mary Beth Melchior, the sister of Jack's owner, Karen Pascoe. "Thrilled doesn't even cover it."

Melchoir said Jack is receiving treatment at a veterinary hospital in Forest Hills, Queens.

"He's dehydrated," said Melchoir. "They're checking his electrolytes to make sure he's OK."

Pascoe's amber-eyed cat had been missing since Aug. 25, when the feline escaped from a cargo kennel amid the chaos of preparing for Hurricane Irene.

American Airlines issued a public apology to Pascoe after hundreds of peeved pet lovers, upset it took the air carrier nearly three days to organize a search party, bombarded its Facebook page with angry messages.

In just a few days, the lost tabby's own Facebook page, "Jack the Cat is Lost in AA Baggage at JFK" went viral and he became a feline folk hero, attracting more than 15,000 friends.

"Words can not express how happy I am that Jack was found!!!!!!" wrote one poster on the cat's Facebook page. "I give ALL the praise to God!!!!!!!!"

Melchoir said the cat, who Pascoe rescued from New York Animal Care & Control three years ago, will likely remain at the vet for a few days.

How the cat will be transported to Pascoe's new home in San Jose, Calif., is still unclear, but Melchoir said one thing is certain.

"He will not be going home cargo - no way, shape or form," Melchoir said.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2011/10/26/2011-10-26_cat_lost_by_american_airlines_two_months_ago_at_jfk_airport_is_found_doing_well_.html#ixzz1c06n7dnL

woman charged with killing sons for insurance


CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - A South Carolina mother who told police her son killed three family members and himself has been charged with murdering all of them to get their life insurance money, police said Tuesday.
Susan Hendricks, 48, was charged with the murder of her two sons, her ex-husband and her stepmother after being arrested at a motel Monday night, police said.
She was also charged with possession of a weapon during a violent crime -- a handgun she kept in her night stand.
Police were called to a house in Liberty, South Carolina, on October 14, Pickens County Assistant Sheriff Tim Morgan said. Based on observations at the scene, forensic evidence and interviews with family members, police determined Hendricks' version of what happened was false, he said.
Family members told police her motive was life insurance money. Hendricks was the beneficiary of multiple life insurance policies taken out by the victims, a police report said.
(Reporting by Harriet McLeod; Editing by Greg McCune and John O'Callaghan)

CONSUMER REPORT NAME MOST RELIABLE CAR OF 2011

n recent years, Ford has been a model of American reliability. The brand ranked 10th in our predicted-reliability ranking last year and competed well with Japanese makes. This year, however, the Ford brand has slipped 10 spots, to 20th out of 28 makes. That was the biggest drop for any major nameplate, according to Consumer Reports' 2011 Annual Auto Survey, which is based on subscribers' experiences with 1.3 million vehicles.

Ford Fiesta
Ford Fiesta
What changed? Three new or redesigned models — the Explorer, Fiesta, and Focus — had below-average reliability in their first year. We have often found that new or revamped models have more problems in their first year than in subsequent model years. Ford's problems underscore our advice to hold off buying a new car in its first year.

Other highlights from the survey:

•    As Ford's star has fallen, Chrysler's has risen. Jeep has moved up seven spots to become the most reliable domestic brand, and all its models for which we have sufficient data scored average in predicted reliability. Chrysler and Dodge moved up 12 and three spots in ranking, respectively.
•    Japanese brands dominate our survey's upper echelons and took the top nine spots. They were led by Scion, Lexus, Acura, Mazda, Honda, and Toyota.
•    Jaguar, Porsche, and Audi are at the bottom among brands for which we have sufficient data.
•    Many hybrids are proving extremely reliable. The top two models in our survey are the Lexus CT 200h and Honda CR-Z. The Toyota Prius was among the top models, rebounding from brake problems that plagued the current design.
•    Family sedans hold up well overall and are led by the Ford Fusion Hybrid. All of the models for which we have data have at least average reliability. In contrast, only one minivan makes that cut: The front-wheel-drive Toyota Sienna is average.
•    Heavy-duty, three-quarter-ton pickups are among the most problematic vehicles. With the exception of the turbodiesel Ford F-250, they all scored below average.

For full reliability charts and predicted reliability on hundreds of 2012 models, plus a list of what's up and what's down, visit ConsumerReports.org.

Fortunes change for Big Three

Even with Chrysler's improvement, Detroit models still have reliability problems. Of the 97 domestic models and versions for which we have sufficient data, 62 (64 percent) rated average or better in our new-car reliability ratings.

General Motors has stumbled after edging up last year. The Buick and Cadillac brands, in particular, appear to have taken a step backward; Chevrolet held steady and GMC dropped one spot.

Buicks falter in CR's reliability ratings.
Buicks falter in CR's reliability ratings.
The new Buick Regal and Chevrolet Cruze did well in our road tests but were below par in reliability. The Buick LaCrosse, an all-wheel-drive version of the Buick Enclave, and the Cadillac SRX were all deemed reliable last year but dropped to below average and are no longer recommended. General Motors' bright spots include the above-average Chevrolet Avalanche and the Cadillac CTS, which has improved to average.

The gas/electric Chevrolet Volt, with much better than average predicted reliability, ranks as GM's most reliable car but with a caveat: The sample size was just a little more than our minimum threshold of 100 cars, and most respondents had owned theirs for only a few months.

In spite of Ford's overall drop, the Ford Fusion Hybrid maintained its outstanding rating.
Ford's drop can also be attributed to problems with new technologies: the new MyFord Touch infotainment system and the new automated-manual transmission used in the Fiesta and Focus. Lincoln finished above Ford, although the freshened MKX, a cousin of the Edge, suffered from the MyLincoln Touch system. On the bright side, the Ford Fusion Hybrid sedan remained outstanding, and other Fusion versions were above average.

Chrysler had better results with its new models, including the freshened Chrysler 200 (formerly Sebring) sedan and the redesigned Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs. The Chrysler brand moved up in the survey, but its rank is based on just two models: the 200, which was well above average, and the freshened Town & Country minivan, which tanked. The remaining model, the 300, is too new for us to have sufficient data.

Asian brands roll on

Of the 91 Japanese models for which we have sufficient data, 87 (96 percent) were rated average or better in predicted reliability; 24 Japanese models earned the highest rating.

The mid-size Mazda6.
The mid-size Mazda6.
Six brands weighed in at average or above with all their models: Scion, Lexus, Acura, Mazda, Infiniti, and Subaru. The biggest improvement was from Mazda, which moved up eight spots from last year. All its models were rated above average.

Scion remains the top brand in our survey, but only two models of its three, the xB and xD, had sufficient data to be included. Lexus, with 11 models included, rebounded seven places from last year.

Toyota finished sixth overall, the same as last year, and every Toyota model except the all-wheel-drive version of the Sienna minivan was average or better. Honda also had just one below-average vehicle, the redesigned Odyssey minivan.

The South Korean brands rank 11th and 12th in our survey. Hyundai had just one below-par entry, the V-6 Santa Fe. The V-6 version of its corporate cousin, the Kia Sorento, also finished off the pace.

Mixed results from Europe

European models continue to be a blend of reliable and not so reliable vehicles. Overall, European vehicles' reliability is slightly below that of domestic models. Of the 58 European models for which we have sufficient data, 37 (64 percent) scored average or better in predicted reliability.

Among European brands, Volvo ranked the highest at 10th overall. It was helped by the redesigned S60, which was above average in its first year.

Volkswagen was able to hold on to 16th place in the ranking; seven of its 11 models scored average or better.

Mercedes-Benz and BMW improved, but results were inconsistent for their various models. BMW's redesigned X3 SUV did well, for example, but the redesigned 5 Series sedan was well below average. Mercedes' compact GLK SUV improved, but its flagship S-Class luxury sedan fell to below average.
Porsche dropped from being the second-best brand last year to the second-worst. That big shift occurred because we have data for only two models, one of which, the redesigned Cayenne SUV, had a terrible debut year.

Jaguar trails the pack. Its XF and the new XJ were the two least reliable new cars in the survey, but that's not surprising, given Jaguar's history of producing less than reliable models.

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MUAMMAR GHADAFI TO BE BURRIED IN SECRET DESERT LOCATION


Amnesty, which has taken testimonies from more than 200 detainees since the fall of al-Zawiya and Tripoli, believes that hundreds of people have been taken from their homes, at work, at check-points, or simply from the streets. Many have been ill-treated upon arrest, being beaten with sticks, backs of rifles, kicked, punched and insulted, at times while blindfolded and handcuffed. In some cases, detainees reported being shot after being seized. Have u read enough?
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COMPUTER PRICES KEEP FALLING

Computer prices keep falling, so you should be able to find a good deal when you shop this holiday season.
Which Tech Gadgets will be phased out by 2020?
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Tablets may be grabbing the spotlight, but traditional computers remain the tool of choice for those who need to get serious work done. Laptop and desktop models continue to display innovations, with laptops shrinking and more touch screens coming to desktops. And tiny netbooks still make sense for many people.
Here's the latest computer news:
Gateway NV57H26U
Gateway NV57H26U
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Great deals are plentiful

Laptops that we rated Very Good or Excellent are available for $500 or less. With many models, you won't have to compromise on performance or features. For example, performance on theGateway NV57H26U, was excellent. It's a 15.6-inch laptop with decent battery life that costs just $450. It also has an HDMI port for connecting to an HDTV for high-definition video streaming.
If you need a laptop mainly for tasks such as word processing, Web browsing, and e-mail, even better deals emerge. Our ratings include a few 15.6-inch laptops for under $400. The Gateway NV55C49U ($350), Dell Inspiron I15R-526MRB ($380), and HP G62-373DX ($380) are all recommended models with good or very good performance; all three models were fast for productivity tasks.
Macbook Air
Apple MacBook Air 11.6"

Lighter and cheaper models are coming

If you're shopping for a laptop, be on the lookout for ultrabooks, new laptops that are supposed to be thinner, lighter, and less expensive than most laptops. Thirteen-inch ultrabooks will be no thicker than 0.7 inch, about 30 percent thinner than most laptops. In addition, battery life should be at least 8 hours and the price less than $1,000.Toshiba's Port g Z830 and Lenovo's IdeaPad U300sare among the first models expected. They will weigh under 3 pounds, be about 0.6 inch thick, and use solid-state storage. Asus is also releasing an ultrabook this fall.
The new ultrabooks were not available in time for our ratings, but several laptops we tested provide similar features. Apple's MacBook Air, available in 11- and 13-inch versions, andSamsung's 13-inch 900X3A-A03 are thinner and lighter laptops than most models their size.
A third choice is the Sony Vaio VPCZ2190X. What distinguishes it from other laptops is the included Media Dock. There's a DVD drive, an option missing with other thin-and-lights, as well as a built-in discrete graphics chip with 1GB of memory. Plug in the Media Dock when you want to play demanding video games or leave it home when you want to carry around just the diminutive Vaio. Performance was excellent in either case, and battery life was 7.5 hours.
The Apple, Samsung, and Sony are featherweights, easy to carry, stylish, and comfortable to use. As we expect with ultrabooks, those models don't make you trade ergonomics or functionality for low weight, thin profiles, and battery life. But they cost more than the maximum targeted price for ultrabooks.

All-in-ones are growing

These space-saving all-in-one desktops should become an even bigger part of the market, experts say. The best cost at least $1,000, but as the market grows, prices could drop. Meanwhile, sales of the bulkier full-sized desktops, which offer more bang for the buck, will probably fall.

Plan ahead for Windows 8

When the next version of Microsoft's operating system launches in late 2012, touch-screen capability should be available on more laptops and desktops. That's because Windows 8 will be developed as both a tablet and a computer platform. If you're buying an all-in-one desktop, consider a model with a touch-enabled display to take advantage of the new features when they become available.
Among the changes expected in Windows 8: The Start menu will be replaced by a screen full of tiles representing your photos, widgets, applications, bookmarks, and videos. You'll use your finger (or a mouse) to slide from screen to screen, select tiles to launch them, or open multiple tiles at the same time.
Office and Internet Explorer 10 will also be touch-optimized, Microsoft says. There will also be an app store where you can buy low-cost software, much as you do for a smart phone or tablet.
iPad 2
Apple IPad 2 16GB

Laptop or tablet?

Buy a laptop if …
• Serious typing is a priority.
• You want to store, load, and unload a lot of data on the device.
Buy a tablet if …
• Portability is a top priority.
• You want a touch-screen device to browse the Web, play games, and enjoy other apps.

Do you need a netbook?

A tablet is lighter, faster, and better for movies or games than the 10-inch, budget laptop known as a netbook. Here are a few reasons a netbook might make sense:
It's cheaper 
Tablets with screens about the same size as a netbook's usually cost $500 or more, compared with $300 or less for netbooks. Seven-inch tablets cost less but offer only about half the viewing area.
You need a keyboard 
For serious work, a netbook's keyboard beats a tablet's onscreen keys. Many tablets accept external keyboards, available at additional cost.
You create lots of content A netbook runs standard office applications. Apps for tablets can perform many of the same functions, but they may not be as full-featured. Netbooks usually have 250GB of storage, compared with 8 to 64GB for most tablets.
A netbook makes wired connections 
A network port for a wired connection to printers or other devices is standard equipment on a netbook, but not on most of the tablets we've tested.
Bottom line If a netbook is right for you, here are some models we recommend: The Asus Eee PC 1015PX-MU17-WT, $280, which has a very good display; the Gateway LT2802U, $200, which has more than 9 hours of battery life; and the Acer Aspire One AOD255E-13877, $270, which has 10 hours of battery life.

GADHAFI ONE BILLION DOLLAR MAN

Call him the billion-dollar man. One billion for one dictator.
According to the Pentagon, that was the cost to U.S. taxpayers for Muammar el-Qaddafi's head: $1.1 billion through September, the latest figure just out of the Defense Department.
And that's just for the Americans.
The final totals will take some time to add up, and still do not include the State Department, CIA, and other agencies involved or other NATO and participating countries. Vice President Joe Biden said that the U.S. "spent $2 billion total and didn't lose a single life." NATO does not track the operational costs to each member country, but the funds directly taken from a common NATO account for Libya operations have totaled about $7.4 million per month for electronic warfare capabilities and $1.1 million per month for headquarters and command staff, a NATO spokesman said.
(PHOTOS: Qaddafi Through the Years)
From the beginning of Operation Unified Protector in March, critics have questioned whether the U.S. could afford to open a third front. The Congressional Research Services estimate the Afghanistan war has cost nearly $500 billion so far. With Iraq, the figure easily tops $1 trillion.
In the first week of Libya operations, bombs were dropped from B-2 stealth planes flown from Missouri and roughly 200 missiles launched from submarines in the Mediterranean, causing alarm that any extended campaign would quickly cost billions more.
But after the U.S. military ramped up the operation, other NATO countries shouldered most of the air burden. Americans took a supporting role: aerial refueling tankers, electronic jamming, and surveillance.
The behind-the-scenes role was something President Obama celebrated in remarks in the Rose Garden on Thursday.
"Without putting a single U.S. service member on the ground, we achieved our objectives and our NATO mission will soon come to an end," Obama said.
(RELATED: Why Qaddafi's Demise Has Little Political Promise)
As to when that mission would end, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in a statement NATO issued from Brussels, "We will terminate our mission in coordination with the United Nations and the National Transitional Council."
U.S. and NATO officials steadily maintained their mission was never to hunt, capture or kill the Libyan leader. The mission, they said, was to enforce the arms embargo, establish and hold a no-fly zone, and take actions to protect civilians from attack or the threat of attack.
That last directive seemed to give plenty of reason to target Libya's top commander. But Pentagon officials said for months that if Qaddafi should happen to be at one of those locations when NATO missiles strike, so be it.
Since the operation began on March 31, getting to Qaddafi's final stand required 7,725 air sorties and 1,845 strike sorties, 397 of which dropped ordnance, and 145 Predator drone strikes.
NATO aircraft, including those supplied by the U.S., totaled 26,089 sorties and 9,618 strike sorties through Wednesday.
(RELATED: Obama to Libyans: You've Won Your Revolution)
More than 70 U.S. aircraft have supported the operation, including Predator drones.
NATO flew 67 sorties and 16 strikes sorties over Libya one day before Qaddafi was killed.
The NATO mission also employed submarines, aircraft carriers, amphibious assault ships, destroyers, frigates, and supply ships—as many as 21 vessels at one time.
Additionally, as of one week ago, the U.S. had sold participating countries in the operation roughly $250 million in ammunition, parts, fuel, technical assistance, and other support, according to the Pentagon.
Several members of Congress put out statements celebrating Qaddafi's downfall but did not comment on the cost. Several offices contacted did not provide additional reaction to the monetary figures.
But presidential candidate Ambassador Jon Huntsman did question the cost of the Libya operation. His statement on Thursday said, "I remain firm in my belief that America can best serve our interests and that transition through non-military assistance and rebuilding our own economic core here at home."

VIEWS TO KILL

 
Abraham Lincoln. Anwar Sadat. John Lennon. Franz Ferdinand. Lee Harvey Oswald. John F. Kennedy. Martin Luther King. Osama bin Laden. Robert Kennedy. Mohandas Gandhi. Anwar al-Awlaki.
All these people died in the same manner — in a planned attack intended to kill. But the public reaction to each was different.
Why? Assassinations are wrong, right? They are generally considered criminal acts, and not openly practiced by institutions governed by law. Most recently, the news of apparent plot this week by Iranian operatives to kill the Saudi ambassador to the United States on American soil has elicited anger (and threats of sanctions) from the Obama administration and others. (The veracity of the plot, the report of which involves an unlikely Iranian-American, high-level Iranian security officials and Mexican drug gangs, is being widely questioned — but still.)
Other recent events, though, have raised pundit debates, moral gray areas and big questions like: Are some assassinations justified? Does it matter who is assassinated? Or who does the assassinating?

Exhibit A in the current debate stretches way way back to last month, when a targeted C.I.A. drone strike killed the American-born Islamist cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen. Remember that? Not long after, a little more than a week ago, Reuters reported what many suspected.
American militants like Anwar al-Awlaki are placed on a kill or capture list by a secretive panel of senior government officials, which then informs the president of its decisions, according to officials.
There is no public record of the operations or decisions of the panel, which is a subset of the White House’s National Security Council, several current and former officials said. Neither is there any law establishing its existence or setting out the rules by which it is supposed to operate.
The panel was behind the decision to add Awlaki, a U.S.-born militant preacher with alleged al Qaeda connections, to the target list. He was killed by a CIA drone strike in Yemen late last month.
To which some responded, essentially, “Wait, can we just do that?” Is it O.K. for the U.S. government to kill individuals with, as the blogger Crawdad emphasized, “No trial. No due process. No appeal. No protests.
Before the story even hit the echo chamber, Reuters pointed out that the Obama administration’s bold move garnered nothing like the praise that followed the killing of Osama bin Laden. Instead the Obama White House was getting static on both ends. “Liberals criticized the drone attack on an American citizen as extra-judicial murder,” Reuters said. “Conservatives criticized Obama for refusing to release a Justice Department legal opinion that reportedly justified killing Awlaki.”
(That opinion, in the form of a secret memo, was described in a report the next day by The Times’s Charlie Savage. But critics were not appeased.)
The report of the secret committee opened the door to the kind of linguistic opportunity Obama opponents (and even some supporters) pounced on: reviving the “death panel” chant.
At Mother Jones, Adam Serwer chimed in:
During the debate over the Affordable Care Act, Sarah Palin … memorably accused the administration of trying to institute “death panels” through which “bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their “level of productivity in society,” whether [her family] are worthy of health care.” This was completely false, and it won Politfact’s “Lie of the Year” award in 2009, but some Republicans ran with the idea anyway. …
Turns out you can get both death panels and something approaching the nirvana of centrist, bipartisan consensus, as long as the death panel is staffed by “mid-level” NSC officials and not folks at Health and Human Services. Because that would be disturbing.
Doug Mataconis at Outside the Beltway was also disturbed: (“There Really Is a Death Panel”). Among the factors that stirred his ire was the attempt to distance the president from the messy implications of assassination, by theoretically leaving the decision to the panel:
That would be a little concept called deniability. Remove the decision from the President’s purview, and the argument can be made that he can’t be held responsible. If something goes wrong, someone else will be available to fall on their sword. If legal objections are raised, then the President is theoretically protected from liability. It’s a concept that goes as far back as the assassination of Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury, in 1170 by courtesans of King Henry II, but not on his direct order. It was the reason for the bizarre structure of the Iran-Contra scheme by Admiral John Poindexter and Col. Oliver North so as to shield President Reagan from direct knowledge of what was being done in his name. And, now, it’s apparently being used to compile lists of people to be targeted for killing without any kind of due process. The phrase Star Chamber comes to mind.
Emptywheel reached back for a comparison that could not have pleased Democrats, writing that “the Awlaki assassination is like Bush’s torture program.” She continued:
There, too, the Administration built in plausible deniability for the President. The initial authorization for the torture–Bush’s September 17, 2001 Finding authorizing the capture and detention of al Qaeda figures–didn’t mention torture at all. The Administration twice refused to tell Jane Harman whether the President had authorized the program. The White House only gave more formal Presidential torture authorization in 2003 and again in 2004 (though even there, it attempted to avoid doing so).
Sure, Bush ultimately boasted that he had approved torture. But for years, the Administration sustained the President’s plausible deniability for the illegal program.
The Obama White House efforts to do the same with Awalaki’s death are all the more striking given that it has not been so coy about Obama’s involvement in ordering hits in the past, most notably when we killed Osama bin Laden. Indeed, they worked hard to foster the narrative of Obama making the difficult decision to order the SEAL operation. …
With OBL, the Administration proudly highlighted Obama’s role in the decision-making process; here, they’re working hard to obscure it.
Pundit followers would probably not be surprised to learn that Glenn Greenwald at Salon was all over the issue. In a post last week, raising the specter of a moral double standard, he wrote: “I genuinely wonder whether the Good Democrats doing so actually first convince themselves that if this were the Bush White House’s hit list, or if it becomes Rick Perry’s, they would be supportive just the same. Seriously: if you’re willing to endorse having White House functionaries meet in secret — with no known guidelines, no oversight, no transparency — and compile lists of American citizens to be killed by the CIA without due process, what aren’t you willing to support?”
And this: “Remember, Good Democrats hate the death penalty because they think it’s so terribly barbaric to execute people whose guilt is in doubt (even if, unlike Awlaki, they’ve enjoyed an indictment and full jury trial, lawyers, the right to examine evidence and to confront witnesses, multiple appeals, and habeas petitions).”
In a post by the Los Angeles Times editorial page editor Nicholas Goldberg asked a question that few in the media have thus far. He noted that Attorney General Eric Holder, in his announcement about the alleged Iranian plot, called it “a flagrant violation of U.S. and international law.” Then: “But wait a minute. Two weeks ago, the United States assassinated one of its enemies in Yemen, on Yemeni soil. If the U.S. believes it has the right to assassinate enemies like Anwar Awlaki anywhere in the world in the name of a “war on terror” that has no geographical limitation, how can it then argue that other nations don’t have a similar right to track down their enemies and kill them wherever they’re found?” Goldberg then points out the obvious differences between the two situations:
It’s true that the assassination of Awlaki was carried out with the cooperation of the government of Yemen. That makes a difference. But would the U.S. have hesitated to kill him if Yemen had not approved? Remember: There was no cooperation from the Pakistani government when Osama bin Laden was killed in May.
It’s also true that there’s a big difference between an Al Qaeda operative who, according to U.S. officials, had been deeply involved in planning terrorist activities, and a duly credited ambassador of a sovereign country. Still, the fact remains that all nations ought to think long and hard before gunning down their enemies in other countries.
As the United States continues down the path of state-sponsored assassination far from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, all sorts of tricky moral questions are likely to arise. But this much is clear: The world is unlikely to accept that the United States has a right to behave as it wishes without accountability all around the globe and that other nations do not.
Tricky moral questions indeed. And no doubt such questions elicit very different answers, depending upon whom you ask. What would Osama bin Laden say? Or Lee Harvey Oswald? Or Lennon? Or Lincoln? Or Gandhi?