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Libya aim is to oust Gaddafi - US

2011-03-21 23:15

Washington - After coming under pressure for not spelling out its war aims in Libya, US President Barack Obama's administration insisted on Monday the goal is to see Muammar Gaddafi removed from power.

"We're trying to convince Colonel Gaddafi and his regime, and his associates, that they need to step down from power," said state department spokesperson Mark Toner.

"That remains our ultimate goal here."

Obama said in the run-up to military action in Libya that Gaddafi had lost his legitimacy to govern and must go, but those calls were overtaken as the US forged a coalition to enforce a no-fly zone under a UN Security Council resolution.

UN Security Council resolution 1973 - the fruit of intense diplomacy to avoid Russian and Chinese vetoes while winning Arab support - allows for "all necessary means" to support the limited aim of protecting civilians.

Toner stressed "our immediate goal is the no-fly zone", but added: "We're going to, in the long term, to continue to apply pressure on him and his associates."

The United States is leading the military operations in Libya involving a wide coalition of partners, including the French and the British, but says it is eager to hand over command as soon as possible.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has voiced hope that more people will defect to the opposition from Gaddafi's regime, even if the UN resolution is to protect civilians and provide access for humanitarian relief.

But, she said, "certainly the conditions that will unfold as we begin to enforce this resolution will make a new environment in which people are going to act, including those around Colonel Gaddafi".


Comments
  • Adventurer1 - 2011-03-22 00:32

    I really hope the USA and UN catch a wake-up with what is brewing here in SA. They mention the issue of protecting civilians as the main reason for the airstrikes etc in Lybia....I guess oil will always be the REAL reason... The ANC will continue to openly support the removal or killing of whites, yet the UN or USA will do nothing as they are being led by the nose by the ANC. Trust a terrorist organisation to run a country and you end up with anarchy, simple.

      tom.tom1307 - 2011-03-22 01:57

      for godsake please stop referring to white genocide, out 310 000 people killed in SA since 1994 only 8 000 hav been white. Do you ever think of the other 302 000 victims and their family who hav lost their loved ones to crime in SA or are they not human because of their race and ethnicity

      meatusx - 2011-03-22 07:14

      tom.tom is right, the white population has halted in RSA due to immigration but has still grown since '94. and its true that people in rural areas are more exposed to Violent crime than any other person in another area in RSA...even more than farmers.

      Jaimo - 2011-03-22 07:24

      JZ has just said about Libya: "civilians must be protected" - and we have in SA about 50 MURDERS A DAY! JZ - white farmers are civilians - FOOD PRODUCING CIVILIANS!

      The huntchback - 2011-03-22 07:34

      Agree with tom.tom well said, these witeys are real cry-babies, They act like spoilt children throwing tantrums.@jaimo The Farmers are not the only people working the farms infact without the farm-hands the farms would not produce, The farmers life is equal in value to that of any farm-worker !!!

      Sizwe Mogale - 2011-03-22 07:47

      Adventure STFU person... First of all shame on your for turning this into a South African issue. And hats off to Tom Tom for calling you out. You know what if you feel that way you should just pack your bags and go. For wining like that and looking for any opportunity to run down what you call your country's name. ANC terrorist organization? PLease I didn't vote for them last election but I got enough sense to know thats just a croc of sh1t your talking there... You should look into your history as a white person and tell me who has comitted more terrorist acts in SA... Such a heap of k@k for a monday morning bru, really uncalled for

  • akesaris - 2011-03-22 03:34

    @ TomTom..only 8000 whites...just 8000..thats it....insignificant no

      DW - 2011-03-22 10:47

      adesaris, not sure if you are being sarcastic or not. No murder is acceptable, but the 8000 whites compared to the 302000 non-whites is a lower % than the overall demographics of whites in the country. The government needs to address crime in ALL areas, whites and non-whites alike. This is not a racial problem but a massive humanitarian problem that our government seems to ignore.

  • Benoexpat - 2011-03-22 06:38

    There are many people in the USA that wants Obama out of the White House. I wonder how he feels about that. The fact that Obama went to war without consulting his government and getting their approval shows he has also lost his legitimacy to govern and therefore also must go as he puts it. Sometimes raw democracy also has it pitfalls.

      slg - 2011-03-22 07:14

      Obama is doing a great job with this intervention. Your suggestion is ridiculous, as is the demand that he be impeached. This demand is coming only from the most extreme right wing of the Republican party and media types. Dick Luger (the key Republican spokesman on foreign affairs) is only saying that the mission must be better defined.

      Robert Cerff - 2011-03-22 07:27

      @slg: but surely those simple numbers of people could match the volume of folk in Libya? Benoexpat does have a point, if some what skewed. Simple fact is this has nothing to do with humanitarian causes of human rights, if that were the case they would have stepped in a long time ago in a number of other countries. Haiti closer to home would have been a good start. Can anyone else say oil?

      slg - 2011-03-22 07:37

      Robert, I'm not clear about the numbers you're speaking of. On your second point, human consciousness learns and evolves. We've learnt from those other events, and this very much is a humanitarian cause and human rights. It's also about supporting these wondrous events towards democracy sweeping through the Middle East, a region that has been stuck in about 5,000 BC.

      DW - 2011-03-22 10:50

      I may have read it incorrectly but the US was initially not keen on the no-fly zone and only reluctantly agreed to it. I still dont think they are happy to take part but recognised that if they didnt, Gadaffi would simply slaughter his population into submission. I think they are doing the right thing, oil or no oil.

  • Jaimo - 2011-03-22 07:52

    The New World Order wants GLOBAL control, by whatever means. All obstacles will be removed, gradually, by whatever means, and by whosoever is willing to play their tune. Conflicts are then used to break down nationalism in countries in the global arena by - '2 party', 'for or against' mental anguish - but always the ONE WORLD global concept will be promoted. Conflicts or wars ('no win wars')are prolonged for this reason and the more powerful nations engaged are worn down with constant '2 party' bickering. See the bigger picture! None dare call it (global)conspiracy!!

      slg - 2011-03-22 16:00

      This is fantastical nonsense

  • IceMan - 2011-03-22 12:48

    UNSC resolution 1973 does not mandate that !!!

      slg - 2011-03-22 16:02

      That is correct, and the military action under way in which the US is participating is designed to sop short of ousting Gadaffi. The above is US policy, not included in this military action.

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