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US weighs ‘appropriate’ response on Libya: official

By Agence France-Presse
Monday, February 21, 2011 16:18 EDT
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WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama is “considering all appropriate actions” on Libya, an administration official said Monday, urging Moamer Kadhafi’s regime not to use force against raging protests.

Angry Libyan demonstrators attacked the state broadcaster and set government buildings ablaze on Monday as the leader’s son warned that the north African country faces civil war and “rivers of blood.”

With gunfire crackling in the streets of Tripoli, and Human Rights Watch putting the death toll at 233 since Thursday, Saif al-Islam Kadhafi vaguely promised reforms as he condemned the revolt as a foreign plot.

“We are analyzing the speech of Saif al-Islam Kadhafi to see what possibilities it contains for meaningful reform,” an administration official said.

“We will seek clarification from senior Libyan officials, as we continue to raise with them the need to avoid violence against peaceful protesters and respect universal rights.”

The official added that Obama was briefed on the situation on Sunday night by his national security advisor, Tom Donilon, “and is being kept up to speed on events today, and we are considering all appropriate actions.”

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JETED5IFXLBHDCPATGS3JUS5HU Dip Stick

    The only appropriate response if the US is going to respond at all, is to storm the palace with the navy seals, drag Kadhafi’s tyrannical ass into the streets and throw him to the crowd for justice to be laid upon him. Then we we say to the crowd “our work is done here” and leave. Anything else is meddling in the internal affairs of another country so some company like Haliburton can get a no bid contract.

  • YeaSayer

    The appropriate response is a Constitutional amendment prohibiting all foreign aid.

  • NadePaulKuciGravMcKi

    Libya’s state secrets will sting.

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