US eyes sanctions against Libya

By Agence France-Presse
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 16:31 EDT
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WASHINGTON – The United States is mulling a “full range of tools” including sanctions against Libya to stop a deadly crackdown on anti-regime protesters there, the State Department said Wednesday.

“We’re looking at a full range of tools and options that are available to us to achieve our goals of seeing an end of the violence in Libya and respect for the rights of the Libyan people,” spokesman Philip Crowley said.

“That certainly includes looking at sanctions that could be imposed either bilaterally or multilaterally,” Crowley told reporters.

“We believe it’s important to coordinate our effort with the international community, our European allies, the United Nations and organizations like the Arab League,” he said, adding that Washington “will be consulting broadly about these issues in the coming days.”

The White House said President Barack Obama will speak publicly about the situation in Libya later Wednesday on Thursday and expects to make some “announcements” on a US response to the crackdown.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said Washington was discussing a wide range of options with its international partners, including the possibility of reimposing some sanctions on Libya’s government.

Europe already moved Wednesday to isolate Libyan strongman Moamer Kadhafi, readying sanctions that one diplomat said could include an assets freeze, a travel ban, an arms embargo and the legal pursuit of those involved in violent repression.

US lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle have made strong calls for the White House to slap sanctions on Libya, where the regime is believed to have killed hundreds in response to the sharpest challenge to Kadhafi’s rule since the strongman took power more than four decades ago.

US Senator John Kerry, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has urged Obama to re-impose US sanctions lifted under his predecessor George W. Bush when Tripoli agreed to dismantle its nuclear program.

House or Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee chair Ileana Ros-Lehtinen also called for sanctions, including “freezing assets of the regime and imposing a ban on travel for all senior regime officials and their families,” she said.

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  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/6EX2KJ7LSZMDCBZWCH62Q7CABY Sandra

    Bwahahahaha!!!! The US doesn’t trade with Libysa anyway. I think the sanctions Libya puts on the US will be much much worse.

  • cannotvote

    Sanctions would only hurt the people, that what they always do – no sanctions, just remove the tyrant!

  • K7KTR

    WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! Check your History…. Any Country the U.S. has Sanctioned they have declared war on later. We know now that Clinton’s SS Squad has been trying to find a way to trigger IRAN. This was only fouled when Iran inserted their Rod’s into their Nuclear Plant. Then it would scatter Radiation across 72,000,000 Iranian’s.
    Yet again, Libya another OIL Producing State/Country is now in the cross hairs of Sanctions. All Sanctions do is hurt the people. Lest I remind you of Pre-Iraq 1995? “These factors at least partially explain how some millions of Americans could watch a 60 Minutes TV program filmed in late 1995-which portrayed and described the deaths of more than 500,000 children in Iraq caused by U.S.-forced sanctions and then showed UN Ambassador Madeleine Albright saying of those deaths, “Yes, the price is worth it”.
    That was when the US Bombed the entire FOOD Supply of Iraq in efforts to (Speed it Up) then came the Gulf War. Dark days ahead.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    Don’t worry. By the time the lisper-in-chief gets around to sanctions, it will all be over.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    You’re an ignoramus. Hess trades with Libya, as do many foreign oil companies.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    Talking about sanctions is just an excuse to do nothing.

  • Anonymous

    The revolutionaries have the guns now, they need to capture the oil export facilities before the bastards get these sanctions going. This needs to be #1 priority; more important than taking out Gaddafi (#2). Get the oil flowing again boys, and you’ll be in control.

  • http://twitter.com/Bootstrapbettys Bootstrap Betty

    Trade still has not been worked out as well as the US would like you to think. Most US companies refused to follow guidelines for private business in Libya. Usually faltering in the demand to register no bid US contracts as well as refusing to hire a Libyan workforce.

  • Mr. Neutron

    Oh good – once the Saudi Arabian people start protesting, the US and Europe will have a full range of tools ready to use against the murderous dictator there.

  • cannotvote

    Governments take us to war – but the people fight! I vote for Celebrity Death Match!

  • NadePaulKuciGravMcKi

    Hillary is the Sanction Queen

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KJJ4KEVT2Z5RDHTIRGJOUWL2EA Paul M

    And there is a lot more to decipher between U.S and Libyan dealings than the mainstream media cares to report. We in the West seem to only see from one perspective, that which does not know the whole story of the Libyan-American relationship. Once you are demonized, it´s only a matter of waiting for or supporting a bad situation to product the desired outcome.

  • Anonymous

    Send in the Mafia. Their headquarters is only 150 miles north of Tripoli.