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US ready to help Libya’s insurgents

By Agence France-Presse
Sunday, February 27, 2011 17:33 EDT
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WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States said Sunday it was prepared to offer “any kind of assistance” to Libyans seeking to overthrow the regime of strongman Moamer Kadhafi as they set up a transitional body.

As forces opposed to the longest-serving Arab leader took control of several western Libyan towns, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton echoed the calls of world leaders, including President Barack Obama, for him to quit.

“We are just at the beginning of what will follow Kadhafi,” she said.

“First we have to see the end of his regime and with no further bloodshed,” she continued, noting Washington is eager for his ouster “as soon as possible.”

“We want him to leave.”

The top US diplomat spoke as she prepared to leave for a ministerial-level meeting of the UN High Commission on Human Rights on Monday, and for bilateral talks with many of her counterparts about the crisis in Libya.

The chaos engulfing the oil-rich North African state of 6.3 million has fanned fears that Kadhafi’s hold on power could descend into civil war as the United Nations said nearly 100,000 people have streamed out of the country.

More than 1,000 people are believed to have been killed in a government crackdown on the protests.

“I think it is way too soon to tell how this is going to play out. We are going to be ready and prepared to offer any kind of assistance that anyone wishes to have from the US,” Clinton told reporters, noting Washington was in touch with the Libyan opposition.

Protest leaders established a transitional “national council” in eastern cities seized from the Kadhafi regime and called on the army to help them take the capital Tripoli.

Clinton also called on the Libyan regime to “call off the mercenaries,” referring to the government-hired troops said to have been unleashed against anti-government protesters.

Two senior US lawmakers urged Washington to recognize any transitional government and supply it with weapons and humanitarian assistance to oust Kadhafi, who has ruled Libya with an iron fist for four decades.

“We ought to recognize the provisional government as the legitimate government of Libya and we ought to give that government certainly humanitarian assistance and military arms… to give them the wherewithal to fight on behalf of the people of Libya against a cruel dictator,” Senator Joe Lieberman told CNN.

Lieberman was speaking alongside Republican Senator John McCain from Egypt, where a popular uprising swept president Hosni Mubarak from power earlier this month after nearly 30 years of autocratic rule.

McCain urged Obama, his former rival in the 2008 presidential campaign, to “get tough” and make it clear that Libyan officials involved in attacks on their own people would face prosecution for war crimes.

The war hero and former naval aviator also called for a no-fly zone over the country so that “Libyan pilots won’t fly” and shoot on civilians.

But he stopped short of calling for a military intervention with ground forces in the oil-rich North African country, though he did not rule out that possibility.

McCain, who once praised Kadhafi’s role as a peacemaker in Africa, predicted that the longest-serving Arab leader’s rule would soon come to an end and that his “days are numbered.”

“The question is how many people are going to be massacred between now and when he leaves. We ought to shorten that time frame as much as possible, and I believe we can,” McCain added.

Lieberman, an independent who used to be a Democrat, said he understood the Obama administration’s initial hesitation in speaking out strongly against Libya’s crackdown due to concerns over the safety of US citizens in the country.

But, he added: “Frankly I wish we had spoken out much more clearly and early against the Kadhafi regime… The fact is now is the time for action, not just statements.”

The UN Security Council has imposed a travel ban and assets freeze on Kadhafi’s regime and ordered an investigation into possible crimes against humanity by the Libyan leader, the first time such a decision has been made unanimously.

On Friday, Obama announced unilateral sanctions targeting Kadhafi and his inner circle in a move intended to encourage defections and peel away loyalists defending the Libyan’s 42-year rule.

Clinton has signed an order revoking the US visas of Libyan officials and others linked to the violence against civilians. New visas will now be denied as a matter of policy.

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  • Johnny Warbucks

    Guess what Hillary? They don’t want your “help”! They know what it means. The gig is up. They’re smarter than you are. STFU and go back to Israel. They miss you over there and need you to bob your head when they strike Iran…if they have the balls to do that. Giddy up, bitch!

  • Anonymous

    Oh geese, for a minute there, I thought Clinton was concerned about America, and wanted Snott Walker to leave.

    I guess she’s “one of them” to use Snott’s terms.

  • Anonymous

    Kadhafi’s a monster and so is his son
    like mubarak and his son
    and ben ali and their family…and all these monarchies, especially in saudi arabia

    odd isn’t it how stern the US is with Kadhafi and the libya situation while they were so slow with mubarak and ali (though one must admit the numbers of people killed and injured is quite a bit higher in libya, in numbers and percentage of population, or so it would appear), supporting them to the last minute. same with bahrain now.
    US support or criticism is based on US strategic and oil interests and not on principles.

    i wish we had heard hilary say, “we want mubarak to leave now” etc etc but that will never happen when US allies are in trouble

  • Anonymous

    So, we start a collection, “pass the hat around” so to speak, for 1 first class ticket, one way, to Tel Aviv for this cvil eunt.

    Wanna bet we have enough in a week to buy the 767 so she can fly alone? There’s a certain ex-CIA employee I will have as her Flight Attendant to wish her well in her new home…and to hand her papers certifying she will be hung if caught back in the US of A.

  • Guest

    I want YOU to leave, Hellary! You are a phony, two-faced, greed ravaged piece of crap. Spew elsewhere.

  • cannotvote

    Shut it you silly moo! You have as much credibility as cOndilooza Lice has/did – just go away you horrible piece of human garbage, go read a book, going fishing – just go away.

  • cannotvote

    Good use of the word Eunt – lol! The Reverend Spooner would be proud!

  • iotas

    Strange bedfellows…

    Hawking their way through the American mass media’s cautious embrace of North African revolutions, Hillary Rodham Clinton joined warmongering Joe Lieberman in calling for overt military intervention in Lybia.

    Why this sudden appeal for overt intervention in Lybia when no such “selfless” proposition was made against ruthless American puppets Hosni Mubarak in Egypt and Zine Ben Ali in Tunisia?

    Again, as in oil rich Iraq, the oil barons are leveraging legitimate popular discontents against a “friendly” dictator in order to seize full control over Lybia’s vast oil reserves.

    “Western analysts believe the reason why the US gave Gaddafi a free rein to commit the massacres was to create mayhem in the nation. The US and NATO member-states will then occupy Libya and control its oilfields using the protection of Libyan people as an excuse.”
    [ http://www.eurasiareview.com/opinion/opinion-opinion/power-and-madness-in-caesar-gaddafi-25022011/ ]

    “Is it just coincidence that the rebellion started in Benghazi, which is north of Libya’s richest oil fields as well as close to most of its oil and gas pipelines, refineries and its LNG port? Is there a plan to partition the country? ”
    [ http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=23364 ]

    Can “shock and awe” be far behind our sudden generous interest in the welfare of Libya’s population?

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

    Because there is a media consortium that reports fake crap to drum up support. Even Al Jazeera thought that they should cover butt for unconfirmed reports.

    http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/features/2011/02/2011227153626965756.html

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

    Libyans are saying that the mercenaries are US hired. That was the support they were giving the eastern opposition, most are from Chad.

    So why did the US say they were hired by Qaddafi?

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

    “The Western media are basing a great deal of their reporting on supposed facts provided by the exile group National Front for the Salvation of Libya, which was trained and financed by the U.S. CIA.”
    from the link above.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3NVQSZZC5IM66JEOCSFJUV7FCE Jacques G

    “First we have to see the end of his regime and with no further bloodshed,” Then we want to get our claws into you and suck every drop of oil out of those deserts as soon as we can. SUV’s are starving! They need your help! Halliburtion is ready! Don’t fall for it!!

  • Anonymous

    Gee, there must be lots of oil there. By the way, Hillary is no “diplomat” – she’s a bleeping battle axe!

  • ghostof911

    Libyan’s don’t seem to be interested in geting help from Uncle Sam.

    Libyan Opposition Spurns Calls for ‘Foreign Help’

    Gadhafi only really holds the central part of Tripoli at this point, and that is only on the basis of his mercenary forces. It seems the people are preparing for their last push in this last bastion of regime power, and one hopes that by the time the Obama Administration et al have decided to move against Gadhafi he’ll already be gone.

    In polite language, “Fuck off, Washington!”

    http://news.antiwar.com/2011/02/27/libyan-opposition-spurns-calls-for-foreign-help/

  • Anonymous

    “we ought to give that government certainly humanitarian assistance and military arms”

    If Libyans are smart they will do this without “assistance”. Libya, OWE NO ONE!

  • Anonymous

    Any overt or covert involvement in matters other than our own business here at home
    gives me the heebie-jeebies. Humanitarian help is one thing when asked,
    but that’s not we export nowadays is it.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PCHLMPBJKYTW3LJBHZEZMO3TXQ What Ever

    Gotta protect our oil interests don’t ya know and heck, whats a few more American lives and a couple billion more towards that end.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    Just think, if we’d not have pissed away over a trillion dollars on Iraq, we’d have ample resources to help those countries that _really_ want to toss off their oppressors. Instead, we fabricate quagmires to suck tax dollars into coffers of the ruling elite, and then can’t help people that are trying to help themselves.

    The U.S. of A. .. consistently getting it totally fucked up and backwards for 30+ years now.

    Of course, it’s never really been about Democracy or Freedoms for the “little people”.. we’ve been supporting vile dictators for decades so we can steal resources from “those people”.. that’s where our “prosperity” really derived from. … I’m guessing the powers that be are actually shitting themselves, in this modern age, where they can’t sneak in and shut down “people’s revolutions” as easily as in the past.. too many cameras turned too fast, too many people seeing what’s been struggling to emerge for decade after decade.

    If the U.S. really cared about Democracy in those countries, we’d be sending in millions of guns and giving them to the revolutionaries to “balance the odds” against the armed goons stooging for the oppressive governments. Instead, we’re sending them lip service.

  • Anonymous

    Libyans should want US “assistance”, as much as Wisconsinites should want Obama’s “assistance”.

    In each case, the former is better off, without the latter.

  • YeaSayer

    This is what she means by “help.”

    “African mercenaries hired by the Gaddafi regime to kill Libyan protesters would be immune from prosecution for war crimes due to a clause in this weekend’s UN resolution that was demanded by the United States.” Link

  • ThorsteinVeblen2012

    Where is Jean Bertrand Aristead?The popular Haitian democratically elected leader was ousted by both Bushes remains in South Africa because of Bill and Hillary Clinton.http://mg.co.za/article/2011-0…/Why can’t this poor nation have the leadership they choose?Because the Obama administration is not fundamentally any different than his evil predecessor.Why should the Libyans expect the Yankees under Barak Obama or Hillary to give them democracy any different than what they have allowed the people of Haiti?”American” intervention in Libya will be for the benefit of Zionists and the oil cartel. The American public will benefit as much as the Libyan public will. Business as usual.

  • Anonymous

    That’s your opinion.

    She’s done more to regain what little world respect we still have than you’ll ever know.

    If she had been elected, you would be choking on your words right now. She would have been taking republicans to school instead of crawling in bed with them!!

    You know who blasted Netanyahu’s ears over the flotilla massacre? I’ll bet you a thousand to one it was her. Only you never heard about it.

    Leave Hillary alone and get off the Wal-mart last resort. No woman in history has been more investigated by republicans than her and they came up with nothing.

    Not that my favorite still wouldn’t have been Al Gore.

    Al, put the global warming on hold for one campaign season this year and save this damn country.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5Z4JRNXBCO4ZYSUY3WGC3S554I nathan

    ya mother fucker u want him to leave so you’re military forces can gain control, like in egypt

  • NadePaulKuciGravMcKi

    the people of libya have made it clear

    no outside interference

  • Anonymous

    “She’s done more to regain what little world respect we still have than you’ll ever know.”

    Yes, like Voting in favor EVERYsingle war she can in the ME, even after been personally briefed.

    She is fallowing the steps of Lieberman and McCain

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzPZcIzDWjg

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcysW9O8xr0

  • Anonymous

    It’s too bad we don’t have the advanced technology for forward and reverse time travel.

    I would bet a handsome sum, you would be a happy camper if that woman had the football and not the two faced trainee America got…excuse me, I mean “bought.”

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