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LIBYA: President Obama says Libyan government will face consequences

President Obama called Moammar Kadafi's violent crackdown against protesters "outrageous" and said the Libyan government will face unspecified consequences as a result. 

"The entire world is watching, and we will coordinate our assistance and accountability measures with the international community," Obama said in a statement delivered from the White House.

The president emphasized that the unrest engulfing Libya was not the result of American pressure.

"The change that is taking place across the region is being driven by the people of the region," Obama said. "As one Libyan said, 'We just want to live like human beings.' "

Obama said he was sending Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Geneva on Monday for a meeting among the United Nations' Human Rights Council to discuss further action to end the violence.

— Garrett Therolf



Libyan opposition seizes control of Misurata

Celebrations in the eastern city of Derna

Kadafi's last refuge, fear, is collapsing

Photos: Unrest in Libya

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Give me a break Mr president , 9 days have passed and now you inject a limp wrist threat . Your only job is to protect Americans who are there and get them out of harms way . There is nothing you can do but just make things worst by even saying anything now . Obama you have been a failure and 2012 can't get here soon enough as far as I'm concern .

The White House should use every diplomatic & humanitarian means to resolve the Libyan crisis. But US military intervention or CIA covert action would only provoke anti-American backlash & further destabilize the Muslim world. The US should offer to transport "Daffy Qadaffi" out of the country (to schmooze with "Goofy Hugo" in Venezuela, maybe); & to help apprehend & prosecute Col. Qadaffi if the Libyan people want. But the US already tried, once, to oust Col. Qadaffi by a US bombing strike against Tripoli under Bush I's direction in the 1980s & only succeeded in making "Daffy Qadaffi" a martyr hero & extending his reign of (t)error. The White House & US military should restrain from US military intervention & CIA covert actions which couldn't possible stop the current crisis or help anybody, anyway. The Libyan (& Muslims) peoples must chart their own course to democracy without further meddling & bungling by "Western imperialism," US militarism, & the CIA.


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