Libya: western leaders call for Nato to target Gaddafi

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    I cannot see Obama signing on to this. I also have some issue with McCain being seen as a 'leader' in this context.



    Libya: western leaders call for Nato to target Gaddafi

    Senior western leaders called for Nato to adopt an assassination policy against Col Muammar Gaddafi to salvage the bombing campaign in Libya from a descent into stalemate.

    The calls came as Col Gaddafi was reported to have strengthened his grip on power by repatriating billions of dollars in overseas assets that should have been frozen by UN sanctions.

    On Sunday, there was growing pressure on Coalition forces to directly target Col Gaddafi with military strikes.

    Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican member of the Senate Armed Services committee, said that the quickest way to end the emerging stalemate was to "cut the head of the snake off". He said: "The people around Gaddafi need to wake up every day wondering, 'Will this be my last?'

    Senator John McCain, who visited Libya at the weekend, also said that the Libyan dictator should be targeted but argued that it was more important to increase American firepower over Libya. He said: "It's pretty obvious to me that the US has got to play a greater role on the air power side. Our Nato allies neither have the assets, nor frankly the will - there's only six countries of the 28 in Nato that are actively engaged in this situation."

    William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, also on Sunday refused to rule out using remote-controlled American drones to assassinate Col Gaddafi. Mr Hague said "who and what is a legitimate target depends on their behaviour." However, he denied that there was a stalemate in Libya and ruled out proposals to partition the country.

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    This Libyan fiasco is making America look ineffectual and basically retarded. :doubt:
     
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    We did not start it and we mostly withdrew from it. So how are WE ineffectual? It properly shows that NATO is helpless without the US.
     
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    Don't try to kid yourself.

    There is no NATO without the US
     
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    If they would have only done this 2 months ago ...

    A surgical strike targeting Libya's political and military leaders would have been the way to go earlier. Now they are bunkered down and hidden making a successful attack almost impossible.

    This whole fiasco is a lesson on what not to do.
     

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