Political Buzz August 22, 2011: President Obama Makes Statement on Libya Fighting, Qaddafi & the Toppling of Tripoli


By Bonnie K. Goodman

Ms. Goodman is the Editor of History Musings. She has a BA in History & Art History & a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University, and has done graduate work in history at Concordia University.


The President on Libya
White House Photo, Chuck Kennedy, 8/22/11


‘Tripoli is slipping from the grasp of a tyrant,’ President Obama says: In a statement released Sunday night, after a day of fast-paced changes coming from Tripoli, the president said the momentum against Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi had “reached a tipping point.”
“The surest way for the bloodshed to end is simple: Moammar Qadhafi and his regime need to recognize that their rule has come to an end. Qadhafi needs to acknowledge the reality that he no longer controls Libya. He needs to relinquish power once and for all.”

“The situation is still very fluid. But this much is clear: The Qadhafi regime is coming to an end, and the future of Libya is in the hands of its people.” — President Barack Obama

“A lot of it’s been thought through. Some of it’s a work in progress. And the president’s statement is pretty straightforward about everything from dealing with Kadafi, dealing with the opposition now in control, the basic standards we want to set….
“the progress, what’s going on, where things are. But I just haven’t had a chance to sit down and talk with our folks. And the president’s already made a statement that I read. So for me to go beyond the statement at this point would be imprudent.” — Vice President Joe Biden

“I was among those who were critical of the position of ‘leading from behind.’ I think as a general proposition that’s not a good position for the U.S. to be in. On the other hand, I think the outcome should give the administration some degree of satisfaction. After all, it worked. [Moammar] Kadafi seems to be finished. There will be some regime change there.” — L. Paul Bremer III, the presidential envoy to Iraq under former President George W. Bush

Statement by President Barack Obama on Libya: Text of President Barack Obama’s statement Monday on events in Libya, as provided by the White House…. – AP, 8-22-11

  • Libya Pictures: Photos Of Libyans Celebrating Capture Of Seif Al-Islam (PHOTOS): Supporters of Libyan rebels took to the streets on Monday as they celebrated the capture of Seif al-Islam, Moammar Gaddafi’s second-oldest son. Rebel forces came closer to winning the capital of Tripoli and ending the dictator’s 42-year rule…. – Huffington Post, 8-22-11
  • Obama urges Gaddafi loyalists lay down arms: President Barack Obama delivers a statement on Libya from his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts August 22, 2011. President Barack Obama called on Monday for Muammar Gaddafi to end the bloodshed in Libya … – Reuters, 8-22-11
  • Barack Obama: Libya conflict ‘not over yet’: The US President says that events in Libya are evidence of “what the international community can achieve when it stands together as one” but cautions that the conflict has not been won yet. “This is not over yet,” the President warned in a statement…. – Telegraph.co.uk, 8-22-11
  • Obama on Libya: Khadafy needs to read the writing on the wall, admit his regime is ending: Col. Moammar Khadafy was being hunted across Tripoli Monday as the world cheered the sudden success of the Libyan revolution. “This much is clear: the Khadafy regime is coming to an end, and the future of Libya is in the hands of its people.”…. – New York Daily News, 8-22-11
  • The muddled politics of Libya: The United States’ involvement in Libya began as a political controversy. But now that the country’s rebel uprising has apparently succeeded, the politics are largely absent. And the truth is that it probably will have very little impact…. – WaPo, 8-22-11
  • Obama: Libya dictator Muammar Qadhafi’s rule ‘coming to an end’: President Barack Obama said on Monday that Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi’s regime “is coming to an end” and put the rebels on notice their new government must uphold the democratic ideals that they have professed during six months of US and NATO-backed fighting… – Politico, 8-22-11
  • Fight for Gaddafi compound will be hard: rebels: The battle to take over Muammar Gaddafi’s compound in Tripoli will be fierce, but anyone inside has little chance of escape, a rebel spokesman told Al Jazeera television on Monday. “I don’t imagine the Bab Al-Aziziyah compound will … Reuters, 8-22-11
  • U.S. has nearly doubled air attacks on Libya in past 12 days: As the rebels in Libya push closer to ending the regime of embattled Col. Moammar Gadhafi, US warplanes have been increasing their attacks on government positions as part of the NATO … – CNN, 8-22-11
  • What should happen to Libya’s Gadhafi if captured?: Another day… another Middle East dictator on the verge of falling. Except no one can find him. Libyan rebels have control of most of the capital city of Tripoli… and they say they have three of Moammar Gadhafi’s sons in custody. … – CNN, 8-22-11
  • On Libya, Rick Santorum says Obama ‘had little to do with this triumph’: Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, one of the first GOP contenders to criticize President Obama’s Libya policy, hailed Kadafi’s possible ouster as “a good thing” but said Obama “had little to do with this triumph.”… – LAT, 8-22-11
  • Former Bush envoy credits Obama’s Libya strategy, says providing security now critical: L. Paul Bremer III, the presidential envoy to Iraq under former President George W. Bush, said that while he was an early critic of President Obama’s strategy in Libya, the stunning developments in Tripoli show the merits of the … – LAT, 8-22-11
  • From Asia, Biden keeps quiet on Kadafi: Vice President Joe Biden says the U.S. has spent considerable time analyzing what could happen in Libya after Moammar Kadafi loses power, but he deferred to President Obama to outline the specifics of Washington’s potential role in the transition…. – LAT, 8-22-11
  • Libya: Overthrowing Gaddafi will be just the beginning: The overthrow of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s regime by rebel forces will merely be the first step towards rebuilding the country after more than four decades of authoritarian rule. September 1 is the 42nd anniversary of Gaddafi’s regime…. – Telegraph.co.uk, 8-22-11
  • Libya can now reimagine itself: With Qaddafi no longer in control after a six-month civil war, Libyans can finally begin to create an identity based on the ideals of democratic citizenship…. – CS Monitor, 8-22-11
  • Juan Cole: Top ten myths about the Libya warReuters, 8-22-11
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