Obama: Gadhafi "needs to go" [VIDEO]


United States President Barack Obama said on Monday that the U.S. policy on Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi is that he “needs to go.”

Speaking at a news conference with Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, Obama said the military objective in Libya is to guard civilians from attacks by Gadhafi, not oust him from power.

Obama also added that the U.S. expects to transfer the lead military role in Libya to other allies in a matter of days.

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U.S.: Gadhafi could return to ‘terrorism and violent extremism’


The United States is concerned that Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi could return to terrorism and violent extremism if he succeeds in the battle against insurgents, Undersecretary of State William Burns said on Thursday.

“If Gadhafi is successful, you also face a number of other considerable risks as well,” Burns told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. These included “the danger of him returning to terrorism and violent extremism,” he said, adding that there was “a real danger of increasing violence and turmoil” in the Middle East.

Burns’ statement comes as the situation in Libya appears to continue to deteriorate, with Gadhafi forces appearing to be closing in on rebel-held strongholds.

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Gadhafi tells rebel-stronghold Benghazi: Libya army is coming tonight


Muammar Gadhafi told Libyan rebels on Thursday his armed forces were coming to their capital Benghazi tonight and would not show any mercy to fighters who resisted them.

In a radio address, he told Benghazi residents that soldiers would search every house in the city and people who had no arms had no reason to fear.

“It’s over … We are coming tonight,” he said. “You will come out from inside. Prepare yourselves from tonight. We will find you in your closets.”

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Report: Rebels reject Gadhafi’s offer for deal to step down


Al Jazeera television said Libyan rebels rejected an offer by Muammar Gadhafi on Monday to hold a parliament meeting to work out a deal under which he would step down.

Al Jazeera said sources from the rebel interim council told its correspondent in Benghazi that the offer was rejected because it would have amounted to an “honorable” exit for Gadhafi and would offend his victims.

According to the report, Gadhafi wanted guarantees of personal safety for him and his family as well as a pledge that they not be put on trial.

Farrakhan spews anti-Jewish rhetoric at meeting


Minister Louis Farrakhan at the Nation of Islam’s annual meeting accused the Jewish community of pushing the United States into war with Libya and Iran.

“President Obama, if you allow the Zionists to push you, to mount a military offensive against Gadhafi, and you go in and kill him and his sons as you did with Saddam Hussein and his sons, I’m warning you this is a Libyan problem, let the Libyans solve their problem among themselves,” Farrakhan said Feb. 27 during an address to the Nation of Islam’s 2011 Saviours’ Day convention in Rosemont, Ill., near Chicago.

Farrakhan, who has a long history of anti-Semitic and racist statements, also said that “Zionists dominate the government of the United States of America and her banking system.”

“Some of you think that I’m just somebody who’s got something out for the Jewish people. You’re stupid. Do you think I would waste my time if I did not think it was important for you to know Satan?  My job is to pull the cover off of Satan so that he will never deceive you and the people of the world again,” he continued.

The Anti-Defamation League condemned Farrakhan’s statements. “Anti-Semitism has suffused the Nation of Islam’s message, and Farrakhan is the standard bearer and bigot-in-chief,” said Abraham Foxman, ADL national director in a statement. “For the past two years he has put anti-Semitism front and center on the agenda, so that it is now a drumbeat heard across the organization. And perhaps what’s more disturbing is that despite his anti-Semitic rants, he has not been made a pariah in his own community.  What does it take for him to stop being a pied piper of hatred?”

During the convention, other speakers accused Jews of controlling the media and called for the Nation of Islam’s anti-Semitic books to be taught in schools nationwide. The convention’s opening plenary session, titled “The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews,” tried to demonstrate disproportionate Jewish involvement in the slave trade and to blame Jews for black suffering ever since.

Obama: The suffering and bloodshed in Libya is “outrageous and unacceptable” [VIDEO]


President Obama condemned Libya’s violent response to recent protests in a statement Wednesday.

“These actions violate international norms and every standard of common decency.” Obama said with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton beside him, “This violence must stop.”

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