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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-26-11 08:02 PM
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Obama, in call to German chancellor: Gadhafi must go 'now'
Obama, in call to German chancellor: Gadhafi must go 'now'
By Michael O'Brien - 02/26/11 04:07 PM ET


Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi must step down "now," President Obama said Saturday in a call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Obama told the German leader that it's come time for Gadhafi to go, according to a White House readout of the call.

"The president stated that when a leaders only means of staying in power is to use mass violence against his own people, he has lost the legitimacy to rule and needs to do what is right for his country by leaving now," the White House said.

Obama spoke to Merkel a day after imposing major sanctions against Libya and Gadhafi, who's cracked down on anti-government protesters over the past week.

more...

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/146277...
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tekisui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-26-11 08:04 PM
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1. This is true. Now, how to best facilitate it? What would best serve the
people of Libya in this aim?
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vaberella Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-26-11 08:36 PM
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5. Well basically we have no real leverage to go into Libya.
Out of western nations we're the one that has the least to do with Libya---it's mainly European nations that have the most to do with them. I say they take a page out of Obama's interaction with Egypt. You leave the people alone to over come this sort of mistreatment.
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-26-11 09:01 PM
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8. I also think Obama wants other countries to get involved. The US
shouldn't be acting like the lone ranger.
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ClarkUSA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-26-11 08:09 PM
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2. British papers say that Pres. Obama called Sarkozy, Merkel & Cameron before the Motown concert
Edited on Sat Feb-26-11 08:14 PM by ClarkUSA
... to discuss military intervention.

The Motown concert took place hours after 600+ Americans and warships finally left Libyan waters after 3 days of rough seas delayed their departure. Also, it was only yesterday that the last Brits were evacuated.

Today, the CIC goes public with his condemnation, after the lives of Americans and those of his EU partners are safe from harm. I am very happy that President Obama is in charge of foreign policy instead of some of his detractors here who were screeching for him to do this earlier, mistaking his caution for timidity without any consideration of his responsibilities as CIC and as an EU ally.

This is why I am a proud Obama supporter!
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Mz Pip Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-26-11 08:22 PM
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3. Me, too
He must give priority to our citizens and allies. And until there is some concensus among out allies about what should be done about Gadaffi speaking too sone would have just needlessly endangered the lives of those who were trying to get out of Libya.
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Tarheel_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-26-11 08:47 PM
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6. +1
:thumbsup:
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Kdillard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-26-11 08:33 PM
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4. Kick and rec.
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rhett o rick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-26-11 08:48 PM
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7. Now he needs to do the same for Gov Walker. nm
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Faygo Kid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-27-11 11:09 AM
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10. +1
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Pisces Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-27-11 10:25 AM
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9. Obama is doing the right thing in this situation. Thank God he is the President vs. McCain.
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rhett o rick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-27-11 01:11 PM
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11. In his campaign, he said he would march with workers fighting for collective
bargaining rights. So what happened to that promise?

And by the way, God had little to do with getting Obama elected. Give credit to the hard work of the left.
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jenmito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-27-11 04:38 PM
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13. This thread is about Libya and how Obama is dealing with THAT problem...
Edited on Sun Feb-27-11 04:39 PM by jenmito
and maybe that is a reason he's not walking the non-existent "picket line" he said he'd join. And he got elected by ALL who voted for him-including Repubs.
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obamafourmore Donating Member (110 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-27-11 02:20 PM
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12. He was waiting for all Americans to leave Libya safely. From WoPo:
White House caution in response to Gaddafi's actions was guided by fears for the safety of Americans in Libya

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...
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AtomicKitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-27-11 04:59 PM
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14. Wolfowitz criticized Pres O's response to Libya.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/27/paul-wolfowitz...

Restraint until expats were evacuated apparently not in Wolfowitz's vocabulary.

UGH! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9nzBWcTSVM

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