NATO kicks butt: Asks Gaddafi to please give up – we want to go home

Is anyone interested in news regarding Libya? I mean with the debt crisis or whatever it is, news regarding our wars has all but disappeared. But hey, I am game. So let me give it a whirl. Our fearless Zero leader is nowhere to be heard on his one of many foreign screw ups. Now he asks Russia to help bail his sorry a** out on this one. So much for leading from behind. A real game changer.

Months earlier reports fromAl Jazeera were quoting Mike Mullen as follows:

Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff, has said the military operation in Libya called for by the UN Security Council is not aimed at regime change – adding that a “stalemate” could well exist, leaving Muammar Gaddafi in power.

They continue to report that a stalemate appears, so it makes it worthy to continue searching for more info concerning this one of our many wars. Here we go:

New NATO Ultimatum to Gaddafi: Give up, ‘Cause We Want to Leave

NATO is seeking an urgent exit strategy from Libya that will end the fighting and decide the future of embattled leader Moammar Gadhafi, even if that means letting him stay in the country though out of power, it emerged Tuesday after British and French foreign ministers met in London.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague and French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said NATO and even members of the opposition Transitional National Council wouldn’t oppose Gadhafi staying in Libya as long as he gave up power.

In the only Libyan voice of dissent reported so far, activist Soliman Albrassi, living in London, said allowing Gadhafi to stay in Libya would be a recipe for civil war, the BBC said.

Hague and Juppe received support for the proposal from former British Foreign Secretary Malcolm Rifkind, who said it would be important to avoid a “blood bath in Tripoli” — seen as a likely outcome if a final military push to the Libyan capital triggered close combat.

Hague said: “What happens to Gadhafi is ultimately a question for the Libyans … What is absolutely clear, as Alain (Juppe) has said, is that whatever happens, Gadhafi must leave power. He must never again be able to threaten the lives of Libyan civilians nor to destabilize Libya once he has left power.” More at SGT Report

Russia to help us out with our screw up in Libya:

The Hindu:

Russia played host to Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi’s top diplomat in Moscow, highlighting its role as an honest broker in the Libya crisis.

During an hour-long meeting with Libya’s Foreign Minister Abdelati al-Obeidi late on Wednesday Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stressed “the topmost task” was to stop bloodshed and embark on a political solution that must be steered by the United Nations and the African Union, said the Foreign Ministry in a statement.

Libya’s top diplomat said Tripoli would welcome “any Russian role in the peaceful settlement of the Libyan conflict” that should be “equally acceptable for all Libyans, including the opposition in Benghazi”.

Mr. Al-Obeidi is the highest-ranking Tripoli official to visit Moscow since the conflict began. Representatives of the Libyan opposition also came to Moscow two months ago. In recent weeks President Dmitry Medvedev’s envoy for Africa has met both rebels in Benghazi and top officials in Tripoli. Mr. Medvedev said earlier this week that compromise between the warring sides was “attainable”.

Ground attack against Libya soon? says a Russian Envoy

Our fogotton war? So many now, it is hard to keep up. Obama of course, will need a distraction. So why not?  Will he ask Congress? What Congress? Here tis:
RIA Novosti
MOSCOW, July 1 (RIA Novosti)

NATO is likely be preparing a ground operation in Libya, the Russian envoy to the alliance, Dmitry Rogozin, said on Friday.

“I think that now we are witnessing the preparation stage of a ground operation which NATO, or at least some of its members… are ready to begin,” Rogozin said.

He also said Russia and France should “clarify” the issue of weapons supplies to Berber tribes in Libya, which France says were for “self-defense” and in line with the UN resolution.

“If direct weapons supplies to rebels indeed take place, they can only be referred to as a serious breach of the UN Security Council resolution,” the Russian envoy said. More at  RIA Novosti

Libya’s “future leaders” to be trained in London

So much for the “Western” influence on Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam. Doug Stewart over at Ameristroika found a very different picture of this peace-loving radical. How much longer are we going to load up our Universities in the U.S. with these folks?

The London School of Economics struck a deal to train hundreds of “future leaders” of Libya, according to leaked diplomatic cables.

The LSE’s links with the regime have faced scrutiny following a pledge of £1.5million from Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam, a former student at the LSE and one of its most generous benefactors.

The cables, which record a briefing for US diplomats by the Libyan National Economic Development Board (NEDB), state: “The NEDB is co-operating with the UK Government and the London School of Economics (Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi’s alma mater), among other UK institutions, on an exchange programme to send 400 ‘future leaders’ of Libya for leadership and management training. Eventually, [an official of NEDB] explained, 250 additional Libyan ‘future leaders’ would also be trained in Libya.”

The university has received £300,000 from the dictator’s son which it has since promised to put towards a scholarship fund for North African students.

The LSE also confirmed it was investigating claims that Col Gaddafi’s son plagiarised his PhD thesis. Telegraph UK

Ameristroika :

Saif Gaddafi Video Shows Polar Opposite of Image Projected Through Media

Calling the protesters “nothing” and referring to them as “bums, brats, and druggies” Saif al Islam vows to return with more weapons so that they can sweep Tripoli clean of protesters. Gaddafi also hints at having them equipped in police gear and entering the protests undercover (very Cass Sunstein of him). Click on bottom of vid for translation.

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