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DNI Director: Gaddafi's Regime Will Prevail

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TEHRAN, March 12 (ICANA) – United States Director of National Intelligence, James R. Clapper has stirred controversy by suggesting that the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi will prevail in the fight against the freedom-seeking people of Libya.
Saturday, March 12, 2011 1:41:30 PM
DNI Director: Gaddafi's Regime Will Prevail

The U.S. top intelligence official has fumbled the Obama administration's message on Thursday about the embattled Libyan President Gaddafi's fate, telling Congress that Gaddafi will prevail in his fight with the rebel forces.

[In an appearance before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday,] Clapper said the Libyan government's military might was stronger than had been described. Clapper said there was no indication that Gaddafi will step down and offer a speedy resolution to the crisis.

"I just think from a standpoint of attrition, that over time, I mean - this is kind of a stalemate back and forth, but I think over the longer term that the (Gaddafi) regime will prevail," Clapper said. Huffington Post

 

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Onesenator, Republican Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, quickly urged Clapper to resign. Huffington Post

"Unfortunately, this isn't the first questionable comment from the DNI director," Graham said. "However it should be the final straw." Huffington Post

President Barack Obama's national security adviser, Tom Donilon, criticized Clapper's analysis as "a static and one-dimensional assessment." DAWN

A Democratic member of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff of California, said Clapper's remarks "send a terrible message to those who are doing battle with Gaddafi right now. I don't think it makes sense for us to be articulating that view." LA Times

Clapper's testimony came after President Obama declared that Gaddafi no longer had a legitimate hold on power, and as the administration said, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton would meet with leaders of the Libyan opposition. Washington Post

Libya has the largest proven oil reserves in Africa, is Europe's largest oil supplier and Africa's fourth largest gas supplier. However, only 25 percent of its surface territory has been explored to date, thus making it an attractive option to international investors, much like Algeria. Fox Williams

The Arab world's longest-serving head of state, Libyan strongman Col. Muammar Gaddafi has exercised virtually unchecked power since assuming his country's leadership in a bloodless coup in 1969. Fox News

The relationship between Libya and the U.S. worsened in the 1980s, when U.S. military aircraft shot down two Libyan fighter jets. The Independent

On April 14, 1986, then U.S. president, Ronald Reagan ordered a strike against Libya. Attacks on military installations and residential areas of Tripoli and Benghazi killed and wounded dozens of people, including Gaddafi's 15-month-old adopted daughter. Al Jazeera

In February 2010, the Obama administration submitted a proposed budget for fiscal 2011 that included military assistance increases for Bahrain, Libya, Morocco, Oman and Yemen. Officials said several Middle East countries also received forward funding over the last year as part of the Foreign Military Financing program. World Tribune

U.S. President Barack Obama signed an executive order on February 25, freezing any financial assets tied to Muammar Gaddafi's government that were held by U.S. banks and institutions throughout the world. Reuters

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