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Senator Defends Proposal to Authorize Gaddafi's Removal

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TEHRAN, April 3 (ICANA) – In response to strong criticism from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's office, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) defended his proposal to authorize President Barack Obama to take action to remove Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi from power.
Sunday, April 03, 2011 11:59:24 PM
Senator Defends Proposal to Authorize Gaddafi's Removal

In a letter to Reid, Rubio argued that the only way to protect Americans was to depose Gaddafi.

"The reality is that the U.S. has attacked a brutal dictator with a long history of brazen support for terrorism against Americans," Rubio wrote. "We have attacked someone who less than a decade ago was on the verge of acquiring nuclear weapons. If he survives this international effort against him and remains in power, he will be emboldened and angry, and he will once again act against America's interests."

The back and forth between Rubio and Reid comes a day after Rubio sent a letter to the Senate majority and minority leaders proposing the Senate pass a bipartisan resolution authorizing the president to remove Gaddafi from power.

Earlier Thursday, Reid's spokesman Jon Summers said that Rubio's proposal was "oblivious" and would prove costly both economically and in terms of American lives. The Hill

The stated mission of the U.S. has been to protect Libyan civilians from Gaddafi's military forces but not to attack Gaddafi directly. Obama has said the goal is to give Libyan fighters the opportunity to gain enough strength to oust Gaddafi themselves. Still, Obama and other American officials have called for Gaddafi to step down from power. The Hill

 

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has admitted that Libya did not pose a threat to the U.S. before President Barack Obama gave the go-ahead for an American military campaign against the North African country. Daily Mail

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Michael Mullen has said that after almost two weeks of coalition air attacks, Gaddafi's forces continue to have an almost 10 to 1 advantage in heavy equipment such as tanks, armored personnel carriers and artillery. Bloomberg.com

President Barack Obama has issued a "finding" to the Central Intelligence Agency that provides the legal framework necessary to ask formal permission to arm the fighters, according to a U.S. government official who wasn't authorized to speak publicly. Bloomberg.com

In response, administration officials reiterated that it was not directly supporting Libyan revolutionary forces and had no American military forces on the ground in Libya. The Hill

While President Obama calls Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi a threat to his own people, just one month before attacking Libya the president asked Congress to increase U.S. aid for Qaddafi's military to $1.7 million. foxnews

According to State Department figures, the money was earmarked to train Libyan military officers, improve its air force, secure its borders and to counter terrorism. foxnews

… during the 2008 credit crisis, the Federal Reserve allowed Arab Banking Corporation, which is owned by the Libyan central bank, to borrow $35 billion dollars over 73 different loans. Many of those loans went to the purchasing of Russian armaments and military contracts, which are now being used on Libya's own people, and against NATO forces that have instituted a no-fly zone. Examiner

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