April 6th, 2011
04:24 PM ET

Clinton: Gadhafi must go before NATO airstrikes stop

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi must leave power and Libya to stop the NATO military strikes in the country, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said.

"I don't think there is any mystery about what is expected from Mr. Gadhafi at this time," Clinton told reporters on Wednesday.

Earlier, Gadhafi urged U.S. President Barack Obama to end the NATO bombing of his war-torn country. Gadhafi made the appeal in a letter, a senior administration official said.

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  1. max

    They say they were striking abidjan to protect civilian but many of them died during their strikes. Many are still dying there because they cant go to hospital or can't even have food to eat. Because they are supporting this war. But in the meantime they have taken their citizens far from the battlefield leaving the ivorian only endure their strikes. That's democracy.

    April 6, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Goose

    I know that everyone always points a finger at America because we are the biggest guy in prison, but this is a NATO action. Other countries that are memebers of NATO include:

    Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom

    Why doesn't anyone want to take a stab at Albania?

    April 6, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arran Webb

      Not enough oil in Albania.

      April 6, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mCMaster23

    America is funny lol they watched so many dictators, gave monny and eat lavished dinners with them yet they are bombing the only arab country that persecute terrorist. And, if matters weren't as worst, their own economy is falling and the debt is getting fatter and fatter,american people are in trouble, unemployment is huge and foreclosure are skyrocketting, poverty is prevailing yet (funny) the american government is spending billion on war on other countries and not on its people. I am just wondering how the bureaucrats do their calculation. I though in america, it was government for and by the people.

    Now lets just imagine (in dreamland maybe) America spending half that money on american for education and health and pension or debt relieve for the ones who had their home foreclosed.... Well, I am not american but just saying lol. I just think it's weird and I had to write about it. Thank you.

    April 6, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • reACTIONary

      Gadhafi IS a terrorist. And this isn't the first time we've bombed the SOB.

      April 6, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. reACTIONary

    Pretty good! She’s going to take that “glass ceiling” and crack it over Gadhafi’s head!

    April 6, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jim

    I thought the UN resolution was aimed at protecting civilians from air strikes etc not regime change? Am I wrong

    April 6, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • pat

      Well, you're wrong and you're right. We never know what the real reasons are for anything, just what they release for public consumption. I am sure there are many behind-the-scenes meetings and plans that went on and are still going on. Meanwhile, we can feel pride in being humanitarians.

      April 6, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      No you're not,Jim. The right-wing thugs in Washington just managed to pay off some of the members of the U.N. and that makes me sick!

      April 6, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. charlie

    Get off the boat, and the weather will calm, is that simple.

    April 6, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. vincent

    Mr. Moammar Gadhafi,
    As an American citizen, I am truly sorry that the personal agenda of our current secretary of state, Queen Hillary Clinton dictates USA policies, and regretfully, your country is targeted as a result of Queen Hillary's agenda.
    Please note she has a rather serious problem with the male gender, and I attribute this to past events between Bill and Monica.
    I truly hope that our congress cuts off funds for the operation, and that issues affecting your country can be solved internally.
    May Allah be with you

    April 6, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • johnmarshall5446

      Wow between the "Bush freed more people than Lincoln" guy and this guy, we have really left the Sanity Zone!

      April 6, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • pat

      HIllary didn't care one whit about Monica, but she did care about the political mistake her husband made. She is a political animal and that is what the US needs right now. It is not the time for a leader who is weak-kneed and CHANGEable at every turn.

      April 6, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jason

    We don't get oil from Libya. China does.

    April 6, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arran Webb

      All the more reason we need Libyan oil. But actually oil is like gold it does not matter where it comes from, controlled by a cartel – OPEC, we just need it – can you believe we sell Texan oil? We do.

      April 6, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. max

    The main excuse today is civilian. UN said 400 of people including military died mainly because of Gbagbo so they must destroy his weapons that's fine. But when within 5 days 800 of people are reported killed mainly by Ouattara forces they say he -Ouattara the one accused- must make investigations. Nonsense. Sometimes we must read between the lines when they dont like you they dont like you.

    April 6, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cuff

    Really when was regime change on the menu?

    April 6, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. sam

    and her too.........

    April 6, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dim Mak

    @Arran Webb: Might as well bomb Best Buy, Macy's, Apple, Foot Locker, K Mart and any other large chain too. Many groceries aren't even grown here. That's ok Michael Moore didn't zero in on those stores, so it's ok to ignore them. Why have a mind of your own right? Thinking is hard I know.

    April 6, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. america

    hey realist, may your mother be ravashed by 20 angery beavers, and may your father watch and cheer them on

    April 6, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Notayesman

    Send Clinton packing. Gadhafi can STAY!!! He is good...Clinton STANKS!

    April 6, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      Well said,Notayesman. Thank you.

      April 6, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joey

    It is not necessary that everyone agree with me on this issue. I see that many at this site do not, and I respect their opinions.
    I completely support Clinton's statement and Obama's actions in Libya.

    April 6, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      Come on Joey,are you really that stupid or are you just trying to be funny here? Anybody with half a brain or any sense of morality knows that Clinton is wrong. That broad turns my stomach upside down!!!

      April 6, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
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